Israeli Apartheid Confirmed

13 May 2021

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by Lawrence Davidson 

Part I—The Question Of Apartheid 

It was perhaps 6 or 7 years ago. I was part of a panel, debating on Israel and the Palestinians, that took place at a local (West Chester, Pa) Quaker Friends school. The school had such debates regularly until the administration caved-in to pressure from the Zionist parents of a number of Jewish students. One of these parents debated for the Israeli side. 

This particular event came to mind upon my seeing the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report conclusively laying out the apartheid nature of Israel. Here is the connection: just before the debate was to begin the participating Zionist parent tried to make a command decision. No one was to use the term apartheid in reference to Israel. This was because the assertion was, according to him, obviously nonsense. 

I remember at the time thinking, who gave him the right to define the terms of the debate? As it turned out, and this is quite often the case, those supporting the Palestinians knew twice as much history as did the Zionists, and could call upon twice as many facts and examples. Apartheid Israel was shown to be a matter of fact rather than nonsense. I am convinced that Zionist pressure on the school to end future debates was motivated by the additional fact that those supporting the Palestinians so readily won. 

I have run into many other cases like this. The Zionists would debate for a while, but upon realizing that they could not prevail, they opted for enforced silence—that is, attempting to deny their opposition a stage and eventually labelling them anti-Semites. I often wonder if that Zionist parent who did the one-time debate at the Friends school, ever did face the fact that he was wrong about Israel and apartheid. Not because we said he was wrong. He would never have taken our word for it despite the evidence we had at hand. Rather, because an ever greater number of humanitarian organizations, of which HRW is one, journalists and research institutions have thoroughly and repeatedly laid out the facts that make it so. To this one may now add the charge of “medical apartheid.”

And none of us could forget the ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing if most of us were actually informed of the process.

Amidst the predictable resumption of mass resistance from Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, The Human Rights Watch report confirming Israeli Apartheid presents the seminal context for what we now witness. 

Part II—Human Rights Watch’s 2021 Report

Here is part of the opening pages of the HRW report:

—“About 6.8 million Jewish Israelis and 6.8 million Palestinians live today between the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan River. Throughout most of this area, Israel is the sole governing power; in the remainder, it exercises primary authority alongside limited Palestinian self-rule.”

—“Across these areas and in most aspects of life, Israeli authorities methodically privilege Jewish Israelis and discriminate against Palestinians. Laws, policies, and statements by leading Israeli officials make plain that the objective of maintaining Jewish Israeli control over demographics, political power, and land has long guided government policy. In pursuit of this goal, authorities have dispossessed, confined, forcibly separated, and subjugated Palestinians by virtue of their identity to varying degrees of intensity. In certain areas, as described in this report, these deprivations are so severe that they amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”

—“The prohibition of institutionalized discrimination, especially on grounds of race or ethnicity, constitutes one of the fundamental elements of international law … [over which] the International Criminal Court has the power to prosecute …when national authorities are unable or unwilling to pursue them.”

The report goes on to definitively prove its allegations in 213 pages of depressing detail—all laid out like a damning legal writ. Nor, as suggested above, is this the first time the apartheid nature of Israel been demonstrated. The HRW document was preceded by 16 March 2017 report submitted by UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia demonstrating Israel’s apartheid nature. Though the report was accurate, the UN Secretary General disavowed it under pressure from the United States and Israel. In May of 2018 a

thorough examination appeared entitled Apartheid Israel, by the journalist Jonathan Cook. This was published by Americans for Middle East Understanding in their journal, The Link (April/May 2018). More recently, a 21 January 2021 report by B’Tselem, Israel’s own premier human rights organization, entitled “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid,” proved particularly revealing. One should also take a look at the Israeli Apartheid Factsheet, published 12 January 2021 online, by War On Want. 

The Israeli government dismisses all of these fact-based reports as propaganda. This sets up a question of what is real—one that can be readily resolved, one way or another, through objective outside observers. Unfortunately, Israeli behavior over the past decades has shown that, unless you agree with the Zionist interpretation of events, Israel does not consider you objective. Thus, the HRW representative, and many others as well, have been banned from entering the country. This sort of reaction is not just an Israeli tactic. It is typical of countries in the process of undermining the rule of law and destroying human rights. In a very real way, the charge of “it is all, in this case, anti-Semitic propaganda” is itself a form of propaganda design to shut done critics. 

Part III—The Zionist Rationale

The Zionists consistently say that Israel exists to save world Jewry from persecution—from the constant threat of anti-Semitism and another Holocaust. Many still believe this is true and some of a liberal orientation now resort to this rationale to undermine the HRW report. They charge that it will cause the current wave of anti-Semitism to gain greater traction. Such greater traction always leads to a greater fear of another Holocaust. And this fear will only make the Zionists and Israelis dig in their heels. And indeed, the cries of anti-Semitism and Holocaust has always created a smokescreen behind which can be hidden all Israeli sins. Has anyone ever considered that Israel’s abominable behavior, always committed in the name of the community of worldwide Jewry, is itself a major cause of growing anti-Semitism? 

While Zionism might have started out as a strategy to save the Jews, Israel and the Zionists are no longer in the saving business. In point of fact, various Israeli authorities are constantly bickering about who is or isn’t Jewish. What they are now about is the business of national glorification and expansion—carried on in the old 19th century style of racist imperialism. In this effort the Palestinians are the major victims, but all Jews are, if you will, collateral damage. They become denigrated by the behavior of a brutalizing racist regime that simply declares itself acting in their name.

In the process another truth is also brought low—the fact that means ultimately shape ends. And here is the irony of it all: the outcome of apartheid that is now playing itself out in “greater Israel” was all but predetermined by the nature and behavior of Zionism itself.

Part IV—The Predetermined Nature Of Israeli Apartheid

Here are some of the steps and decisions that made today’s apartheid Israel inevitable:

—The aim of the Zionist movement was to found an exclusively Jewish state. Most of the early Zionists were European Jews searching for a way to escape centuries of anti-Semitism. Living in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, their reference point was the ethnically homogeneous nation state. Soon they convinced themselves that Jews could only escape anti-Semitic persecution if they had their own nation state. 

—By the beginning of the 20th century the Zionists had focused on Palestine as their future political, religious, and cultural nation state. This was due to the land’s biblical associations—and despite the fact that many Zionists were of a secular rather than religious orientation. In 1917, they made an alliance with the British government to rally Jewish support for the British war effort in World War I (WWI) in exchange for British support of a “Jewish national home” in Palestine. This alliance was spelled out in the Balfour Declaration.

