Palestine Updates 52
Israel glued to hate campaigns, rejection of law: Faces diminishing support
When Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin himself deprecates the occupation and calls for a humane and just treatment of Palestinians by the Jews; it is time for Israeli rulers to take stock of their cruelties and alter their political systems.
Political tensions have escalated and all but crossed the point of no return. The two-state solution is all but dead and a just peace increasingly seems like a dead duck. Palestinians hopes are fast diminishing and the alternatives to the current impasse are not easy to project. Rivlin has called for abandoning hate and adopting acceptance of ‘the other’. He has, in fact, called Israel a ‘sick society’. Harsh words, but the hard truth too.
These may be desperate moments for the Palestinians and the growing number of their accompaniers around the world. And Israel may believe that it can crush the spirit of the Palestinians by its unrelenting repression. But as it has been said: “Injustice is unsustainable it cannot be normalized because there will always be resistance. The third intifada will come …. If the third intifada does not succeed, there will be a fourth. And then a fifth….. as many as it takes, until justice is served”. (Anna Baltzer)
Last week, in Iran, protesters took to the streets to name and shame Israel to reiterate that Palestinians can and liberate their lands regardless of international indifference and western complicity. Simply because this comes from Iran, the western media views it as hate propaganda. This is self-denial of the truth which is that “Israel is a cadence of falsehood and falsehood is bound to perish”. Palestinian prisoners are being referred to as ‘terrorists’. The truth is immensely different. It is the occupation forces who are the terrorists. Not just them; also those who structure policies of subjugation of the Palestinians. They violate international law and are guilty of criminality that must be punished – not necessarily by violence, but by peaceful methods that make Palestine ungovernable and the occupation unviable.
“We will not agree to the return of a single refugee to within the ‘67 borders,” Israel’s ultra right wing Defense Minister recently declared in all his pomp and arrogance: “We will not agree to the return of a single refugee to within the ‘67 borders,” He even questioned the right of Palestinian citizens of Israel being part of the Israeli parliament The right of return for Palestinian refugees is a core claim among Palestinians. It is a dominant symbolic association to the lands and homes they were displaced from. Many Palestinians from that era still possess original keys to their homes that were consumed by the state of Israel 69 years ago. 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced from their homes and lands during the creation of Israel. So the question is: What is Lieberman’s political logic about allowing the right of return? He stands on morally sinking grounds. Lieberman has lost all sense of rationality and has now approved 3651 new settlement units ostensibly to ease the overcrowding of settlement in 1948 borders.
Israel is exploring every possible ploy to limit the extension and justification legitimate Palestinian claims. But informed people around the world and influential actors in Israel too are beginning to resist the current moves of the government. Reliable sources report that hundreds of former generals and senior security officials are alerting the US that legislation to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops payments to terrorists will damage Israel’s security. US politicians have their political machinery greased by Zionist funds and want to please the extremes with little thought for the grave consequences of their short sighted decisions.
And here is where alert parts of the international community step in. Dutch BDS activists have launched a campaign charging to defund “Egged Cooperative” which runs Jewish-only buses to and between almost all of Israel’s illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the militarily occupied West Bank, including remote outposts and East Jerusalem. In the USA, 27 percentage points among Jewish college students have dropped support for Israel since 2010. By contrast, Jewish college students grew increasingly supportive of the Palestinians, with a jump from 2% in 2010 to 13% in 2016.
It may be too naïve to label these as signs of hope. But these are signs of moral outrage and Israel must reckon with the climbing rejection of its ways.
“From hatred of the stranger to acceptance of the other”.
“The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment, President Reuven Rivlin conference on “From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the other”.
Israeli President calls it “time to admit that Israel is a sick society, the Israeli Holocaust against the Palestinians is worse than Nazis” Both Rivlin and Prof. Ruth Arnon, president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which organized the conference at its premises on the capital’s Jabotinsky Street, spoke of the painful and bloody summer, and the resultant resurgence of animosity between Arabs and Jews that had escalated to new heights.
Referring to the mutual expressions of hatred and incitement, Arnon said that Jews, who in the Diaspora had been exposed to anti-Semitism and persecution, should be more sensitive to the dangers of incitement. “But are we?” she asked.
The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment, President Reuven Rivlin said at the opening session of a conference on “From Hatred of the Stranger to Acceptance of the ‘Other’”.
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Palestinian support an obligation under International Law: Quds Day
Quds Day is traditionally held on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Usually demonstrators call for the liberation of Palestine and an end to the Israeli occupation and apartheid. Iran, where it began, saw it as a religious duty for all Muslims to rally in solidarity against Israel and for the liberation of Al-Quds.
