Infograph to illustrate and explain how Israel’s settlement demographic changes within the West Bank obstruct the possibility of the two-state solution. The numbers suggest that Abbas’ bid to the United Nations was too little, too late.
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There is a complete imbalance of power between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel is the only party between the river and the sea which is able, through the use of unchecked force, to alter the physical landscape by building and expanding settlements, supported unjustly by United States.
Why should Palestinians have to negotiate over Israel’s unlawful acts and haggle for their property in rigged talks when there’s proper recourse to the law? Israel’s pimps and hirelings are now exposed. No wonder the Zionist regime and its spin-masters are in such a flap.
Zionist Jews is seeking to dehumanize the Palestinians in the same way the Nazis sought to dehumanize Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Zionism is to modern enlightened Judaism what Nazism was to Germany’s traditional ethical values.
Israel has already violated the ceasefire – at any time the missiles and rockets could start raining down once more. Year round, that is what it means to live in Gaza. I decided not to bring up the Santa Claus question.
The move is viewed as a victory for Palestine, but a diplomatic setback for the United States and Israel, who were joined by only a handful of countries in opposing the decision.
Palestine fully qualifies on all counts. It did so many years ago. It long ago should have become a full de jure UN member. PA leaders must explain why not. Why not now? Why partial, not full status?
A free Palestine has so much to offer. Agricultural industry, tourism industry, cultural and arts and very rich natural resources, but none of these can be economically developed as long as Israel maintains a 10-meter-high separation wall and hundreds of military checkpoints within Palestinian lands, and as long as Israel continues to control the borders, effectively blocking the entire Muslim world from visiting and frequently turning away Christians – and even Jews – from its borders.
On his big day Abbas said “It is time to move forward – that is why we are here today.” The way forward is already set out by international law and numerous UN resolutions, which are still waiting to be implemented. Therein lies justice.
Stevie Wonder has announced that he will perform at at the annual Gala for Friends of the IDF (FIDF). Maybe he does not know. Maybe the people around him are blind. Maybe he lost his soul.
Israel and Washington conspire like they always do. At issue is neutralizing Palestine’s un bid. “Softening” means neutering or castrating. Tactics changed. Focus now is on making it meaningless.
Wherever the Israelis and their Zionist cohorts are leading us, it is not into the light, it is to someplace very very dark. Israel is the last surviving heirs to the dreadful racist heritage.
With the two-state solution not only dead but formally buried, they could then campaign, with growing global support, for equal rights and security for all in one state (all of pre-1967 Israel plus all of the West Bank plus the Gaza Strip).
Were Obama to withdraw or credibly threaten to withdraw just a fraction of the support the United States provides, Israel would have no choice but to comply. But, of course, he will not. American political class enables Israel’s depredations. It is an in-grained habit.
Netanyahu will ignore memorandum of understanding ceasefire terms, maintain Gaza’s siege, manufacture pretexts to eliminate Israeli enemies, and kill Palestinian civilians he calls threats.
Gaza boils daily. Life reflects brutalizing occupation harshness. Isolation is suffocating. West Bank Palestinians understand. No one’s safe anywhere in Palestine. State terror makes everyone vulnerable. No one knows from one day to the next who’ll live, die, be arrested, beaten, tortured, or dehumanized for not being Jewish.
Major news outlets almost systematically relied on Israeli government, military, and intelligence sources to shape its coverage, victimising Israel while dehumanise atrocities of Gaza.
Hamas should be accepted as a key player in the diplomatic process from now on. Israel comes out of Gaza war smelling even worse than before and is now universally despised.
The consequences of the recent assault on Gaza will only be visible when the dust has settled. But it will surely not depart from the aim expressed by former Israeli official Dov Weisglass in 2006: “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”
Arab governments was far more pro-active, Hamas was treated as “a political actor” with sovereign authority, Abbas, have been sidelined, overshadowed, and irrelevant. Israel accepted obligations toward the people of Gaza that it would never have agreed to before war.
The US government must ask: what message do America’s policies send to Israelis and Palestinians? Policies have sent counterproductive messages to the Palestinians that have only increased the incentives for using violence.
What Gaza needs are deeds to compel Western powers to come to their senses and stop defending Israel’s malevolent policies, not rhetoric, speeches and feel-good visits to Gaza.
And after the ceasefire, oppression will resume, the land-grab will continue, more rewards for Israel will flow. And it will be business as usual for Western leaders and their Zionist friends.
Israeli leadership knew exactly what it was doing. Israel’s policies seemed almost calculated to increase future ‘insecurity’ for its people and the region. Will they ever learn?
What if Israel won’t comply? No problem: suspend all trade and technical cooperation. The international community must finally confront the problem it has created.
Richard Falk calls on the international community to help defend the people of Gaza from the ongoing U.S.-backed Israeli assault. “It’s time, it seems to me, for the international community to take some responsibility for protecting the people of Gaza,” Falk says.
Palestinian Arabs will not give up their right to the land or to full equality; they are not simply going to go away. But they are wrong to believe that this challenge can be solved by force.
So there’ll be no lasting peace. History will just keep repeating itself and the torment for blameless citizens will continue on both sides of the Gaza border.
In Gaza and other blighted parts of the globe we see this new configuration of power. What is happening in Gaza, like what is happening to people of color in marginal communities in the United States, is the model. The techniques of control, whether carried out by the Israelis or militarized police units in our inner-city drug wars, whether employed by military special forces or mercenaries in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq, are tested first and perfected on the weak and the powerless. Our callous indifference to the plight of the Palestinians, and the hundreds of millions of poor packed into urban slums in Asia or Africa, as well as our own underclass, means that the injustices visited on them will be visited on us. In failing them we fail ourselves.
By supporting Israel’s offensive on Gaza, Western leaders have given the Israelis carte blanche to do what they’re best at: Wallow in their sense of victimhood and ignore Palestinian suffering.
Israel has embarked on an adventure it has not calculated properly. It must now bear the consequences. A truce will be on Hamas’s terms, not Israel’s. The first of these will be to lift the oppressive blockade on the Gaza Strip.
What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea tomorrow? Would the illegal blockade be lifted? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would Israel clear out of Gaza’s airspace permanently? Would the Israeli navy cease its piracy and stay out of Palestinian territorial waters? Would you and I be able to visit Gaza direct?
The four main culprits who should be held responsible for the deaths of Palestinians and Israelis in the days and, if Israel expands its operation, weeks ahead.
Targeting of Gaza’s unprotected and undefended civilian homes from high altitudes is the ultimate expression of cowardliness and callousness. Hence, the wanton, unbridled brutal aggression on the thoroughly tormented, thoroughly blockaded and bombed out Gazans.
Israeli Jews do not see Palestinians as equal human beings. They live in utter denial of the peculiar and unsustainable reality, but this is no excuse for the rest of the world, especially the United States, not to wake up and realize that ending the occupation has the potential to release a tremendous amount of positive energy.
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