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Video: President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas addresses UNGA (Streamed live)

Mahmoud Abbas addresses UNGA RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us ... Via Youtube
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Video: Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?

Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating...

Britain’s new Middle East minister visits Israel & Palestine… but no mention of 2014...

During his first official visit to Israel and Palestine as minister for the Middle East,...
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Video: Economic Dimensions Militarized Palestine

Alaa Tartir of the Palestinian Policy Network explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all...

Pro-Palestine activists who shut down UK-based Israeli drone factory face jail

Five activists are potentially facing jail after blockading an Israeli arms factory in the English...

Balfour’s Shameful Legacy: UK Government must say sorry and protect Christian Churches in Palestine

Dear Mr Mundell, It was a pleasure meeting you at the Dumfries Agricultural Show. If you recall, we talked briefly about Mrs May’s perverse plan...

Palestine: Apartheid, Stolen Lives and Land, History Erased, United Nations Deaf Mute

“All 100 U.S. Senators signed a letter Thursday asking U.N. Secretary General António Guterres to address what the lawmakers call entrenched bias against Israel...
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Video: ‘Tipping point’: Israel & Palestine trade barbs at UNSC over Jerusalem protests

Clashes broke out in Jerusalem again on Tuesday, as a standoff continues between Muslim worshippers and Israeli police. The unrest started over a decision...
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Video: 3 Israelis & 3 Palestinians killed in protests in Jerusalem, Palestine freezes contacts...

New reports say three Israelis have been killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank. That's after three Palestinians lost...

Islamic preacher who called Jews ‘agents of Satan’ speaks at pro-Palestine expo

An Islamic preacher who called Jews “agents of Satan” and quoted Nazi Joseph Goebbels to...

 Why Palestine is Still the Issue

Photo by Gigi Ibrahim | CC BY 2.0 When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a...

Palestine: Another Desperate Cry for Help

"Beyond urgent... on verge of a catastrophe... last chance to save Christian presence in Holy Land" The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in...

Trump in Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

Photo by Kate Ausburn | CC BY 2.0 As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel...

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared from US Media Coverage

As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. Quoting former Israeli...

As Trump Visits Israel, How Can Palestine Negotiate Peace as Prisoners' Lives Are at...

President Trump arrived in Bethlehem Tuesday during a two-day visit to Israel as part of his first trip abroad as president and vowed to...
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Video: Toughest deal of all? Trump eyes brokering peace between Palestine & Israel

Donald Trump has just left Israel, where he spent two days as part of his first trip abroad as president. A major theme of...
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Video: As Trump Visits Israel, How Can Palestine Negotiate Peace as Prisoners’ Lives are...

https://democracynow.org - President Trump arrived in Bethlehem Tuesday during a two-day visit to Israel as part of his first trip abroad as president and...
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Video: What Impact Will the Manchester Bombing Have on U.S. Attempt at Palestine-Israel Peace...

https://democracynow.org - In Manchester, England, at least 22 people were killed in a bombing at a concert arena at the end of a performance...
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Video: Entry Denied: UK-based professor banned from visiting family in Palestine due to activism

A UK citizen of Palestinian origin who wanted to visit his family in the Occupied Territories has been denied entry to Israel because he...

Campus Activists Fight Fordham University's Ban on Students for Justice in Palestine

On January 23, 2017, members and supporters of Fordham Students for Justice in Palestine rallied on the university's Manhattan campus, before marching to nearby...

Empire Files: Silencing Palestine With Prison and Repression

Israel's occupation of the West Bank is an internationally-recognized human rights crime -- but those being impacted are harshly punished for not only acts...

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only About Remembrance

For Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries. While historians mark May 15th as the anniversary of the date on which Palestinians were expelled...

Ilan Pappé on Viewing Israel-Palestine Through the Lens of Settler-Colonialism

Delivered to The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference March 24, 2017 at the National Press Club The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference was...

Congress Seeks to Penalize Peaceful Pro-Palestine Movement, Amid Annual AIPAC Lobbying Blitz

A banner calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions in opposition to Israeli abuses hangs from the Manhattan Bridge in New York, August 20, 2014....

Hate Crimes in America: Either a Trap or an Opportunity for Palestine Advocates

Photo by Nickolas Nikolic | CC BY 2.0 A collusion exists between the anti-Semitic, White supremacist forces that have ascended to the White House and...

Boris Johnson to meet all sides of West Bank settlement issue during Israel-Palestine visit

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is holding talks with leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Territories on peace, security, and settlements. His visit comes...

Lester B. Pearson Enabled Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

It’s no wonder Canadians are confused about their country’s place in the world when a leading advocate of the Palestinian cause praises the official...

Pro-Palestine activism must be ‘managed’ under counter-extremism strategy, universities told

British universities have been advised to “manage” Palestinian activism on campus in order to comply...

Will Conservative Party Quackery or NDP Principle determine Canada’s Palestine Policy

The Conservative party leadership campaign has unleashed pro-Israel quackery, but it is the NDP race that could have greater impact on Canada’s Palestine policy. Aping...

Palestine, Israel and Trump

Photo by Mark Taylor | CC BY 2.0 To say that there are many things regarding United States governance that puzzle this writer would be...
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Video: #Match the fine for Palestine: Celtic fans crowdfund £176K to pay UEFA fine

Supporters of Celtic FC, known as the Green Brigade, have donated £176000 (US$220000) to two Palestinian charities. The donation was crowdfunded in ... Via Youtube

Trump admin stalls Obama’s last-moment $221mn handout to Palestine – report

Washington has reportedly frozen the transfer of the multimillion aid bound for West Bank and Gaza,...

Palestine: the International Community Screws Up Again

The Middle East peace conference in Paris was the usual farce with Israel and Palestine, the subjects under discussion, both staying away. Netanyahu called...
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Video: ‘Pointless’ Peace Parley : Israel, Palestine don’t take part in Middle East summit

Foreign Ministers from around 70 nations have taken part in a Middle East peace summit in Paris - urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to...

Britain refuses to sign Paris declaration for Israel-Palestine ‘two state solution’

British officials rebelled during a Paris peace conference last weekend, refusing to sign a joint agreement supporting negotiations for a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine. The...

The Reality of Life in Occupied Palestine

(RINF) - “My interests (as an old man) are directed towards keeping truth, based on facts (of course) from disappearing beneath the dust that...

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State is Possible in Palestine and Israel

Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on...

Israeli embassy backing campaign to topple Britain’s pro-Palestine student leader – report

Israeli authorities collaborated with student campaigners in an attempt to topple the president of the...

Palestine, the World and Resolution 2334

Photo by Gigi Ibrahim | CC BY 2.0 Well, the sturm und drang caused by the passage of United Nations Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlements,...

Palestine 2017

There is no doubt that the UN Security Council condemnation of Israel on Friday, December 23, was an important and noteworthy event. True,...

Palestine Rights Group’s Public Brawl with the New Statesman

Who would pick a pointless fight with an ally like the New Statesman and hand the Israel lobby an open goal just when Tel...

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity with Palestine

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘biggest-ever campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those...

Palestine recognition to have ‘no major price’ for Obama, to give the nation UN...

Lame duck US President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party have “nothing to lose” if recognition is extended to Palestine in the final days...

‘Trump or Clinton? Makes no difference to Palestine,’ Middle East scholars tell RT (VIDEO)

Donald Trump promises to be Israel’s “best friend” when he enters the White House next...

Trump talks peace in Israel and Palestine, Syria; explains why he hired Bannon

President-elect Donald Trump would like to be the first to make peace between Israel and Palestine,...

The Empire Files: Inside Palestine's Refugee Camps

In her first on-the-ground report from Palestine, Abby Martin gives a first-hand look into two of the most attacked refugee camps in...
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Video: From Palestine to Black Lives Matter: Alicia Garza & Phyllis Bennis on Issues...

http://democracynow.org - In our special broadcast of the final 2016 U.S. presidential debate, we asked Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza what the ... Via...

From Palestine to Black Lives Matter: Alicia Garza and Phyllis Bennis on Issues Ignored...

In our special broadcast of the final 2016 U.S. presidential debate, we asked Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza what the major-party...
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Video: Rashid Khalidi on the Global Issues Being Ignored by Clinton & Trump from...

http://democracynow.org – Columbia University's Rashid Khalidi speaks to Democracy Now! during our Expanding the Debate special after the second Donald ... Via Youtube

US maternal mortality rate worse than Libya, Palestine – report

The maternal mortality rate in the United States is higher than that of Iran, Palestine, Libya,...

The Empire Files: How Palestine Became Colonized

by The Real News Network (TRNN) / October 1st, 2016 Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history...

Ban Ki-Moon’s Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds

Ban Ki-Moon’s second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations is ending this December. He was the most ideal man for the...

Ban Ki-Moon’s Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds

Ban Ki-Moon’s second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations is ending this December. He was the most ideal man...

Anti-Palestine Media Bias Remains Untouchable Even to Canada”s Media Critics

Media coverage of world affairs mostly focuses on Ottawa/Washington’s perspective. While the dominant media is blatant in its subservience to Canadian/Western power, even independent...

Berkeley Allows Palestine Course to Be Taught

On Sept. 19, UC-Berkeley Dean Carla Hesse rescinded her Sept. 13 suspension of a student-led course on Palestine. But the controversy over her original suspension...
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Video: Norman Finkelstein on Gaza two years on and Israeli-Palestine peace talks (Going Underground)

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE: https://youtu.be/5_1cXKedkUI Afshin Rattansi goes underground on Israel. Professor Norman Finkelstein speaks about the ... Via Youtube

Berkeley Bans a Palestine Class

(Photo: Taken / Pixabay) Suspending a course in the middle of a semester is one of the most serious actions a university can take. On...

Berkeley suspends Palestine class midway through semester

A University of California, Berkeley class, ‘Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis’, was suspended after Chancellor Nicholas Dirks...

US aid to Israel ‘meaningless,’ to be used against Palestine: Analyst

America’s increased military aid to Israel is meaningless and will be used to kill more Palestinians, says an analyst. Read more

Beyond Apartheid and Genocide — Justice for the Movement for Black Lives and Palestine

A recent statement issued by the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of 60 grassroots organizations, describes Israel as "an apartheid state with...
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Video: Yemen & Palestine: Vijay Prashad on the Two “Ruthless” Bombing Campaigns

http://democracynow.org - The epilogue of Vijay Prashad's new book, "The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution," examines the ... Via...

The Birth of Agro-Resistance in Palestine

Across the West Bank, olive trees can be found that have survived from the time of Herod, a legacy of the Romans’ cultivation of...
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Video: ‘Thank you Celtic’: Wave of support for football club waving Palestine flags

Supporters of Celtic football club known as The Green Brigade raised more than £110000 (US$144000) and counting, as of Tuesday afternoon, in reaction to...

Celtic F.C. Fans Pledge to ‘Match the Fine for Palestine’

A major fine by the UEFA expected to be levied against Scottish football powerhouse Celtic F.C., after a group of...

Of Hajah Zainab – Is Palestine Still the Central Issue for Arabs?

Palestine is increasingly absent from Arab consciousness, at least at the official and media levels. For years, the discussion has veered elsewhere,...

Divide and Rule: How Factionalism in Palestine Is Killing Prospects for Freedom

As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for October, division and factionalism are rearing their...

Divide and Rule: How Factionalism in Palestine Is Killing Prospect for Freedom

As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for next October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly...
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Video: Gareth Icke On His New Album, Supporting Palestine & The World Wide Wake...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube
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Video: Palestine: Hamas military tunnel open to public for first time

The Hamas military branch, Iz ad-Din al-Qassam, have opened an exhibition in the Shuja'iyya neighbourhood of Gaza to mark the two year anniversary since...

Battle Over Palestine May Spill Into Democratic Convention

The Democratic primary race for president is effectively over following Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton. But the battle over Israel and Palestine...

War & Peace: Azerbaijan & Palestine

Armenians can only marvel at Zionist chutzpahPart I considered the remarkable similarities between Armenians and Jews. They both were socialist, then capitalist, adapting as...

The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Twelve years ago (July 9), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations...

Britain’s short-lived solidarity with Palestine exposed on 2nd anniversary of Gaza war

Friday marks the second anniversary of one of history’s bloodiest attacks on Gaza. Despite a...

Needed: An EU Push on Palestine Peace

As the European Union displays more disunion with Brexit and threats of other exits, a renewed E.U. push for an...

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War

Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. This...
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Video: Israel cuts water supplies to West Bank, Palestine authorities claim

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water, according to Palestinian authorities. RT LIVE ... Via Youtube

Britain reviews aid to Palestine days after US pledges $40bn to Israel

Palestinian aid is under review by the British government after it was alleged some of...
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Video: ‘Massacre and Genocide’: Son of Israeli general seeking peace in Palestine

Afshin Rattansi goes underground with the General's Son. From surviving grenade attacks to the killing of a relative. We discover how, Miko Peled the...

Roots of the Conflict: Palestine’s Nakba in the Larger Arab ‘Catastrophe’

  On May 15th of every year, over the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine. The ethnic cleansing of Palestine to make...

Reflections on a Delegation to Imprisoned Palestine

Emory Douglas, BPP Minister of Culture, with Mukhles Burgal and his son.   At the end of March 2016, I was part of a nineteen-member Prisoner...
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Video: Julian Assange: Michael Ratner was a “Campaigner for Justice” from Guatemala to Palestine

http://democracynow.org - On Wednesday, the trailblazing attorney Michael Ratner died at the age of 72. In recent years, Ratner served as the chief attorney...

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld?

I had mixed feelings when I learned that Palestine has erected a statue of Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African anti-Apartheid leader. On the one...

Did the Arabs Betray Palestine?

At the age of 21, I crossed Gaza into Egypt to pursue a degree in political science. The timing could have not been worse....
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Video: ‘Total failure’ – Palestine FM on Obama’s foreign policy

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been on the rise amid a wave of stabbing attacks. At least 20 Israelis and 130 Palestinians have...

Publisher McGraw-Hill Discontinues Textbook With Map of Palestine

The McGraw-Hill Publishing headquarters in New York City. (Photo: Mike Steele; Edited: LW/ TO) In March 2016, executives at the McGraw-Hill textbook publishing...

Noam Chomsky vs Alan Dershowitz “The Israel-Palestine Conflict”

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Video: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Angela Davis on Ferguson, Palestine & the Foundations...

http://democracynow.org - In a Women's History Month special, we speak with author, activist and scholar Angela Davis, professor emerita at the University of ... Via...
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Video: UN Human Rights Council Will Monitor Corporations Operating in Occupied Palestine

The U.N. vote to expose corporations profiting from Israeli occupation demonstrates shifting global opinion on settlements, says the Institute of Policy Studies' ... Via Youtube

Preoccupied in Palestine

1. The Silence She has given up speech for sign language. She is learning how to sing with her hands, how to scream and shout without parting...
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Video: Anti-AIPAC Protest Reveals Growing Solidarity with Palestine

Journalist Max Blumenthal speaks with activists during protest against AIPAC. Via Youtube
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Video: Clinton Vs. Sanders on Israel-Palestine

Phyllis Bennis says Clinton's AIPAC speech and Sanders's Middle East speech reveals their divergent approaches to the US's closest ally, Israel. Via Youtube
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Video: Is Clinton Moving to the Right of Trump on Israel-Palestine? A Debate on...

http://democracynow.org - All three remaining Republican candidates and Democrat Hillary Clinton addressed the pro-Israel AIPAC conference Monday. Clinton ... Via Youtube

New Trade Law Could Reverse 50 Years of US Economic Policy Regarding Palestine

British private security contractor G4S announced Wednesday that the company will liquidate its operations in Israel after reporting a steep drop in...
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Video: ‘Apartheid is Great Britain’ Authorities remove pro-Palestine posters from London tube

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded the removal of posters placed by a pro-Palestinian group on the London underground. Campaigners ... Via Youtube

Hacker dumps data on nearly 30K federal agents ‘for Palestine’

An anonymous hacker has released the details of 20,000 FBI employees and 9,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel online. The so-called cybercriminal had earlier...

