As Palestinians face extinction, the world switches to snooze mode

Palestine Update  177
Opinion

As Palestinians face extinction, the world switches to snooze mode

Khan Al-Ahmar has arrested the mind of a reasonable critical mass of politically alive and responsible members in the international community. They know that the imminent demolition of the village is immoral, lacks any sense of humaneness. The demolition is simply the politically immoral thing to do at a humanitarian level. Worse, the demolition could finally terminate any remaining prospect of a two-state solution. It would seal Jerusalem off from the West Bank and once and for all the contiguity required for a Palestinian state would vanish.

The enslaved Israeli Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the village can be demolished. The apparent justification offered was that homes in the village were constructed without valid permits. The real truth is that Israel practices the policy of rejecting any legitimate claim to build houses. Yet, it builds colonies within sight of Khan Al-Ahmar village illegally. The international community knows this fact but will confine itself to sheer mild protests and gestures that tantamount to nil. The land of Khan Al-Ahmar is state land and irrevocably belongs to the state of Palestine. Israel’s claims to it are a con plan and built on insatiable colonialist intent.

And the world snoozes in their self-appointed siesta time on the Question of Palestine, it sends out the message that everyone is indebted to Israel for the victimhood is suffered over 70 years ago. It is caught up in logic of injustice that renders Palestinians increasingly under threat of being ethnically cleansed. It begs the conscience-searing question: How is Zionism in any way different from Hitler’s murderous Nazi sham?

Paulo Friere, the great educationalist from Brazil once wrote in his famous book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed’: “The oppressed internalize the image of the oppressor”. And even though most, if not all of Israel’s current leaders, come from the post-holocaust era, they have studied the holocaust in the wrong way. They have all internalized the oppressor complex and inflict oppression in much the same way they experienced it. Or worse!

Meanwhile Palestinians fight back on various fronts notably the cultural front as a way of recalling what is theirs by inheritance. (See reports below). There is also the array of punitive measures against BDS activists who will not surrender principles despite risks and reprisals.

Israel is also resorting to the most inhumane practices against prisoners as its way to extract submission. A Committee will soon work to relegate prison standards for Palestinian inmates.  Israel believes this will pressure Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups to hand over the remains of Israeli soldiers they hold in the Gaza Strip. They are grossly miscalculating. On the contrary, these moves would serve to ignite remonstration both within and outside prisons.

Ranjan Solomon


Khan Al-Ahmar needs a popular uprising –There exists no meaningful international plan to save it
The Palestinian Bedouin residents of Khan Al-Ahmar wake up every morning relieved that the Israeli occupation’s bulldozers did not arrive overnight to destroy their homes and their children’s school. They remain fearful, though, that it is only a matter of time before their village is destroyed and they are expelled from the land they have lived on for over 40 years. Residents, especially the children, experience psychological terrorism to which Israel is subjecting them. UNICEF expressed its alarm recently that that “the school in Khan Al Ahmar in the State of Palestine could soon be destroyed in the coming days or even hours.” UNICEF asked the Israeli authorities for “the interests of children [to] be a primary consideration in their decision making.”

Children are routinely abducted in the night, bundled into Israeli army vehicles, interrogated without parents or legal advisers present, tried before military courts in a language most don’t understand, and imprisoned for long periods. Furthermore, Israeli snipers have no compunction about pointing their rifles at children at the Gaza fence and killing them. In August, Defence for Children International reported that Israel had killed 37 Palestinian children since the start of 2018. The number continues to rise.
Middle East Monitor carries full report

Jerusalem artist’s archival and recent photos  of city’s evolution
Palestinian artist Jack Persekian, born and raised in East Jerusalem, grew up keenly aware of the long and tumultuous history of the divided city. Persekian’s “One Hundred Years,” which consists of 12 photographic works, is currently exhibited at the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah as part of the biennial Qalandiya International Festival. He began the project two years ago and the content is still constantly evolving. Persekian keeps taking new pictures of obscure spots and alleys in Jerusalem to show changes that have taken place in the city. All of the old photos come from a collection of pictures of Jerusalem taken by the American Colony photography crew – a group of 15 photographers who worked in a private studio between 1898 and the 1950s. Most of these photos can be found in the Library of Congress in Washington. Persekian’s own shots capture the same place, and use similar lighting and angles.
Read more in Al Monitor

The Stakes are high for a museum in the Holy Land

Can you imagine how Jesus of Nazareth lived his ordinary life? How he ate, bathed, dressed, and shopped at the market? What items did he use around the house? A new archeological wing of the Terra Sancta Museum (TSM) provides answers to these questions in an exhibition concisely titled “Daily Life at the Time of Jesus.” In contrast to the sanctimonious glitter of the grandiose churches that surround the museum, the exhibition instead focuses on everyday items, like hairpins, mirror and make-up spatula sets, hygiene appliances, tableware, work tools, ancient coins, and burial tombs. They are all retrieved from decades-old excavations by Franciscan friars, primarily including Capernaum at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, and the Herodium fortress in the Judean Desert.
Read article and view pictures

University of Michigan punishes professor for boycotting Israel

Free speech and Palestinian advocacy groups have denounced the University of Michigan for reprimanding a professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student looking to study in Israel. John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor of American culture, had agreed to write the letter, but later declined after finding the student was planning to study in Tel Aviv. The professor is engaged in an academic boycott of Israel amid its human rights abuses against Palestinians. “I am very sorry, but I only scanned your first email a couple weeks ago and missed out on a key detail,” Cheney-Lippold wrote the student, Abigail Ingber, in an email last month.  “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Palestine. This boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there.”
Reports say that the university would not grant Cheney-Lippold his annual merit-based pay raise for this academic year and will freeze his sabbatical for the next two years. The newspaper reported that the university also threatened to fire the professor if he behaves similarly in the future. Cheney-Lippold is tenured, meaning he cannot be sacked, absent of a major offence.
Middle East Eye reports in depth

Israel set to worsen prison conditions for Palestinian inmates
Israel is set to heavily lower prison standards for Palestinian inmates, a decision that is likely to ignite a new wave of protests both inside and outside of Israeli prisons. A committee established by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to explore ways to downgrade quality of life for Palestinian prisoners into a bare minimum is about to hand in the results of its studies. Erdan seeks to pressure Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups to hand over the remains of Israeli soldiers they hold in the Gaza Strip. The committee would reduce number of family visits for prisoners and revoke their permissions to buy meat, fish, fruits and vegetables from outside the prison. The inmates will also lose their right to cook food inside the jail cells Israeli prison officials would limit the number of television channels the inmates could choose from.
Press TV reports in detail

Don’t befriend me for a day, and leave me a month. Don’t get close to me if you’re going to leave. Don’t say what you don’t do. Be close or get away.

 لا تصاحبني يوماً .. لتهجرني شهراً ولا تقربني .. لتبعدني .. لا تقل ما لا تفعل كُن قريباً .. أو ابتعد.

Mahmoud Darwish.