Palestine Updates 15/2017
In Washington DC, Trump and Obama sang different tunes. Trump stood fast by his reckless ideas about Israel’s supremacy. Obama made a last ditch attempt to pay ‘guilt dues’ to the Palestinians. Trump saw through Obama’s immoral design and manipulation and blocked the deal with his unintelligent and spiteful response. Lest we forget, Obama had set a legal precedent when he withheld US funding from UNESCO in 2011 when Palestine was accepted as a full member state. Palestine did not need his remaining dollars. It demands justice which Obama miserably failed to offer while President. His last ditch attempt to grab a semblance of political civility in his legacy failed. Trump, on the other hand, has made a bewildering start.
Meanwhile, many voices around the world urge the Palestinians to dump the West and embrace the rest. For 70 long years, the West has played the ‘peace pretender-cum-shirker’. It’s time for the others to tie up their boot laces and influence the future. New Zealand demonstrated showed how a small country could stand up to the bullying that Israel is so used to doing when cornered. It’s time for new strategies and the world seems to be readying for the new options in global resistance. Israel’s incorrigible political antics now offer leeway for BDS to step up a gear or two. The world is ready for heightened resistance.
While the big boys play petty games – the new US Ambassador is unambiguous that his home will be East Jerusalem regardless of where the US Embassy will locate. Trump may move from dents to permanent damage in his Israel-Palestine policy by shifting the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Whether he does or does not, he will look unintelligent. He will leave more countries irate and render Israel and the US isolated. He will inaugurate an ear of disaster in international politics.
Some signs of encouragement, though. Strong signals emerge from Europe as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recognizes the calamitous humanitarian situation in Gaza and demands lifting the decade-long siege of the territory a siege in direct contravention of international law. 71 percent of the coastal enclave’s residents are Palestinian refugees. And the humanitarian crisis is appalling. There is the worsening clean water shortage in the Gaza Strip where more than 90 percent of the water in the aquifer in Gaza is unfit for domestic use. Or, for that matter, hardly a day without power cuts.” A little Gazan boy sums up the situation best: “I’m getting better at lighting the candles and sticking them on plates with my mother’s help”! This state of affairs begs the question: ‘Will the world move beyond mere words and act in a way that produces tangible outcomes in favour of justice for Palestinians?’
Germany’s strong censure of Israel’s plans to expand settlements may offer a glimmer of such hope. It has censured Israel and questioned its stated commitment to a two-state solution.
They say resistance is built on analytical and reliable information. Hence, we offer a video The Empire Files that looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. And to keep the activism alive, we share a campaign that readers may want to join. With only a month left to go, we encourage those who are inclined to please join over thousands from all around the world asking international Jazz musicians to boycott apartheid Israel.
Too little too late from Obama
Obama’s desperate attempt to look better than he actually was
The new US president has also reiterated his support for Israel and is believed to be considering moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a move which would go against the 1947 UN partition plan which put the city under international control. Trump does not want American taxpayer dollars to fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions are met.
A new executive order from Trump will entail the creation of a committee that will review US funding to UN bodies and programs for agencies that engage Palestine as a full member.The legal precedent was set by the Obama administration when the US withheld funding from UNESCO in 2011 when Palestine was accepted as a full member state. Palestine has a UN “non-member state” status.
New US ambassador to Israel intends to live in Jerusalem
The newly appointed US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has stated that he will be living in Jerusalem and not in the US envoy house in Herzliya. According to Israeli media, the new conservative ambassador from the Trump administration said that he prefers to live in a small apartment in Jerusalem than live in the house in which US ambassadors have lived over the years. Friedman has said he intends to live in Jerusalem whether the administration decides to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or not.
Council of Europe condemns Gaza siege as ‘collective punishment’
View report filed by Maan news
Germany vehemently censures settlement plans
Germany, in strong criticism of Israel censured Israel for plans to build 2,500 more settlement homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank jeopardizing Israel’s stated commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Israel announced the plans in the second such declaration since US President Donald Trump took office. Martin Schaefer, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry, said the German government doubted whether the Israeli government still stood by its official goal of a peace agreement under which Palestinians would get a state in territory now occupied by Israel and co-exist peacefully with it.
Middle east monitor. details the issues.
Over 90 percent of water in besieged Gaza unfit for use
More facts in press tv
‘I don’t remember a day without power cuts’
At the tender age of 10, the only life Mohammed Yasin has known has been one of living under siege and power cuts. Mohammed was born after the beginning of the electricity crisis in 2006, when an Israeli air strike by an F16 fighter jet hit the sole power plant operating in the Gaza Strip. Since then, the plant has been working at minimal capacity and only when the Strip can purchase electricity from Egypt and Israel.
Read middle east eye for description
New tactics, same policy of forcible displacement – Badil
The Empire Files: How Palestine became colonized
Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants.
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