—Soon thereafter, the British took Palestine from the Ottoman Turks (the Turks were allies of the Germans in WWI). They then allowed Zionist organized immigration to commence. The British told the Palestinian Arabs that Zionist investment would raise the living standards of the land’s non-Jewish residents. In the meantime, the Zionists discouraged any cooperative interaction with the Palestinian Arabs. This was particularly true when it came to use of Arab labor. Jews who had Arab employees were forcefully pressured to replace them with Jewish immigrants.

Between 1914 and 1947 both the Arab and Jewish population of Palestine grew. However, Jewish numbers, even though consistently bolstered by Zionist inspired immigration, were never more than 32% of the total population.

—Given Zionist ambitions and the demographics, the question can be asked, just how they could create a state for one group alone in a land where that favored group was a distinct minority? There were only three direct ways: (1) devising a method to get the Arab majority to move out of the country. (2) creating an unequal political and economic system that marginalized the majority, rendering them politically and economically irrelevant. (3) Committing genocide.  

—Both methods 1 and 2 were employed. The first led to the Nakba, the catastrophic removal of some 700,000 Palestinians, during the 1948 war that led to the creation of the State of Israel. Some of these people fled the fighting, but many were forced out at gunpoint by Israeli forces. In truth, the Nakba never completely came to an end as the ongoing home demolitions and evictions show. The second method followed in two stages for those Palestinians who would still find themselves under direct Israeli rule: (A) the so-called Palestinian Israelis, today numbering close to 2 million people or roughly 21% of the population of pre-1967 Israel. These Arabs have been given Israeli citizenship—actually second class citizenship. They are segregated from Jewish Israelis by  a host of discriminatory practices, among which are inferior housing, schools, and job opportunities. (B) The Palestinians who fell under Israeli control in 1967 and remain so today. These are the residents of the West Bank, Golan Heights and also the Gaza Strip, numbering roughly 5 million people. Most of these Palestinians have been denied Israeli citizenship. They are under the rule of Israeli military authorities or an allied Palestinian authority under Israeli supervision. Internal travel is made difficult for them, their ability to improve or expand their infrastructure is restricted. They are encroached upon by illegal Israeli settlements and harassed by Israeli settlers. Attempts at self-defense or counterattack are seen by the Israelis as terrorist acts.

—Means shape ends. (1) The nature of Zionist goals: the transformation of Palestine into a nation state for Jews alone, (2) undertaken with a group mentality shaped by a memories of European anti-Semitism, the outlook of racist European imperialism, and finally the trauma of the Holocaust, (3) strongly inclined the Zionists toward tactics that precluded compromise and equity with the indigenous Palestinians. (4) When the Palestinians inevitably resisted the Zionists they were cast as Arab Nazis, an image which justified the brutal tactics (suppression and expulsion) already in use. Finally, having conquered Palestine from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, and shying away from a second mass expulsion as long as the world was watching, the Israelis inevitably fell into apartheid to neutralize the 7 million Arabs under their rule.

Part V—Conclusion

Once you have segregated away those you oppress, the average member of the dominant group can proceed with his or her life in comfortable blindness—literarily not seeing their victims, and remaining purposefully ignorant of the deformed situation that sustains their status, security and wealth. As time goes on all aspects of society (education, employment, media, social norms) come to reinforce this condition. This is the situation in today’s Israel. 

The blindspots can extend to Israel’s Zionist supporters in the diaspora, even if they are otherwise progressive liberals. Take the case of the American Jewish progressive  Peter Osnos, who fears the definitive nature of the HRW report. Why so? Because, he believes, “this report—in detail, length and tone—could be the basis for sanctions against Israel.” As the old Jewish idiom goes, “from his mouth to God’s ears.” However, that is an unlikely prospect. Western governments are so committed to Israel—and steeped in the hypocrisy this requires—that they will simply ignore the HRW revelations, as they did the earlier reports.  

Nonetheless, when you strip away all the ideologically-bred magical thinking, rationalizations, and blindspots, what you are left with is the blatant truth: you cannot impose a foreign group of people, seeking exclusive domination, into a land already populated by a different people, and not end up with a discriminatory and abusive system of rule. And if the abusive system persists something akin to apartheid becomes inevitable. So does periodic mass resistance.

WARNING Zionist brutality: the everyday nightmare in Palestine

Israel seeks sectarian divide of Lebanon and Christians to leave region: Gebran Bassil

by News Desk

2021-01-10

Latest map update of southeast Deir Ezzor

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The head of the Lebanese Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, said on Sunday that “the blockade imposed on Lebanon is the result of the choices the country took to confront Israel, and that is why Israel declared itself a Jewish state.”

According to Bassil, Israel “wants to see sectarian states around it, and wants Christians to leave the region.”

He continued: “What is being asked of us is surrender, not peace. What is presented is a recipe for an internal war and the fragmentation of the surrounding countries, especially Lebanon, because of its Islamic-Christian coexistence.”

Regarding his view of peace, Bassil explained, “Who says that we do not want peace? We are children of the peace doctrine, and peace without justice is a dedication to injustice, and we are with a just, comprehensive and lasting peace, in accordance with the initiative of King Abdullah.”

Bassil previously served as the Lebanese Foreign Minister, but has since come under fire over accusations of corruption and nepotism, as his father in-law is President Michel Aoun.

Righteous Anger Vs. Zionist Jewish Wrath

By Rima Najjar

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The tragedy of the Israeli mentality is that there is no room for Palestinian anger and frustration in its make-up but plenty of room for Jewish wrath. I found myself reflecting on this proposition after participating in a discussion thread on Facebook the other day.

Harvey Stein, an American-Israeli filmmaker and blogger in The Times of Israel, recently generated a long heated thread on Facebook by embracing Peter Beinart’s vision of the end of the two-state “solution,” and inviting his friends to comment. He finally abandoned the thread, saying: “The genuine debate I try to inspire here is impossible.”

When people begin discussion of an issue with two different premises, the discussion is destined to remain on parallel tracks that never meet. But what I observed and am exploring in this post goes beyond the obvious. It has to do with how emotions are perceived on each side — perhaps a little like the difference between Dr King’s perception of black riots in 1966 as “the language of the unheard…to make justice a reality,” and Trump’s perception of the riots today in the context of black protests as an opportunity to exploit the racist fears of white nationalists in order to be reelected.

