Palestine Update 168
Apartheid Israel warrants the tag that it is Zionist -hence racistIsraeli media and its western voices under corporate sponsorship in the US tend to make reference to Palestinian resistance fighters as terrorists. It contrasts resistance fighters with Israeli armed forces by generous rationalizations of Israeli brutalities. It lists Israeli assaults on innocent Palestinian lives as actions done by defenders of peace.
‘Terrorist’ is a rather loose word that the Western world and Israel use to describe Palestinians who are engaged in their search for freedom and liberation from colonial-racist rule. In short, resistance through various means include civil disobedience, and challenges to illegal authority of Israel. What Israel forgets to do is to set a mirror in front of her political face and describe the image that forms. Lawless is the most appropriate word to describe current military and political practice in Israel. Lawlessness on Israel’s part is fanned by the ideology of Zionism. In her book “Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism,” Judith Butler was highly critical of Israel’s occupation policy. Describing herself as anti-Zionist, she avers that Zionism itself is profoundly un-Jewish. Her call is to de-couple Jewishness. She argues that Zionism has now become the ideological tool with which Israel justifies its political self. She endorses the BDS movement, based on her Jewish critique of Israeli state violence and knows that until Israel adopts progressive, secular ideals in place of Zionism, it will remain racist, oppressive, and unacceptable to right thinking people who seek justice everywhere.
Zionism as defined by the Jewish people is the national movement that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory dubiously defined as the historic Land of Israel and historically corresponding to the region of Palestine. A religious variety of Zionism supports Jews upholding their Jewish identity defined as adherence to religious Judaism. This formulation opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies, and has advocated the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority nation in their own state. It is this kind of formulation of a Jewish State that has distanced Israelis and Palestinians and obstructed a just settlement. Stemming from this, in 1975, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 3379 declared that Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination”. That was strangely revoked in 1991 with a UN General Assembly Resolution. While the first resolution had the backing of what was then Russia, the latter had the same backing. The latter coincided with the dismantling of the USSR and the emergence of a unipolar world. Imperialist USA began to rule the world and the new world order gave license to Israel to cement its racist notion of Israel as if it were just natural to be so. Until today, the USA’s role is the biggest impediment to a just peace. It’s irrational support – be it political or military to Israel – has allowed Israel license to virtual political insanity.
And now in 2018, the debate has come full circle with counter forces having emerged with a campaign to reinstate the definition of Zionism as a form of racism. It may not cut ice in the UN with the US bound to exercise its veto. Just the fact that Israel has not been able to shrug off its ‘Zionist-is-racist’ tag is a good enough base for campaigns to challenge Israel’s colonialist policies and mobilize wider global resistance. An upcoming conference in Los Angeles at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles will work on reframing Zionism as a concrete force “that can be broken down and dismantled. Similar initiatives would likely be replicated around the world and, in fact, already taking root.
Israel’s Zionist regime pushes forward to inflict multiple varieties of cruelty on an entire Palestinian population who were once dispossessed and suffer blatant violations of their human rights. The world must unanimously name Zionism as an evil brute and beast and disallow it to continue its existence in its present ‘avatar’. Either Zionism must be dismantled and racist Israel transformed, or Israel must confront total isolation of the international community. Powerful economic forces in the world are obliged to throw their weight behind such moves and end their false sense of permanent guilt for what happened in the 1930s and early 1940s. The holocaust years are no longer a valid pretext to support Israel’s dehumanizing politics of repression. Justice demands nothing less than actions than dismantling this revolting Zionist empire.
UCLA conference attendees to ‘reframe’ Zionism and ‘dismantle’ it
A coming conference in November 2018 at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) hosted by the Students for Justice in Palestine will focus on “resistance in the face of adversity,” as well as “reframing” and “dismantling” Zionism. In explaining the conference’s goals the National SJP and its UCLA chapter defined Zionism as “ethnic cleansing, destruction, mass expulsion, apartheid, and death.” Event organizers will inform attendees that “Zionism is not an insurmountable force,” and “is a human ideology and a set of laws that have been challenged and can be destroyed.”
