Abbas and Olmert in the West Bank city of Jericho. August 2007 (Omar Rashidi/MaanImages)
By Arjan El Fassed
For as long Palestinians have resisted violent Israeli policies against them, successive Israeli governments have tried to undermine Palestinian unity and foment divisions. A principal strategy has been to try to foster alternative leaders willing to abandon fundamental Palestinian demands for justice and focus on an agenda with which Israel is comfortable.
This is taking place now as Israel shuns the elected Hamas movement, and tries to prop up the discredited Fatah leadership headed by Mahmoud Abbas. Following the elections, Israel kidnapped dozens of elected officials belonging to Hamas and is still holding them in its prisons.
The Israeli-built wall snakes through the West Bank encroaching on thousands of acres of Palestinian land and separating families from their farm fields and imprisoning Palestinians in their villages. The International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that both the wall and Israel's settlements built on stolen Palestinian land are illegal.
By Nisreen Qumsieh
A Palestinian woman gave birth at a checkpoint near Bethlehem after Israeli "border" police stopped her from passing through the checkpoint on her way to a hospital in Jerusalem, according to press reports.
Full UN report at http://www.ochaopt.org/
By Sharmila Deviin Jerusalem
Israeli infrastructure that divides the West Bank and confines 2.5m Palestinians to enclaves does not provide a basis for a two-state solution to the conflict, said a United Nations report yesterday.
Barak: Israel Needs Missile Shield
By MATTI FRIEDMAN
JERUSALEM - Israel won't be able to carry out a major West Bank pullback for 2 years because it first needs a missile defense system in place to protect it against Palestinian rocket fire, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a parliamentary committee Monday.
Palestinian lawyer Rajah Shehadeh finds solace in the hills of the West Bank, but his memoirs lament the losses caused as Israeli settlements encroach
A Palestinian worker rides his donkey past a new settlement bloc in the West Bank
By Ian Black
In 1978, when the Palestinian lawyer Rajah Shehadeh returned to his native Ramallah in the West Bank after studying in London, he found solace in walking the hills, admiring the stone walls and wild flowers - and trying not to think about the Israeli settlements sprouting like mushrooms after spring rain. It was not easy to ignore them, especially as his professional life centred on fighting land expropriation orders issued by the occupation authorities.
Palestinian lawyer Raja Shehadeh has fought Israeli settlers in the courts. Now he's taking the battle to the countryside, with his boots on.
By Rory McCarthy
The apartment blocks are going up so quickly around the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah that the place seems momentarily to grow before your eyes. It makes it ever more difficult for the Palestinian lawyer Raja Shehadeh to find the original starting points for the walks he has been taking for the past quarter of a century into the Ramallah hills and beyond.
The few Palestinian shopkeepers whose shops are still open in Hebron string netting above their shops to catch the garbage, including human feces, that illegal Jewish settlers squatting in the buildings above throw down onto the street, left. The illegal settlers spray the Star of David on Palestinian shopkeepers doors the same way Nazis painted the Star of David on Jewish homes before and during World War II (Photos by Gale Courey Toensing)
By Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Ph.D.
I just returned from my latest trip to Palestine, or at least to the part of Palestine I still have access to as a Palestinian Christian. You see, we Palestinians from the Bethlehem area (the birthplace of Jesus) are now denied entry to over 90 percent of Palestine and even to our capital and major economic center, Jerusalem (which is merely 7 miles from Bethlehem).
A workable and just solution in Palestine is predicated on one principle, tested in South Africa: side with racism or be against, writes Azmi Bishara
By Azmi Bishara
The world looks different from the southern tip of Africa. There, in that country that liberated itself from a colonialist apartheid regime a decade ago, the people have embarked on a bold venture to build a nation. They have a sophisticated democratic constitution that officially recognises 11 languages within the framework of a multi- ethnic, multi-tribal, multi-religious civil polity founded on the concept of equal citizenship. This constitution embodies different aims and different priorities. It embodies a revolution that has transformed itself into a state, not only by means of the fight until victory but also by means of the arts of negotiation and compromise that made the transition possible.
By Saed Bannoura
The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR), based in Gaza, published its weekly report on the Israeli violations in the occupied territories in the period between August 9 and 15 – 2007. During the reported period eight Palestinians were killed, 31 injured and 61 were taken prisoner.
Since 1 June 2007 until this report was published, 74 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip; among them were 47 civilians, including 9 children and a woman.
By George Bisharat
When does a citizen-led boycott of a state become morally justified?
That question is raised by an expanding academic, cultural and economic boycott of Israel. The movement joins churches, unions, professional societies and other groups based in the United States, Canada, Europe and South Africa. It has elicited dramatic reactions from Israel's supporters. U.S. labor leaders have condemned British unions, representing millions of workers, for supporting the Israel boycott. American academics have been frantically gathering signatures against the boycott, and have mounted a prominent advertising campaign in American newspapers - unwittingly elevating the controversy further in the public eye.
General elections are due in 2010 but Netanyahu, left,
could challenge Olmert, right, as early as 2008 [EPA]
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli opposition leader, has been re-elected head of the Likud party, partial results show.
Letter from Nagasaki
By David Rovics
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution: “Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.”
I met Eduardo and Lilly Zaragoza two years ago at an event I was singing at, the annual fundraising dinner of the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center. Eduardo was 79 years old at the time. A short, gentle, quiet man, he had joined the US Navy at the age of 17 and was sent off to occupy the defeated nation of Japan. One month after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, his ship docked in the port, beside the many melted, ruined ships that sat lifelessly in the harbor. He and his shipmates took a walk around the annihilated city, the vast expanse of charred and melted rubble that used to be the city of Nagasaki. On that day, Eduardo joined the ranks of what the Japanese call the hibakusha, radiation survivors.
London Review of Books
By Henry Siegman
When Ehud Olmert and George W. Bush met at the White House in June, they concluded that Hamas’s violent ousting of Fatah from Gaza – which brought down the Palestinian national unity government brokered by the Saudis in Mecca in March – had presented the world with a new ‘window of opportunity’.[*] (Never has a failed peace process enjoyed so many windows of opportunity.) Hamas’s isolation in Gaza, Olmert and Bush agreed, would allow them to grant generous concessions to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, giving him the credibility he needed with the Palestinian people in order to prevail over Hamas.
