Gaza mourns Vittorio Arrigoni
by Refaat Alareer | |
The timing, which comes days before Flotilla II, and the irreparable damage the crime did the Palestinians tell of the Israeli hand lurking behind the doers. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Apr 15, 11 | 6:05 pm

A generous offer to the Palestinian refugees?
by Neta Golan | IMEU | 5 Dec 2007
Anyone familiar with Israeli politics was not surprised that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not acknowledge Israel's occupation in his speech at Annapolis. What was surprising was that short of mentioning the "R" word- refugees, Olmert acknowledged the Palestinian refugee problem.

Referring to the Palestinians, the Israeli Prime Minister stated in his Annapolis speech: "your people, too, have suffered for many years; and there are some who still suffer. Many Palestinians have been living for decades in camps, disconnected from the environment in which they grew up, wallowing in poverty, in neglect, alienation, bitterness, and a deep, unrelenting sense of humiliation." Olmert's characterization of the refugees is only partially correct. Poverty, neglect, alienation, bitterness and feelings of humiliation, are only one component of the refugee experience. There are also other components, such as community, pride, generosity, and perseverance. This one-dimensional characterization obviously suits Olmert's conception of a solution. It also casts refugees as objects that will be acted upon (once again), rather than subjects who can genuinely participate in finding a solution. A recent article in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz Daily titled "Refugees and Jerusalem : A question of money" sheds light on Olmert's statements. The article revealed the outlines of the deal being cooked to sell the rights of the Palestinian refugees. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Dec 05, 07 | 8:35 pm

Will peace cost me my home?
by Ghada Ageel | Los Angeles Times | 12/1/2007
Sixty years ago, my grandparents lived in the beautiful village of Beit Daras, a few kilometers north of Gaza. They were farmers and owned hundreds of acres of land.

But in 1948, in the first Arab-Israeli war, many people lost their lives defending our village from the Zionist militias. In the end, with their crops and homes burning, the villagers fled. My family eventually made its way to what became the refugee camp of Khan Yunis in Gaza. We were hit hard by poverty, humiliation and disease. We became refugees, queuing for tents, food and assistance, while the state of Israel was established on the ruins of my family's property and on the ruins of hundreds of other Palestinian villages. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Dec 03, 07 | 9:08 pm

Separate but unequal in Palestine: The road to apartheid
by Mohammed Khatib | IMEU | 11/27/2007
On the eve of the meeting intended to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians at Annapolis, Maryland, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that Israel will build no new West Bank settlements, but will not "strangle" existing Israel settlements. This means that construction in the 149 existing Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank that are strangling Palestinians, including the settlements on our village's land, will continue unchecked. Olmert's cynical announcement underlines our fear that Israel, with US support, will insist on retaining most West Bank settlements in the upcoming negotiations, locking Palestinians into a "separate but unequal" position. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Nov 27, 07 | 11:16 pm

The right to our land must be restored
by Fareed Taamallah | IMEU | 11/27/2007
This week in Annapolis, Maryland the United States government will host a conference between Palestinian and Israeli leaders to launch peace talks on a permanent agreement. A vital component of the peace proposals to be discussed involves exchanges of territory that would allow Israel to keep its West Bank "settlement blocs" while compensating Palestinians with land inside Israel. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Nov 27, 07 | 11:14 pm

Hamas' stand An official of the movement describes its goals for all of Palestine
by Mousa Abu Marzook Mousa Abu Marzook | | 10 July 2007
Damascus, Syria Hamas' rescue of a BBC journalist from his captors in Gaza last week was surely cause for rejoicing. But I want to be clear about one thing: We did not deliver up Alan Johnston as some obsequious boon to Western powers.