Video: Gilad Atzmon On How Israel Controls All External Opposition To The Occupation Of...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ http://www.Gilad.Co.Uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow ... Via Youtube
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Video: Palestine unveils its first homemade tank ‘prepared for day of confrontation’

Militants of political group Hamas which governs Gaza have presented first Palestinian own-made tank. The tank was shown at the memorial service for ... Via...

Palestine after Abbas

Although intended to inspire his Fatah Party followers, a televised speech by Mahmoud Abbas on the 51st Anniversary of the group’s launch highlighted, instead,...

A Way Forward on Israel-Palestine

Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace have rarely looked dimmer — with Prime Minister Netanyahu unwilling to make concessions and President Obama incapable of applying pressure, but one option...

Reclaiming Palestine: How Israeli Media Misread the Intifada

Israeli  commentators, Yaron Friedman, of "Ynet News" and Haviv Rettig Gur, of the "Times of Israel" are clueless about the driving force behind the Palestinian...

Co-op Bank closes Palestine Solidarity Campaign accounts

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has filed a lawsuit against the Co-operative Bank after the financial institution closed its accounts without warning last month. The...

Boris Johnson cuts short Palestine visit after Israel boycott criticism sparks outrage

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been banned from a Palestinian charity visit after calling Israel boycotters “lefty academics” who wear corduroy jackets, it has...

The Distortion and Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage

A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs--how much...

‘The Occupation Doesn’t Stop’ – CounterSpin interview with Yousef Munayyer on violence in Israel/Palestine

CounterSpin interview with Yousef Munayyer on violence in Israel/PalestineYousef Munayyer: “What’s missing…is the status quo of military occupation, which is itself a system of...
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Video: RT crew tear gassed during broadcast amid unrest in Palestine

RT crew was tear gassed while covering Palestinian clashes in Ramallah in the West Bank. In the course of protests the IDF charged on...
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Video: Baltimore Rallies in Solidarity with Palestine

TRNN talks to Baltimore-Palestine Solidarity about why they are protesting Senator Ben Cardin's office and their response to the latest round of violence in...
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Video: Israel-Palestine: As Stabbings, Shootings Kill Dozens, Endless Occupation Fuels Vengeful Resistance

Democracynow.org - The death toll from violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories has increased with new Palestinian stabbing attacks and an intensified ... Via...
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Video: Israel vs. Palestine on Times Square: More than a thousand rally in NYC

Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protesters both took to the streets of New York. In spite of some minor injuries, no major clashes were reported. A...

Reviving Hope in Palestine

With Official Washington huffily rejecting peaceful protests against Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians — such as boycotts and recognition of a Palestinian state — the...
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Video: Rocky Relationship: Israel, Palestine crisis worsens as killings, stabbing attacks grow

Israeli-Palestinian violence is on rise across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Stabbings are becoming particularly common amid fears of a new Palestinian ... Via...
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Video: Does Free Speech Have a Palestine Exception? Dismissed Professor Steven Salaita Speaks Out

Democracynow.org - A new report by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal has documented hundreds of cases of Palestinian rights activists ... Via...
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Video: ‘Proud day’: Palestine flag flies at UN HQ for 1st time

The flag of Palestine has been raised at the UN headquarters, joining those of member states and marking a “proud day” for all Palestinian...

Palestine’s Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?

The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has,...
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Video: The Second Intifada Was Our Ferguson: Palestine and the Politics of Hip Hop

DAM rapper Tamer Nafar talks about how music showed him the connection between the Palestinian struggle and the Black American experience. Via Youtube

British retailer removes Israel from globe, features Palestine instead

Budget retailer Poundland has reportedly stocked a globe which features Palestine, but fails to include the State of Israel. A shopper discovered the globe...
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Video: Pro-Palestine activists rally against ‘Tel Aviv beach’ in Paris

Hundreds gathered near Pont d'Arcole in Paris to rally against a 'Tel Aviv beach' created on a section of the Seine river bank. Protesters...
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Video: ‘What has been going on in occupied Palestine in many ways is crime...

Israeli soldiers have killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on the Gaza border. The incident happened when a group of youngsters approached the border fence...
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Video: RAW: ‘Illegal buildings’ demolished in Palestine

2 illegaly built Beut El houses destroyed in Palestine despite PM Netanyahu's protest. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE ... Via Youtube
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Video: Theodore Bikel Remembered: Fiddler on the Roof Actor and Activist Speaks Out on...

http://democracynow.org - We spend the hour remembering the renowned actor, musician, composer and activist Theodore Bikel, who died Tuesday at the age ... Via Youtube

The Path Ahead for Palestine

Israel under Prime Minister Netanyahu is showing no inclination to resolve the long-festering conflict with the Palestinians who remain harshly repressed in an apartheid-like...
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Video: Israel colludes with al-Nusra to keep Golan Heights peace — Palestine’s Foreign Minister

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process has all but collapsed, and coupled with an outgoing US President and growing regional instability, the political and ... Via Youtube

US church votes to boycott Israel over occupation of Palestine

One of the largest Christian Protestant denominations in the United States has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s...

Palestine, Israel and Dissent

It seems that the United States just can’t prevent itself from protecting Apartheid Israel. Just when it seemed that even U.S. government opinion was...

Amnesty International’s Palestine Sell-out

Paul de Rooij Amnesty International has issued three reports on the Massacre in Gaza in 2014 — and given the scale of the destruction and...

Israel-Palestine coverage is difficult, admits BBC chief amid accusations of bias

BBC Director-General Lord Hall has admitted that reporting on the Israel-Palestine conflict is “tough,” but insists the corporation aims to be balanced in its...

Hard Truths in Occupied Palestine Media Scoundrels Suppress

Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News Numerous ones. Important ones. Longstanding ones. Relating to humanitarian, human rights and other international law abuses. US constitutional and statute laws. Israeli...

Ignored Root Cause of Occupied Palestine Violence

Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News Israel and America share full responsibility. Partnering in high crimes against peace. Longstanding. Unspeakable. Viciousness writ large. Slow-motion genocide. Washington supporting Israel's...

Israel’s Annexation Plan for Palestine

John V. Whitbeck Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of the Economy and leader of the Jewish Home Party, a major component of the current Israeli government,...

More isolation for Israel: Palestine officially recognised by Sweden

Sarah Lazare In the midst of a stalled peace process and mounting political isolation for Israel, Sweden on Thursday joined over 130 other nations in...

It’s Long Past Time To Recognise Palestine

MPs will vote tomorrow on whether or not to recognise the State of Palestine. Both legally and politically, the international community has overwhelmingly endorsed the...

Freedom Walking for Palestine and BDS

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News In the 1960s, US Freedom Riders challenged racist injustice and related human rights abuses. Their activism made a difference. They rode interstate...

Israel’s Genocidal War on Palestine Without End

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News It's longstanding Israeli policy. Palestinians aren't wanted. Israel considers them subhuman. It wants them eliminated. It wants Jewish exclusivity. It wants maximum...

What The Corporate Media Isn’t Reporting About Israel And Palestine

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On Tuesday, Israel's Operation Protective Edge aggression entered day 50. Mass slaughter and destruction continue. MSM scoundrels largely lost interest. Killing...

What would happen if Palestine joined the International Criminal Court?

Dr. Michael Kearney What would happen if Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signs up to join the International Criminal Court (ICC)? The question has acquired...

Charity Calls For Suspension Of Arms Sales To Israel And Palestine

RINF Alternative News Today the charity Oxfam has called for the immediate suspension of arms and ammunition sales to Israel and Palestine, in an effort...

Palestine pushing for Hague Court probe into Israeli ‘war crimes’ in Gaza

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki has said that Israel must be prosecuted at The Hague court for war crimes it committed during the offensive...

Israel Continues to Commit War Crimes and Genocide against the Population of Palestine

Steven MacMillan As the incessant killing of innocent Palestinian civilians continues at the hands of the Israeli establishment, no end is in sight to the...

Palestine Support Behind Banking Behemoth’s Closure of Muslim Organizations’ Accounts?

After HSBC sent letters to three Muslim organizations in the UK notifying them their accounts will be closed, leaders are making claims of Islamaphobia...

The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of...

Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine

Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News Readers are asking for my take on the Israel-Gaza situation, and, believe it or not, Oxford University’s famous debating society,...

The World According to the Mainstream Media: Russia and Palestine are Guilty until Proven...

Timothy Alexander Guzman RINF Alternative News Recent events has enabled Western governments, Israel and the mainstream media (MSM) to launch a propaganda crusade against Russia and...

‘Witch Hunt’: Fired MSNBC Contributor Speaks Out on Suppression of Israel-Palestine Debate

MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal’s on-air protest of the network’s slanted coverage of Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has brought media suppression of the Israel-Palestine...

Palestine vs. Israel: An Immoral Conflict Devoid of Balance

Steven MacMillan RINF Alternative News The recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza is the latest example of the lack of equilibrium in a conflict that has been...

Israel’s Goliath to Palestine’s David

Norman Pollack RINF Alternative News Today Israel resumed its attack on Gaza, presumably in response to rocket launches into Israeli territory. I say “presumably,” because it...

US ‘profoundly troubled’ by brutal beating of Palestine teen who turned out to be...

The US has condemned the beating and detention of a 15-year-old Palestinian-American by Israeli police after a massive social media campaign exploded in cyber...

Protesters stand up for Palestine outside the Israeli Embassy

Adam Cochrane More than 1,000 people protested outside the Israeli embassy in West London today, Saturday, against Israel's deadly new attacks on the Gaza strip. The...

Selective Sympathy in Israel/Palestine

Lawrence Davidson The display of anxiety and aggressive agitation in Israel, triggered by the kidnapping of three young men from an illegal settlement on the...

Palestine: Israeli Occupation Forces Raid Publishing Companies and Violate Freedom of Speech

On Sunday, 22 June, at around 4:00 AM, Israeli Occupation Forces broke into the company premises of Turbo Computers and Software Co. Ltd., a...

Ah Palestine: a non-existing land without people for a non-existing people

The Israeli Supreme court has recently ruled that there is no such thing as an "Israeli" recognized by the legal system of the State...

Israel ‘Disappointed’ At US Co-Operation With Palestine

ISRAELI ministers lashed out at the United States today over its “disappointing” decision to work with the new Palestinian unity government. US and European Union...

Pope Francis in Palestine

Phyllis Bennis There were plenty of important statements from Pope Francis during his recent three-day trip to Palestine and Israel–including a plea for “justice,” a...

“Greater Israel” and The “Disappearance” of Palestine: Israel is Considering the Annexation of the...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu says that Israel can possibly annex West Bank territories because he has the support from both sides of the political spectrum, if the Peace Process had failed. He also denied any plans of “unilateral territorial withdrawals” from the West Bank. According to the Jerusalem Post, Natanyahu was interviewed by Bloomberg View and said “The idea of taking unilateral steps is gaining ground, from the center-left to the center-right.” Last December, Arutz Sheva, an Israeli-based news network reported that economics minister Naftali Bennett had proposed that Israel could annex key areas of the West Bank which includes Judea in the Southern West Bank and Samaria located in the northern West Bank (both biblical names given by Israeli’s to justify their claims on the West Bank based on religious grounds) which are dominated by Jews and place them under the control of Israeli Defense Forces. Bennett said “I favor implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 Jews live and only 70,000 Arabs.” Since “only 70,000 Arabs” live in both Judea and Samaria, then maybe the Israeli government can exile them to other Arab nations and at the same time, create a refugee crisis. The Israeli government’s idea to annex certain areas of the West Bank because there is a Jewish population already living there is absurd. The Jerusalem Post article reported what Natanyahu had said in regards to a “unilateral withdrawal” in what he described as a left-wing idea to appease the Palestinian Authorities:

Many Israelis are asking themselves if there are certain unilateral steps that could theoretically make sense,” he added. But Netanyahu appeared to dismissed left-wing ideas of territorial withdrawal from portions of the West Bank as one possible unilateral option.

He explained that Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza, a unilateral plan designed to rescue a frozen peace process, had strengthened terrorist groups bent on destroying Israel and had failed to bring peace. “People also recognize that the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza didn’t improve the situation or advance peace — it created Hamastan, from which thousands of rockets have been fired at our cities,” Netanyahu said

The Prime Minister also spoke about the two-state solution and Iran’s relationship with the Palestinians when he said “The first point of consensus is that we don’t want a binational state. Another point of consensus is that we don’t want an Iranian proxy in territories we vacate.” Natanyahu is clear that they do not want a two-state solution because they only want a Jewish state to exist, nor do they want to withdraw from West Bank territories because of the so-called “Iranian threat” to Israel.  Natanyahu also said that “We want a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the nation-state of the Jews. How do you get that if you can’t get it through negotiations? “The Palestinians don’t agree to recognizing Israel as the Jewish nation-state, and it’s not clear to me that they’ll agree to elements of demilitarization that are required in any conceivable plan that works.” So far, there has been no success with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process since the Palestinians have made it clear on their decision not to recognize Israel as a “Jewish state”. Doing so would be admitting that their presence in Palestine has been illegitimate, therefore it would be conceding to Israel’s demands. It will also designate Jews with the right to be in Palestine. As for the Palestinians themselves, they would need permission of the “Jewish state” to live in Palestine since they do not have an innate right to do so. It would be a political disaster for the Palestinians if they agreed to such demands. It is a major condition that comes with risks if a Jewish state were to be imposed on the Palestinians. Natanyahu believes that the conditions should be considered to move forward on peace, but the Palestinians would not negotiate on Israel’s terms. He said that “The minimal set of conditions that any Israeli government would need cannot be met by the Palestinians.” The Natanyahu Government was also not happy when the Palestinian Authority decided to form a unity government including Hamas to negotiate with Israel. Natanyahu said:

No matter what the spin is about blaming Israel, do we actually expect Abbas, who seems to be embracing Hamas, to give a negotiated deal? In all likelihood, no. I hope he does, but I’m not sure he’s going to do it,” Natanyahu continued “There is an emerging consensus that we don’t have a partner who can challenge constituencies, do something unpopular, do something that is difficult. Abbas has not done anything to challenge the prevailing Palestinian consensus. In fact, he’s doing the opposite: the Hamas reconciliation, internationalizing the conflict, not giving one iota on the right of return, not giving an iota on the Jewish state. He wouldn’t deal with Kerry’s framework

According to Israel Shahak’s article, “Greater Israel”: The Zionist Plan for the Middle East”, he explains what Israel’s main objective is by expanding further into Palestinian territories and other areas of the Middle East:

The Zionist project supports the Jewish settlement movement. More broadly it involves a policy of excluding Palestinians from Palestine leading to the eventual annexation of both the West Bank and Gaza to the State of Israel.

Greater Israel would create a number of proxy States. It would include parts of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the Sinai, as well as parts of Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Here is a map of Israel’s expansion into Palestine since 1946:

Palestine is slowly disappearing. Annexation by the Israeli government would result in an international backlash and a public relations disaster. It can also start a new conflict if Israel were to annex more land in the West Bank. In an opinion piece written by Gershon Baskin for the Jerusalem Post described what the consequences would be if Israel were to annex certain areas of the West Bank:

Not only will annexation of the territories bring on the wrath of the whole world, the Palestinians will never give up their nationalism and if they have no political avenue to wage their struggle in the world, they will use violence against Israel, and we will certainly feel the pain of their wrath

Israel’s intention of acquiring more land through force would not improve relations with the Palestinians or their Arab neighbors, and it certainly would not bring any peace in the foreseeable future.

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Calle 13 “Multi Viral” Video Album: Politics, Media Manipulation and Palestine

We feel the need to help achieve change in the music industry, a favourable change, that is. Artists must remain in control to the extent that this is possible”

René Perez, Lead Singer and Composer of Calle 13

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News - Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 Collaborated on a new album with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine (RATM) and Palestinian Singer Kamilya Jubran. Other tracks on the album feature author of Open Veins of Latin America, Eduardo Galeano. The album called ‘Multi_Viral’ against news manipulation and political repression is to be released this coming March. It is political and indeed very interesting. It is a new generation of protest music that will grab worldwide attention. According to an online magazine www.venuemagazine.com:

Multi_Viral is Calle 13’s first album under their own record label, El Abismo (The Abyss), allowing them to have more creative and artistic freedom than ever before. “An artist should have control over their art in every way possible”, says René, vocalist and songwriter of the band. It’s this state-of-mind that has set Calle 13 apart from the reggaeton genre pushing boundaries with satirical lyrics and social commentary about Latin American issues and culture

Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, a non-profit news organization that gained worldwide attention when they released 250,000 US classified documents to several news outlets which exposed the U.S. government’s global agenda. Julian Assange is currently residing in an Ecuadorian embassy in London, England after Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa granted him Diplomatic Asylum. Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine (RATM), An American rock band known for their political views, critical of the US government’s policies which reflect in their music. It also features Kamilya Jubran who is a Palestinian singer born in Akka, within the State of Israel. Kamilya was Sabreen’s lead song performer, and player of several oriental instruments including the Oud and the Qanoon among others. In her official website it says “From 1982 to 2002, Kamilya along with Sabreen represented the voice of resistance; struggle for freedom, and a deep and dynamic artistic-political process that created a new style of a modern Arabic song.”