All previous peace initiatives have got nowhere for a reason that neither Bush nor the EU has had the political courage to acknowledge. That reason is the consensus reached long ago by Israel’s decision-making elites that Israel will never allow the emergence of a Palestinian state which denies it effective military and economic control of the West Bank.
Israeli occupation forces and masked militiamen belonging to the American-backed Palestinian Authority regime in Ramallah raided Palestinian population centers and arrested dozens of Hamas supporters and activists earlier this week, local sources and relatives of the detainees said.
By STANLEY HELLER
The two babies lay nearly side by side in the incubator. One had eyes open, the other shut. It's against medical standards to put more than one child in an incubator, but with only six working incubators in the hospital in Jenin they had to double up. Jenin Hospital, in the north of the West Bank, is the only hospital in the Jenin Governate. It serves 350,00 people with 123 beds.
In Gaza City, a member of Hamas' Executive Forces stands in front of a mural of the late leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Arafat. In 1993 Arafat signed the Oslo Accords that created the Palestinian Authority (PA). Now, especially after Fatah's deposing of the democratically elected Hamas government, the PA is said to no longer be a body that represents the Palestinian people and only through a reviving of the PLO will Palestinians around the world once again have a sole representative organization to speak on their behalf. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)
By Osamah Khalil, The Electronic Intifada, 30 July 2007
Today, Palestine and the Palestinians are divided as never before. The West Bank and Gaza are geographically and politically separated, and Israel's Apartheid Wall is carving the West Bank into isolated cantons. These divisions are exacerbated by the political rift between Fatah and Hamas and the specter of civil war. Meanwhile, stateless Palestinian refugees are largely disconnected from their brethren in Palestine and the Diaspora, as well as from any semblance of a representative national movement. Another far more intangible factor, has been the impact on the Palestinian psyche not just of 41 years of a brutal occupation, but of assisting in their own oppression since the Oslo Accords were signed. This environment does not create states or peace, it perpetuates personal and societal devastation. Thus begging the question: what can be done to reverse this trend toward permanent dislocation? By concentrating on dissolving the Palestinian Authority (PA) and reviving the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Palestinians, and all those sympathetic to their cause, can take advantage of a window of opportunity that currently exists to reclaim their national movement.
By KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analyst
"Coup" is the word being widely used to describe what happened in Gaza in June when Hamas militias defeated the armed security forces of Fatah and chased them out of Gaza. But, as so often with the manipulative language used in the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, the terminology here is backward. Hamas was the legally constituted, democratically elected government of the Palestinians, so in the first place Hamas did not stage a coup but rather was the target of a coup planned against it. Furthermore, the coup -- which failed in Gaza but succeeded overall when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, acting in violation of Palestinian law, cut Gaza adrift, unseated the Palestinian unity government headed by Hamas, and named a new prime minister and cabinet -- was the handiwork of the United States and Israel.
By Ameen Abu Wardeh
A group of Israeli settlers attacked and beat up three Palestinian children while they were playing on their family land in the village of Al Qassira located near the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday midday.
Pious words about promoting democracy in the Middle East are belied by the long history of US machinations, argues Joseph Massad*
By Joseph Massad
As the enemies of the Palestinian people have been attacking them on every front -- Israel with its inquisition against Azmi Bishara and with him Palestinian resistance to the racist basis of the Jewish state inside the green line, or Hariri Inc. and its 14 March allies intent on proving the might of the Lebanese army at the expense of Palestinian civilian lives in Nahr Al-Bared, and the continued siege by the Israeli military occupation and its US sponsor of the occupied territories -- the latest attack came from Palestinian collaborators with the enemy: the Fatah leadership abetted by the United States. Indeed the subversion of Middle East democracy has been the mainstay of US policy in the region since the CIA supported the 1949 Hosni Al-Zaim coup that overthrew democracy in Syria. The list after that is long, US support for the shah of Iran's coup in 1953 against the Mossadegh government, destroying the Jordanian liberal parliamentary experience by organising a Palace coup in 1957, supporting the Baathist coup in Iraq in 1963 against the popular Abdul-Karim Qassim, and so forth. American policy has not been limited to the overthrow of liberal and democratic governments in the region but of actively supporting if not planning and abetting dictatorial rule in its place and training and supplying those rulers who have instituted regimes of extreme repression and tyranny. Its current role in subverting Palestinian democracy and imposing a corrupt collaborator class on the Palestinian people is therefore anything but novel.
By Patrick Seale
What would it take to persuade Israel to rethink its attitude towards its Arab neighbours - and primarily towards the Palestinians? The Hamas victory in Gaza is surely a clear signal that an Israeli change of direction is urgently needed.
Gay pride demonstrators were arrested
By Israel Insider staff
JERUSALEM, Palesttine _ Despite a last-minute effort to cancel the gay pride parade via a High Court petition, the parade in Jerusalem went ahead as planned, starting at 5 pm.
Twenty Palestinians, including seven in critical condition, have been taken to hospital [Reuters]
Israeli attacks have killed 10 Palestinians, including three members of the same family, and wounded 20 others, Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh reports.
By Saree Makdisi
In the west, there's a huge sense of relief. The Hamas-led government that has been causing everyone so much trouble has been isolated in Gaza, and a new government has been appointed in the West Bank by the "moderate," peace-loving Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas.
So why then do Palestinians not share in the relief?
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
What is the state of affairs of Palestine and Palestinians today? How did we arrive at a situation where Palestinian blood is spilled by other Palestinians and where the Gaza strip (a desert strip that is less than 2% of Palestine) with 1.5 million human beings (most refugees)is now completely cut off from the rest of the world which if not fixed soon will result in a calamity beyond description. And will Israel use the media focus on Gaza to carry out its planned ethnic cleansing of the Negev (42,000
Palestinian citizens of Israel slated to lose their homes )?
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By Sharmila Devi and Harvey Morris in Jerusalem
A new map of the West Bank (see below), 40 years after its conquest by Israel in the Six Day War, gives the most definitive picture so far of a territory in which 2.5m Palestinians are confined to dozens of enclaves separated by Israeli roads, settlements, fences and military zones.
Produced by the United Nations’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, it is based on extensive monitoring in the field combined with analysis of satellite imagery. It provides an overall picture officials say is even more comprehensive than charts drawn up by the Israeli military.
By Ghassan Bannoura
AIDA REFUGEE CAMP, BETHLEHEM, Palestine - The Israeli army and a group of settlers continued their efforts to raze trees in a Palestinian graveyard near the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem on Thursday morning.