Neal Hugh Hurwitz, a “soft” Zionist participating in Stein’s thread was alarmed by my show of anger in the discussion. He commented: “Harvey Stein — — so we know about the bad guys on our side — — whatcha goin do about the Rima Najjars from Indiana???:) I think she’d slit your throat.”

In his mind, my anger as a Palestinian at the injustice and thievery of the Zionist project is equivalent to the aggression of hard-core Zionists, who were trolling on Stein’s thread, and whose terror tactics in the West Bank are ongoing.

The fear that Palestinian anger might lead to terror against Israelis is a fundamental principle of the Zionist Jewish state. Brutally repressing any and all expression of that anger has been the premier job of the state for all of its 72 years.

Debate that does not embrace historical facts is destined to produce anger and frustration on both sides, but only one side’s anger can honestly be characterized as righteous. Harvey Stein, a Jewish immigrant from New York, believes his right to belong in Jerusalem is equal to mine, a Palestinian exile in Indiana denied return, by virtue of his being a Jew (he may or may not be religious, I don’t know). He and other soft Zionists are willing to go as far as declaring that their “profound belonging” to Palestine-now-Israel does not supersede mine — and no farther.

I understand Harvey Stein actually discovered the name of the Palestinian family who owned the house he now lives in. How can he sleep at night — in Jerusalem or in New York, I wonder. (It’s worth noting here that Miko Peled in his book The General’s Son mentions how his mother, who was born and raised in Jerusalem, refused to occupy the home of a Palestinian family who had been forced out of West Jerusalem in 1948 when it was offered to her.)

Every morning without fail, as I read the news coming out of Palestine/Israel, my helpless anger rises to a boiling point at the relentless march of violent events inherent in the makeup of the national/Judaic state that would have been legitimate only if, at the end of the 19th century, its founders had happened to discover an uninhabited piece of land somewhere on the globe and immigrated there.

Instead, its criminally-minded founders (their own words attest to their unconscionable aggression) finagled their way into Palestine (their campaigns of advocacy and early lobbying in Britain and the US are well-documented) and executed a meticulous plan of terror, as described in Thomas Suárez’ book State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel.

I am not sure to what the word “modern” in Suárez’ title refers. There is no such thing as modern and ancient Israel in the same sense we use these terms to differentiate between modern and ancient territorial polities like Greece, for example, or modern and ancient Egypt. The word “modern” in association with Israel is totally misleading, as is the ubiquitous term “diaspora” used to describe Jews outside Israel for the purpose of emphasizing their mythical religious/spiritual connection to the Holy Land.

The name Palestine to describe the region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River was most commonly used from 1300 BC onward, and it has evolved from a multiplicity of beginnings — ancient, medieval, modern, nationalist — into a geopolitical concept and distinct polity. This is unlike the myth-narratives of the Old Testament with its single “beginning.”

The idea of a “modern” Israel has thus necessitated the obliteration of thousands of years of Palestinian history, jumping, as Israelis do, from the Old Testament to the 20th century.

Israel’s state terror has been met in some instances by retaliatory acts of terror against Israelis by Hamas. That is true. But those acts are not comparable with the racist/supremacist, indeed systemic, actions of the Zionist Jewish state that regards Arabs as inferior and accepts “revenge” as a “mitigating circumstance” for a brutal lynching — (that report was in my news-pouch today).

According to a 1954 “fatwa” by Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli, Jews are allowed to kill enemy civilians–men, women, and children (“massacre of revenge” — milhemet nakam). Also in self-defense. The massacres perpetrated on Palestinians by terror gangs as described in Suárez’ book pre-Israel, and those perpetrated on Gazans, are all today rationalized by the Israeli forces as acceptable and ethical conduct.

It is no accident the Jewish offensive warfare pre-1948 turned into “defense” forces of the Jewish state. Offense is defense in the Zionist mentality.

In 2011, Sari Nusseibeh, at the time a professor of philosophy at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and also its president, published an article in Al Jazeera that explains why the Israeli demand to be recognised as a “Jewish state” by the Palestinians is an inherently problematic concept:

… recognising a “Jewish state” in Israel — a state which purports to annex the whole of Jerusalem, East and West, and calls Jerusalem its “eternal, undivided capital” (as if the city, or even the world itself, were eternal; as if it were really undivided, and as if it actually were legally recognised by the international community as Israel’s capital) — means completely ignoring the fact that Jerusalem is as holy to 2.2 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims, as it is to 15–20 million Jews worldwide.

… Nevertheless, it remains true that, in the Old Testament, God commands the Jewish state in the land of Israel to come into being through warfare and violent dispossession of the original inhabitants. Moreover, this command has its roots in the very Covenant of God with Abraham (or rather “Abram” at that time) in the Bible and it thus forms one of the core tenets of Judaism as such, at least as we understand it. No one then can blame Palestinians and descendents of the ancient Canaanites, Jebusites and others who inhabited the land before the Ancient Israelites (as seen in the Bible itself) for a little trepidation as regards what recognising Israel as a “Jewish State” means for them, particularly to certain Orthodox and Ultra Orthodox Jews. No one then can blame Palestinians for asking if recognising Israel as a “Jewish State” means recognising the legitimacy of offensive warfare or violence against them by Israel to take what remains of Palestine from them.

At the beginning of Zionist terror in Palestine, the impetus for it came from a secular national/supremacist construct that professedly had little to do with religion. But religion now permeates the psyche of the state, and the bigots it has let loose on the West Bank dramatize that fact.

How Two Seemingly Unrelated Events Laid Israel’s Racism Problem Bare

A viral video showing an Israeli family mocking impoverished Palestinian children and a controversial New York Times editorial by famed Zionist commentator Peter Beinart have exposed the racist underpinning of the so-called Jewish state.

Source: MintPress News

by Miko Peled

Protesters attend a rally against Israel plans to annex parts of the West Bank, in Tel Aviv, June 6, 2020. Sebastian Scheiner | AP

Two seemingly unrelated items hit social media recently and both received a lot of attention. The first was an article by Peter Beinart that was published in the New York Times where Beinart claims he no longer believes in a Jewish State and calls for a binational state with equal rights in Palestine. The other, a video clip showing an Israeli family riding in a car when two children approach them. The car window opens and we hear the father ask the children in Hebrew, “Who wants to feed a Bedouin?” While these two seem unrelated, there is something equally disturbing about both of them.

A Jewish home in Palestine

One might think that the epiphany experienced by yet another liberal Zionist, and one that has access to the mainstream media, should be celebrated. After all, another well known Jewish American has reached the conclusion that Palestinians deserve equal rights in their own country. However, as we read this article there are several disturbing elements that dampen the excitement.