This year the protesters took to the streets to name and shame Israel and its cohorts; bring the world’s attention to the endless sufferings in occupied Palestine; reiterate Palestinians can and will liberate the Holy Land; and denounce politicians for not supporting the Palestinian cause.
Western media tends to view it as hate propaganda. But that is an exaggeration. The day seeks to create consciousness about how pro-Israel currents create a false image that Islam is a religion that provokes violence and hate against Jews. Far from it, Israel is a cadence of falsehood and falsehood is bound to perish. The racist regime works for the destruction of humanity and peace in world, and the international civil society should look into the plight of the Palestinians very seriously as it still matters after so many decades of Israeli occupation and state terrorism.
Lieberman: No Return to Israel for Palestinian Refugees
Ultra right Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected the possibility of Palestinian refugees from historic Palestine, which Israel was built on, being able to return to their lands within the 1967 borders, a right that is upheld by United Nations Resolution 194. “We will not agree to the return of a single refugee to within the ‘67 borders,” Lieberman reportedly said.The right of return for Palestinian refugees is a central demand among Palestinians and represents a powerful symbolic connection to their lands and homes they were displaced from, as many Palestinians still possess original keys to their homes that were consumed by the state of Israel 69 years ago.
Lieberman also challenged the legitimacy of Palestinian citizens of Israel being part of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, noting that the Joint List political bloc — representing parties led by Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Knesset — refused to acquiesce to Zionist ideologies.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), 66 percent of Palestinians who were living in British-Mandate Palestine in 1948 were expelled from historic Palestine and displaced from their homes and lands during the creation of Israel, referred to as the Nakba, or catastrophe, among Palestinians.
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Former Israeli generals warn against US bill slashing funds to PA
Hundreds of former generals and senior security officials warned that proposed US legislation to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops payments to terrorists may harm Israel’s security. The Taylor Force Act, named after the American killed last year in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, could bring about the end of security cooperation between Israel and the PA. The bill is aimed at deleting all US funding to the Palestinian Authority except that earmarked for the Palestinian police.
Commanders for Israel’s Security said that withdrawing funding from the PA could weaken its authority and allow extremists factions to take over. The group said a strong PA is necessary for Israeli security and that the proposed US legislation should be modified to ensure the PA’s control is not harmed.
Source + Read more in Times of Israel
Unprecedented settlement expansion – international failure to bring closure
Since the beginning of the year, the West Bank, especially, East Jerusalem is witnessing an accelerated settlement assaults, the largest of which in 25 years. Minister of Defence in Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, who said that permits for building settlements in the West Bank during the first half of this year was the highest since 1992. He pointed out that 3651 settlement units have been approved since the first week of this month, of which 671 units have been implemented soon. Since the beginning of the year 2017, the construction of 8345 settlement units has been approved and 3066 units are under construction. He added, the number of settlers in the West Bank was increased to ease the overcrowding of settlement in 1948 borders.
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Bus Company for Jewish-only transport system boycotted
Egged Bus Systems (EBS), a subsidiary of Egged Israel Transport Cooperative Society, Israel’s largest public transportation operator, lost a bid for a decade-long contract to run public transportation in the North-Holland region of the Netherlands, which includes the country’s capital, Amsterdam. This contract was valued at 19.1 million euros a year, with a total worth of 190.1 million euros.
Egged Bus Systems lost this lucrative bid after Dutch BDS activists launched a campaign charging its Israeli parent company with facilitating grave violations of Palestinian human rights and international humanitarian law. Egged Cooperative operates Jewish-only buses to and between almost all of Israel’s illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land in the militarily occupied West Bank, including remote outposts and East Jerusalem.
Source and more in international Middle East Media Centre
‘Massive drop in US Jewish college students’ support for Israel’Support for Israel has dropped 27 percentage points among Jewish college students in the US since 2010, a study released by Brand Israel Group at the Herzliya Conference this week revealed. According to the research, in 2010, 84% of US Jewish college students leaned toward the Israeli side of the conflict with the Palestinians. But in 2016, only 57% did, believing Israel falls short with values such as human rights, tolerance and diversity.
In addition, Jewish college students grew increasingly supportive of the Palestinians, with a jump from 2% in 2010 to 13% in 2016. Brand Israel Group originally commissioned the study in 2010 and at the time found even unaffiliated Jewish college students had very positive attitudes toward Israel.
Source + Read more in Jerusalem Post