Palestinians rallied at the Hawara checkpoint on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Nablus
Palestinians and Israelis are demonstrating in the West Bank to mark the anniversary of the start of the 1967 Middle East war and to demand an immediate end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.
RAMALLAH, Palestine - Solidarity activities will take place throughout the world this week marking 40 years of Israel’s occupation of West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.
By Saree Makdisi
This month marks the fortieth anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Four decades of control established and maintained by force of arms--in defiance of international law, countless UN Security Council resolutions and, most recently, the 2004 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice in The Hague--have enabled Israel to impose its will on the occupied territories and, in effect, to remake them in its own image.
By Brian Klug
On June 20, 2006, at the thirty-fifth World Zionist Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert welcomed the delegates--representatives of Jewish organizations from around the world--to "Jerusalem, which is Zion, the beating heart, and the object of yearning and prayers of the Jewish people for generations." Recalling the first congress, convened by Theodor Herzl in 1897, Olmert said, "There is a straight line between Basel and Jerusalem, the line of political Zionism, whose aim was the return of the Jewish people to the stage of history as an independent and sovereign nation, which takes its fate into its own hands, in the Land of Israel, the heritage of our forefathers."
40 YEARS AFTER THE SIX-DAY WAR
U.S. on a disastrous course
Aid from Washington has effectively sustained the Israeli occupation
By Marda Dunsky
For Palestinians, the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War represents 40 years of freedom denied. For Israelis, it is a reminder that security and regional acceptance remain elusive after nearly six decades of statehood.
By Michael Neumann
Those familiar with the Israel/Palestine conflict know that people propose one-state and two-state solutions. Two states means Israel plus a Palestinian state. One state means a single state covering all of Palestine.
There is a sort of one-state solution that I consider unattainable but otherwise unobjectionable. It essentially calls for Palestine to be given back to the Palestinians.
It provides a blueprint for their future
By George Bisharat
Why do some people have the power to remember, while others are asked to forget? That question is especially poignant at this time of year, as we move from Holocaust Remembrance day in early spring to Monday's anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence on May 14, 1948.
For the past five years, Palestinians and their supporters have protested the "Boston Celebrates Israel" event held yearly by Zionists in Boston. As the crimes of "Israel" have been more exposed, it has become harder for Zionists to hold their celebration in the open. In the past five years, attendance for the celebration has dwindled from several thousand down to a few hundred people. This year, to avoid the political attention generated by holding their event in accessible public space, the organizers have moved the celebration out of Boston to Gillette stadium in the remote town of Foxboro, Massachusetts and renamed it "New England Celebrates Israel."
To download full report see: West Bank and Gaza Investment Climate Assessment: Unlocking the Potential of the Private Sector - April 07.
RAMALLAH, West Bank: A new World Bank report says the troubled Palestinian economy cannot recover unless Israel dismantles its web of physical and administrative obstacles to Palestinian movement in the West Bank. Here are some facts and figures from the report.
Jerusalem – Ma'an – The Chair of the Christian National Coalition, Dimitri Deliani announced on Saturday that the coalition's foreign relations committee has recently pursued several contacts, aimed at supporting the position of Patriarch Theofelios III of the Roman Orthodox Church in Palestine and Jordan. The Israeli government and settlers are exerting pressure on the patriarch, aimed at forcing him to complete a deal over property in the Jaffa Gate area.
The deal was made between his predecessor, Patriarch Erinios, and private Israeli companies. Erinios was dismissed from his post when the scandal emerged that he had authorised the sale of church property in the Old City to Israeli developers.
Free copies of this booklet are available at REMEMBER THESE CHILDREN
IN ANY CONFLICT, the death of innocent noncombatants is deplorable, and lamented by all. It is the death of children, however, that troubles us the most, for children are seen to be innocent in a way adults are not.
From September 29, 2000, when the current Palestinian intifada erupted, through March 27, 2007, at least 934 Palestinian and 118 Israeli youths under the age of 18 were killed in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Thousands more have been injured, many permanently.
Remember These Children lists each of these 1,052 deaths. Arranged chronologically by date of death, each entry includes the child’s name, hometown, how the child was killed and, where available, the nature of the fatal injury. The documentation, though painful, conveys the personal reality of these terrible statistics. The waste of human life—of hope and future promise—is almost too great to contemplate.
By Becca Hutchinson
Nathaniel Philbrick, award-winning author of In the Heart of the Sea, Sea of Glory and, most recently, Mayflower, was the guest speaker at the annual UD Library Associates Dinner, held Monday evening, April 30, at Arsht Hall in Wilmington.
Addressing an audience of more than 200 guests, Philbrick, a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Mayflower, made the point that the Plymouth colonists--and their first fumbling century in the New World--influenced the future America and its people.
By Amira Hass
The cynicism inherent in the attitude of the institutions of the Jewish state to Holocaust survivors is not a revelation to those born and living among them. We grew up with the yawning gap between the presentation of the State of Israel as the place of the Jewish people's rebirth and the void that exists for every Holocaust survivor and his family. The personal "rehabilitation" was dependent on the circumstances of each person: the stronger ones versus the others, who did not find support from the institutions of the state. During the 1950s and 1960s we saw the demeaning view of our parents as having gone "like sheep to the slaughter," the shame of the new Jews, the Sabras, over their misfortunate, Diaspora relatives.
By Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today
BOSTON - As hordes of settlers pushed west, occupying and expropriating the vast aboriginal territories that had been home to the continent's indigenous peoples since time immemorial, the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh made a statement in 1811 to President James Madison's messenger about the tribes' steadfast relationship to their lands.
By Nadeem Muaddi
For the past 31 years, Palestinians have observed Land Day or Youm Al-Ard on March 30. Like many decades-old anniversaries pertaining to Israel's occupation and/or expropriation of Arab and Palestinian land, Land Day is a reminder of the Palestinian people's ongoing struggle for liberty and equality. While Land Day originated from within Israel-and specifically involved the expropriation of agricultural land and death of six Palestinian citizens of Israel-it is also honored by Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Each year, Palestinians use Land Day as an opportunity to commemorate all those who have lost their lives and ancestral lands to Israel's policies of colonization.