Beinart shares with the readers, “I knew that Israel was a source of comfort and pride to millions of other Jews.” He explains that this is why he believed in the Jewish state. One could argue that slavery was a source of comfort and pride for millions of white Americans, yet to support slavery is still abhorrent.

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Peter Beinart, center, talks to people after speaking at the University of Washington Hillel, October 23, 2014. Photo | Joe Mabel

He goes on to describe a sentiment that one hears from many liberal Zionists. “One day in early adulthood, I walked through Jerusalem, reading street names that catalog Jewish history, and felt that comfort and pride myself.” Jerusalem was an Arab city for over a thousand years. In 1948, Palestinians in Jerusalem were subjected to a total and complete ethnic cleansing, and not a single Palestinian was allowed to remain in the city. Jerusalem then became the capital city of the state of Israel and the street names, which used to catalog the long and magnificent Arab history of the city, were changed.

“I knew Israel was wrong to deny Palestinians in the West Bank citizenship, due process, free movement and the right to vote in the country in which they lived.” What about the rights of millions of Palestinians languishing in refugee camps? This country that gave him, and Jews like him, such pride is denying millions of Palestinians their right to return to the lands and homes from which they were expelled.

“But the dream of a two-state solution that would give Palestinians a country of their own let me hope that I could remain a liberal and a supporter of Jewish statehood at the same time.” That was precisely what the scam of the Two State Solution was set to do. To allow liberal Zionists to support the crimes of Zionism and the creation of a racist state in Palestine while still feeling good about themselves.

The idea that the Two State Solution would give Palestinians “a country of their own,” is puzzling. Palestinians have a country of their own, it is Palestine. According to historian Nur Masalha, it has been Palestine for thousands of years before the establishment of the Zionist state on May 15, 1948.

The epiphany experienced by liberal Zionists who suddenly realize they can’t have it both ways is really not an epiphany at all. It is a compromise that allows them to continue to justify their patronizing attitude towards Palestinians. Beinart is not unlike another liberal Zionist, Avram Burg. Burg, a staunch Zionist who served as speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency, and in between, profited greatly from peddling Israeli weapons. He is a Zionist through and through, and yet, he too claims it is time for a single state. In a piece he authored in 2018, he writes, “Since 1967 Israel had occupied Palestinian territory.” Not unlike Beinart, he sees only the West Bank as Palestinian territory.

To feed a Bedouin

A disturbing video clip was recently shared on TikTok by Roy Oz, also known as Roy Boy, an Israeli entertainer who hosts various programs for children. In the clip, an Israeli family is driving comfortably in what appears to be an SUV, with young children in the backseat and the parents in front. The father, Roy Oz, is driving. As they drive, two young children approach the car. The children in the car are white, the children outside are brown. The landscape is barren, like a desert, and we can safely assume it is the Naqab region in southern Palestine.

The father opens the window and hands a cookie to the children outside and says to his children in Hebrew, “Who wants to feed a Bedouin?” He speaks to the children outside in Arabic and then turns to his children again, asking in Hebrew, “You don’t want to feed a Bedouin, Ariel?” One of the two children outside is older than the other and hands the cookie to the younger child. Then, the father turns the camera, showing his children’s faces and asks again, “Do you want to feed a Bedouin? You don’t?” We hear him also saying to himself, “they are so cute,” referring to the children outside.

The father then turns to the children outside and asks in Arabic how much money they want. “One thousand shekel?” He asks. “No, just ten” one of the children answers. “Only ten?” The father asks at which point the mother reaches out of the car and hands one of the children a coin.

Expressions of Shock

Expressions of shock came fast from Palestinian communities, who demanded an apology and an explanation. Some even said this was the worst expression of racism they had ever seen. But there is nothing shocking about this clip because this was a normal Israeli middle-class family expressing what countless Israelis express all the time. The appalling racism and patronizing colonial attitude toward Palestinian Bedouin children, as we see in the video, is the foundation upon which the state of Israel was established and exists throughout Israeli society.

Without structural, systemic, deeply ingrained racism, Israel would not exist. Furthermore, without this white supremacist attitude, no Israeli pilot would be able to push the button that releases the bombs which then burn and rip Palestinian children in Gaza to shreds. No sniper would be able to pull the trigger and kill and maim Palestinians. It is an essential part of Zionist education.

Many Israelis had expressed their displeasure at this expression of racism. However, their displeasure aside, this is nothing new or abnormal. It is not unlike the incident where an Israeli army medic, who is charged with saving people’s lives and had taken an oath to do so, executed a wounded Palestinian laying on the ground. The incident was caught on video and went viral, resulting in the medic being court-martialed and receiving a slap on the wrist. This medic also acted as he was trained, as he was taught, that a Palestinian life does not matter.

Recognizing that Palestinians have rights within a Zionist construct is a symptom of Zionist racist supremacy. This racism is what allows a family to drive by Palestinian children and treat them like animals in a safari. It is how the state of Israel is able to continue the Naqba, the systemic, catastrophic destruction of Palestine and its people for close to one hundred years.

Feature photo | Beinart speaks at a 2012 event in Atlanta after being banned from a Jewish book festival over his criticism of Israel. David Goldman | AP


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Netanyahu and Covid19

 

BY GILAD ATZMON

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FNA*: Netanyahu was very quick to administrate a lockdown at the outset of the coronavirus outbreak in Israel. Was Covid-19 his only reason for the lockdown?

 Gilad: You are tapping here into a crucial aspect of the Covid 19 affair which none of the Western media has been brave enough to look into. As early as March 12, the Israeli PM announced nationwide school closures and urged the formation of an emergency unity government to “save the lives of tens of thousands” of Israelis from the coronavirus, Netanyahu presented a profoundly stark assessment in which there would be “tens of millions of deaths” worldwide unless the pandemic was stopped.  Political analysts who follow Netanyahu closely immediately understood that Netanyahu desperately needed the pandemic and the hysteria around it. And it is clear that the Israeli PM managed to utilize the corona crisis to serve his cause. He postponed his trial. He formed a large unity government and practically destroyed both his rival party (Blue & White) and its leader Benny Gantz.  So it was no surprise that once Netanyahu was finally able to form his unity government, Israel was relieved of its lockdown: Israelis were free to enjoy the sun again. Far more peculiar is the fact that the rest of us needed Netanyahu to form his government so that our leaders would also allow us to enjoy the blue sky.