The Buenos Aires Herald wrote a story called ‘Calle 13 multi-viral trend’ and said that “Calle 13 will then take its vigorous message through the Caribbean, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Highlighting its true commitment to social and political issues, band members René Pérez and stepbrother Eduardo Cabra go by the most telling nicknames of “Resident” and “Visitor” respectively.” Calle 13 is releasing a new album that exposes the mainstream media. “After seven years on the road and releasing no albums with new material, Calle 13’s Multi-viral was published under its own label, El Abismo. In keeping with its spirit, Multi-viral was cowritten by René Pérez and Julian Assange to address the manipulation of information in the media” the report said. The Associated Press reported on December 2013 on Rene Perez’s comments on Palestine’s political situation in comparison to Puerto Rico ‘Calle 13 singer says Palestinians like Puerto Rico.’ It said:

Speaking to the Associated Press in Bethlehem, where he is shooting the band’s latest music video, Rene Perez said Puerto Ricans were linked to Palestinians “because we are a colony of the United States. Here you have the situation with Israel.

Perez, also known as Residente, added that Puerto Rico and the Palestinians both have “cosmetic” governments. “Here most people want to be free, they fight for their country,” he said in the West Bank city, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. “It would be good to start building bridges between Palestine and Puerto Rico

The Associated Press also reported that Calle 13 is anti-establishment:

Perez, who performs along with his step-brother Eduardo Cabra, has emerged as a leading antiestablishment rapper and is a strong supporter of the Puerto Rican independence movement. Calle 13 has a long history of lacing social messages over bass-thumping beats

Perez said he chose to come to the Palestinian territories to shoot the majority of the band’s latest video, “Multi Viral.” He said the song is about manipulation of the media and how it distorts information. He said he worked on the song with Tom Morello, a former guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. 

“I think music never stops being music. It always keeps being music and the message can be social, political, anything,” Perez said.

Recently the New York Times published an article about Calle 13’s new album ‘Still Rebels, Even as Maturity Looms’:

Multi_Viral,” Calle 13’s fifth album, is the work of a duo reckoning with both its global perspective and its contentious artistic impulses, determined to maintain a rebellious spirit even as maturity looms. Mr. Pérez described his new lyrics as “more existential” than previous Calle 13 efforts.

“Suddenly I’ve started to be more aware, or worried, about living and dying,” Mr. Pérez, 36, said. “I thought, maybe I can do something bigger than politics”

It is much bigger than politics; in fact it is about exposing what the media conveys to the public as truth. It also exposes other Global issues the world is facing.

Multi-viral music video is in Spanish, English and Arabic.

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Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine

Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine

by Stephen Lendman

He's a world class thug. He represents the worst of rogue state leadership. He exceeds Sharonian evil. Why Israelis put up with him they'll have to explain.

He's militantly racist. He deplores peace. He thrives on violence and instability. He blames Palestinians for Israeli crimes.

He calls sham peace talks legitimate ones. They've been stillborn decades. They remain so now.

Netanyahu wants Palestinians denied all rights. He wants them cowed into submission. He wants his rules enforced. 

Palestinians have no legitimate peace partner. They never did. For sure not now. They're on their own like always. Israel spurns equity and justice. Occupation harshness persists.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu ordered government officials to stop cooperating with PA ones. It's in response to Abbas' "grave violation of (his) commitments to the framework of the peace talks," he claimed.

He lied saying so. Israel bears full responsibility. He stressed eliminating meetings between Israeli ministers and their Palestinian counterparts. 

He did so in response to Abbas applying to join 15 UN bodies and treaties. He wants Palestinians denied their legal rights.

Cabinet secretary Avichai Mendelblit informed Israeli minsters by telephone. Only low-level cooperation is permitted.

Israeli Defense Ministry/PA contacts continue. Maintaining them relates to security. Abbas serves as Israel's enforcer. Peace talks aren't affected.

Fatah official Mohammed al-Madani said he's unaware of details on what happened. "If true, this decision is mistaken," he said.

"It’s impossible to sever the ties between Israelis and Palestinians. We must continue to have normal relations in order to reach a just and lasting peace."

Opposition Labor chairman Isaac Herzog reacted. He accused Netanyahu of aggravating sensitive conditions.

"The prime minister is handing petrol and flammable materials to the last of Israel's haters," said Herzog.

"It's not clear what good will come of this superfluous move of cutting off relations with the Palestinian Authority," he added. "In fact, it's quite clear what damage will come of this step." 

"It will harm the interests of the state of Israel and its economic sector. The prime minister has begun a process of disengagement between Israel the world." 

"This is the result of frustration and helplessness, and the prime minister of Israel's lack of ability to operate within a plan and reached any sort of achievement in that realm. Frustration and helplessness are not diplomatic policy." 

Meretz party MK Nitzan Horowitz said:

"Netanyahu is confirming that he killed the diplomatic process after making the talks explode, when he didn't give them a real chance in the first place. He's destroying what's left."

He's hurting Israel most, he added. His action is "irresponsible" and "dangerous."

Environmental Protection minister called his decision "useless." It "deserv(ed) prior discussion," he added.

"I intend to ask the prime minister to hold an in-depth discussion on the significance and implications of this decision," he said.

Finance Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky supports the move. Palestinians need contacts more than Israel, he said.

"It's a serious mistake to think that we need to pay a price just so people will talk to us," he added. 

"I commend the prime minister for his decision to respond with determination to the Palestinian Authority's provocations."  

Hardline Economy Minister Naftali Bennett called settlement construction Israel's divine right.

"Some people describe the construction as a boom in settlement activities, and I am telling them we will continue to build in the capital of our Jewish homeland," he said. 

"Some tried to prevent us from living in our capital, but Zionism will continue to build, nobody will ever be able to stop us."

PA spokesman Ehab Bseiso said Israel undermined efforts "to revive the negotiations, to proceed with a constructive solution to the challenges facing the peace process."

Former US peace negotiator Aaron David Miller claimed:

"A collapse of the (talks) add(s) to the perception that we really don't know what we're doing."

Gulf Research Center senior advisor Mustafa Anali said Arab expectations of Washington are about as low as they can get.

"That's because Arabs never trusted this administration as a peacemaker."

Obama deplores peace. He's a warrior. He waged multiple direct and proxy wars. He's done so throughout his tenure. He's targeting Russia. He's playing with fire.

He wants all independent governments removed. He wants pro-US vassal states replacing them. He one-sidedly supports Israel. He says one thing. He does another.

Netanyahu goes way out of his way to incite conflict. He bears full responsibility for failed talks. Washington shares it. Kerry tried disingenuously to deflect blame.

Hours before Netanyahu's order, he blamed Israel for impasse peace talks conditions. He did so during Senate Foreign Affairs Committee testimony.

He said Abbas applying for UN body memberships followed Israel disrupting so-called peace talks.

"Both sides, whether advertently or inadvertently, wound up in positions where things happened that were unhelpful," he said. 

"Clearly, going to these treaties is not helpful, and we have made that crystal-clear," he added.

"Unfortunately, prisoners were not released on the Saturday they were supposed to be released. And so day one went by, day two went by, day three went by." 

"And then in the afternoon, when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem and, poof, that was sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are"  now.

Damage control followed Kerry's testimony. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said he was misunderstood. He didn't place blame primarily on either party, she claimed.

"Secretary Kerry has been consistently crystal clear that both sides have taken unhelpful steps, and at no point has he engaged in a blame game," she said. 

"The fact is, it is up to the parties and their leaders to determine whether they are going to make the tough choices needed, and that has always been the case."

Kerry's above quoted comments need no further explanation. He blamed both sides. He criticized Israel most. It deserves it entirely. 

Abbas should have joined all world bodies years ago. He should have done much more. He abstained instead of acting responsibly. 

Throughout his tenure, he's been a reliable Israeli collaborator. Betrayal defines his policy. Joining world bodies doesn't matter without willingness to use them.

Most important is holding Israel responsible for high crimes too grave to ignore. Abbas never did so before. Expect nothing this different time. 

Failure renders his action meaningless. Kerry and Netanyahu made mountains out of mole hills. Criticizing legal Palestinian rights reveals their true agenda. 

They want them entirely denied. They want Israel alone afforded them. They want Palestinians ruthlessly exploited. They want war, not peace.

Israel reacted sharply to Kerry's remarks. An unnamed Israeli official was "deeply disappointed." He referred to what he called his "poof speech."

He countered holding Palestinians responsible for Israel's intransigence. Kerry's remarks "both hurt the negotiations and harden Palestinian positions," he claimed.

Kerry "knows that it was the Palestinians who said 'no' to continued direct talks with Israel in November; who said 'no' to his proposed framework for final status talks; who said 'no' to even discussing recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people; who said 'no' to a meeting with Kerry himself; and who said 'no' to an extension of the talks," he said.

"At the same time, in the understandings reached prior to the talks, Israel did not commit to any limitation on construction." 

"Therefore, the Palestinian claim that building in Jerusalem, Israel's capital, was a violation of the understandings is contrary to the facts." 

"Both the American negotiating team and the Palestinians know full well that Israel made no such commitment."

An unnamed PA official holds Israel entirely responsible. It's "undermining the American role in the peace process," he said.

Palestinian negotiators "never raised any issue that is not already an Israeli obligation."

Settlement construction is illegal, he stressed. Israel is obligated to halt it entirely. Failure to release prisoners agreed on threw fuel on the fire.

Months of talks reveal failure. Israel "clearly show(s) no interest" in viable Palestinian statehood.

It demands Abbas rescind his world body applications. Palestinian officials said they stand as submitted. They won't be reversed.

An unnamed Israeli official said "Israel wants to see the negotiations continue and will persist in its efforts to resolve the current crisis."

At the same time, he warned: "In response to unilateral Palestinian steps, Israel will take unilateral steps of its own."

It began doing so. It widens the gap between both sides. It makes conflict resolution less likely.

Given Israel's longstanding hardline position, it's virtually impossible. With Netanyahu in charge, it's zero.

Giving peace a chance is no option. Conflict resolution is more distant than ever.

Days earlier, Netanyahu imposed other punitive measures. He said more would follow. He suggested tax revenues due Palestine would be frozen.

Israel collects them and customs duties. It's obligated to return them to PA officials. They provide operating revenues. 

They amount to about $100 million monthly. They're on goods imported into Palestine. Israel froze them earlier. It was during times of heightened security and diplomatic tensions.

Twenty-six political prisoners scheduled for release remain incarcerated. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and General Yoav Mordechai were told "to prepare a list of all possible measures."

One suspends Palestine's Wataniya wireless provider. It operates in the West Bank. Permission to do so in Gaza will be denied. 

Implementing 3G cellular technology in PA-assigned areas is frozen. So are Area C promotion master plans.

On Tuesday, Abbas arrived in Cairo. He came for an emergency Arab League foreign ministers meeting. It convened at his request. 

Failed peace talks were discussed. He asked for economic help. He wants $100 million monthly in case Israel withholds tax revenues.

Arab League foreign ministers want talks continued. Why they'll have to explain. They're futile. They reflect decades of failure. Nothing is different this time.

London-based Asharq Al-Awsat quoted unnamed Palestinian sources saying PA "leadership is open to the idea of extending negotiations but not at any price."

In response to Netanyahu ordering government officials to stop cooperating with PA ones, Hamas called for ending PA security coordination with Israel.

It urged greater resistance against occupation harshness. It said Palestinians should "give full rein" to doing so. 

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoun said Abbas should act based on Netanyahu's decision. He should let resistance "deter the Israeli occupation and defend our people, our land, and our holy sites."

He should end negotiations. He should recruit regional and international opposition. He should challenge Israeli lawlessness. If not now, when?

Failed peace talks show Hamas was right. Negotiating with Israel assures failure. Doing so negatively impacts Palestinians. They're much worse off than ever.

Earlier talks did more harm than good. Sham ones work this way. They accomplish nothing. They give Israel free rein to benefit at Palestinians' expense.

They suffer horrifically under Israel's boot. Nothing suggests improvement going forward. 

Challenging Israeli repression responsibly matters most. The alternative is slow-motion suffocation.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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Palestine to Join 15 UN Bodies and Treaties

Palestine to Join 15 UN Bodies and Treaties

by Stephen Lendman

On April 1, Abbas signed documents to do so. He'll submit them to UN authorities. It's high time he did so. 

He should have years ago. It's Palestine's legal right. It's able to join all UN bodies and treaties. It can ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

It can file a formal state to state complaint against Israeli past and current officials. It can ask they be held responsible for crimes of war and against humanity.

It can ratify the Genocide Convention. It can sue Israel at the World Court. It can get a temporary restraining order. It can do so against Zionist lawlessness. 

It can go to the Security Council for enforcement. If vetoed by Washington, it can petition the General Assembly. 

It can do so under the 1950 Uniting for Peace Resolution 377. If approved, vetoes become null and void.

Restraining order enforcement perhaps can halt lawless settlement expansions. Perhaps lift Gaza's siege. Maybe end unlawful occupation. 

Perhaps assure all long denied Palestinian rights. Failure to act responsibly assures business as usual.

Joining UN bodies and treaties is one thing. Using them responsibly  alone matters. It's high time Israel was held accountable. 

The alternative is continued occupation harshness. It's what no responsible leader would tolerate. 

Abbas is polar opposite what Palestinians need. He's Israel's enforcer. He's a long time collaborator. He sold out at Oslo.

It remains to be seen if he's turned a leaf. It takes a great leap of faith to believe it. Smart money suggests business as usual. 

Abbas has all the proving to do. His record isn't encouraging. Integrity isn't his long suit. Nor serving his people responsibly.

On Tuesday, he signed documents during a meeting with PLO officials. They unanimously endorsed them.

Abbas said he's ready to pursue an international campaign to oblige Israel to observe international law and related Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.

"We aren’t trying to pressure any party," he said. "We seek no confrontation with Tel Aviv and Washington."

"Our legitimate activities do not target any country. This is our right, and we are going to use it."

His words ring hollow. He made similar pious statements before. Nothing followed. Don't expect this time to be different. It never was before.

He says one thing. He does another. He's done so throughout his political career. He's an opportunist. He's a traitor. 

It remains for responsible leadership to replace him. Israel and Washington will go all-out to prevent it. 

Perhaps Cast Lead 2.0 will target all Palestine. Perhaps more ruthless than ever repression will follow. 

Perhaps world leaders able to make a difference will continue turning a blind eye. They've done so since 1948. Expect nothing different this time.

Palestinians are on their own like always. They enjoy popular world street support. It's not followed by similar help in high places. That matters most.

Israeli officials believe Abbas acted to exert pressure on Israel and Washington for better peace talk terms.

So far they're entirely one-sided. Israel gets whatever it wants. Palestinians get virtually nothing. Business as usual persists.

Abbas may worry more about internal rebellion. Perhaps a third Intifada. Perhaps efforts to oust him. Maybe efforts to kill him.

Abbas said he and PLO officials acted after Israel failed to release an agreed on fourth round of Palestinian prisoners. Twenty-six remain incarcerated. 

What about thousands of political prisoners languishing in Israel's gulag longterm? What about their freedom? Abbas ignores them entirely.

What about nearly 1.8 million lawlessly besieged Gazans? What about slow-motion genocide suffocating them? Their rights aren't part of peace talks? 

Discussions exclude them. Abbas spurns them altogether. Claiming Israel's failure to release 26 prisoners as reason to join world bodies rings hollow.

Abbas said "(i)t is our right to turn to UN institutions, and we had postponed it for nine months and never agreed to give up that right."