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Professor Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian and senior lecturer of Political Science at Haifa University. He is the author of numerous books, including A History of Modern Palestine, The Modern Middle East, The Israel/Palestine Question and, most recently, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, published in 2006. On March 8, he spoke at a small colloquium in Tokyo organized by the NIHU Program Islamic Area Studies, University of Tokyo Unit, on the path of personal experiences that brought him to write his new book. The following is a transcript of his lecture, tentatively titled "The History of Israel Reconsidered" by organizers of the event. --
Ilan Pappe: Thank you for inviting me, it's a pleasure to be here. I hope that you will ask me, afterwards, questions of a more general nature because I'm not sure how much I can cover in 40, 45, 50 minutes. I will be a bit personal, to begin with, and then move to the more general issues. I think it will help to understand what I am doing.
Challenging the New Orientalism:
Dissenting Essays on the "War Against Islam"
by M. Shahid Alam,
Islamic Publications International, 2007
By Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
Early in the 12th century, the Crusaders rampaged through Islamic lands with little initial resistance; the emirs and sultans were more concerned with their own internecine feuds. At this point, Ibn al-Khashab, an Imam from Aleppo, took it upon himself to jolt the Islamic world out of its suicidal stupor. His passionate, eloquent and incessant exhortations eventually shamed the would-be defenders of Islamic lands into confronting the aggressors, and laid the ground for an effective resistance that culminated in the crusader's eventual ejection from the Levant.
By William A. Cook
“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.”
-- George Bernard Shaw, The Devil’s Disciple, ACT II
Terrorists struck once again in Jenin this past week killing four, wounding twenty-eight civilians, including two journalists and four children and women. Fifty five civilians were kid napped including six children. Three buildings used for agriculture were destroyed and 199 donums of agricultural land confiscated. Other attacks occurred in Far’oun village where six homes were demolished that stood too close to the Wall. Terrorists beat civilians in Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah who were protesting the demolitions and the extension of the Wall. The attacks continue, unreported in the United States since they are carried out by our allies, the Israeli Defense Forces.
By Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today
MADISON, Conn. - The Connecticut state archaeologist has asked the private developer of a high-end residential complex to conduct an archaeological survey of the site, which is located near the mouth of a tidal river where indigenous people hunted, fished, grew corn, beans and squash, and buried their dead thousands of years ago.
By David Rovics
I WAS IN SAN FRANCISCO, California, a couple months ago, and I saw Klee Benally there. It had been a long time since I’d seen him. I tend to go where the gigs take me, which often means going in and out of certain orbits in unpredictable ways. There at the American Indian Center of San Francisco, Klee was the master of ceremonies for an event that was attended by 200 or so people, mostly indigenous.
This article by Afif Safieh, the Palestinian ambassador to the USA, appeared in the Jewish Weekly Forward on MECCA Accords
By Afif Safieh | Fri. Feb 16, 2007
I know of no way to measure suffering, no mechanism to quantify pain. All I know is that we Palestinians are not children of a lesser God.
Jonathan Cook joins a watchdog group on duty in the West Bank, documenting abuses and numberless humiliations that characterise the daily life of ordinary Palestinians under occupation
An elderly Palestinian man walking across an Israeli Border Police checkpoint leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem Old City
The scene: a military checkpoint deep in Palestinian territory in the West Bank. A tall, thin elderly man, walking stick in hand, makes a detour past the line of Palestinians, many of them young men, waiting obediently behind concrete barriers for permission from an Israeli soldier to leave one Palestinian area, the city of Nablus, to enter another Palestinian area, the neighbouring village of Huwara. The long queue is moving slowly, the soldier taking his time to check each person's papers.
Report documents horrific destruction of Palestinian people and their property by the Israeli Zionist government
BETHLEHEM, Palestine _ Since the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000, until late January 2007, the Israeli army has killed 5,050 Palestinian men, women and children, wounded 49,760 others and detained 10,400 others, a report by the Palestinian Authority-run 'Palestinian State Information Service' has revealed.
OCCUPATION IN YOUR FACE: British film crew threatened by drunken settler in Hebron
WARNING: Marked as: Mature
Tel Rumeida is a small Palestinian neighborhood deep in the West Bank city of Hebron. Illegal Israeli settlers have moved into the district and area directly next to Palestinian families. The settlers simply take over Palestinian land and homes either by terrorizing the families into leaving or by setting up trailers directly on the families' lands, sometimes right outside the family's living room or kitchen window, terrorizing them in their own homes where they remain virtual prisoners subject to the illegal settlers' violent attacks and destruction of property.
The behavior of the illegal settler in this short video from a BBC film crew is not unusual or an isolated case: It is typical and occurs almost daily.
The U.S. government sends $15 million a day of American taxpayers' money to the Zionist government of Israel, which in turn encourages and supports these illegal settlers to steal Palestinian lands and homes and to terrorize those who refuse to leave. This is the true face of Israel, "the only democracy in the Middle East," and the closest ally of the U.S. governmnet -- including almost every senator and congressman who continues to vote to support the Zionist state.
To view the video click here.
Despite criticism, his book is work of a true patriot, Findley says
By Paul Findley
At the age of 82, Jimmy Carter entered the lion's den. With the publication of his latest book, "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid," he did what a patriot would do: rally Americans to vigorous debate of a critical issue that affects our future. He deserves a hero's praise. Instead, he has been attacked and defamed.
Al-Aqsa mosque in al-Quds is the
third holiest site for Muslims
Israeli police and army forces deployed on Sunday around al-Aqsa mosque's compound in occupied Jerusalem in an attempt to prevent wide access to the site.
Israeli Lobby spy scandal heats up as its grip on US policies is exposed. Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Harold Rhode of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment are among likely targets of FBI probe
By Robert Dreyfuss
Did Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, run a covert program with operatives in high-level US government positions to influence the Bush Administration's decision to go to war in Iraq? The FBI wants to know.
It's an explosive inquiry and one that raises the most sensitive hackles, since it involves the possibility that US officials (most, but not all, Jews) are working on Sharon's behalf. They include Feith and a handful of other officials, including those in the inner circle of his policy office who formed the core of the Office of Special Plans (OSP). The probe faces stiff political resistance. Yet it may have legs.
By Ali Abunimah
Page 2 of the Israeli Apartheid document obtained by Electronic Intifada
President Jimmy Carter angered Israel and its friends by describing "the abominable oppression and persecution in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a rigid system of required passes and strict
segregation between Palestine's citizens and Jewish settlers in the West Bank."
Now, The Electronic Intifada has obtained an Israeli Ministry of Defense Powerpoint presentation which provides a frightening glimpse into the mindset of the bureaucracy of apartheid.