FNA: The political deadlock came to an end with the formation of an emergency cabinet to address the coronavirus outbreak. Why did Netanyahu unite with his forever rival Benny Gantz after they competed with him for power for over a year? Why did he make such an abrupt political u-turn?

Gilad: We are often misled into believing that the Jewish state is a pluralist political entity divided between Left and Right political blocks. The truth can’t be further. The Jewish State is a hard-core nationalist entity. It is institutionally discriminatory. It differentiates racially between Jews and the indigenous people of the land.

Though it seemed for a while that the Israeli Knesset was divided between Netanyahu’s block and the so called ‘centre Left block,’ the vast majority of the Knesset Members within the so called Centre Left block are actually to the right of Netanyahu.  This applies to Avigdor Lieverman and his party. Many of the Blue & White’s politicians, some of them war criminals, ended up in Netanyahu’s government. Even the Labour party is ardently right wing in its approach to the Israeli Arab conflict. In Israel there is only one left party that upholds universal and ethical philosophy. It is called the United Arab List.    

FNA: When all of the courts, including the court in which his case was pending, were closed as a measure to counter the coronavirus outbreak, Netanyahu formed a unity cabinet,  became  Prime Minister and was granted immunity against the court’s decision in his case. Do you believe that at some point in the future justice will be served, and he will be held accountable for the allegations of bribery and favouritism? 

Gilad: I am not so sure how valid or serious the bribery and favouritism allegations are against Netanyahu. I can tell you that Israeli war crimes against Palestinians are by far more grave than Netanyahu’s cigar consumption. I would like to add here that I believe that it was Netanyahu’s early and radical reaction to the coronavirus that defined the tone and policies of many Western governments. Since we still do not know the origin of coronavirus, what it is all about, I tend to believe in the possibility that the current health crisis is the result of a military affair. If there is any basis for such an assumption, Israel amongst just a few other countries is a major suspect. I do believe that the constant havoc that we see in the world at the moment is there to divert attention from crucial questions to do with the crisis and its possible origin. 

True scrutiny of the criminal possible aspects involved with the pandemic is overdue, as the notorious virus clearly hasn’t killed as many millions as Netanyahu predicted in early March. 

  • An interview conducted by Iran’s FNA

Balfour Declaration, History and Concealment (video)

 BY GILAD ATZMON

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Introduction by Gilad Atzmon: I found this morning that British Jewish pressure groups once again defame British anti racists. Today it is, Rosie Smith, a Black Lives Matter activist and Jim Curran, an old truth seeker. Curran is guilty of attending Keep Talking meetings, a discussion group that discusses the undiscussable (9/11, the Holocaust, Rothschild etc.).

According to the Jerusalem Post, Keep Talking is also guilty of inviting yours truly to discuss the Balfour Declaration. I am once again falsely accused of spreading ‘conspiracies’ and ‘holocaust denial’ no less no more.

Here is my Balfour declaration talk. You won’t find tere ‘Holocaust denial’ or ‘conspiracies,’ just properly sourced materials referenced to Jewish and zionist publications. I can only be thankful to the Zionist alliance for referring to my work on the Balfour as I am proud of this lecture in particular.

Original post: https://gilad.online/writings/2017/11/8/the-balfour-declaration-one-hundred-years-of-goyim-solitude

In this talk Atzmon elaborates on that which the historicity of Balfour is set to conceal — a century of Jewish political hegemony in Britain and beyond. 

 Keep Talking, London 7.11.2017

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The Balfour Declaration – One Hundred Years of (Goyim) Solitude

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A talk given at Keep Talking gathering in London,  7 November 2017

 By Gilad Atzmon

In Heidegger and the Jews, the French philosopher Jean-Francois Lyotard points out that history claims to narrate the past but, in practice, what it does is conceal our collective shame. The Americans conceal slavery and imperial genocidal aggression, the Brits conceal their colonial blunders, the Jews turn their eyes away from anything that may have contributed to turning  Jewish history into an extended shoah. The real historian, claims Lyotard, is there to unveil the shame. This week marks 100 years since the Balfour declaration and today I will try to touch upon your shame, my shame, our shame. We will try to figure out what the history of the so-called  Balfour ‘Declaration’ is there to conceal.

Let’s first examine the document. Most noticeably the so-called ‘declaration’ is not printed on official British government letterhead. It is not signed by the British cabinet either. It is, instead, a letter from a sleazy British politician  (Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour) to a very rich Jew (Lord Walter Rothschild). As such, the Balfour ‘declaration’ is actually a statement  with somewhat limited significance.  What it does is  “declare[s] sympathy with Zionist aspirations.”

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Yet, we must admit that the Jewish world has managed to squeeze quite a few drops of juice out of this watery statement. The Jewish world interprets this ‘sympathetic declaration’ as a commitment to their Zionist, racist and expansionist project namely the ‘Jewish State’. They claim to regard the vague statement as a license to ethnically cleanse the entire indigenous people of the land, i.e., the Palestinians. And, as if this is not enough, the British PM Theresa May has evidently bought into the most radical Zionist interpretation of the declaration. 

May announced last week that she was “proud of our pioneering role in the creation of the state of Israel.”

Let me share some of the awkward history of the Balfour Declaration with you. The ‘declaration,’ as we now understand, was actually drafted and approved by British Jews before it was sent to Lord Rothschild.

 The National Library of Israel reveals the flowing:

   “Before the declaration was officially presented to Lord Rothschild by Lord Balfour, the draft was presented to Jewish leaders of every political stripe, both Zionist and non-Zionist. One of these leaders was Sir Philip Magnus, a Reform rabbi and British politician whose opinion on the declaration was sought.” (http://web.nli.org.il/sites/NLI/English/library/reading_corner/Pages/balfour.aspx)

Herbert Samuel, the British first High Commissioner of Palestine who served between 1920 and 1925  was an avid Zionist Jew and a close acquaintance of Chaim Weizmann, the leading pragmatic Zionist, the spirit behind the ‘declaration’ and later the first Israeli president.   How did the Zionists managed to plant a Zionist Jew in such a crucial and sensitive position? The answer is devastatingly simple. They were running the show.  We are talking here about Jewish domination of the relevant British foreign affairs as early as the beginning of the 20th century.

But was it really ‘The Jews,’ Moshe, Yaakov, Sarah who dominated British  Middle East affairs? Unlikely. It is more reasonable to assume that the fate of the empire and its decisions were in the hands of just a very few powerful Jews,  people like Lord Rothschild to whom Balfour actually addressed the declaration.