He'll continue peace talks, he added. He'll do so through April 29. Perhaps longer. He'll seek conflict resolution, he said.

For a generation or longer, he did nothing responsible to do so. Don't expect this time to be different.

Abbas said the first document he signed petitioned to join the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols. ICRC and Swiss officials administer them.

Apparently he doesn't know Palestinian history. In 1989, Palestine did so. It's already a Geneva state party. Swiss authorities consider it valid.

No official request was made to join the International Criminal Court. Some reports suggested otherwise.

A previous article discussed convicted spy Jonathan Pollard's possible release. Reports said Kerry suggested doing so as an Israeli peace deal sweetener.

They said Pollard's release was imminent. Likely before Passover begins on April 14. Perhaps not now.

Things have a way of changing fast. On the one hand, Abbas petitioned to join 15 world bodies and treaties.

Kerry planned meeting with him on Wednesday. He cancelled doing so in response.

At the same time, a US parole board member Patricia Smoot said Pollard waived his planned parole hearing. 

He declined to attend. It was scheduled for April 1. On the same day, Kerry and Netanyahu agreed on most details for continuing sham peace talks beyond April 29.

On April 2, meeting with Abbas was scheduled to do so. It's cancelled. It's unclear when rescheduling is planned.

An unnamed Israeli official said Washington is working on getting Abbas to agree on continuing talks. 

"Things are not sealed yet but we are not far from it," he said. "We are waiting for the Palestinian response." 

It remains to be seen what follows. More of the same is certain. Kerry is in lockstep with Netanyahu. 

They want Palestinians denied all rights. They want Jews alone afforded them. Business as usual continues.

Sham peace talks change nothing. They were dead on arrival when began. They remain so now. 

Pursuing them continues the charade. Palestinian rights are entirely spurned. 

It's been this way throughout nearly 47 years of occupation. Expect no substantive change going forward. 

Expect continued theft of Palestinian land. Expect occupation harshness persisting. Expect Palestinians denied all rights. Expect war, not peace.

Israeli officials reacted as expected to Abbas petitioning to join world bodies. Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said "they will pay a heavy price" for doing so.

"One of the possible measures will be Israel applying sovereignty over areas which will clearly be part of the State of Israel in any future solution," he added.

He referred to over 60% of West Bank territory Israel controls. Hardliners want it annexed to Israel. 

They want East and West Jerusalem entirely. Landau wants Palestinian financial aid blocked.

Mustafa Barghouti is a former Palestinian presidential candidate. Israel rigged Abbas' election to spurn him.

He's a physician and activist. He's a BDS founding member. He's a Palestinian Legislative Council member.

He heads the Palestinian National Initiative. He wants Palestine joining all relevant world bodies and treaties.

"There will be many more international institutions and treaties to join," he said. "The International Criminal Court will be one of them in the future." 

How soon he didn't say. Or whether Abbas and likeminded PLO officials will do so.

Palestinians prepared documents to join 63 world bodies and treaties. So far it's petitioning to join 15. 

Expect others to follow. At issue is when, not if. Tuesday's decision was a step in the right direction. Much more needs to be done.

Most important is exercising lawful rights. Palestine is lawlessly occupied territory. It's high time past and current Israeli officials are held accountable for high crimes too grave to ignore.

It's time for World Court action against Israel.  Accountability is long overdue. Pursuing it should be top priority. Long denied justice is impossible otherwise. 

Legitimate Palestinian leadership is needed to pursue what Abbas failed at throughout his tenure.

He's polar opposite what Palestinians deserve. He collaborates with Israel irresponsibly. He does so illegally.

In October 2009, he pulled a draft resolution condemning Cast Lead war crimes. He turned a blind eye to Israeli lawlessness.

Before Israel attacked, he got advance word. Israeli officials briefed him. He concurred with their plans. 

He urged Israel to crush Hamas. He ignored 23 days of mass slaughter and destruction. Toppling Hamas mattered more.

Avigdor Lieberman held ministerial positions under Sharon and Ehud Olmert. In April 2009, he became Netanyahu's Foreign Minister. 

He explained Abbas' involvement, saying:

"Over the past year, I witnessed (Abbas) at his best. In Operation Cast Lead, (he) called us personally, applied pressure, and demanded that we topple Hamas and remove it from power."

During Cast Lead, a senior Olmert official called his comments "essentially accurate." 

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said this information "reaffirms the fact that Mahmoud Abbas is no longer fit to represent our people, who conspired against his people during a war."

He was never fit to serve. He's not now. Israel and Washington chose him for that reason. He's easily manipulated against the interests of his own people. His entire political career reflects betrayal.

Cast Lead was planned months in advance. So was Israel's 8-day November 14 - 21, 2012 Pillar of Cloud aggression. Perhaps Abbas got advance word a second time.

During Israel's sustained terror-bombing, his comments were delayed, weak, meaningless and insulting. He did nothing to help beleaguered Gazans.

He ignored their suffering entirely. He concurred with Israeli mass slaughter and destruction. He deserves International Criminal Court prosecution.

Palestinians remain isolated on their own. Peace, equity, justice and liberation aren't forthcoming. Not any time soon. Not with Abbas and likeminded Israeli collaborators in charge.

A Final Comment

Longstanding New York Times policy one-sidedly supports Israel. It reacted to Abbas' decision as expected. It headlined "Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter."

He "defied the United States and Israel by taking concrete steps to join 15 international agencies - a move to gain the benefits of statehood outside the negotiation process."

Fact check

On November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council (PNC) "proclaimed the existence of the new independent state of Palestine."

It became a de facto, not a de jure, UN member. In late November 2012, it gained observer status. 

Doing so permits joining all world bodies and treaties. Responsible leaders are obligated to take full advantage. Don't expect the NYT to explain.

It spurns truth. It twists facts irresponsibly. It supports what demands condemnation. It's on the wrong side of history.

It said Palestine joining world bodies and treaties created "crisis" conditions. It fears Israel one day being held accountable for decades of crimes of war and against humanity.

It fears long denied Palestinian liberation. It wants Israel alone having rights. Don't expect their editors to explain.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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Targeting Press Freedom in Palestine

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli and Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces share guilt. They operate collaboratively.

Journalists and free press activists established the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA). 

Free expression is the most important of all rights. Without it all others are at risk. Israeli and PA officials notoriously censor truth. 

Israeli military censorship bans or sanitizes material it calls potentially harmful to security. It does so whether or not it's true.

Israeli Supreme Court decisions limit content suppression to "tangible (or) near certain" instances of public endangerment. Interpretations are crucial.

Israeli authorities are increasingly hardline. Fundamental rights are systematically violated. Palestinian protests are prohibited.

Free expressions is compromised. Classroom materials are rewritten. Praise for Israel alone is allowed. 

Nakba denial persists. Academia is affected. Historical revisionism legitimizes crimes too important to whitewash.

Abbas represents coup d'etat leadership. He's a longtime Israeli collaborator. He governs illegitimately. He does so despotically. 

He ordered ISPs to block web sites criticizing him and/or PA officials. Affected sites include Amad, Fatah Voice, Firas Press, In Light Press, Karama Press, Kofia Press, Milad News and Palestine Beituna. 

They report daily news and information. They can't operate freely. Nor can independent broadcasters.

Journalists are targeted. Efforts are made to silence them. Israeli and PA security forces bear full responsibility. 

Bethlehem journalist George Canawati was targeted numerous times. Most recently it was on November 10. He was arrested on suspicion of "slander" and "insults."

He heads Radio Bethlehem 2000. He was physically assaulted during arrest and interrogation. He appeared in court with a black eye and torn shirt.

Eyewitnesses called his arrest "violent." His radio program airs weekly. Palestinian journalists said he was arrested for criticizing Bethlehem police commander, Omar Shalabi.

He denounced other PA officials earlier. Journalist Mohamed Abu Arkoub focuses on media freedom. He called Canawati's treatment a gross free press breach.

He took issue with how he was arrested, saying:

"Why do they have to raid and search the home of a journalist in a way that degrades the profession of journalism?" 

"This shows that there is no political will to consolidate and respect freedom of expression in Palestinian society."

Canawati went on hunger strike in protest. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned his arrest and treatment. 

It supports free press rights for all journalists. It rejects all attempts to deny them. It called for ending this unjustifiable practice.

MADA called for Canawati's immediate release. Radio Bethlehem 2000 correspondent, Arica Zidan, was present in his home when he was targeted.

Ten PA policemen accosted him. They did so violently. They "pushed his mother to the ground," she said.

She saw him in the Public Prosecutor's office. Clear signs of a beating were evident. He was denied legal counsel during interrogation. MADA expressed outrage, saying:

"The arrest of colleague Qanawati and beating him constitutes a serious violation of media freedoms and condemned action, and we reiterate our demand for his immediate release and respect for freedom of expression in Palestine."

In September, Al Quds network for Community Media correspondent Omar Abu Arwoub was denied permission to travel through Allenby crossing.

Numerous other West Bank and Jerusalem journalists were targeted. Israeli forces assaulted French Press Agency photographer Ja'far Ishtayeh and European Agency's Ala' Badarneh.

They were targeted while covering Kofor Qadom's weekly march near Qalqilya. Journalists reporting on Bab Hetta demonstrations were attacked. 

Reporting on Israel's September 11 Al-Aqsa Mosque closure was prohibited. Israeli security forces attacked Chinese news agency photographer Nedal Ishtayeh. His cameras were confiscated. They were returned broken.

Two sound bombs wounded Ramsat agency photographer Ayman Idris. He was covering a late September Kofor Qadom weekly march.

Israeli forces attacked other journalists. They did so with sound bombs and skunk water. They physically assaulted them near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate.

On September 27, other journalists were attacked. They were covering Beit Ommer's Hebron weekly march. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets indiscriminately.

French agency photographer Mousa Al Sha'er sustained chest and hand wounds. Occupation forces prevented Palestinian photographers Esam Remawii and Thaer Faqosa from covering Israel's Al-Bireh raid.

Palestinian Authority forces arrested Heyad News Agency correspondent Thaher Shamaly. Quds TV correspondent Mustafa Al Khawaja was targeted.

MADA expressed "great concern over the escalation of violations against journalists in Palestine." Press freedom is greatly threatened. 

Most September violations were collective punishments. Journalists and photographers covering events Israel and PA authorities want suppressed were targeted.

Al Quds Net correspondent Daila Jwehan said journalists covering protests "were pushed and beaten with batons." They were insulted. Some were wounded. Cameras were confiscated, damaged or destroyed.

In early 2013, a Palestinian court sentenced Anas Said Awwad to one year in prison. It did so for insulting Abbas on Facebook. He was found guilty of depicting him as a Real Madrid soccer team member.

Numerous other Palestinians were targeted for posting critical Facebook comments.

Safad Nazzal criticized PA officials for ignoring wrongfully incarcerated Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israel's gulag. She was arrested for doing so.

In April 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) headlined "Palestinian Authority/Israel: Escalating Assault on Free Expression."

On March 26, PA security forces arrested journalist Yusaf al-Shayeb. He was held until April 2. He was charged with criticizing PA officials. He accused them of spying and corruption.

Israeli forces targeted Al Quds University administrator Adel Rweished. He was detained in Jerusalem's old city. Israeil police targeted an event "marking the launch of a new website." A security guard was arrested.

Both men were released. They were summoned for further questioning. Israel prohibits political demonstrations.

HRW's Sarah Whitson said:

"Both the Palestinian Authority and Israel should stop harassing and arresting journalists. These attacks send a chilling message about exercising the right to free expression."

Arrests violate fundamental free press rights. "On March 28, the Ramallah court of first instance ordered al-Shayeb's detention for 15 days, to enable police to investigate claims that he committed slander and defamation," said HRW. 

"Al-Shayeb has refused Palestinian prosecutors' demands to identify his sources."

Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad al-'Urdani said he accused the PA's deputy Paris ambassador, Safwat Ibraghit, of corruption and spying.

He did so on Muslim organizations. Al-Shayeb informed PA and foreign security agencies. He named other high level PA officials.

He faces potential two years imprisonment for "slandering" government officials. An official complaint seeks $6 million in damages.

He was fired for reporting responsibly. Under Palestinian Press and Publications Law (PPPL), journalists are entitled to protect confidential sources.

They can do so unless a court orders revealing them to protect security, prevent crime, or promote justice.

PPPL's Article 7 prohibits publishing material contrary to principles of freedom, national responsibility, human rights, and respect for truth.

Article 37 forbids published information harming national unity. According to HRW:

"These prohibitions are so vague that they could chill freedom of the press and violate an accused person’s right to defend him or herself, as it is impossible to know what types of information, if published, would constitute a crime."

PA officials repeatedly agreed to uphold free expression. Their policies are polar opposite.

Criminalizing proved defamation is wholly inappropriate. Honestly reporting government wrongdoing represents responsible whistleblowing.

No one's above the law. PA authorities want their crimes whitewashed. Journalists exposing them are victimized for doing their job.

Another case involves Al Quds University lecturer Abdul-Khaleq. Comments she posted on Facebook allegedly insulted Abbas.

She called for the PA's dissolution. She was detained. She wasn't charged.

PA security forces arrested Zaman press reporter Tareq Khamis. Doing so related to Abdul-Khaleq's case. He was later released.

Dozens of other journalists were targeted. So were activists. Abbas wants critics silenced. He's waging war on free expression. He does so collaboratively with Israel.

According to Palestinian human rights group Al Haq director, Shawan Jabarin:

"We monitored (PA security forces) arresting people and journalists, and the oppression of freedom of expression."

"There are many people I'm sure that are afraid and will count to ten before they say anything." 

"Maybe they'll push people to speak underground instead of expressing their opinions freely." 

Charges against journalists are based largely on decades earlier Jordanian Penal Code law.

Palestinian Attorney General Ahmad al-Maghni uses it irresponsibly. 

His "role is to protect the freedoms and the rights of the people in the face of arbitrary detention, instead of arresting people," said Jabarin. 

"Here, we see him acting quickly and exaggerating with all" charges levied. He's closing his ears and his eyes on (real) crimes going on."

Palestinian journalists, activists, human rights workers, bloggers and students are routinely targeted.

Arrests follow Facebook posted comments. Journalists exposing government wrongdoing are at risk.

Claiming justification for security reasons doesn't wash. Denying fundamental freedoms reflect police state harshness.

In August, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) called on Abbas and other PA officials to respect free expression and assembly at all times.

Denying fundamental rights has no legitimacy. PHROC said PA officials act unjustifiably against their own people.

Arrests and excessive force are commonplace. Palestinians are targeted for exercising their legitimate rights.

Security forces are supposed to protect civil and human rights without disruption.

PHROC cited Article 26 of Palestinian Basic Law and Article 2 of the Palestinian Public Assemblies Law, saying:

"The Palestinian Prime Minister must form an independent and impartial committee to investigate the circumstances behind the suppression of the peaceful protest and to ensure that those responsible for violating human rights are held accountable for their crimes." 

"Those who are found guilty of such crimes must be adequately punished, including dismissal from their positions within the Security Forces."

"The PA must publish the procedure and results of an independent investigation and publicly apologise to the victims of these violations."

Fundamental freedoms are inviolable. They're too important to loose. They include free expression, assembly and many others.

A "culture of respect for citizens's rights and freedoms is (entirely) absent" in Palestinian society. PA officials share blame with Israel.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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In October, 2013, ten ads went up in Vancouver transit stations depicting loss of Jewish land in the middle east since 1000 BCE. It turns out that in that time Jewish land had shrunk by a factor of five or so. These advertisements were responding to ads put up in transit stations and on sides of buses over a month before by the Palestine Awareness Coalition.  PAC had the more modest aim of showing Palestinian loss of land only since 1946, which ended in a small continuous patch called Gaza and specks of discontinuous territory in the West Bank.

(Image: StandWithUs)

The response ads were put up by a group called StandWithUs which bills itself as “supporting Israel around the world.” The organization had previously countered pro-Palestinian advertising in Denver, Houston, Helena, Missoula and elsewhere. “A combination of anti-Israel groups pretend to be pro-Palestinian,” StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said. “The bottom line is they don’t want an Israel. They want Israel to be gone.”