TO DOWNLOAD THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION click here.
The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem calls on Israeli authorities not to make the settler, Yifat Alkoby a scapegoat for law enforcement failures in the West Bank. Alkoby was summoned for questioning following the extensive airing of a B'Tselem video in which she is seen assaulting and swearing at women and girls from the Abu-'Ayesha family, in Tel Rumeida, Hebron. The incident, as grave as it is, is only the tip of the iceberg of the daily violence committed by Hebron settlers, against their Palestinian neighbors, under the protection of the army.
The Israeli Zionists and the Zionist Occupation Government of the USA are using the same divide-and-conquer tactics that all Western imperial-colonist-settler governments have used since 1492 -- this time pitting Sunni Arab Muslims against Shia Iranian Muslims. The ultimate goal is to fractionate the Arab-Muslim world into tiny enclaves that are dependent on the US and, of course, to control all of the oil in the Arab countries.
By Haviv Rettig
A quiet Sunni Arab strategic realignment was the topic of conversation among senior American and Israeli analysts - both official and unofficial - gathered at the Herzliya Conference on Sunday, the opening day of the conference. Many were cautiously optimistic that Iranian influence in the Middle East could be curtailed, and that this process has already begun. The causes: isolation in the international system, economic mismanagement and a growing opposition to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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By David Rovics
Our taxi dropped us off at the checkpoint outside Nablus, so we could then walk through the checkpoint and take another taxi into the city. With the travel restrictions and hundreds of checkpoints everywhere, this is the way you have to travel, if you’re lucky enough to be allowed to travel at all.
Demolition of Bedouin homes by Israeli security forces in the village of Al-Twail in the northern Negev last week
The state of Israel seems poised to impose its Zionist character using the force of the law. With this legislating of loyalty, it reveals its racism, writes Jonathan Cook* in Nazareth
When I published my book Blood and Religion last year, I sought not only to explain what lay behind Israeli policies since the failed Camp David negotiations nearly seven years ago, including the disengagement from Gaza and the building of a wall across the West Bank, but I also offered a few suggestions about where Israel might head next.
Drawing a comparison between indigenous Native Americans whose land was stolen by European colonist-settlers, and indigenous Palestinians whose land continues to be stolen by European colonist-settlers, peace activists held a demonstration at a West Bank roadblock, dressed up as Native Americans in a bid to get their message through to visiting US secretary of state.
Palestinians and international peace activists launched a one-month campaign in the West Bank Sunday, titled '30 days against the roadblocks'. Inspired by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to the area, some of the protesters chose to convey their message in an original way and dressed up as Native Americans.
From Sam Bahour in Ramallah:
This article, by one of the many brave Israeli journalists, speaks volumes. Don't miss the last few sentences. Too bad such discussion will never make it into the US press.
Tomorrow, I will be going on a tour of this divided and troubled city with an expert guide from one of the leading Israeli human rights organizations,
the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.. I will try to take pictures and report back as soon as possible.
Jerusalem is hemorrhaging, as is Bethlehem! The Cities of Peace are now the Cities of Cement,
By Gideon Levy
Among the many obituary notices published by various groups after the death of Teddy Kollek, one group's notice was conspicuous in its absence: the Yesha Council of Jewish Settlements. It is a bit difficult to comprehend this ingratitude by the settlers toward the person who brought approximately 200,000 Jews to the occupied territories - perhaps more than any other person. The settlement enterprise owes a great historic debt to Kollek. Neither Rabbi Moshe Levinger nor Hanan Porat nor Aharon Domb nor Ze'ev "Zambish" Hever are responsible for settling so many Israelis beyond the Green Line as Kollek, the enlightened Viennese liberal.
In our eyes [Israeli eyes], but only in our eyes, not every settlement is the same and each settlement has its own moral code. But this is a game we play with ourselves. Every home built beyond the Green Line - in Yitzhar or Itamar in the West Bank, in Nov in the Golan, or in French Hill in Jerusalem - is built on occupied land and all construction on occupied land is in violation of international law. Occupation is occupation. Not everything is legal, even if it is anchored in Israeli law, as in the case of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem.
By Paul Craig Roberts
On January 2 the BBC reported a leak from a "senior administration source" that President George W. Bush is going to give a speech, whose "central theme will be sacrifice," announcing an increase in US troops in Iraq for security purposes. Speculation abounds whether the leak is designed to block Bush's insane policy with protests or to soften its controversial edge when announced. The BBC reports that "already one senior Republican senator has called it Alice in Wonderland."
If Bush adopts the Keane/Kagan "plan," he should be impeached for putting two special interests--the military-industrial complex and Israeli Zionist settlers--ahead of America's interests and the interests of peace in the Middle East. The crimes of the Bush regime already stand at a horrendous level. There is no support for the Keane/Kagan "plan" in the American political establishment, among Middle East experts and the American public, or within the Bush administration itself.
This article by Shulamit Aloni, the Israeli Prize laureate who once served as Minister of Education under Yitzhak Rabin, is from Yediot Acharonot, Israel’s largest circulating newspaper, which appeared in the Hebrew Ynet but not in the English-language Ynetnews.
It is tranlated by Sol Salbe, an Australian editor, whose comments are in square brackets.
By Shulamit Aloni
A new order issued by the GOC Central command bans the conveyance of Palestinians in Israeli vehicles. Such a blatant violation of the right to travel joins the long list of humans rights violations carried out by Israel in the [Occupied] Territories.
By M. Shahid Alam
In the early 1990s, the fall of the Soviets produced a surge of triumphalism in the US. After defeating the fascist challenge in the 1940s, liberal capitalism had trumped its last adversary, global communism. This triumphalist mood was caught pithily in Francis Fukuyama’s claim that mankind – of course led by the West – had reached ‘the end of history.’
Civilians often pay the price in so-called targeted killings of activists [EPA]
FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER 2006, the Israeli military killed 655 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem - a huge rise on last year.
By Norman Finkelstein
As Jimmy Carter's new book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid climbs the bestseller list, the reaction of Israel's apologists scales new peaks of lunacy. I will examine a pair of typical examples and then look at the latest weapon to silence Carter.
Carter's real sin is that he cut to the heart of the problem: "Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with international law."
By Amira Hass
Until Enaya Samara, who has been living in forced exile for the past eight months returns to her village near Ramallah, and until Someida Abbas, who was banished from his home 10 months ago accompanies his children to kindergarten again, it will not be possible to believe the (Israeli) defense establishment's promise to change its policy.
