For many years, I have felt that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were an exaggeration. Yes, Israel has been unyielding in its expansion of settlements in the West Bank in clear violation of international law, effectively dividing the already-slight territory into several isolated segments and making the creation of a viable Palestinian state nearly impossible. But Israel has withdrawn settlers from occupied territory before, in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip. Unlikely as it may now appear, it could always happen again.
The above represents the
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Israel’s Haaretz newspaper is one of my favorite global publications. That’s because, on both domestic and global issues, it’s editorial policy is centre-left and refreshingly progressive. Haaretz is the place to go for an Israeli voice that’s against the apartheid-style occupation of Palestinian land and inhuman treatment of Arab citizens. Consider this title for an [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: “Israel is demolishing hope”
I wrote less than two weeks ago that Israel was in an accelerating decline as a result of changed geopolitical realities in the Middle East, most recently and acutely the Arab Spring. That Arab Spring is now in the throes of a 2.0 reawakening and reconstitution of last year’s settlements, as events in Egypt in the last two weeks have made clear, not to mention the momentum of Syrian rebels,
The U.N. acts to overwhelmingly upgrade the status of the Palestinian state. Israel retaliates by stealing more Palestinian lands in the West Bank, enough to sever the West Bank itself. This is what we call our “ally”? ”Isr… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: And This Is Our "Ally"?
Israel has supposedly legalized three more illegal settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.
The Palestinian Authority strongly condemned the decision.
“Every single settlement built on Palestinian land is illegal”, Chief Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told the BBC.
The Israeli government had told the Supreme Court that it would regulate the status of the three outposts, which have a total of about 830 residents.
On Sunday, Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, formed a new committee, made up of four ministers, to look into the sites.
The statement said the “three communities… were established in the 1990s following the decisions of past governments”.
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Message on a wall at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Last month, university students and activists around the world marked Israeli Apartheid Week, an annual series of lectures and protests designed to bring attention to the plight of Palestinians, and as usual, the condemnations were heavy and hyperbolic. Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, obscuring the purpose of the event, used the opportunity to urge “all Canadians to reject anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance.” In 2010, Ontario legislator Peter Shurman commented, “The use of the phrase ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’ is about as
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Dozens of Palestinians have been killed or wounded in Israel’s latest bombing campaign of Gaza, while the Israeli military stubbornly insists the child-killing attacks are necessary to stop “terrorism”.
Such bloody assaults on Gaza are unfortunately common, and those that took place over 2008-2009 may have been the most devastating. Documentary film Tears of Gaza, by director Vibeke Løkkeberg, explores this military campaign with minimal gloss, resulting in a visual document that is both disturbing and devastating.
The full film can now be “>watched in its entirety on YouTube, and despite the “for promotional use only” watermark, the
There has not been much movement of late on the Israeli-Palestinian front. This may partly be explained by the relative lack of violent activity by Palestinian groups. The conflict has dropped off the radar for most of the Israeli public, and the only constituency the government needs to worry about is that of the far-right pro-settler parties which hold the balance of power and effectively wield a veto over any potential moves towards territorial concessions. In other words, the political calculus of the Israeli government currently favours doing nothing on Palestine.
By contrast, if Palestinians were to reintroduce violent tactics
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