Palestinian Wall ad

The original Vancouver ads were designed and paid for by seven actual local pro-Palestinian groups: Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Building Bridges, Canada Palestine Association, Canada Palestine Support Network, Independent Jewish Voices, Seriously Free Speech and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights, later joined by a national Canadian organization, Canadian Friends of Sabeel / Near East Cultural & Educational Foundation.

I am a member of IJV-Vancouver, and I believe that our design was as territorially accurate as it could be, given the graphic streamlining of advertising. A professor of political science at the University of British Columbia stated that the ads simply showed “statements of fact,” but his name, Hani Faris,  got him disqualified as an expert by a writer in the Jewish Independent (We wondered if we could work the same magic on Alan Dershowitz sometime ). Our design was pretty straightforward: a graphic illustration of statements like the following:

In over 60 years, around 700 Jewish communities have been established in Israel’s pre-1967 borders–but just seven for Arab citizens (and those were built in the Negev for “concentrating” the Bedouin population). The average Palestinian community inside Israel has lost up to 75% of its land since 1948, while a quarter of all Palestinian citizens are internally displaced, their property confiscated for use by the state and Jewish towns” (Ben White, The New Statesman, February, 2005).

The lands in question were actually not taken over in the name of the state, since this could be construed as illegal confiscation, but handed over in trust to the Jewish National Fund for state and individual Jewish use. We thought this obvious fact might still be a new and alarming piece of information for many in our intended Canadian audience. Similar graphics exist by the hundreds on the Internet and have been the basis of billboard and transit advertising at many US sites. This very graphic is used by Wikipedia to illustrate its article on Palestine.

The response ads were quite unhinged: the first panel shows a sprawling mass of territory identified as the “Ancient Jewish Kingdom” of 1000 BCE, while the second shows a territory easily three times as large as the present state, identified as the “Jewish Homeland” of 1920, i.e. all of British-controlled Mandate Palestine (regardless of the actual minuscule Jewish population). The third panel shows the present State of Israel with Gaza and the West Bank identified as “disputed territories”–a breathtaking act of geopolitical chutzpah.

The nature of a coalition is such that it erases all sharp extremes, so we naively thought that we had advanced a non-controversial statement of fact designed to educate the Canadian public: the land had disappeared, and we didn’t even blame any entity for its disappearance. But the response told us we had done something despicable and devastating. The backlash was vicious, and hysterical–as it so often is–quite out of keeping with the “provocation.” The response came, not from the Jewish community, but only from that bullying sector that always responds fiercely to any criticism of Israeli policy. In a curious way, the ferocity of the pro-Israel response guaranteed the success of our campaign better than anything we could have done ourselves. (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) even wrote, “Countering these ads in the public domain (on buses, for example) would only raise the profile and lend credibility to these marginal groups,” to solace their supporters.

We couldn’t be called self-hating Jews, since only one of the groups was Jewish, but we were nonetheless accused of wanting to destroy the state of Israel, and we had timed the ads so that they would appear over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In fact we had no control over the timing, but as my wife Martha pointed out, the interval between the two holy days is traditionally a time for reflection and repentance.

Mitchell Gropper, chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, called the ads a provocative attack on Jewish people that would incite hatred. “This is of grave concern to our community at large, because the ads make the use of the buses unwelcome and unsafe,” Gropper continued, linking it with terrorist attacks in Israel that often target buses. The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Toronto agreed that TransLink was running ads “that are provocative and incite hatred and contempt.” Stephen Schachter, the co-chair for CIJA, told us that there were  “members of the Jewish community who say they are not going to use transit and are very concerned about safety issues as a result of this kind of advertising,” a motif that was elaborated on by an op-ed writer in the Vancouver Sun:  “I can’t imagine the anxiety of a Jewish parent, with no other transportation option, sending their child off to school wearing a yarmulke on a bus featuring these ads. I’m worried that these ads could, at any time, provoke an unbalanced or even just ill-informed person to lash out verbally or physically.”

It was just the right emotional context for unconscious betrayals: we were accused of wanting to wipe out the state of Israel when we were claiming that that was almost precisely what Israel had already done to Palestinian territory. It was a trenchant instance of an old Hebrew adage that says “The accuser accuses himself.” And the B’nai Brith Canada hinted at indecent exposure in the typo in the title of their article:  “Exposé: Whose Behind Anti-Israel Ads in Vancouver.”

Liana Shlien of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies told us that Palestinian land could not be disappearing because, “In truth, an official state of Palestine had never existed, while Jewish contiguous presence on the land is a record of fact.” And others lathered on the same stock distortions and misstatements that are regularly used to silence criticism of Israel. To all of which we could only repeat that Palestine is universally understood as the name of a geographical region in southwest Asia on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, inhabited for centuries, and without interruption, by a people known as the Palestinians who are of different faiths: Muslim, Christian and Jewish; and who assumed a predominantly Palestinian Arab culture in the seventh century. All of these elements, Palestinian land ownership, the indigenous people of the land and the indigenous culture, are disappearing, as our four maps show. To say or imply that these things cannot be disappearing because the boundaries of a Palestinian state have not yet been set by an occupying power and a subject population is the sheerest casuistry.

A subsequent donation allowed us to keep the wall mural up for an extra month, and our opponents then changed tactics: tearing down the ads three times, immediately after we had them put up again. We assume it was our opponents (or some small subset of them); we couldn’t imagine ordinary criminals taking such offense at our images.

We are thinking about what to do next, but our efforts will continue.

The disappearance of Palestine

Counterpunch – 17 October 2013

Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week’s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy.

The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park, eerily naked. Amid New York’s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks.

The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed.

The demolitions were part of long-running efforts by Israel to clear Palestinians out of the Jordan Valley, the agricultural heartland of a future Palestinian state. Ms Castaing’s defiance resulted in her being quietly packed off back to Europe, as French officials sought to avoid a confrontation with Israel.

The World Bank report is a way of stating discreetly what Castaing and other diplomats hoped to highlight more directly: that Israel is gradually whittling away the foundations on which the Palestinians can build an independent economic life and a viable state.

This report follows a long line of warnings in recent years from international bodies on the dire economic situation
facing Palestinians. But, significantly, the World Bank has homed in on the key battleground for an international community still harbouring the forlorn hope that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end in Palestinian statehood.

The report’s focus is on the nearly two-thirds of the West Bank, known as Area C, that is exclusively under Israeli control and in which Israel has implanted more than 200 settlements to grab Palestinian land and resources.

The World Bank report should be seen as a companion piece to the surprise decision of the European Union in the summer to exclude entities associated with the settlements from EU funding.

Both in turn reflect mounting frustration in European capitals and elsewhere at Israeli intransigence and seeming US impotence. Europeans, in particular, are exasperated at their continuing role effectively subsidising through aid an Israeli occupation with no end in sight.

With Israel and the Palestinians forced back to the negotiating table since July, and after the US secretary of state, John Kerry, warned that this was the “last chance” for a deal, the international community is desperate to exercise whatever small leverage it has on Israel and the US to secure a Palestinian state.

The World Bank’s concern about Area C is justified. This is the location of almost all the resources a Palestinian state will need to exploit: undeveloped land for future construction; arable land and water springs to grow crops; quarries to mine stone and the Dead Sea to extract minerals; and archaeological sites to attract tourism.

With access to these resources, the Palestinian Authority could generate an extra income of $3.4 billion a year, increasing its GDP by a third, reducing a ballooning deficit, cutting unemployment rates that have reached 23 per cent, easing poverty and food insecurity and helping the fledgling state break free of aid dependency. But none of this can be achieved while Israel maintains its chokehold on Area C in violation of the 1993 Oslo accords.

Israel has entrenched its rule in Area C precisely because of its wealth of natural resources. Israel neither wants the Palestinians to gain the assets with which to build a state nor intends to lose the many material benefits it has accrued for itself and the settler population in Area C.

It is its treatment of Area C that gives the lie to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that he has been pursuing “economic peace” with the Palestinians in lieu of progress on the diplomatic front. Rather, the Palestinian description of Israeli policy as “economic warfare” is much nearer the mark. During the Oslo period, the disparity between Israel’s per capita GDP and that of the Palestinians has doubled, to $30,000. And the World Bank says that the Palestinian economy is rapidly shrinking: the 11 per cent growth that Netanyahu took credit for in 2011 has crashed to 1.9 per cent in the first six months of this year. In the West Bank, GDP has actually contracted, by 0.1 per cent.

Despite its resources, Area C is being starved of Palestinian funds. Investors are averse to dealing with Israeli military authorities who invariably deny them development permits and severely restrict movement. The image of the French diplomat in the dirt is one that symbolises their own likely treatment if they confront Israel in Area C. Palestinian farmers, meanwhile, cannot grow profitable crops with the miserly water rations Israel allots them from their own acquifers.

Aware of the many obstacles to developing Area C, Palestinian officials have simply neglected it, concentrating instead on the densely populated and resource-poor third of the West Bank under their full or partial control.

The hope was that this would change when Kerry announced in the run-up to the renewed talks a plan to encourage private investors to pour in $4 billion to develop the Palestinian economy. But the reality, as the report notes, is that there can be no serious investment in the economic heartland of Area C until Israel’s control ends.

In effect, the World Bank is saying that Kerry’s plan – and the role of the international community’s envoy Tony Blair, the so-called Quatet Representative – is not only misguided, it is positively delusional. The Quartet has been trying to revive the Palestinian economy to usher in the conditions for statehood; the World Bank’s view is that there can be no Palestinian state, let alone economic revival, until Israel is forced out of the territories. The international community has it all back to front.

The idea that a financial lifeline – whether Kerry’s plan or Netanyahu’s economic peace – is going to smooth the path to the conflict’s end is an illusion. Peace, and prosperity, will come only when Palestinians are liberated from Israeli control.

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Rosa Parks Syndrome in Palestine

The same week President Obama honored Rosa Parks Parks’ 100th birthday, Israel announced two newly segregated bus lines for Palestinian workers traveling to Israel from the West Bank. The “Palestinian only” buses were introduced after Israeli settlers complained that fellow Palestinian passengers posed a “security risk.”

The timing of Israel’s announcement set the internet abuzz with moralizing references to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Jim Crow. If only Palestinians could produce their own Rosa Parks. More sophisticated Palestine analysts observed that for Palestinians, segregation is already routine. Israeli society functions thanks to a complex web of segregated highways, neighborhoods, and educational institutions. Potential Palestinian “Martin Luther King Jr.’s”cycle in and out of Israeli jails.

Of course, President Obama avoids Jim Crow/Israel analogies. His administration continues to oppose international efforts to recognize Palestinian self-determination and the itinerary for Obama’s upcoming Israel trip resembles a POTUS version of Birthright. His first activity is a photo op with missile battery. Obviously, a spell of liberal indignation over bus segregation and a brief flurry of Rosa Park’s references will not translate into US policies shifts on Israel/Palestine. But in this faux-outrage, there is something valuable to be learned about the shortcomings of liberalism and its failure to fully comprehend both the plight of Palestinians and America’s own history of racial oppression.

As Samir Sonti pointed out in Jacobin last week, contemporary liberals sanitize the movement for black liberation as a fundamentally individual struggle for “civil rights,” stripped of its working class roots, revolutionary goals, and strong ties to organized labor.

For liberals, racial oppression is an uncomfortable concept because it lays the blame for inequality at the feet of society at large and implicates the very legitimacy of liberal institutions. For that reason, Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered more for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott — with its modest goals of bus integration — than for his Poor People’s Campaign and his deeper indictment of American society.

Liberals who generally support Israel, but find themselves cringing when Israeli politicians make racist remarks, seize on incidents like Israeli bus segregation because it packages the conflict in digestible terms. This impulse does signal some empathy for the Palestinian plight. But it also smacks of triumphalism. Realizing African American civil rights, we are told, is the landmark achievement of 20th century liberalism — a hard but necessary journey. When we chastise Israel for segregating buses there is a clear subtext: America has come so far from the days of Jim Crow and our little sibling in the Middle East has some catching up to do.

But Palestinians know that bus segregation is merely a cosmetic feature of their oppression. Commuter discrimination amounts to a red herring. The separate buses are only significant for how they reflect on the general ideological predicament of Israeli society. In fact, many of the Palestinian workers who actually ride the buses welcome the segregation. The new routes are more direct and save the Palestinians from having to endure harassment from settlers.

The perspectives of Palestinian laborers fail to register with liberals, who are desperate to recast Palestinian oppression as an individualistic struggle for civil rights. For them, Palestinian oppression is comfortably framed as “inequality before the law,” a condition easily remedied by extending the largess of the Jewish state. This limited understanding works to reinforce the primacy of Israel — its courts, government, and military — as flawed but ultimately legitimate liberal institutions capable of reform.

If the problem is primarily a problem of civil rights, an issue of inequality rather than oppression, then the solution must be new laws, better courts ,and more sensitive politicians. This is a very comfortable position for liberals because it forecloses far reaching criticism of Israeli society at large and quashes difficult questions about the very foundation of that state.

By sidestepping the question of oppression and dismissing the potential for restructuring Israeli society, liberals do not pause to consider the claims of Palestinians. The age-old Palestinian demand for the “right of return” is considered inconceivable because it would undermine the very nature of the Jewish state. Palestinians are encouraged to set aside their historic grievances and embrace the existing “facts on the ground.” The liberal view holds that by working within the system Palestinians can overcome inequality. It does not leave much room for, in MLK’s words, “radically restructuring society itself.”

The same tendency infects the liberal civil rights mythos. In the push for a color blind society, any system-wide attempts to reach equal racial outcomes are cast outside the mainstream. The ultimate watchdog of American liberalism, the U.S. Supreme Court, is poised to strike down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, one of the lone vestiges of a transformative approach to racial equality. For liberals, contemporary racism is the fault of a few bad apples and any push to fundamentally alter the distribution of resources is considered in poor taste.

Rosa Parks is cast as an ordinary woman, fed up with the indignity of her commute, rather than a lifelong activist with revolutionary aspirations and ties to the American Communist Party. Thus, the sanitized perception of Rosa Parks enables people like Mitch McConnell to bask in the achievement of civil rights alongside President Obama.

As liberalism fails to offer compelling solutions to racial inequality, a growing chorus of voices on the Left are shining a light on persistent Jim Crow-like segregation in American society. Under the “New Jim Crow” one in three black men are destined to go to prison and blacks are ten times more likely than whites to be incarcerated for drug crimes.

Critical race theorists like Charles Lawrence III have long anticipated this reconfiguration of racial castes. Lawrence III warned that the dominant individualistic understanding of racial inequality would prove inadequate to reverse centuries of oppression: “Racial equality [should be seen] as a substantive societal condition rather than as an individual right.” Yet radical solutions to persistent racial inequality — more aggressive affirmative action, slavery reparations, dismantling the criminal justice system as we know it, legalizing drugs that are the overwhelming cause of black incarceration — all fall beyond the purview of liberal criticism.

Liberals bring this same limited scope to their understanding of Israel/Palestine and their range of solutions for the conflict exposes grave ideological contradictions. Of course, Palestinians deserve equal rights, liberals proclaim, but fundamental questions about the very nature of Israel and its foundation remain taboo. Those who oppose the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state are quickly labeled anti-semites.

Liberals balk at racism within Israeli society but the roots of that racism go unexamined. Religion and State should be kept separate, say the liberals, but theocratic and overtly racist Israeli political parties continue to grow. For the foreseeable future Israeli politics will increasingly ruffle liberal sensibilities, but the liberal frame will continue to view Palestinian oppression as an understandable, if regrettable, blip in Israel’s democratic journey.

Obama Won’t Bring Peace to Palestine

If US President Barack Obama wanted to move the Palestine/Israel issue along, he would need to demand that Israel free thousands of political prisoners it holds in violation of international law, end its violations of Palestinian human rights, lift the siege on Gaza or at the very least end the indiscriminate killing of Palestinian civilians.US President Barack Obama at the Israel lobby group AIPAC’s conference in 2011. (AIPAC)

However, because the fear that retribution by Israel’s lobby will be swift and painful, none of these things will be said — much less demanded — even though they are well-documented and widely known. And so, President Obama’s planned trip to Israel will not offer any solution to the Palestine/Israel conflict.

