Palestine Update 153
Trump’s deal is foolhardiness. It lies quashed in the cradle.
The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century has launched mass protests against the agreement asserting that “Our rebellious people, who have thwarted all other suspicious projects, will end the deal of the century.” Trump has already slowed things around. Trump comes from that school of ‘political thoughtlessness’ where they break down complex problems into simplistic solutions and then assume that sheer power will make it possible to push them through. Trump is seeing a push back of his wild dreams and haughty ideas. Already, it is reported that North Korea is sharpening its nuclear capacity and now Palestinians are filling the roads in peaceful protests to say a firm NO to Trump’s untamed ideas. They won’t buy his devious deal. Trump must return to the drawing table and, this time, he will have to take Palestinian political architects for peace and, perhaps, those Israelis who understand that peace will take root when only justice is served. Kushner must stay off for he knows not what he does. Being a President’s son-in-law is not a qualification. Nepotism is no way to go forward. Nor is America, or for that matter, most of Europe, capable of being mediator.
A suggestion doing the rounds now is that a highly select of eminent ‘elders’ and Nobel Laureates, UN Secretary Generals, who have a tried and tested commitment to justice, and have spoken up for truth and freedom for all, prescribe a solution. And these must not be men and women only from the western world. The great civilizations offer traditional wisdom in matters of conflict transformation. This would be the basis of a Charter for a just peace in Palestine. Israel will naturally reject what they offer as a result but that could then be the basis for countries to start pressurizing Israel to do what is right. And if Israel dares to oppose and ignore their prescription for an end to colonization and apartheid, the world should collectively impose uncompromising boycotts and sanctions on a literal war footing. Israel has gone too far. And the international community has countenanced it’s atrocities for far too long.
Having said this things won’t come easy from Isreal. As many as 65 percent of Israeli Jews surveyed in a new poll said they believe that Israel must “win a decisive victory in military confrontations with the Palestinians” in order to end the conflict. The poll was conducted on a sample of 800 adult Jews in Israel. The poll also showed Donald Trump as the most supportive American president for Israel compared with 25 percent who expressed concern that Trump might seek a price for his support for Israel.
In such a context the world requires to find rebels for justice. This may be dismissed as an immaterial dream but the profound and prophetic voice of the poet-musician-philosopher-artist, John Lennon rings loud: Imagine there’s no country, it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for; and no religion, too. Imagine all the people; Living life in peace….You may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one
‘Deal of Century’ could be quashed in cradle!
Israeli media confirmed that the American officials have lowered their expectations of the success of the so-called “deal of the century” because of the Palestinian boycott.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami al-Hamdallah said, in a message to the United States, that the Palestinian leadership would not compromise the rights and principles of the Palestinian people. “Our people are aware of the position of President Mahmoud Abbas, who is adhering to the original national principles, and we will not accept dropping, canceling or bypassing them at any cost,” he stressed. His statements were made a day after demonstrations swept the Palestinian territories in rejection of the US peace plan, also known as the “Deal of the Century. The National Campaign to Thwart the Deal of the Century, which has launched mass protests against the agreement, said: “Our rebellious people, who have thwarted all other suspicious projects, will end the deal of the century.” The PA refuses to listen to the plan (yet to be published) because of the US declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Cliches, lies and double standards:
Jared Kushner’s twisted views on Palestine
On 24 June, Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son in law and his point person on US Middle East relations, gave an interview to the London-based Al Quds Al Arabi website. After reading the interview it is difficult to escape a further sense of hopelessness about the prospect of a fair deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. If the intellectual background arising from Kushner’s answers is going to be embodied in the “deal of the century” that the Trump administration is expected to announce soon, Palestinians must prepare for another cold shower.The interview is replete with old cliches, lies, double standards and die-hard distorted visions of the situation that it is almost impossible to dismantle all of them. Here are Kushner’s words: “The prospects for peace are very much alive,” said Kushner. He must possess a unique sense of optimism to claim such a nonsense considering the situation on the ground and the attitude of the current Israeli government. If the Palestinians were really ready to be bought, peace would have been achieved decades ago. “The [Arab] leaders we met with all care a lot about the Palestinian people.” It would be interesting to know to which Arab leaders Kushner is referring.
Crowded protest in Ramallah against US Deal
Hundreds of Palestinians renewed their complete rejection of the ‘Deal of the Century’ that is being proposed by the United States administration. Hundreds marched across the streets of Ramallah City in the central West Bank protesting the US deal dubbed ‘Deal of the Century’ and in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Protesters repeated slogans in support of the Palestinian leadership in its stand against the deal. The ‘Deal of the Century’ peace plan proposed by the US suggests that the Palestinians can build their own Jerusalem from areas surrounding the city of villages and neighborhoods. The plan also calls for keeping borders and security under Israeli control, while it keeps Israeli settlements final borders to be discussed in later negotiations.
Israeli Jews believe in a military solution with the Palestinians
As many as 65 percent of Israeli Jews surveyed in a new poll said they believe that Israel must “win a decisive victory in military confrontations with the Palestinians” in order to end the conflict. 58 percent of the respondents said that the Palestinians’ recognition of their defeat is a necessary condition for ending the conflict. The poll restates that Israel is at crossroads with the Gaza Strip, where the issue of “resolution” has returned to the agenda. The poll also confirms that the majority of Israelis still believe that the Jerusalem and the Palestinian refugee issues remains the most difficult obstacle in the conflict. The poll was conducted on a sample of 800 adult Jews in Israel.
Protesting Israel’s “Birthright” Program
Since 1994, the Israeli regime has taken more than 650,000 diaspora (mostly North American) Jews on “birthright” trips. Providing full-funded tours through Palestine/Israel, the “birthright” program is an inherent part of Israel’s settler-colonialism and is used to indoctrinate participants in Zionist ideology. But, last week, five American Jewish women stood up against the tour’s racist, anti-Palestinian message and left in protest. As one of the women told Haaretz, “We love our Jewish community and that’s why it’s so hard for us to see Birthright systemically mis-educating it. We cannot stand this injustice.” After leaving the trip on June 28, the five women joined an anti-occupation protest in the Palestinian city of Hebron, which is illegally occupied by Israel. The women publicly announced their decision to leave the birthright trip and some of the attendees met with liberal Zionist group, Breaking the Silence, instead.
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.