This tale of Jewish political domination extends well beyond the borders of Britain. In his invaluable book, The Pity of it All, Israeli historian Amos Elon suggests that the 1917 Balfour Declaration was at least partially motivated by the British government’s desire to win the support of pro-German Jewish- American bankers so that they would help push the USA into the war. 

Elon argues that at the beginning of the war,  German- American Jewish financiers sided with the Germans and rejected possible alliances between the USA and England.  “Jacob H. Schiff, head of Kuhn, Loeb—at the time the largest private bank in the United States after J. P. Morgan—declared that he could no more disavow his loyalty to Germany than he could renounce his own parents. Schiff prayed for Germany’s victory. In a statement to the New York Times on November 22, 1914, he charged the British and the French with attempting to destroy Germany for reasons of trade.” (The Pity Of It All, pg. 455) 

According to Elon, the Brits had encountered a Jewish problem with  American Jews. “The British government took these developments very seriously. In a fit of paranoia, the British ambassador in Washington even suspected the existence of a veritable German Jewish conspiracy in the United States directed at Britain.” (Ibid)

Thanks to the Balfour declaration German Jewish bankers in the US flipped sides. Seems that they betrayed their fatherland, no more were they German patriots. Elon’s conclusion is that: “The 1917 Balfour Declaration, calling for the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine, was at least partly motivated by the British government’s desire to win support among pro-German American Jews.” (ibid)

The take home message is rather devastating. For some time our universe has been dominated by tribal interests that are foreign to most of us. And for some reason we cannot really explore the conditions that shape our reality and dictate our doomed future.

This is, in fact, the precise meaning of Jewish power. Jewish power is the power that suppresses criticism of Jewish power. Some of the less sophisticated critics of Israel accuse Zionism and Israel of various conspiratorial doings. I, on the other hand, have said repeatedly that there are no Jewish conspiracies. All is done in the open. The Balfour ‘declaration’ that was written to a Jewish financier was quickly made public.  America was openly pushed into WWI for the sake of Zion.  The appointment of a Zionist Jew, Herbert Samuel, as the high commissioner of Palestine wasn’t a secret either. It was actually controversial at the time.

These events were as clear at the time as are contemporary Jewish lobby groups such as AIPAC, CRIF, CFI and LFI who push, in broad daylight, for Zio-driven immoral interventionist wars against Iraq, Syria, Iran and Libya. A century of constant abuse has  left us speechless. We do not know how to deal with this menace. And this is the core of our shame. This is what our history is there to conceal. This applies to you and me, but it also applies to Theresa May. To tell the truth about the Balfour Declaration is to publicly admit to 100 hundred years of Goyim solitude.  

In the last few weeks, Palestinian solidarity enthusiasts have been creative in producing numerous proactive slogans. The one that grabbed my attention this week was “Balfour Declaration -100 years of ethnic cleansing.”  This week actually marks a century of Zionist domination of the Western civilisation.  But let me tell you, the real authentic Palestinians, those who live in Gaza and the West Bank may be slightly better off than the rest of us. While we are often overwhelmed by the sophistication of our masters in Tel Aviv, the Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon know exactly who their enemies are; they meet them in roadblocks, they recognise the sounds of their drones.  Our enemy here, in the USA, in France and in Britain, is somehow elusive: is it Zionism, is it Israel, or maybe just the Lobby? Is it really  ‘the Jews,’ or even Judaism? Where exactly does Judaism end and Jewishness start? Let me try to open your eyes. It is none of the above, and yet it might as well be all of the above and beyond.  Zionism is a sophisticated matrix and it shifts rapidly.  Zionism like Jewish anti Zionism strives for your intellectual castration. It somehow defies your opposition even before you can utter it yourself. How is this done? It obliterates your ability to act ethically and rationally. It targets your survival skills. How? It eradicates your Athenian roots and replaces them with a rigid Jerusalemite regulatory system.

In my recent book Being in Time – a post Political Manifesto  I delve into the Straussian dichotomy between Athens and Jerusalem. Athens is where we think things through, Athens is where philosophy and essentialism are celebrated. Jerusalem is the city of revelation, where Torah, Mitzvoth and commandments are accepted blindly. Athens is where ethics is explored by means of judgment. Jerusalem, on the other hand, is where ethics is replaced by laws.

Zionism, my friends, can only operate within a Jerusalemite dominated universe. A world governed by a tyranny of correctness. Was it Herzl, Ben Gurion or Netanyahu who imposed such tyrannical conditions on us?  Not at all, this is the role of the New Left, the Identitarians, the cultural Marxists, the ‘progressives’ the people who adhere to ideological collectivism. The people who in the name of diversity silence the majority. Those who instead of uniting us around that which we all share, actually seek to divide us into infinitesimal particles of biological symptoms (skin colour, sex orientation, etc.). 

I started this talk with a reference to Leyotard and his Heidegger and the Jews, I conclude with a reference to the teaching of the 20th century’s  greatest Athenian: Martin Heidegger. 

In opposition to the Jerusalemites of the world who in the name of ‘correctness’ tell us what to say and what to think, Martin Heidegger, the Athenian, taught us that to educate is to teach others to think for themselves and how to refine the questions (as opposed to recycling answers).

Time is overdue for us to liberate ourselves from our shame. Time is ripe to call a spade a spade. Now is the time for Alethea ( truth – Ancient Greek) and Logos to prevail.  We must emancipate ourselves and find our true voice once again.  Emancipation is opposition to the Jerusalemite oppressive condition. It is the fight for the disclosure of human unity once again. 

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     If they want to burn it, you want to read it!

Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto, Amazon.co.uk , Amazon.com and  here (gilad.co.uk).  

Adel Samara & Gilad Atzmon discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Quds Day 2020

Adel Samara & Gilad Atzmon discussing the Israeli-Palestinian ...
Millions of people mark International Quds Day to reaffirm call for liberation of Palestine

 BY GILAD ATZMON

We elaborated on the true meaning of the Israeli occupation and the philosophy that drives the Israeli regime. Things went slightly out of hand towards the end of the show when I pointed out that if Israel defines itself as the ‘Jewish State,’ we should also allow ourselves to question what the J words (Jews, Judaism, Jewishness etc.) stand for.