The Israeli-Palestinian issue is, politically, a toxic wasteland that no US president in his right mind would want to clean up. It has become a vicious cycle of deceit and double standards, and it will contaminate any US politician who tries to clean it up. One may trust that President Obama, being fully aware of this, will avoid getting involved with this issue in his second term, just as he did in his first term.

Even if he does visit the West Bank city of Ramallah during his planned visit, there can be little doubt that Barack Obama will continue to stand behind Israel and place his real efforts elsewhere. It’s the cost of doing business.

Blank check

The official US stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue is that it needs to be resolved within the framework of a two-state solution but without the US pressuring the parties to reach a resolution. The pressures placed upon politicians in the US by the Israel lobby have created a reality in which criticizing Israel constitutes political suicide.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, the Torquemada of the Israel lobby, stated recently on the satirical television program The Colbert Report that: “there are not many issues for which there is bipartisan support, the support for Israel is a true bipartisan issue” (“Obama’s Israel trip - Michael Oren,” 5 March 2013).

“Support for Israel” means a blank check. Understandably, Oren takes pride in this because it is an accomplishment for which his inquisition-style lobby has worked tirelessly. So much so, that the only vote on this issue that is acceptable in Washington is a vote that is aligned with Israel.

Reckless and destructive

The price of doing business in US politics is to applaud, encourage and pay for Israel to do whatever it wants, regardless how reckless and destructive it may be, and to ignore the plight of the Palestinians. This was true before the last Israeli elections, and now with the results of the Israeli elections clearly showing that Israelis have no interest in resolving the Palestinian issue, the president would have to go against Israeli electorate as well as the Israel lobby in the US, and all this to accomplish something no American president would even dare to articulate: peace and justice for Palestinians.

The naïve hope that Obama’s second term in office will be different than his first on this issue is just that, naïve. A just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian question will not come from an American president, nor will it come from an Israeli prime minister. The resolution of the conflict will come as a result of the fall of the Zionist state, not unlike the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

No substance at all

As student groups, churches, trade unions, civil society organizations and the movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel increase their pressure, Western governments who are now complicit in Israel’s crimes will inevitably be forced to halt their support for Israel.

This, along with the ongoing pressure from popular Palestinian resistance, disobedience and defiance of the laws that allow the Zionist occupation of Palestine to function, will bring about a democracy in Palestine, in place of the Zionist state.

But this will not come about of its own accord. People who care about Palestinians and Israelis and who care about justice and peace need to act vigorously and demand a democracy with full equal rights in Palestine/Israel. As for the president’s planned visit, we may expect, and we will surely see no substance at all.

© 2013 Electronic Intifada

Miko Peled

Omar Barghouti on How to End Apartheid in Palestine

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Obscuring Israel’s Occupation of Palestine: The Secrets of ‘The Gatekeepers’

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“The Gatekeepers,” a new documentary, records the views of the Israeli security officials most responsible for suppressing Palestinian resistance and their growing doubts about the strategy of endless repression. But even this criticism glosses over the depth of the problem.

There is a new documentary movie about Israel called “The Gatekeepers,” directed by Dror Moreh and featuring interviews with all the former leaders of the Shin Bet, the country’s internal security organization.

The Shin Bet is assigned the job of preventing Palestinian retaliatory attacks on Israel and, as described by Moreh, the film “is the story of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories as told by the people at the crossroads of some of the most crucial moments in the security history of the country.” Along the way it touches on such particular topics as targeted assassinations, the use of torture, and “collateral damage.”

“The Gatekeepers” has garnered a lot of acclaim, playing at film festivals in Jerusalem, Amsterdam, New York, Toronto, Venice and elsewhere. It has won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Best Documentary Award. It has been nominated for an Oscar.

In order to promote “The Gatekeepers,” Moreh has been doing interviews and recently appeared on CNN with Christiana Amanpour. He made a number of salient points, as did the Shin Bet leaders in the clips featured during the interview.

–Moreh says, “if there is someone who understands the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s these guys,” the Shin Bet leaders. Actually, this not necessarily true. One might more accurately claim that these men, who led Israel’s most secretive government institution, were and are so deeply buried inside their country’s security dilemma that they see it in a distorted fashion (with only occasional glimmers of clarity).

For instance, Avraham Shalom, head of the Shin Bet from 1981-1986, tells us that “Israel lost touch with how to coexist with the Palestinians as far back as the aftermath of the Six Day War in 1967 … when the country started doubling down on terrorism.”

But is this really the case? One might more accurately assert that Israel had no touch to lose. Most of its Jewish population and leadership have never had an interest in coexistence with Palestinians in any egalitarian and humane sense of the term. The interviewed security chiefs focus on the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza because they are the ones who offered the most resistance to conquest. But what of the 20 percent of the population of Israel who are also Palestinian and who actually lived under martial law until 1966? You may call the discriminatory regime under which these people live “coexistence,” but it is the coexistence of superior over the inferior secured largely by intimidation.

–Moreh insists that it is the “Jewish extremists inside Israel” who have been the “major impediment” to resolving issues between Israel and the Palestinians. The film looks at the cabal of religious fanatics who, in 1980, planned to blow up the Muslim shrine of the Dome of the Rock on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, as well as the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. Yet, as dangerous as Israel’s right-wing extremists and settler fanatics are, focusing exclusively on them obscures the full history of the occupation.

By 1977, when Menachem Begin and Israel’s right-wing fanatics fully took power, the process of occupation and ethnic cleansing was well under way. It had been conducted against both the Arab Israelis from 1948 onward, and against the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza after 1967. In both cases, it was initiated by the so-called Israeli Left: the Labor Party led by such people as David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin himself. Amongst the Israeli leadership, there were no clean hands.

–Finally, Dror Moreh repeatedly pushes another message: “a central theme of the documentary is the idea that Israel has incredible tactics, but it lacks long-term strategy … if [security] operations do not support a move toward a peace settlement, then they are meaningless.”

Again, this assessment reflects Moreh being so deeply situated inside of the problem that he cannot perceive it clearly. Moreh assumes that achieving peace with the Palestinians is the only “long-term strategy” Israel could possibly have and, in its absence, Israel pursues no strategy at all.

However, an objective assessment of Israeli history tells us that there has been another strategy in place. The Zionist leaders have, in fact, always had a long-term strategy to avoid any meaningful peace settlement, so as to allow: 1. occupation of all “Eretz Israel,” 2. the ethnic cleansing or cantonization of the native population, and 3. settlement of the cleansed territory with Jews.

It is because of this same naivete that Moreh confesses himself “shocked” when Avraham Shalom compares the occupation of the Palestinian territories to “Germany’s occupation of Europe.” It is to Shalom’s credit that he made the statement on camera, and to Morah’s credit that he kept the statement in the final version of the film. But then Moreh spoils this act of bravery when he tells Amanpour: “Only Jews can say these kind of words. And only they can have the justification to speak as they spoke in the film.”

Well, I can think of one other group of people who has every right to make the same comparison Shalom makes – the Palestinians.

Retired Official’s Confession Syndrome 

For all its shortcomings, the film is a step forward in the ongoing effort to deny the idealized Zionist storyline a monopoly in the West. Indeed, that “The Gatekeepers” was made at all, and was received so positively at major film venues, is a sign that this skewed Israeli storyline is finally breaking down. Certainly, this deconstruction still has a long way to go, but the process is picking up speed.

On the other hand, there is something troubling about the belated nature of the insights given in these interviews.  They are examples of what I like to call the “retired official’s confession syndrome.” Quite often those who, in retirement, make these sorts of confessions were well aware of the muddled or murderous situation while in office. But, apparently, they lacked the courage to publicize it at the time. It would have meant risking their careers, their popularity, and perhaps relations with their friends and family.

One is reminded of the fate of Professor Ilan Pappe, who has stood up and lived his principles, and eventually lost his position at Haifa University and was, in the end, forced into exile. For most, however, including these leaders of the Shin Bet, their understanding was clouded and their actions skewed by a time-honored, but deeply flawed, notion of “duty” to carry on like good soldiers.

To date, Israel’s leaders and Zionist supporters have shown an amazing capacity to ignore all criticism. The newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has let it be known that he has no intention of watching “The Gatekeepers.” It is also questionable how many of those who voted for him, or other right-wing politicians, will bother to seek the documentary out.

Israel’s government has recently made the decision to ignore the country’s obligations under the United Nations Human Rights Charter, a decision signaled by its representatives refusal to show up for the country’s “universal periodic review” before the Human Rights Council. Nor is there any sign that any new right-wing led government coalition will stop the ethnic cleansing and illegal colonial repopulation of East Jerusalem.

The only reasonable conclusion one can come to is that it will take increasing outside pressure on Israel, in the form of boycotts, divestment and sanctions, to convince a sufficient number of that country’s Jewish population that they must change their ways. To not change is to acquiesce in Israel’s evolving status as a pariah state.

The irony of it all is that that status will have little to do with most of Israel being Jewish (that is, it will not be a function of anti-Semitism). Yet, it will have everything to do with the fact that, in this day and age, not even the Jews, who have been subjected to some of history’s worst acts of racism, have the right to maintain a racist state.

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author ofForeign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National InterestAmerica’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague

Last week, the Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, declared that if Israel persisted in its plans to build settlements in the currently vacant area known as E-1, which lies between Palestinian East Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, “we will be going to the I.C.C.,” referring to the International Criminal Court. “We have no choice,” he added.

The Palestinians’ first attempt to join the I.C.C. was thwarted last April when the court’s chief prosecutor at the time, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, declined the request on the grounds that Palestine was not a state. That ambiguity has since diminished with the United Nations’ conferral of nonmember state status on Palestine in November. Israel’s frantic opposition to the elevation of Palestine’s status at the United Nations was motivated precisely by the fear that it would soon lead to I.C.C. jurisdiction over Palestinian claims of war crimes.

Israeli leaders are unnerved for good reason. The I.C.C. could prosecute major international crimes committed on Palestinian soil anytime after the court’s founding on July 1, 2002.

Since the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000, the Israel Defense Forces, guided by its military lawyers, have attempted to remake the laws of war by consciously violating them and then creating new legal concepts to provide juridical cover for their misdeeds. For example, in 2002, an Israeli F-16 dropped a one-ton bomb on an apartment building in a densely populated Gaza neighborhood, killing a Hamas military leader, Salah Shehadeh, and 14 others, including his wife and seven children under the age of 15. In 2009, Israeli artillery killed more than 20 members of the Samouni family, who had sought shelter in a structure in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City at the bidding of Israeli soldiers. Last year, Israeli missiles killed two Palestinian cameramen working for Al Aksa television. Each of these acts, and many more, could lead to I.C.C. investigations.

The former head of the Israeli military’s international law division, Daniel Reisner, asserted in 2009: “International law progresses through violations. We invented the targeted assassination thesis and we had to push it. At first there were protrusions that made it hard to insert easily into the legal molds. Eight years later it is in the center of the bounds of legitimacy.”

Colonel Reisner is right that customary international law is formed by the actual practice of states that other states accept as lawful. But targeted assassinations are not widely accepted as legal. Nor are Israel’s other attempted legal innovations.

Israel has categorized military clashes with the Palestinians as “armed conflict short of war,” instead of the police actions of an occupying state — thus freeing the Israeli military to use F-16 fighter jets and other powerful weaponry against barely defended Palestinian populations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

It has designated individuals who fail to leave a targeted area after a warning as “voluntary human shields” who are therefore subject to lawful attack, despite the fact that warnings may not be effective and escape routes not clear to the victims.

And it has treated civilian employees of Hamas — including police officers, judges, clerks, journalists and others — as combatants because they allegedly support a “terrorist infrastructure.” Never mind that contemporary international law deems civilians “combatants” only when they actually take up arms.

All of these practices could expose Israeli political and military officials to prosecutions for war crimes. To be clear, the prosecutions would be for particular acts, not for general practices, but statements by Israeli officials explaining their policies could well provide evidence that the acts were intentional and not mere accidents of war.

No doubt, Israel is most worried about the possibility of criminal prosecutions for its settlements policy. Israeli bluster notwithstanding, there is no doubt that Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are illegal. Israeli officials have known this since 1967, when Theodor Meron, then legal counsel to the Israeli Foreign Ministry and later president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, wrote to one of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s aides: “My conclusion is that civilian settlement in the administered territories contravenes the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

Under the founding statute of the I.C.C., grave violations of the Geneva Conventions, including civilian settlements in occupied territories, are considered war crimes.

The next step for the Palestinians is to renew a certificate of accession to the I.C.C. with the United Nations secretary general. Assuming that I.C.C. jurisdiction is accepted, investigations of alleged Israeli war crimes would still not begin automatically, because the I.C.C. must next find that Israel’s own courts are failing to adequately review those charges. Palestinians, by inviting I.C.C. investigations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, also run the risk that their own possible violations — such as deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians — could come under I.C.C. scrutiny.

If Palestinians succeed in getting the I.C.C. to examine their grievances, Israel’s campaign to bend international law to its advantage would finally be subjected to international judicial review and, one hopes, curbed. Israel’s dangerous legal innovations, if accepted, would expand the scope of permissible violence to previously protected persons and places, and turn international humanitarian law on its head. We do not want a world in which journalists become fair game because of their employers’ ideas.

If the choice is between a Palestinian legal intifada, in which arguments are hashed out in court, and an actual intifada, in which blood flows in the streets, the global community should encourage the former.

Indeed, Palestinians would be doing themselves, Israelis and the global community a favor by invoking I.C.C. jurisdiction. Ending Israel’s impunity for its clear violations of legal norms would both promote peace in the Middle East and help uphold the integrity of international law.

© 2013 The New York Times

George Bisharat

George Bisharat is a professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

MP apologises for Palestine comment

A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action after accusing "the Jews" of atrocities against Palestinians has issued a public apology for causing "unintended offence". The comments by David Ward - posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial ...

MP apologises for Palestine comment

A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action after accusing "the Jews" of atrocities against Palestinians has issued a public apology for causing "unintended offence". The comments by David Ward - posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial ...

What Will Happen in Palestine Friday Morning?

Last Friday, Palestinian peace activists created the village of Bab al-Karama on the lands of Beit Iksa village to prevent their confiscation by the Netanyahu government. The previous Friday, Palestinian peace activists created the village of Bab al-S...

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A protester erects a flag at a Palestinian protest camp in early January. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)Last Friday, Palestinian peace activists created the village of Bab al-Karama on the lands of Beit Iksa village to prevent their confiscation by the Net...

Palestine threatens Israel with ICC if further settlements built

Palestinians labourers work at a housing construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon, east of Jerusalem on December 3, 2012. (AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana)

Palestinians labourers work at a housing construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Alon, east of Jerusalem on December 3, 2012. (AFP Photo/Menahem Kahana)

Palestine declared Wednesday that they will be left with ‘no choice’ but to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the Jewish state proceeds with plans to build settlements in occupied areas of East Jerusalem.

After a meeting Wednesday of the United Nations Security Council on the Middle East, Riad Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister, said his government’s decision will largely depend on whether the Israelis build on the E1 area outside the Arab suburbs of East Jerusalem.

“If Israel would like to go further by implementing the E1 plan and the other related plans around Jerusalem then yes, we will be going to the ICC. We have no other choice. It depends on the Israeli decision,” he said.

E1 is one of the occupied areas where newly-reelected Benjamin Netanyahu’s outgoing government has given the green light for what could be potentially thousands of new settlement homes.

Malki said the Palestinian government would wait and see what the new Israeli government does, adding that they are “absolutely not going to tolerate any construction in that particular area.”

Previously the Palestinians have said that bringing their various disputes with Israel to the ICC in The Hague was not option, but Malki’s remarks on Wednesday appear to mark a change of tactics.

The Palestinians became eligible to join the ICC after a vote on November 29, 2012, at the United Nations General Assembly, which voted to upgrade their status from ‘observer entity’ to ‘non-member observer state’.

This decision was seen by many as de facto recognition of an independent Palestinian state. Only nine nations including Israel and the United States voted against the motion in the 193-nation general assembly.

The vote took place on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of UN resolution 181, which portioned Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. After the vote, Israel announced it would build another 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Senior Israeli officials announced last month that Israel does not intend to cancel plans to accelerate settlement construction in E1.Netanyahu himself said in an interview with Israeli Channel 2 last month that the disputed area “is not occupied territory” and that he “does not care” what the UN thinks about it.

