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Wednesday’s publication of a U.N. database of companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank signals the growing chasm between US policy toward Israel/Palestine and that of nearly everyone else. But far from undermining the database, forceful American opposition to its publication is likely to further delegitimize American Mideast policy and expand the space for more constructive diplomacy and international mechanisms of accountability for Israel/Palestine.

https://forward.com/opinion/439909/support-for-israeli-settlements-is-ma...

Sean in Ottawa

CMOT Dibbler wrote:

Wednesday’s publication of a U.N. database of companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank signals the growing chasm between US policy toward Israel/Palestine and that of nearly everyone else. But far from undermining the database, forceful American opposition to its publication is likely to further delegitimize American Mideast policy and expand the space for more constructive diplomacy and international mechanisms of accountability for Israel/Palestine.

">https://forward.com/opinion/439909/support-for-israeli-settlements-is-ma...

This seems optimistic to me but it could be correct. What would be interesting if in reaction states started recognizing a Palestinian state.

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Noam Chomsky described settler-colonialism as the most extreme and sadistic form of imperialism. The Palestinian people have suffered the unique misfortune of being at the receiving end of both Zionist settler-colonialism and western imperialism for the last century.

The first and most crucial betrayal was the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It committed the British government to support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, provided nothing was done to “prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

In 1917, Jews constituted less than 10 percent of the population of Palestine, while Arabs were 90 percent. Yet Britain chose to recognise the right to national self-determination of the tiny minority and deny it to the undisputed majority. In the words of Jewish writer Arthur Koestler: “One nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/palestine-and-west-century-betraya...

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A plan by an Israeli group to hold a Burning Man-style event in the deserts of the occupied territories has sparked frustration among Palestinians and dismay from Israeli festival enthusiasts who say it goes against the original event’s founding principles.

The annual gathering in the Nevada desert in the US, with its massive art installations, costumes and symbolic burning of an effigy of “The Man”, has gathered a global following.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/16/israeli-group-plan-burning...

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On my first morning in Jerusalem, I woke up early and headed straight to the rooftop of my hotel, nestled in the heart of the walled old city. The sun had just begun its slow ascent through the sky and, as I sipped my cardamom-spiked coffee, I gazed out upon the densely concentrated assortment of houses and apartments, interspersed with religious sites and historical buildings. My eyes paused, just for a moment, on the golden sphere of the Dome of the Rock, glistening in the middle distance.

https://lithub.com/you-cant-discuss-palestinian-food-without-talking-abo...

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State Sponsored Racism in Israel

https://youtu.be/wl86FJkjXMo

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https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/love-affair-between-arab-rulers-an...

More recently, in January 2016 and with Omar al-Bashir still in charge, foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour sought to lift the US economic sanctions on Sudan by offering to open formal diplomatic ties with Israel. When questioned about his recent meeting with Netanyahu and the normalisation of relations, Burhan’s response was that relations with Israel are based on Sudan’s “security and national interests”, which come first.

The history of Sudan’s leaders' connections with Israel is hardly unique. Indeed, Arab cooperation with the Zionist movement goes back to the dawn of the arrival of Zionist officials in Palestine.

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Democratic front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders made a distinction between being “for the Israeli people” and supporting the “right-wing racist governments that currently exist in Israel,” at a CNN Town Hall in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

When an audience member asked the question “How do U.S.-Israel relations look under your administration?” Sanders responded: “To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right-wing, racist governments that currently exist in Israel.” His reply drew enthusiastic applause from the audience.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-sanders-doubles-down-blasts-isr...

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“We need to wake up and change our strategy, to unite our struggle,” says Bassem Tamimi, a veteran Palestinian activist and father of Ahed Tamimi, as he sits in his Nabi Saleh home in the occupied West Bank. Tamimi, who was born in 1967 and has only ever known military occupation, was jailed during the First Intifada and has been among the leaders of the village’s popular protests over the past decade. Now, however, he has given up on the two-state solution. “It’s no longer an option,” he says.

https://www.972mag.com/bassem-tamimi-one-state/?fbclid=IwAR3s3sFubdTWXYY...

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Fifteen years ago, as I sat in my childhood bedroom in Jerusalem, desperately trying to fit everything I could into two suitcases, my mother (the good Palestinian mother that she is) walked in carrying bags and jars of food: freekeh, sumac, za’atar and more. I said, “What, you think there’s no food in America?” But she insisted.

Soon after I arrived in Philadelphia to start my undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, I felt homesick for my family, our way of life and of course, our food. Those jars and bags became a lifeline, the first time I came face to face with how much of our identities, memories and family history food can hold.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/heres-why-palestinians-obj...