It was done as part of our effort to secure Gaza from the lawlessness of militias and violence, no matter what the source. Gaza will be calm land under the rule of law a place where all journalists, foreigners and guests of the Palestinian people will be treated with dignity. Hamas has never supported attacks on Westerners, as even our harshest critics will concede; our struggle has always been focused on the occupier and our legal resistance to it a right of occupied people that is explicitly supported by the Fourth Geneva Convention. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jul 16, 07 | 9:44 am

Officials said fearing wave of war crimes suits over Lebanon
by Haaretz Service | Haaretz | 04/09/2006
The Foreign Ministry fears a wave of lawsuits accusing Israeli military and governmental officials of war crimes, Army Radio said Monday, adding that a report prepared by the ministry's chief legal advisor warns officials against inflammatory statements in connection with the recent war, saying that their words could later be used against them in foreign lawsuits or indictments for alleging them to be war criminals. In the past, a number of IDF generals have deferred visits to Europe, for fear of arrest over allegations of war crimes in connection with the Intifada. More...
Submitted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 07, 06 | 2:26 pm

Commentary: Peace can only be the fruit of justice
by Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Ismail Haniyeh | Al-Ahram Weekly | Issue No. 790, 13 - 19 April 2006
Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Ismail Haniyeh outlines the basis for comprehensive peace

As the Palestinian people continue their long and painful journey for freedom and independence, we look to the future with hope and optimism. Indeed, it is this hope, this strong faith in the justice of our cause, that kept us going all these years and made us withstand the suffering and brutality meted out to us by an evil and dehumanising Israeli military occupation.

From time immemorial, Palestine was the peaceful homeland of native Muslims, Christians and Jews who lived together in peace and harmony, sharing a common history and heritage. In fact, it was only after Palestine was placed under the British mandate following World War I, and when the British colonialist authorities subsequently decided to illegally give Palestine, our ancestral homeland, to Zionism, that inter-communal and inter- religious harmony was disturbed. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Apr 18, 06 | 7:19 pm

Secret British document accuses Israel: FO paper says international laws are being violated and peace jeopardised
by Chris McGreal | The Guardian | 25 November 2005
A confidential Foreign Office document accuses Israel of rushing to annex the Arab area of Jerusalem, using illegal Jewish settlement construction and the vast West Bank barrier, in a move to prevent it becoming a Palestinian capital.

In an unusually frank insight into British assessments of Israeli intentions, the document says that Ariel Sharon's government is jeopardising the prospect of a peace agreement by trying to put the future of Arab East Jerusalem beyond negotiation and risks driving Palestinians living in the city into radical groups. The document, obtained by the Guardian, was presented to an EU council of ministers meeting chaired by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, on Monday with recommendations to counter the Israeli policy, including recognition of Palestinian political activities in East Jerusalem.

But the council put the issue on hold until next month under pressure from Italy, according to sources, which Israel considers its most reliable EU ally. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Nov 26, 05 | 3:04 pm

Arafat the obstacle has been exposed as a myth
by Karma Nabulsi | Guardian | November 15, 2006
One year after Yasser Arafat's death, and he has passed into silent myth and legend. As with all great historical figures, the myth is both powerful and pervasive. Yet in Arafat's case, it possesses a peculiar driving force that frames the manner in which we see the present. Indeed, everything about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel is shaped by this myth. In the west it is entirely a negative myth, cultivated by the press and parroted by political elites, diplomats and intellectuals. It is obvious why Israel would portray its enemy in such a bad light, but why did this negative myth take hold outside Israel with such strength and persuasion? More...
Submitted by: LDavidson on Nov 17, 05 | 12:18 am

the Invisibility of Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance in the New York Times
by Patrick O'Connor | Electronic Intifada | October 23, 2005
The fact that thousands of Palestinians and hundreds of Israelis are together employing nonviolent tactics similar to those of the U.S. civil rights movement and the South African anti-Apartheid movement would come as surprising and welcome news to most Americans. Americans are largely unaware of the struggling but vibrant grassroots nonviolent movement in Palestine, because the U.S. corporate media prefers a simple, flawed story of Palestinian terrorist attacks and Israeli retaliation. More...
Submitted by: LDavidson on Oct 26, 05 | 9:06 pm

Turkey tranfers Ottoman land Records Palestinian Authority
by Danny Rubenstein | Haaretz | October 11, 2005
The Turkish government on Sunday gave the Palestinian Authority a copy of the Ottoman archive containing all documents pertaining to land ownership in pre-state Israel through 1916. More...
Submitted by: LDavidson on Oct 12, 05 | 9:31 pm

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