Around 500,000 Israelis and 2.4 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, areas that, along with Gaza, the Palestinians want for a future state.

E1 covers 12 sq km and is particularly significant because it backs onto East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their capital, and because it sticks out into the narrow middle section of the West Bank.

The United Nations regards all Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. While Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process, has said that the Israeli settlements are “increasingly an obstacle to peace.” However, he has also warned the Palestinians against pursuing the issue at the ICC.

The White House reiterated its call Wednesday for the resumption of long stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, in light of recent Israeli election which returned Netanyahu to power with a weaker majority for his right-wing bloc.

What’s Next for Palestine?

Bio

Raja Khalidi has spent most of his professional career with UNCTAD, where he is currently Chief, Office of the Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies. He holds a B.A. from Oxford University and M.Sc. from University of London SOAS. From 2000-2006, Mr. Khalidi was Coordinator of UNCTAD's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian people, which combines the analytical and operational expertise of the UNCTAD secretariat in an integrated manner. His assignments at UNCTAD have also dealt with Debt and Development Finance, the global economic crisis and institutional development and strategic management reform. His own publications include a book on the dynamics of Arab regional economic development in Israel and contributions on Palestinian economic development issues to the Palestinian Encyclopedia, the Journal of Palestine Studies, edited volumes, as well as Jadaliya online and Palestinian, Israeli and international media. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations.

Transcript

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore.

In the Middle East, moves are afoot, to a large extent led by Qatar and its emir. He was in Gaza recently, and he seems to have made a deal, some people calling it a shotgun marriage, where Hamas and Fatah—Hamas recently moved its head offices to Doha, and now we have a sort of peace agreement between Hamas and Qatar. We're told by our journalist in Gaza, everywhere you see a Palestinian flag, there's a Qatari flag flying next to it. And Hamas is actually allowing people to protest, carrying the portraiture of Abbas, Abbas the head of Fatah and the PA. It's a very interesting development, including the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which seems to have managed the peace agreement with Gaza in a way that has pleased President Obama.Now joining us from Geneva is Raja Khalidi. He's spent most of his professional career with the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, where he's currently chief of the Office of the Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies. And I have to point out, the opinions he's about to express are primarily his own; they're not necessarily those of UNCTAD. Thanks for joining us, Raja.RAJA KHALIDI, SENIOR ECONOMIST, UNCTAD, GENEVA: Nice to be with you.JAY: So, first of all, what do you make of what's going on, in terms of the UN recognition of Palestine as a nonmember state? And just what kind of Palestine does Qatar and others who are kind of moving pieces around on the chessboard, what kind of Palestine do you think is going to be built?KHALIDI: Well, I mean, with all of the regional, you know, transformations underway—and I think we haven't seen the end of them—they've started last year in a certain vein, with a largely political, economic, social content. They've been transformed this year into bloody battles around the region, unfortunately. In some places standoffs between demonstrators and the new governments, in other places various protest movements and human rights advocacy campaigns are underway. So I think, you know, the region is certainly in transformation, and we haven't seen the end of it, Arab Spring or not, whether or not we're in an "Arab Winter", as some would say. I think that's the first—you know, and you correctly noted that as the first and most important determinant for the Palestinians in the current circumstances, where things might go. The second important issue, I think, that has changed the discussion in the last month or so is, of course, the recent battle in Gaza between the Israeli military and the Hamas, largely, and other factions who, as we all now, let's say, fought to a standstill. In any case, as was—you know, we saw on Saturday with the huge celebration in Gaza, that's certainly a factor that has now also come into the equation, both the internal Palestinian equation and, I think, the regional equation. The third important issue, of course, is that [crosstalk] mentioned [incompr.] the diplomatic—let's say legal, also, to a certain extent—battle that's been fought by the PLO to upgrade its United Nations status to that of a nonmember state. Hence it's now referred to in the United Nations as the state of Palestine. So we're talking, of course, here about the PLO, which is the representative of the Palestinian people. So that upgrade is largely—so far appears to be a procedural one, in the sense that it allows the Palestinians access to certain things, like maybe instruments and courses of diplomatic, legal recourse that they didn't have, perhaps, before, but most importantly, I think, because it was a successful effort to get the world—large majority of the world to state, you know, very clearly its support for a two-state solution, most importantly for the establishment of the Palestinian state, the Palestinian rights, national rights, and sovereignty, and for the existence of state of Palestine, you know, more or less implicitly, though not so clearly in the resolution, on the '67 border. So that moment of global solidarity, I think this should not be underestimated, and the fact that, you know, both the Hamas as well as the Arab governments supported that effort.And the outcome, I think, is also indicative [incompr.] referred to pictures of Abbas being carried in Gaza, and, you know, to which one could add the presence of a Fatah delegation in Gaza on the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Hamas. And there's clearly talk in the air of national reconciliation. So, you know, I think the United Nations, whoever, except for, you know, really, some governments, have largely supported the idea of Palestinian reconciliation. And now it's on the cards in a way that is more acceptable to the international community, it would appear, and to the region's main players than it was perhaps a year or less [incompr.] These are all factors which change the regional landscape but don't necessarily change anything on the ground as far as the Palestinians are concerned. So when you ask what sort of state we can expect to come out of this, I don't think any state—I don't think from—I mean, at least from the status of the peace process, I don't think we can expect any state to come out of this. We haven't seen a change in Israel's position. On the contrary, we've seen a hardening of the Israeli position regarding settlement of the West Bank. We haven't really seen anything in the way of a durable ceasefire that could ensure for the people. . . . Yeah. So, I mean, we haven't, I mean, seen in—as a result of the Gaza conflict, we haven't seen a relief of the siege of Gaza. So people in Gaza haven't really felt anything new as a result of a very hard-fought and widely publicized battle. So, I mean, as I said, I think the prospects for a Palestinian state haven't looked good for a long time, and they don't look any better, to me, at least, today as a result of—notwithstanding the diplomatic, military, if you wish, and regional diplomatic sort of pluses that the Palestinians have chalked up in the last few weeks.JAY: A Palestinian friend of mine, his theory of what's happening here is: Qatar, together with Saudi Arabia and in cooperation with the United States, the sort of plan is to develop the economy in Gaza and the West Bank and develop Gaza in a way that it becomes more and more integrated with Egypt, and Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood sort of manages Gaza. And in the West Bank, again, investment from Qatar and others develop the economy there in a way that strengthens the links with Jordan. He saw the whole thing as sort of the—his quote was this is the end of the Palestinian project.KHALIDI: Well, the end of the—the first person to say that was, I think, a Palestinian scholar in 2005, who said that with Arafat's death, the Palestinian national movement would start to come apart. In many ways, the last five years, six years have seen that sort of a disassembling of what was otherwise a fairly united national project now scattered into two regional, you know, political projects, as well, I mean, regional in the sense of Gaza and Ramallah, two different, separate Palestinian political entities, if you wish, political systems. And everything else we've seen in the way of disunity, if one can use that word in the Palestinian political and geographic and economic and international and regional relations sort of map. And now the fact that capital in the region might—I mean—or the idea that capital in the region might flow into Gaza or to the West Bank more readily than it has, let's say, in some better periods, i.e. periods where things were looking up, the Oslo period, for example, or even the last few years in the West Bank, you know, that it's going to somehow transform the economic prospects, I think, is unlikely. You know, there's very little what we call—in Arabic we use the word [incompr.] brave capital, courageous capital that's really willing to put its feet down in Palestinian—in investing in Palestine. So, you know, there's a Palestinian capital out there that could come back. So I don't see a major, you know, resource transfusion. We have this—yesterday we heard about this safety net, financial safety net approved by the Arab League. Basically, it's saying that, you know, if the Israelis cut off the tax revenue that's due for transfer to the PA, the Palestinian Authority, then the Arabs will step in and foot the bill, which is really, you know, almost—you know, which is a good safety net for a short period, but it's not really a sustainable one. In Gaza, you're right, there was this—there were major pledges for infrastructural development projects, and I think from Qatar prior to the last fighting. And those might actually—you know, now, in fact, you know, there's probably even more to reconstruction than there was before.But I don't think that, you know, that's—again, you know, we've had these spurts in Palestinian economic history of either donor-funded or remittance- (in some cases) funded or labor from—you know, wages-from-income-funded growth spurts, which led to, in some cases, some prosperity here and there, what we've called in UNCTAD, you know, individual prosperity and communal impoverishment. And we could see the same sort of—you know, especially in Gaza, because I don't think the West Bank has that, is really—you know, has anywhere to grow, whereas Gaza has a lot, still, to recover from. There's a lot of, you know, major infrastructural and social expenditures that could be envisaged there. And that will—you know, that could delay certain things, but we've always seen—you know, the thing comes back and bites any economic piece or any, you know, prosperity booms in the rear very badly. And it's happened—you know, it happened in 1987 with the First Intifada. It happened again after Oslo twice, both in the mid '90s, and then in 2000. The Second Intifada, we've had it again and again in Gaza. So, I mean, I think that the main issue is mainly occupation, lack of sovereignty, extremely limited, if any, economic policy space, even for the Gaza—government in Gaza, especially for the PA, in terms of its—the nature of its economic agreements and security and Oslo and Paris so-called agreements with Israel. I don't see anything yet that's—you know, with all of the links that might exist between the Hamas, Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood and their other—Egyptian and others, there are other very important forces at play. I mean, you know, the Iranian support for—the military support that has reached Gaza can't be discounted. There's a situation in North Sinai of lawlessness, which the Egyptian government hasn't gotten its handle on, hasn't gotten a handle on. And I think—you know, it worries Israel, and even worries Hamas, because it's a Salafi—sort of armed Salafi—not insurgency, but lawlessness, as I said, in the northwest Sinai. And then you have everything that's happening in Syria and Jordan in terms of regime change or potential, you know, reform, constitutional reform in Jordan. So, you know, I think the key player here in all this, even though I've, you know, made the tour of the Arab world, the key player is really Israel. I mean, the party that has it in its hands to change the prospects for a Palestinian state or a Palestinian economy, or even, you know, some achievement of Palestinian rights, is Israel. And, you know, we haven't seen any moves except, you know, further consolidation. This extraordinarily, you know, sensitive settlement plan in this area east of Jerusalem, E1, is certainly not—not to mention the tax issue, the revenue withholding. I mean, you know, that could go on as a short-term punishment, but I don't think the PA can live with it for very long. And already I think President Abbas, when he addressed the Arab League the other day, unfortunately, I think this has, you know, given us an example of the limitations of the state—status of being a state that the PLO is accorded in the UN is that he announced to them, he says that we're fast approaching becoming a collapsed state, basically, you know, probably the fastest failed state in history, between November 29 and—you know, only because we have one month of Israeli-, you know, channeled tax revenue withheld. And that's problematic. I mean, you know, it's problematic when you talk about state institutions that are supposedly there ready to function, and all that is needed is the magic wand of a political agreement. That's—you know, that's more easier said than done.JAY: So, in the next segment of our interview, let's talk further about just what kind of economy is going to be built in Palestine and Egypt, other countries of the Arab Spring. People were demanding democracy, but not just political democracy. People want something in terms of their economy. So please join us for the next segment of this interview on The Real News Network.

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Sectarian Violence and the Plight of Christians in Libya, Palestine, Egypt and Syria: Moscow...

Politics or Religion? Christian Manifesto's Primary Target is President Barack Obama

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said he was concerned by the plight of Christian communities in the Middle East during a meeting with the Lebanese President Michel Sulayman on Monday.
“We see Christians fleeing Middle Eastern countries, and we consider it a threat to peace and security, especially a threat to inter-religious peace in Lebanon and other states,” the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said.

Lebanon has the largest percentage of Christians among all Middle Eastern nations, though no official figures have been available since the last census in 1926. Many Syrian Christians, who fled the ongoing civil conflict in the country, have settled in Lebanese border towns.

“I would like to assure you that the Russian Orthodox Church is ready to assist in solving the complicated issues that we have just discussed,” the patriarch said.

In the early 20th century, about 20 percent of the Middle East population were Christians, but the figure has now dwindled to around five percent.

According to Terry Waite, a Church of England envoy and a hostage negotiator in Lebanon, many Christians were forced to flee their homes after the Arab Spring, including in Syria, Egypt and Libya. The Christian population is also dwindling in the Palestinian Territories, while in Iraq over 300,000 Christians have fled persecution since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

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Illegal Siege: Why We Must Never Forget Palestine

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In 2011, one year after nine people from the Gaza Flotilla were executed by Israeli commandos in international waters, The Spirit of Rachel Corrie Mission, a humanitarian cargo boat carrying sewage pipes entered Palestinian waters in an attempt to break the illegal siege of Gaza.

Global Research’s journalist Julie Lévesque, who took part in the mission, explains why she joined the risky undertaking and gives an overview of the dire situation in Gaza, known as the largest open-air prison on Earth, where fishermen are shot at daily by the Israeli navy and where, according to the UN, it will be impossible to live by 2020.

Listen to the interview on Under the Olive Tree, a CKUT radio show dedicated to Palestine.

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UK’s legacy in Palestine, total failure

Intl. conference to discuss Britain’s failed legacy in Palestine

The London-based Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) is organizing an international conference to discuss “Britain’s legacy in Palestine”, which takes a deep look at the UK’s failed policy in Palestine.

The gathering, which coincides with the fourth Palestine Memorial Week, to be held from 19th-25th Jan 2013, will be used as a formal launching pad for an anti-Balfour Declaration Campaign.

International Balfour Campaign is a five year initiative by the PRC to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 2017.

The Balfour Declaration was a November 2, 1917 letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, the president of the British Zionist Federation that made public the British support of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

The Balfour Declaration led the League of Nations to entrust the United Kingdom with the Palestine Mandate in 1922.

Now, the main objective of the Balfour campaign is said to be raising awareness about Britain’s failed policies in Palestine and their devastating outcomes for the oppressed people of the region.

The UK’s failed policy in the region brought sufferings for thousands of Palestinians living under the British rule at the time and many more millions who are enduring terrible human rights abuses and occupation under the Zionist regime of Israel.

According to reports the conference will be inaugurated by Prof Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Mohamad al Hamid of PRC and a number of MPs.

Among topics to be discussed during the conference there are three in the first session including the Theological and Ideological Roots of the Balfour Declaration, British Policy in Palestine, and the continuation of Britain’s colonial Legacy in Palestine by the Israeli regime.

“Ethnic cleansing of Palestine: Same goal different model”, and “Living Under occupation, the mechanics of ongoing ethnic cleaning”, are also among topics to be discussed at the second session of the conference.

Pushing the UK government to apologize to the Palestinians will also be top on the agenda of the International Campaign.

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Police ‘betray’ Jews as anti-Semitic hate crime soars – report

Anti-Semitic hate crime surged to record levels last year, according to a new report, prompting...

NDP Leadership Candidate Niki Ashton Supports Palestinian Rights

Sometimes silence in politics speaks louder than words. Israel lobby groups’ response (or lack thereof) to NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton’s recent support of Palestinian...

NPR’s ‘Varied Mix’ Spotlights Right-Wing Advocacy, Not Progressive Populism

Jonah Goldberg: “No liberal commentator has had such a recurring platform,” according to NPR‘s ombud. Jonah Goldberg is the founding editor of the National Review...

‘There Is Myopia in Western Media Covering the Refugee Crisis’

Janine Jackson interviewed Vijay Prashad about displaced people for the July 7, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Royal Saud Family Seek Trump’s Support Against Qatar’s Royal Thani Family

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org It’s now war between the fundamentalist Sunni Sauds who own the world’s most oil-rich nation Saudi Arabia, versus the...

Man killed in Finsbury Park terrorist attack died from ‘multiple injuries,’ post-mortem shows

Published time: 22 Jun, 2017 16:29 Makram Ali, the man who died at the scene...

Pro-Palestinian Muslim rally was suspected Finsbury Park terrorist’s real target

The suspect behind the Finsbury Park terrorist attack may have intended to target a pro-Palestinian...

Where Is Israel’s Anti-Establishment Leader?

When I was young, there was a joke: "There is no one like you – and that’s a good thing!" The joke applies now to...

Threats to Campus Speech Don’t Alarm Media When They Come From the Right

Anti-racist activists disrupting a class is the kind of threat to campus speech that corporate media of both right and center care about very...