Source: https://urmedium.com/c/presstv/17411

في رفض التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيونيّ

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مقدّمة

من سخرية الدهر أن نرى دولاً ومجتمعات عربية تُسرّع في وتيرة تقديم أوراق اعتماد للكيان الصهيوني عبر جعل العلاقة معه أنه أمر طبيعي، بينما نرى من جهة أخرى الدول نفسها تشجّع على التقاتل العربي سواء بين الدول أو داخل المجتمعات العربية وكأنه أمر «طبيعي»! فمصطلح «التطبيع» يعني أن نجعل العلاقة مع الكيان الصهيوني (او الاقتتال العربي) أمراً طبيعياً بينما واقع الحال هو العداء. والعداء ليس عداء ظرفياً مبنياً على خلافات موضوعية بل هو عداء وجودي. فلا مجال للتعايش ولا للتساكن ولا لمهادنة مع كيان يشكّل وجوده في قلب الأمة أولى الطعنات لإلغاء وجودها. فعندما يجنح الكيان ومعه الإدارة الحالية في الولايات المتحدة إلى جعل الديانة اليهودية قوميّة كقاعدة للكيان. فهذا يعني الغاء الوجود الفلسطيني ليس معنوياً فقط بل تمهيداً إلى إلغاء وجوده جسدياً عبر عمليات تهجير مدعومة من الولايات المتحدة وربما مموّلة من قبل بعض الدول العربية.

في مبرّرات التطبيع

قضية فلسطين هي التي تجمع العرب من المحيط إلى الخليج فيصبح ضرب القضية الفلسطينية هدفاً وجودياً لعدم تحقيق وحدة العرب التي ترعب فعلا كلاً من الكيان والغرب، وذلك منذ ظهور الإسلام. فمقاومة التطبيع كمقاومة الكيان وذلك للبقاء ليس إلاّ. والتطبيع عمل سياسي اقتصادي ثقافي اجتماعي في خدمة هدف سياسي أكبر. والهدف السياسي الكبير هو إنهاء القضية الفلسطينية. لذلك لا بدّ من بذل جهد لتحقيق ذلك عبر تقديم حجج متعدّدة.

من ضمن الحجج المقدّمة لتحقيق ذلك الغرض هو أنّ القضية الفلسطينية عائق في نهضة الدول العربية وتستنزف قدراتها وتمنعها من الحصول عن الدعم المالي الدولي والتكنولوجيا لنهضة تلك الدول. كما أنّ الصلح مع الكيان الصهيوني، الذي هو الهدف الأخير لإنهاء القضية الفلسطينية، هو ما سيحقّق الاستقرار والتنمية في الدول العربية. فلا تنمية ولا استقرار في كلّ من مصر والأردن وما هو في عهدة السلطة الفلسطينية. فالصلح مع الكيان لم يأتِ ولن يأتي بأيّ استقرار وتنمية.

المبرّر الحقيقي للمطبّعين هو الاعتقاد الخاطئ أنه سيؤمّن لهم الحماية الأميركية والصهيونية من شعوبهم المنتفضة ضدّهم بسبب سياسات القمع والفساد والتبعية. القراءة الخاطئة للنخب الحاكمة في تلك الدول التي تشجّع على ترويج التطبيع (والتي ما زالت لا تجرؤ على المجاهرة بالتطبيع) تجعل عندهم إساءة تقدير التحوّلات الحاصلة دولياً وإقليمياً. يعتقدون أنّ بحفنة من المال سيكسبون ودّ الصهيوني والأميركي. غير أنهم يجهلون أو يتجاهلون يقين نظرة الأميركيين والصهاينة لهم وأنه من المستبعد جدّا أن يقدّموا لهم الحماية. فسياسة المكابرة وإنكار الحال ما زالت تتحكم عند تلك النخب الحاكمة التي لا تستطيع استيعاب التحوّلات في موازين القوّة في المنطقة التي لم تعد لصالح الكيان والولايات المتحدة.

في أشكال التطبيع

أما أشكال التطبيع فهي متعدّدة. فمنها ما يأخذ شكل الزيارات المتبادلة غير الرسمية أي بين أفراد وهيئات عربية وصهيونية، أو رسمية عبر زيارات رسمية لمسؤولين من الكيان إلى عدد من الدول العربية إضافة إلى التنسيق الأمني والاستخباري الذي يصل إلى عمليات مشتركة في اغتيال قيادات المقاومة، أو عبر لقاءات ثقافية ورياضية واقتصادية في الدول العربية تستضيف من خلالها وفوداً صهيونية. والأخطر هو التطبيع الثقافي خاصة في مجال الفن والأدب حيث المسلسلات العربية التي تبرّر التطبيع والمشاريع المشتركة تساهم في خلق واقع جديد يصعب تجاهله وتداعياته خاصة في الوعي الجماعي للأمة بين الشباب الذين يمكن التأثير بهم. والوجه الأكثر استفزازاً هو الانتشار عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لأفكار تتخلّى عن القضية المركزية للأمة وهي القضية الفلسطينية وجعلها قضية هامشية لا علاقة للعرب بها ألاّ للفلسطينيين، وحتى في ذلك الحال يتم تحقير الفلسطينيين! لن ندخل في سجال مع تلك السخافات، بل نكتفي بالإشارة إلى وجودها. كما أن الردّ عليها يعطيها شرعية غير موجودة في الأساس.

والتطبيع يتناول أيضاً المعتقدات وخاصة القرآن الكريم، حيث يتمّ تحريف الآيات الكريمة لتبرير وجود الكيان. فالدين مصدر الشرعية لأنظمة حكم عربية، وبالتالي استعمال الدين لتبرير سياسات غير مقبولة يصبح أمراً مشروعاً وإنْ كان مبنياً على تحريف الآيات والخروج المتعمّد عن سياقها القرآني.

أفق التطبيع

تجب هنا الإشارة إلى أنّ رغم معاهدات سلام مع الكيان الصهيوني لبضع دول عربية لم يستطع الكيان خرق الجدار في الوعي العربي للوصول إلى التطبيع مع المجتمعات العربية خاصة في مصر والأردن وطبعاً فلسطين، وذلك بعد أكثر من أربعين سنة من عمر المعاهدة بين مصر والكيان وأكثر من 25 سنة بين السلطة الفلسطينية والأردن من جهة أخرى. فالعداء للكيان سمة النظرة العربية للكيان كما أننا نؤكّد أنّ العقيدة القتالية للجيش المصري ما زالت تجعل الكيان الصهيوني عدواً لمصر. غير أن بعض الدول الخليجية عادت إلى إحياء تلك المشاريع التطبيعية التي تصطدم بجدار الوعي العربي. فمن هنا الحملات في محاولة لاختراق ذلك الوعي.