More than ever before, the Israeli system today denies the fact that it is repression and discrimination, an integral part of every occupation, that create the security threat. The most it is prepared to do is make "improvements" and mete out "favors," but it will not recognize rights.
By Scott Richard Lyons
It takes about five seconds to persuade an Indian that hate speech is dangerous.
A coalition of Israeli human rights groups placed this ad on the front page of Haaretz newspaper, stating they would defy Israeli's new "separation order" which prohibits Israelis from having Palestinians as car passengers in the West Bank. See translation of the ad below.
On November 19, OC Central Command Major General Yair Naveh signed an order forbidding Palestinians from traveling in Israeli vehicles. The order, which is supposed to take effect on January 19, 2007, prevents the transport of Palestinian citizens inside the West Bank without permits (except for single exceptions) in Israeli vehicles (defined also as vehicles registered in Israel, even if they do not have Israeli license plates) by Israeli citizens.
By Kurt Nimmo
As if to finally dispel the myth there is a difference between Israel First neocons and Democrats, consider the upcoming (Dec. 8) “closed session” at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, a “think tank” bankrolled by Israeli-American millionaire Haim Saban.
Abu-Manneh reviews two new important books on Palestine: Rashid Khalidi's "The Iron Cage" and Ali Abunimah's "One Country"
By Bashir Abu-Manneh
Since occupying the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, Israel has been the only sovereign state in British Mandate Palestine. Palestinians have been living either as second-class citizens in the Jewish state; or as colonized residents of the West Bank and Gaza with no human or political rights; or as refugees dispersed and stranded in neighboring Arab countries, in often extremely difficult conditions. The chances of Palestinians overcoming exile and exercising their right of return seem as far away as ever. Hardly more promising are the immediate prospects for ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza in accordance with the international and Arab consensus, in place since at least 1976 and rejected by the United States and Israel.
For the first time in Palestinian history there looms the possibility of civil war. The political contradictions between those who seem ready to accept whatever Israel offers (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah elite) and those who seek the complete decolonization of the 1967 lands (Hamas, grassroots elements in Fatah and the majority of Palestinians) are rapidly sharpening. Though the Palestinians' steadfastness is intact, living under near permanent siege and without hope of immediate real change could intensify the tendency toward self-destruction, a prospect that Israel's leaders are happy to encourage.
The text demanded the disarming of settlers in occupied Palestinian territories
The United Nations human rights council has called on Israel to dismantle its settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, and to confiscate the arms of Jewish settlers.
All those who will vote for this resolution are perpetuating the conflict instead of pushing for a solution. -- Itzhak Levanon, Israel's ambassador to the UN
All of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are built on Palestinian-owned land that has been taken from the Palestinians, and all of the settlements are illegal under international law. The UN and, prior to the Bush administration, US governments have repeatedly called for an end to their construction.
The study says about 86 percent of Maale Adumim, an Israeli settlement, sits on privately held Palestinian property, according to Israeli government data.
By STEVEN ERLANGER
JERUSALEM, Nov. 20 — An Israeli advocacy group, using maps and figures leaked from inside the government, says that 39 percent of the land held by Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is privately owned by Palestinians.
FATEH-ISRAEL-US PREPARE FOR ANTI-DEMOCRATIC COUP IN PALESTINE
By Joseph Massad
The Chilean example is important to keep in mind when one looks at the Palestinian situation today, as it functions as a sort of training video for US-planned anti-democratic coups elsewhere in the world, Massad says.
Last week's Beit Hanoun massacre is just one more war crime in a long chain of atrocities committed by Israel for over half a century now. Ahdaf Soueif* argues that if the world is to be put back on an even keel, it has to be a world in which the Palestinians achieve equality and justice
THE FIRST TIME I VISITED WARWICK was in the summer of 1985. I visited the Castle and as I walked through the State Rooms and the Towers, I was touched by sadness that what had been a real life, with ambitions and sorrows and loves, with continuity, had become -- merely -- a spectacle for tourists.
Then, I came across the "oubliette". An oubliette is a deep hole in the ground where you throw people who are to be, well, oubliés : forgotten. It was terrifying, in its simplicity, its blatancy, its everydayness. You did not even need great skill to build your own oubliette. And at this point, the fact that the Castle had mutated into a tourist attraction became a comfort. That a life in which balls and banquets or a quiet family evening by the fire could take place while some wretch was forgotten in a hole in the ground not 50 metres away -- that that life had become untenable was OK. It was medieval, I told myself. It was how they did things then. It was over.
The Palestinian family that lives in this house in Bethlehem is cut off from its land and olive groves by two Israeli-built roads (seen in the middle of the photo) cutting through the field. The roads are Jewish-only, meaning Palestinians are forbidden to use them. (Gale Courey Toensing photo taken July 2006)
In another instance of blaming the victim of Israel's brutal and illegal occupation of Palestinian lands, Micky Rosenfeld, an Israeli policeman, manages to blame Palestinian farmers for being attacked by illegal settlers, because, he says, the farmers did not "coordinate their work" with the Israeli authorities --that is, they did not seek permission, which is more often than not denied, to go onto their own land to harvest their olive crop. -- Editor
JEWISH SETTLERS have attacked a group of Palestinian farmers with rocks and sticks, wounding at least three people.
An Interview with Tanya Reinhart
By ERIC HAZAN
Your new book, Roadmap to Nowhere, covers the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the last three years, a period dominated by Ariel Sharon's leadership. You argue that during this period it became evident that in Israel, decisions are taken by the military, rather than the political echelons. Can you elaborate?
Israel's leaders must change mindset, engage in dialogue with Palestinians
By Shulamit Aloni
IN A FEW MONTHS, we will mark 40 years of "enlightened" occupation by our famed army in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Israel pretends to be an enlightened state and signatory of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which rules that "The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies" (Israel ratified the Convention in 1951.)
Extremist Rabbi Yousef Falay calls for extermination of Palestinian men.
A JEWISH RABBI living in the West Bank has called on the Israeli government to use their troops to kill all Palestinian males more than 13 years old in a bid to end Palestinian presence on this earth.
"We have to make sure that no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation. If they (Palestinians) escape then it is good; but if anyone of them remains, then he should be exterminated", the fanatic rabbi added in his article.