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he will establish two new neighborhoods in the south of Jerusalem, although he had frozen plans for one of the neighborhoods himself, and the other neighborhood is already in the planning stages (it is expected to take years for its construction to be completed).

The first neighborhood is an expansion of the Har Homa neighborhood, where 2,200 housing units are planned. The plans have not been presented yet to the appropriate planning committees, and it would take years until they are finalized and approved.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-netanyahu-announc...

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Achieving a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine

https://youtu.be/jj5jx-X1dVY

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday to build 3,500 homes for Jewish settlers in the so-called E1 area, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.

It is the last large open space between Jerusalem, to the west, and Israel’s huge Maaleh Adumim colony, to the east, where almost 40,000 settlers live.

Successive Israeli governments have pledged to build in E1, but have faced international pressure not to do so.

If Israel does build settlements there it will isolate the northern and southern parts of the occupied West Bank from each other, foreclosing the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.

E1 falls within Area C, the 60 percent of the occupied West Bank which under the 1993 Oslo accords remains under full Israeli control.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/trump-and-netanyahu-p...

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Last week, the government of Belgium caved in to intense Israeli government pressure and effectively disinvited me from briefing the UN Security Council in New York today.

Ironically, the decision to exclude my voice as a representative of Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP), a Palestinian human rights organization, exemplifies and reinforces the message I had prepared to deliver before the Council.

I was invited by Belgium’s Permanent Mission to the UN in late January to brief members of the Security Council on violations of children’s rights in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

https://www.972mag.com/palestinian-children-security-council/?fbclid=IwA...

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Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he will move ahead with a highly controversial plan to build settlements east of Jerusalem, in an apparent offering to hardline nationalist voters less than a week before a general election.

Israel’s prime minister said he would reopen the long-dormant project to build 3,500 homes for Jewish settlers in one of the most sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank.

The blueprint for the 12 sq km (4.6 sq mile) site, named E1, was drafted in 1995 but has been repeatedly frozen by successive Israeli governments after strong international condemnation. It would expand the large settlement of Maale Adumim to in effect connect it with Jerusalem.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/25/netanyahu-announces-new-se...

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Miko Peled's Podcast!

Episode 01: Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh, Palestine

https://youtu.be/yia_o-cKr68

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Yes, yes, this is exactly how it happens.

But what was the original sin? The Nakba? Not separating religion and state? The lack of a constitution? The terrible mistakes in absorbing immigrants? The different school systems? The pipe dreams about “Jewish and democratic”?

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-has-reached-the-bottom-a...

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In August of 2016, quarterback Colin Kaepernick began his NFL season by kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racism and state violence. He purposefully chose the space of the anthem to raise the issue of the gap between what this nation promises and what it delivers. It was a powerful, iconic act that inspired athletes from a variety of sports to do the same. From the pros to college, to high school, to even middle school, athletes were inspired to take a knee less to lend their solidarity to Kaepernick than to protest racist police killings where they lived.

https://www.thenation.com/article/society/brooklyn-college-volleyball-pl...

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Human rights lawyers in Jerusalem have sued Gett, an Israeli taxi-hailing app, for providing a service they allege was designed to give customers the option to practically guarantee they would not get an Arab driver.

Gett, a global firm that also works with black cabs in the UK, offers users in the holy city the choice to request a taxi that is not driven on the Sabbath, the weekly Jewish day of rest, and some Jewish holidays.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/21/gett-israeli-taxi-app-sued...

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About a month ago ads began appearing on Facebook against three U.S. Democratic congresswomen: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum. Alongside their photos a petition appeared claiming that “radicals in Congress are threatening the U.S.-Israel relationship,” and that this threat was “more sinister” than that of Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS.

Tlaib and Omar are Muslims and so it’s clear why from a racist perspective they are “radical” by their very essence. McCollum was on the list of existential threats because of a bill she proposed seeking to prohibit countries that receive American aid from using it to arrest children. The bill was proposed in light of the extent of interrogations and arrests of Palestinian minors by Israel, sometimes using violence and threats.

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-finally-somebody-dares-to-hit-b...

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Can Benjamin Netanyahu finally form a government? | Inside Story

https://youtu.be/JqJFWI-4do4

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You had to be blind or ignorant about Likud voters to deny what that took shape in Israel over the last two weeks. Benjamin Netanyahu soared on the wings of a particularly nasty campaign, achieving the unbelievable: moving voters from the center-left bloc to his camp just before his impending trial.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-israel-said-yes-t...

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Ilan Pappé: The international order’s future after Donald Trump’s Israel/Palestine plan

https://youtu.be/DbmS2mavdho

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