Zionism is typically defined as the “Jewish people’s right to self-determination in their historic homeland” and remains a religious belief “central to the Jewish religion.” Participants will need to “work on reframing Zionism” as a concrete force “that can be broken down and dismantled,” particularly through local campaigns with “clear targets.”
US support props up measures to accelerate Judaizing Jerusalem
Israel continues its policy of annexation through creating new facts on the ground and a series of successive settlement projects, exploiting the American umbrella of support and bias toward the occupation and its expansionist colonial policies, particularly in Jerusalem and other areas of the occupied West Bank , the National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements reported. The agreement of the Planning and Building Committee of the Israeli Occupation Municipality in Jerusalem with the Israeli Land Authority to build 20,000 housing units in several areas of the city highlights the Israeli intentions to go ahead with this policy. Moreover, the US administration’s resolution to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem aimed to Judaizing the Holy City.
Read report in Palestine News Network English
“Jerusalem is beyond price”
Hanan Ashrawi, a (PLO) Executive Committee member has held that “Jerusalem is beyond price” and “taking Jerusalem off the table only means taking peace off the table.” Ashrawi was responding to comments made by US President Donald Trump that Israel would pay a “high price” in any peace talks in return for the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem in May. Earlier, Trump had declared that the Palestinians will “get something very good […] because it’s their turn next”, though he did not specify what this would involve.
Ashrawi condemned Trump’s quid pro quo approach, saying “it takes a great deal of ignorance and arrogance to assume for one minute that the Palestinian people and leadership will accept any compensation for Jerusalem.” She added “[Jerusalem] is the core of Palestinian existence, history and culture and the linchpin of peace” and taking the city off the table is “rewarding lawlessness and punishing the victim.”
Read more in Middle East Monitor
Palestinian children, the true victims of the conflict
Over 500 to 700 West Bank children were arrested and prosecuted each year by Israeli military forces. And Palestinian child rights organization, Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), says that between 2012 and 2017 the organization represented more than 700 children, some 72 percent of whom endured violence after their arrest. With the release of Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi in late July, the constant arrests of Palestinian children by Israeli forces have been in the spotlight once again. “Ill-treatment of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli forces is widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the Israeli military detention system,” Brad Parker, international advocacy officer and attorney at DCIP, has claimed.
See full report in IPS News
EU doing nothing to stop illegal Israeli settlements
The European Union has no power to pressure the Israeli regime to stop building illegal settlements on the occupied Palestinian territories. Richard Silverstein, journalist and political commentator, told Press TV that “the EU speaks words that sound good but does nothing…It seems toothless.” Israel’s plans for the construction of more than 1,000 new settler units in the occupied West Bank drew ire on from the EU, which has strongly opposed Tel Aviv’s settlements program and called it an obstacle to peace. Silverstein said the EU has really no power to back its words up with any sort of action. “So, Israel is going to continue to build these settlements and it is going to continue to ethnically cleanse Palestine,” he said.
Read more in Press TV
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UNRWA a punch bag for those who fail to secure peace
There are organizations whose ultimate objective is to not be needed and to cease to exist. None more so than UNRWA – the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East — which was assigned nearly 70 years ago to carry out the most difficult task of providing humanitarian and human development services to the dispersed communities of Palestinian refugees. Since its establishment in 1949, it has attracted criticism from almost everyone. Israel blames it for taking the Palestinian side in the conflict, and for perpetuating the refugee issue; the Palestinians say it is not doing enough for them, is inefficient and merely perpetuating the occupation; and from donor countries comes a mixture of such allegations. What these critics fail to acknowledge, mostly for their own political convenience, is that they are using UNRWA as a punch bag to cover up their own failures.
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