While the mainstream media in the U.S. has completed abandoned coverage of Gaza, Israeli author and professor of political science at the University of Haifa, tells about the genocide that is underway there at the hands of the Israeli Occupation Forces, who kill an average of eight Palestinians in Gaza each day.
By Ilan Pappe
A GENOCIDE is taking place in Gaza. This morning, 2 September, another three citizens of Gaza were killed and a whole family wounded in Beit Hanoun. This is the morning reap, before the end of day many more will be massacred. An average of eight Palestinian die daily in the Israeli attacks on the Strip. Most of them are children. Hundreds are maimed, wounded and paralyzed.
By Amira Hass
As Jews we all enjoy the privilege Israel gives us, what makes us all collaborators. The question is what does every one of us do in an active and direct daily manner to minimize cooperation with a dispossessing, suppressing regime that never has its fill. Signing a petition and tutting will not do.
An Israeli talks about his country's "national psychosis."
Yitzhak Laor on the IDF
As soon as the facts of the Bint Jbeil ambush, which ended with relatively high Israeli casualties (eight soldiers died there), became public, the press and television in Israel began marginalising any opinion that was critical of the war. The media also fell back on the kitsch to which Israelis grow accustomed from childhood: the most menacing army in the region is described here as if it is David against an Arab Goliath. Yet the Jewish Goliath has sent Lebanon back 20 years, and Israelis themselves even further: we now appear to be a lynch-mob culture, glued to our televisions, incited by a premier whose ‘leadership’ is being launched and legitimised with rivers of fire and destruction on both sides of the border.
If only Israelis could see the damage that’s been done by all these years of unilateral thinking. But we cannot, because the army – which has always been the core of the state – determines the shape of our lives and the nature of our memories, and wars like this one erase everything we thought we knew, creating a new version of history with which we can only concur. If the army wins, its success becomes part of ‘our heritage’. Israelis have assimilated the logic and the language of the IDF – and in the process, they have lost their memories. Is there a better way to understand why we have never learned from history?
By Virginia Tilley
Johannesburg, South Africa.
It is finally time. After years of internal arguments, confusion, and dithering, the time has come for a full-fledged international boycott of Israel. Good cause for a boycott has, of course, been in place for decades, as a raft of initiatives already attests. But Israel's war crimes are now so shocking, its extremism so clear, the suffering so great, the UN so helpless, and the international community's need to contain Israel's behavior so urgent and compelling, that the time for global action has matured. A coordinated movement of divestment, sanctions, and boycotts against Israel must convene to contain not only Israel's aggressive acts and crimes against humanitarian law but also, as in South Africa, its founding racist logics that inspired and still drive the entire Palestinian problem.
By Jonathan Cook
The same malign intent from Israel towards the Palestinians is stamped through its history like the lettering in a children's stick of seaside rock. But despite the consistent aim of Israeli policy, generation after generation of Western politicians, diplomats and journalists has shown a repeated inability to grasp what is happening before its very eyes.
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
The gap between facts on the ground and Mideast coverage in many mainstream US media is harmful to US public interest.
The fruits of Israeli militarism in the past two weeks included over 500 Lebanese and Palestinian civilians killed (including entire families), 20% of Lebanese civilians displaced, over $4 billion of Lebanese civilian infrastructure destroyed, and whole neighborhoods flattened by US-supplied weapons. The Israeli army (already 4th or 5th strongest in the world) will see its budget increased by nearly $500 million and the US is rushing delivery of aviation fuels, bombs and munitions all funded bu US taxpayers. Meanwhile, 1/3rd of Israeli and 2/3rds of Palestinian children live below the poverty line.
Yet, many TV and newspapers simply regurgitate lies generated in Tel Aviv and parroted by a well-funded network of lobbyists for Israel in the media, on Capital Hill, and in the White House.
By Paul Craig Roberts
Do you know that Israel is engaged in ethnic cleansing in southern Lebanon? Israel has ordered all the villagers to clear out. Israel then destroys their homes and murders the fleeing villagers. That way there is no one to come back and nothing to which to return, making it easier for Israel to grab the territory, just as Israel has been stealing Palestine from the Palestinians.
"We do not permit the system to operate," says a newly retired brigadier general from the Israeli Occupation Forces, who speaks out about Hamas, the conflict, and its solution.
By Akiva Eldar
Just a few weeks ago, after 28 years of military service, seven years of which were spent handling the West Bank, Brigadier General Ilan Paz, also known as "Pitzi," turned in his boots. On a Saturday morning, he left his home in Kerem Maharal for a meeting with Palestinians at the Ambassador Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.
One of Abu Salah's sons gazing at their cut-off farmland
By Laila El-Haddad in Gaza
Living in the Gaza buffer zone has taught Saeed Abu Salah a thing or two about patience and treading carefully.
This is no time to try to rewrite boundaries in the occupied territories. Good-faith talks between Israelis and Palestinians are the only viable path to peace.
By Jimmy Carter
New Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced that Israel will take unilateral steps to establish its own geographical boundaries during the next four years of his administration. His plan, as described during the recent Israeli election and the formation of a new governing coalition, would take about half of the Palestinian West Bank and encapsulate the urban areas within a huge concrete wall and the more rural parts of Palestine within a high fence. The barrier is not located on the internationally recognized boundary between Israel and Palestine, but entirely within and deeply penetrating the occupied territories.
By Virginia Tilley
To the great consternation of most of the world, the European Union, followed now by Norway and Canada, has halted payments to the Hamas-led government of the Palestinian Authority (PA). The stated reason is that Hamas has not recognized Israel's "right to exist" or "renounced violence," but the action so violates all common sense that its logic requires our closer scrutiny.
Haniyeh (left): "They don't want negotiations, and even if there were negotiations, they would not give us our rights."
Olmert (right): "We will wait for a month, two months ... six months...then we'll move forward even withhout an agreement."
Israel has told Palestinians to enter into negotiations on its terms by the end of the year or have borders imposed.
Israeli unilateralism is a recipe for conflict - as is the west's racist refusal to treat Palestinians as equals, says Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh
By Ismail Haniyeh
Do policymakers in Washington and Europe ever feel ashamed of their scandalous double standards? Before and since the Palestinian elections in January, they have continually insisted that Hamas comply with certain demands. They want us to recognise Israel, call off our resistance, and commit ourselves to whatever deals Israel and the Palestinian leadership reached in the past.