The Story of a Donkey

APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA If I were in your place I would be a Zionist, and if you were in my place you...

An Interesting View of Foreign Politics

Eric Zuesse For many years, I have been reading — but not yet citing as documentation for my own articles regarding U.S. international policies —...

The #1 Target of Marxists

From the conclusion to my post regarding a look back at some of the early history of the Arab-Israeli conflict in Palestine: If history repeats...

The Arab Struggle Against Bigotry

For decades, Arabs in the United States have been the focus of bigotry that spikes after incidents of Islamist violence...

Palestinian Children’s Lives Are Shaped By 50 Years of Military Occupation

There are two places to visit if you want to know the human impact of Israel’s 50-year military occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory:...

No Apartheid in Our Name: LGBT Jewish Groups Block "Celebrate Israel" Parade

A group of queer and trans Jewish activists and allies organized by Jewish Voice for Peace protests in the path of the Celebrate Israel...

On 50th Anniversary of Israeli Occupation, Palestinian Opinions Largely Ignored

Palestinians seldom got to explain why they see few reasons to celebrate Israel’s 1967 victory. This week marks the 50th anniversary of what’s called in...

A People’s Historian: Ramzy Baroud on Journalism and History and Why “Palestinians Already Have...

Palestinian-American historian, journalist and author, Dr. Ramzy Baroud, speaks on his upcoming book, just-released digital media project – Palestine in Motion – and...

The Unwanted “Bride”: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace

There is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the...

A Half-Century of Oppression

Israel’s right-wing governments bear the greatest guilt for the last half-century of oppressing the Palestinians but the divided and ineffectual...

Eyewitness in the (un)Holy Land

“I don’t care if I have to rot in here for a 100 years, I would never stand up for that judge. They occupy...

Being and Politics

Gilad Atzmon has a new book just out titled Being in Time: A Post-Political Manifesto. The title probably is influenced from a book, Being...

Hunger Strike Ends, Prisoners Declare Victory

After 40 days without food, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have suspended their hunger strike in Israeli jails. The end of the strike came after 20...

Canadian Prime Minister Misleads on Zionism

Canada’s Prime Minister would like us to believe that the ideology that shaped Israel is designed to fight anti-Jewish prejudice. But, even when anti-Semitism...

In 1st for US presidents, Trump prays at Western Wall in Jerusalem

Published time: 22 May, 2017 14:51 Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to visit...

What does the Tory manifesto pledge on foreign policy? Not much, say critics

Brexit, soft power, redefined aid and warship-backed free trade – all of these featured in...

Nakba Day 2017

Monday was Nakba Day, the day set aside to remember the catastrophe that befell the Palestinian Arabs in 1948 in connection with the creation of...

Corbyn standing up to pro-Israel oligarchy: Analyst

Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to recognize Palestine’s statehood is a step forward in the fight against the internationalist oligarchy that controls the UK, says an...

US and Turkey: The Balkanization of the Middle East

For the past 20 years Washington has aggressively pursued the age-old imperial strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia and...

No Sanctuary for Palestinian Scholarship

Edward Said mural. Lead Artists: Fayeq Oweis & Susan Greene. Battleground San Francisco State University At a March 2017 conference of the National Association of Ethnic...

‘The New York Times Wants to Have a Very Circumscribed Discussion’

Janine Jackson interviewed Jim Naureckas about Bret Stephens for the May 5, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

  A few weeks ago my book Palestine’s Horizon: Toward a Just Peace was published by Pluto in Britain. I was in London and Scotland at the time...

Trump, Abbas express optimism about reaching ‘historic peace treaty’ with Israel in first meeting

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met for the first time, expressing...

Canada’s Effort to suppress “Popular Protests” against Israeli Occupation

The Canadian media has mostly ignored recent Palestinian efforts to non-violently disrupt a half-century old occupation. They’ve barely reported on a prisoners’ hunger strike...

White Sliced Inbred

Casting one’s glance across the Anglo post-colonial world, the imprimatur of racial fidelity to prerogatives of the vapid colonial kind seems to have introduced...

This Rutgers Student Won't Stand Alone

Carimer Andujar, a prominent student activist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, is under threat of deportation -- but the response from faculty and...

Three Reasons Bret Stephens Should Not Be a NYT Columnist–and the Real Reason He...

You know the reasons why Bret Stephens should not be a New York Times columnist: 1. He’s a climate denier. Wall Street Journal (7/1/08) Here’s a question...

Britain should avoid Trump’s ‘unpredictable’ Middle East policy, say Lords

The UK should distance itself from US President Donald Trump’s unpredictable foreign policies in the...

Twenty Truths about Marine Le Pen

Every day in unimaginable ways, prominent leaders from the left and the right, from bankers to Parisian intellectuals, are fabricating stories and pushing slogans...

Government Has Allowed Corporations to Be More Powerful Than the State

Both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for letting corporations run roughshod over all attempts at regulation. (Photo: Pixabay / Flickr) Disaster, poverty and misfortune have...

Team Trump Lines Up with Israel

Israel’s abuse of the Palestinians remains an open sore in the Middle East even as Israel and Team Trump try...

British students launch hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

A group of students at Manchester University are on a hunger strike in solidarity with...

Lib Dem leader sacks parliamentary candidate for ‘anti-Semitism’

Published time: 26 Apr, 2017 15:57 Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says he has sacked a...

Palestinian, Jewish Voices Must Jointly Challenge Israel’s Past

Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. One is...

Transgender students ‘shouldn’t have to declare sex for uni sports teams,’ says NUS

Transgender and intersex students should not have to declare their birth gender when applying to university sports teams, the National Union of Students (NUS)...

Israeli ambassador visit sparks protest at SOAS University of London

Students and academics at SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) are...

Challenging Racism isn’t Anti-Semitic

Weirdly, even some self-declared “anti-fascists” who claim to be intent on “punching Nazis” get uncomfortable when you criticize the Jewish Defense League. In an incident...

At NYT, Climate Denial and Racism Don’t Make You Fringe–but Single-Payer Does

New New York Times hire Bret Stephens (cc photo: Christopher Michel) The New York Times is the most influential newspaper in the English-language world, not...

How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East (Short Answer: Fight it!)

Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight...

Trump Finds His Groove with Warmaking

The U.S. establishment disdained Donald Trump because he didn’t know how to do the war-making thing, so he had to...

Hitler, Zionists, and Ken Livingstone

The U.K. Labour Party's decision not to expel veteran leftist activist and former London mayor Ken Livingstone has been met with completely...

Under Activist Pressure, Portland Agrees to End All Corporate Investments

An activist calls for divestment at a Portland City Council meeting last week. The council's decision to divest from all corporations was a victory...

NYT’s BDS Debate Excludes BDS Proponents

The most important editorial space in the English-speaking world dedicates a lot of column inches to the topic of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment...

Here’s What You Can Do for Middle East Peace

While news swirled around health care and climate rules last month, another potentially momentous development slipped through the cracks. It was the Senate’s quiet confirmation...

Normalization in the Name of Peace

Once more, the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 is taking center stage. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas insisted during his speech before the...

In OtherWords: April 5, 2017

This week, the Senate votes on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Several weeks back, we ran a piece by People for the American Way’s Michael...

Supreme Court to rule if Arab Bank can be liable for financing terror in...

Published time: 4 Apr, 2017 02:22Edited time: 4 Apr, 2017 09:04 The Supreme Court has agreed to...

Maria LaHood: Recent Legislation Threatens First Amendment Rights of Palestinian Solidarity Activists

Delivered to The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference March 24, 2017 at the National Press Club The Israel Lobby and American Policy conference was...

Ken Livingstone repeats Nazi-Zionist ‘collaboration’ claims before court hearing

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone repeated claims that there had been “collaboration” between Nazis and...

Prosecute British citizens who fight for Israel, says Baroness Warsi

Published time: 30 Mar, 2017 15:24 British citizens who join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) should...

Ask Your Rep: Put the Brakes on Yemen War

Urge your Rep to sign the bipartisan Pocan-Amash-Lieu-Jones Letter to Urge President Trump to seek authorization from Congress before escalating the war in Yemen. Sample...

The Next Phase in the War on BDS

The Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for crimes and misconduct. Israel’s...

Live Feed: Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference

Watch the conference live stream all day! Speakers include: Grant Smith, Hanan Ashrawi, John Mearsheimer, Ilan Pappé, Wajahat Ali, Tom Hayes, Khalil Jahshan, Maria LaHood, Jim...

Pretending Israel Is Innocent of Apartheid

Without doubt Israel practices apartheid toward Palestinians who are broadly denied human rights, but Israel’s political clout is such that...

George Galloway to stand in Gorton by-election, condemns Labour’s all-Asian shortlist

Former MP George Galloway is making a comeback to politics by running in the highly-contested Manchester Gorton by-election. Galloway, originally a Labour MP before setting...

Freedom of speech must trump safe spaces in universities, minister says

Published time: 21 Mar, 2017 17:18 Freedom of speech will be enshrined in law at university...

Israel’s New Travel Ban

Dear Israeli Government: You’ve recently banned foreigners who support boycotts against Israel or Israeli settlements from being allowed to enter Israel – even Jewish foreigners, a first...

An Unlikely Dramatic Hero: Poet Taha Muhammad Ali Takes Center Stage

Taha Muhammad Ali is an unlikely dramatic hero. His arms shake with age and infirmity, his legs occasionally buckle, and he often appears lost...

Fake News about Venezuela: A Simple Recipe

President Hugo Chavez “Journalists” who want to write fake news about Venezuela, or about any other country or group that dares to stand up to...

‘Beware of the Jews’ road sign found in North London Orthodox enclave

A ‘Beware of the Jews’ road sign has been spotted in one of London’s largest...

British pro-Palestinian activist denied entry to Israel for promoting boycotts

A British pro-Palestinian activist has been refused entry to Israel a week after its parliament passed a law banning foreign nations who call for...

'Time has come' for peace deal: Trump finally speaks with Abbas, invites him to...

US President Donald Trump has invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the visit the White...

Boris Johnson in Israel: ‘Alternative to 2-state solution is apartheid’

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned the alternative to a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine...

Palestinian Women: One for All, All for One

Honouring All Palestinian Women by Honouring Three: Hanin Zoabi, Ahed Tamimi, Samah Sabawi Palestinian women have always stood side by side with their fathers, brothers,...

Who had the Impudence to Change our Values Regarding Free Speech?

Desperation tactics to shut down discussion of the Israeli regime's mega-crimes reach new heights of absurdity A fake anti-semitism campaign masterminded by the usual Zio...

Pro-Palestinian students cry censorship over Israel Apartheid Week cancelations

Pro-Palestinian student activists claim freedom of speech at universities is under threat after they were...

NPR Spins Trump’s ‘Restrained’ Foreign Policy–Ignoring Threats, Bans and Escalation

NPR’s institutional compulsion to find “both sides” of every topic ill-equips them to deal with the unique challenge of the Trump administration, as FAIR...

‘How to deal with right-wing views’: Academics under fire for ‘intolerant’ seminar

University lecturers have been accused of trying to curb free speech on campus by organizing...

One State: Trump Has Reminded Palestinians What It Was Always About

Nazareth. For more than 15 years, the Middle East “peace process” initiated by the Oslo accords has been on life support. Last week, United States...

Trump’s One-State Openness on Israel

The ugly reality in Israel/Palestine is that the Zionist leaders are engaging in a slow-walk ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, a...

Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Good and the Bad in His First 30 Days

Below are foreign policy highlights and lowlights from the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency. THE GOOD Trump said: “Russia … this...

Trump’s One-State Option

Following his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump declared that the US would no longer insist on a two-state solution...

Farewell to Doublespeak  

Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the...

Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Terrifying Vision for the Future

Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0 Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options...
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Video: Al-Jazeera Investigation Reveals Israel Lobby’s Influence in the UK

Electronic Intifada's Asa Winstanley says Israel has set up astroturf organizations in the UK whose purpose is to sabotage Palestine solidarity Help support The...

US backs Israel by blocking ex-Palestinian PM’s appointment to lead UN mission in Libya

Washington has blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to lead the UN’s...

The Rise of Islamo-Christian Civilization

We are told we live in a Judeo-Christian civilization, that the West has a Judeo-Christian heritage, a concept useful to a largely Christian...

Israeli PM Netanyahu urges all ‘responsible nations’ to sanction Iran, during protest-hit UK visit

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged all “responsible nations” to back fresh sanctions against Iran,...

Clamoring for Israeli Approval

US President Donald Trump promises to be pro-Israel in every aspect. ‘I’m the best thing that could ever happen to Israel,’ he boasted at the...

Blab at Your Own Expense

Earlier this week it was reported that the Trump administration is preparing executive orders to reduce America’s funding commitments to the United Nations. Observers...

Never the Twain Shall Meet

by Denis A. Conroy / January 26th, 2017 Interpretation, when applied to myth making, can and does translate ideas into artefacts for the purpose of...

In final presidential hours, Obama quietly gave Palestinian Authority $221mn in aid – report

Just before leaving office, President Barack Obama reportedly authorized the discreet transfer of more than $227...

Organizer For DC Women’s March Against Trump Pictured Flashing the ISIS Sign

A picture of one of the organizers for the DC Women’s March is making the rounds on social media. Linda Sarsour is seen...

US exit from United Nations could become reality with fresh bill

A Republican-proposed House Resolution has quietly slipped past the public radar – proposing that the United...

Why Palestinian Children Throw Stones

Forget the empty posturing of world leaders in Paris yesterday. This photo tells us what the Israel-Palestine “conflict” is really about. Imagine for a second...

UK: May and Corbyn suppress scandal over Israel’s role in anti-Corbyn coup

Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden Shai Masot, an Israeli embassy staffer in London, was caught on camera in a sting operation plotting to “take down”...

In Absence of Evidence, Media Evoke ISIS in Jerusalem Attack

A Palestinian man rammed a truck into a crowd of Israeli soldiers boarding a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four and injuring 17...

Modern Language Association Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions

Protesters advocate to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel during a march on June 5, 2010. (Photo: Stephanie Law / Flickr) On January 7, the...

Which victim are we talking about?

by Denis A. Conroy / January 10th, 2017 Barbed wire along the perimeter and water tanks with Hebrew markings clearly visible to those living either...

Terrorism victims' families sue Twitter, claiming it helped ISIS spread

The family members of three Americans killed in attacks by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have...

WikiLeaks & Clinton aide Tanden clash in Twitter spat

Neera Tanden, Clinton aide and regular feature in the WikiLeaks of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s...

Archbishop was “Icon of Resistance” to Palestinians

Tributes pour in after the death of Greek Melkite archbishop Hilarion Capucci, 94, who fought for Palestinian rights A Greek Melkite archbishop, described as an...

Obama’s Parthian Shaft

One of my favorite literary expressions is the term ‘Parthian shaft.’ It refers to the favored tactic of the Parthians, a Persian people, of...

Israel First or America First

Donald Trump has a new best friend. “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support of Israel,” gushed Bibi Netanyahu, after...

ISIS, sectarian conflict & chaos: Iraq 10 years after Saddam Hussein’s death

A decade after Saddam Hussein was tried, convicted and executed, Iraq is struggling to defeat Islamic...

UK played ‘leading role’ in UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements

Britain’s role in brokering a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory has...

Bibi Told Nope

Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem. By abstaining on that Security...

How Israel Misuses the Bible

By fuming over a U.N. resolution against Israel’s settlements on Palestinian land, Israeli leaders reveal their final solution for the...

Netanyahu calls off meeting with May over UN vote: Report

The Israeli PM is reportedly not interested in meeting British counterpart due to UK's vote in favor of a UN resolution against Israeli settlements....

Christmas Memo to PM Theresa May

Stop worshipping Israel, learn the ugly truth ... and find a new speechwriter! Prime Minister, This is still a Christian country, as your colleague David Cameron...

Gov't requests for account data went up 27% in 2016 – Facebook

Requests by governments around the world for Facebook account data went up 27 percent in the...

Stifling the Debate on Israel

The British government of Theresa May officially adopted on December 12 a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes legitimate criticism of Israel. The definition was...

Govt minister mocked for suggesting oath to British values for all civil servants

Sajid Javid was slammed both online and off for proposing that elected officials, council workers,...