Palestine Update 262
Apartheid Israel suffers a galloping cancer-like malignancy
American officials are proving to be the decisive colonizers in these days. Their goal seems to be to obliterate Palestinian presence not just in demographic terms but also through annihilation of heritage. And yet Jewish migrants to Israel are deserting the country finding little sense and substance in remaining in the war torn land. These are not decisions of conscience but failure to cope with a tenuous situation where Palestinians are fighting back the occupation and disallowing the Zionist regimes to have a free hand. It is clear that Israel can neither buy nor conquer peace through power. It can only co-exist by consent and consensus.
Israeli politics is nothing near being normal; rather it lives by criminal political intent and practice. Political repression, when aimed at large resistance struggles or movements, increases dissident mobilization. It’s a cat and mouse game when Israel sets fire on legitimate protest and the sheer assault on their dignity prompts Palestinian resistance.
Come what may, the occupation will die out. How many more new ideas can Israel invent to sustain the occupation. Even the US has run out of viable ideas. The much-hyped American peace plan has caved in dealing a death blow to the US’s much trumpeted boast that peace is round the corner and a brand new idea would deliver that peace.
On every front, Israel is trying and failing. It quells one protest only to find another. In a blatant act of State-sponsored racist violence, Israeli police shot and killed an 18-year-old in Haifa. Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis have taken part in demonstrations across the country to protest against the police shooting. The death of Solomon Teka aggravated rage among members of the Ethiopian community who say that violence, and discrimination against young black Jews of Ethiopian origin is common place.
Simply put, the malignancy of Israeli apartheid is killing the country like a galloping cancer.
Anger over Israel’s Al-Quds dig in presence of US Officials
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and President Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt along with Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli Prime Minister, wielded sledgehammers to break open the so-called “Anger Grows over Israel’s Controversial Al-Quds Dig in Presence of US Officials”, which lies underneath the Palestinian Silwan neighborhood. “Were there any doubts about the accuracy, the wisdom, the propriety of President Trump recognizing Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of Israel, I certainly think this lays all doubts to rest,” he said. Palestinian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned “the colonialist plans to replace the existing reality in occupied Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the environs of the Old City”. It also denounced the presence of American officials at the ceremony as a hostile act against the Palestinians.
The hidden reasons behind Jews’ leaving occupied Palestine Reverse migration, the new normal
Despite all the temptations offered by Israeli governments, including money, housing, job opportunities, and leisure for Jewish migrants to occupied Palestine, recent statistics suggest that many are leaving. While Israel often seeks to disguise the real figures research centres, opinion polls, and media often unveil the truth. Israel has attempted to erase the Palestinian identity and nurture an alternative Jewish culture in the country through various methods. These include enabling criminality and extreme religious tendencies, settlement building, land expropriation and Judaization. However, in spite of these threats Palestinians remains steadfast in defence of their identity.
For Jordan, Trump’s peace plan is now on long-term hold
Now that the US-sponsored Bahrain workshop is over with hardly any result, a sense of relief can be felt in Jordan; one of the parties, aside from the Palestinians, that showed no enthusiasm for the much-hyped peace plan that the White House was putting together for the last two years. Amman took its time before announcing that it was attending the Manama conference. And before that, His Majesty King Abdullah insisted, on more than one occasion, that the two-state solution was the only viable path towards a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
While the Palestinians have made their objections to the US approach clear from the onset, Jordan had its own reasons for resisting the unilateral and preemptive moves that President Donald Trump had taken even before the plan, or at least its economic component, was revealed.
Church of the Nativity no longer in danger – UNESCO
In a statement, UNESCO said the nearby pilgrimage route was also removed from the list. It said the decision was motivated by “the quality of work carried out on the church, in particular the restoration of the roof, the external facades, the mosaic murals and the doors of the basilica”. The Church of the Nativity, located about a dozen miles south of Jerusalem, was built in 339 and the building that substituted it after a fire in the 6th century conserves the remains of the original mosaic floor. In 2012 it was added to the UNESCO world heritage list as well as the world heritage in danger list due to the deteriorated state of the church at that time.
Israel asks UK to outlaw Hamas, BDS
Israel has asked the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to outlaw Hamas and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Channel 7 reported. Sajid, who was in Israel, met with Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan yesterday in Tel Aviv before going on to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.In 2001 the UK proscribed Hamas’ military wing, the Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, as a “terrorist organization” however recognizes its political arm as the body which governs the besieged Gaza Strip. During his two-day trip to Israel, Javid visited the Western Wall (Al-Buraq Wall) in occupied East Jerusalem and placed a note between its stones. He also made a visit to the national Holocaust memorial and museum at Yad Vashem. He also became the first UK cabinet minister to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.
Thousands protest in Israel after deadly police shooting of Ethiopian teenager
Thousands of Ethiopian Israelis have taken part in demonstrations across the country to protest against the police shooting of an 18-year-old in Haifa earlier this week. The death of Solomon Teka on Monday provoked outrage among members of the Ethiopian community who claim that young black Jews of Ethiopian origin face police harassment and violence.
“Today, we do not pass here,” a demonstrator in Tel Aviv told Middle East Eye on Tuesday evening, without providing their name. Forty-seven police officers were injured and 60 protesters were detained in demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, the Israeli police said in a statement. In places like Haifa, where the shooting took place, protesters blocked highways with burning tyres.