"(The) annexation plan ends any notion of a sovereign Palestinian state that corresponds with any internationally understood meaning of the term. Israel is to seize huge tracts of land, securing them behind the 360-kilometre-long militarised separation wall—effectively turning the West Bank into a series of non-contiguous and impoverished ghettos, hemmed in on all sides.
Children from the theater performed at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and in Hartford last summer
This section of Israel's Separation Wall surrounds Aida refugee camp and the town of Bethlehem. Photo by Gale Courey Toensing
By Gale Courey Toensing
AIDA REFUGEE CAMP, Bethlehem, Palestine _ As illegal Israeli settlers in Occupied Palestine donned clown costumes to begin the celebration of Purim, Israeli soldiers invaded the refugee camp that is home to the Al Rowwad Children’s Theater whose members performed in Connecticut last summer.
Editorial from The New York Times
By Gershom Gorenberg
JERUSALEM _ With Israel's national election approaching, each day's news emphasizes a clear political shift: the settlement enterprise has lost the support of the country's mainstream voters.
Israel estimates that it will spend $3.4 billion on the separation wall.
By Laila El-Haddad in Gaza
A prominent US human rights organisation has called on the Bush administration to cut back its direct foreign aid to Israel until the latter complies with calls to stop settlement expansion and work on the separation wall.
Palestinian peace activist Ghassan Andoni
Israeli peace activist Jeff Halper
By Gale Courey Toensing
Ghassan Andoni, one of the founders of the nonviolent Palestinian peace movement, and Jeff Halper, the Israeli founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, have been nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, nominated the two men, who are colleagues in their parallel and sometimes overlapping peace activist work in illegally Occupied Palestine.
Andoni spoke about nonviolent resistance and his life in Occupied Palestine to a standing room only audience at Cornwall's United Church of Christ in September, 2002. More than 100 people attended the event at which Andoni spoke extemporaneously for more than an hour about his life and experiences in Palestine.
He visited the Northwest Corner during a trip to the United States to participate in the United Nation's North American Conference in Support of the Palestinian People at the United Nations.
Palestinian mother of Aya Al Astal mourns over her body during her funeral in the family house at Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Friday, Jan. 27 2006. Israeli troops shot dead Al Astal, 10-years old, Thursday night near the Gaza border with Israel, Palestinian health officials said. The officials said the girl was hit by fire from the Israeli side of the border fence. The Israeli army had no immediate report of any such event. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
By Chris McGreal in Khan Yunis
Monday January 30, 2006
As the votes were counted in the Palestinian election and the scale of Hamas's landslide became apparent to the world, Aya al-Astal drifted away from her home and wandered towards the fence along the border between the Gaza strip and Israel.
The nine-year-old girl's parents realised she was gone as they watched the election results on television. They do not know precisely what happened, but the Israeli army later said Aya was behaving in a suspicious manner reminiscent of a terrorist - she got too close to the border fence - and so a soldier fired several bullets into the child, hitting her in the neck and blowing open her stomach.
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh left his job as a research geneticist at Yale University recently to dedicate more time to his work as a human rights activist. He is the author of "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle." The book is a critical examination of the conflict's core issues in which Qumsiyeh dares to put forward his vision for a lasting peace based on upholding the principles of human rights for all. For more information, visit http://qumsiyeh.org
By Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
The Day published a commentary by the editors recently titled "Visions for Middle East Peace." The commentary was followed by seven contributed editorials totaling over 8100 words. The amalgam of opinion ranged from advocating the Rand program for connecting the Palestinian cantons/ghettos/reservations to calls for
compensating Palestinian refugees from international sources and settling them in places other than the homes and towns from which they were ethnically cleansed.
None of these articles was by a Palestinian (Christian or Muslim).
We in the local Palestinian community were tempted to respond to the various false assertions and misdirected plans advocated. Then we thought perhaps such an article would be too long. Besides, being a Palestinian here is like being a Native American trying to respond to a series of articles written in a newspaper in the mid-1800s by white Europeans debating what to do with the Native Americans. Instead, we decided to follow the advise of the late Professor Edward Said of Columbia University simply to tell our long suppressed narrative.
by Norman G. Finkelstein
Aftenposten* | 01.14.2006
The recent proposal that Norway boycott Israeli goods has provoked passionate debate. In my view, a rational examination of this issue would pose two questions: 1) Do Israeli human rights violations warrant an economic boycott? and 2) Can such a boycott make a meaningful contribution toward ending these violations? I would argue that both these questions should be answered in the affirmative.
Although the subject of many reports by human rights organizations, Israel's real human rights record in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is generally not well known abroad. This is primarily due to the formidable public relations industry of Israel's defenders as well as the effectiveness of their tactics of intimidation, such as labeling critics of Israeli policy anti- Semitic.
By Mustafa Barghouti
The on-the-ground reality of Israel's moral bankruptcy in its genocidal policies towards the Palestinians remains as clear as ever, writes Mustafa Barghouti*
What is the current situation on the ground in Palestine? The Israeli narrative that continues to dominate the international media presents an image that is absolutely at odds with reality. The Gaza redeployment was spun as the beginning of a peace process; a great retreat by General Ariel Sharon, who was portrayed as a man of peace. Yet the fact remains that Palestine is 27,000 square kilometres, of which the West Bank constitutes only 5,860 square kilometres, and the Gaza Strip, just 360 sq km. This is equal to only 1.3 per cent of the total land of historic Palestine. So even if Sharon really had withdrawn from Gaza, this would amount to just 5.8 per cent of the occupied territories.
By Robert Fisk
Israel`s Prime Minister was a ruthless military commander responsible for one of the most shocking war crimes of the 20th century, argues Robert Fisk. President George Bush acclaims Ariel Sharon as `a man of peace`, yet the blood that was shed at Sabra and Chatila remains a stain on the conscience of the Zionist nation. As Sharon lies stricken in his hospital bed, his political career over, how will history judge him?
I shook hands with him once, a brisk, no-nonsense soldier`s grip from Sharon as he finished a review of the vicious Phalangist militiamen who stood in the barracks square at Karantina in Beirut. Who would have thought, I asked myself then, that this same bunch of murderers - the men who butchered their way through the Palestinian Sabra and Chatila refugee camps only a few weeks earlier - had their origins in the Nazi Olympics of 1936. That`s when old Pierre Gemayel - still alive and standing stiffly to attention for Sharon - watched the `order` of Nazi Germany and proposed to bring some of this `order` to Lebanon. That`s what Gemayel told me himself. Did Sharon not understand this. Of course, he must have done.