السياق السياسيّ للتطبيع

هذه المحاولات تجري في سياق تغيير جذري في موازين القوّة على الصعيد الدولي والإقليمي، حيث الكفة لم تعد مائلة لصالح المحور الذي تقوده الولايات المتحدة بل لصالح القوى الرافضة للهيمنة الأميركية. لم تستطع القوى الاستعمارية، التي كانت في ذروة قوّتها ففرضت الوجود الصهيوني في قلب الأمة، أن تجعل العلاقات بين الكيان والمجتمعات العربية علاقات طبيعية وإذ نرى في حقبة تراجعها دولاً عربية تقدّم أوراق اعتماد بالولاء لها عبر تحويل وجهة الصراع مع الكيان الصهيوني إلى صراع مع الجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران وقوى محور المقاومة من دول وقوى شعبية أثبتت فعّاليتها على الأرض في مواجهة الكيان.

فهذه الدول المطّبعة صاحبة الشرعية المهتزّة داخلياً وعربياً تعتقد أنّ الحماية لوجودها من قبل الولايات المتحدة والكيان الصهيوني تفرض عليها التسريع في التطبيع معه. والكيان الصهيوني بحاجة إلى ذلك التطبيع لفك العزلة الدولية عنه، كما أنه بحاجة لإبراز «إنجاز» ما على صعيد العلاقات مع الدول العربية. كما أنّ الأفق المسدود داخلياً في الكيان الصهيوني جعل الهجرة من الكيان إلى الخارج تتسارع. فلا أمل بمستقبل مشرق للكيان عند المهاجرين من الكيان. فالتطبيع أصبح «حاجة» صهيونية لتبرير «نجاح» الكيان وبقائه. التطبيع يعكس حالة ضعف بنيوي عند المطبّع كما عند الكيان وهذه حقيقة يجب التركيز عليها.

مقاومة التطبيع

مقاومة التطبيع مزمنة، ولكن ما يجعلها اليوم أكثر إلحاحاً هي استغلال شهر رمضان لنشر عبر مسلسلات عربية مسألة وجود الكيان الصهيوني كأمر طبيعي وجعل مقاومته إخلالاً بالأمن وحتى إرهاباً يجب دحره. وتتزامن هذه المسلسلات ومواقع إلكترونية تعتبر القضية الفلسطينية ليست قضية عربية بل هامشية في وعي المجتمعات العربية، وذلك بتشجيع من تلك الدول التي استبدلت العداء للجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران ومعها محور المقاومة بالعداء للكيان الصهيوني. فعندهم أصبحت المقاومة إرهاباً يجب عزلها ثم القضاء عليها. وهذا هو الهدف المباشر للتطبيع.

مقاومة التطبيع موجودة في معظم الأقطار العربية وتقودها منظّمات وهيئات شعبية استطاعت تنظيم مظاهرات مليونية في مواجهة محاولات التطبيع خاصة في دول المغرب. كما أن حملات قانونية لتجريم التطبيع تجري على قدم وساق في عدد من الدول العربية.

مقترحات

لذلك نقترح أن يصدر عن الملتقى ما يلي:

أولاً: التأكيد أنّ مقاومة التطبيع واجب أخلاقي أولاً ووطني ثانياً وقومي ثالثاً.

ثانياً: التأكيد على الاستمرار في نشاط مناهضة محاولات التطبيع والتعميق في التنسيق على الصعيد الشعبي وعلى الصعيد القانوني وعبر المنتديات والنقابات والهيئات المختصة في مناهضة الكيان. في هذا السياق لا بدّ من إبداء التحيّة والتقدير للمناضلين المناهضين للتطبيع الذين يواجهون قمع حكوماتهم ولم يبدّلوا في مواقفهم.

ثالثاً: التأكيد على ضرورة تفكيك الخطاب التطبيعي في مرتكزاته ومفاصله خاصة على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي على قاعدة ما عرضناه أعلاه من حجج واهية وتشويه للحقائق.

رابعاً: التشديد على استمرار المجتمع الثقافي والأدبي العربي في إنتاج منظومة فكرية وأدبية وفنّية ترفض التطبيع.

خامساً: مقاطعة البضائع الصهيونية التي تتسرّب بوسائل شتّى إلى الأسواق العربية والتشهير بمن يروّج لها.

سادساً: دعم جهود منظمة «بي دي أس» التي تدعو إلى مقاطعة البضائع الصهيونية وتفكيك الاستثمارات في القطاعات الاقتصادية الصهيونية. فهذه المنظمة حقّقت نجاحات في عدد من الدول الأوروبية وحتى في الولايات المتحدة في الجامعات ومجمع الكنائس ما أثار غضب ورعب اللوبي الصهيوني الذي يضغط بكلّ قواه على تجريم تلك المنظمة وتجريم كلّ مَن يلتزم بتوصياتها.

*ورقة مقدمة للملتقى العربي الافتراضي لرفض التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيونيّ بدعوة من المركز العربي الدولي للتواصل والتضامن، وذلك في 15 أيّار/ مايو 2020.

**كاتب وباحث اقتصادي سياسي والأمين العام السابق للمؤتمر القومي الدولي.

Ex-Qatari PM Talks About Prospective Agreement Between Arab States, «Israel»

Ex-Qatari PM Talks About Prospective Agreement Between Arab States, «Israel»

By Staff, Agencies 

The former Qatar Prime Minister, Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, said that a non-aggression agreement will be signed between Arab countries and the “Israeli” entity, as a next step to the American announcement of the so-called “peace” plan in the Middle East region, known as the “Deal of the Century”.

In a series of tweets on Sunday evening, Bin Jassim said, that he had previously posted on December 14 of last year about the “deal of the century”, and he expected that the deal would announced at the beginning of this year.

Indeed, US President Donald Trump announced it at the end of last January, stressing that “now it will be followed by a non-aggression agreement between ‘Israel’ and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in addition to Egypt, Jordan and possibly Morocco.”

He continued: “Today, as the ‘deal of the century’ has been announced, as its enemies call it, I must first repeat, as I have always said, that I am not against a just ‘peace’, and then I am not against signing a non-aggression after reaching clear results in the ‘peace’ process.”

He added, “However, I followed up on the rejection of the deal in the Arab League, although there are Arab countries that promised the American side that they would take a positive position on the deal, but they did not, and justified it by saying that it was unable because of the media.”

Bin Jassim pointed out that “these countries want those promises to come closer to America, even though they know that the deal will be held up by the majority in the Arab League, and that they benefit when they appear as America wants, and they renounce, as they imagine, the burdens of opposing or rejecting the deal, and bear it to states. The other rejects, but this is a short-term policy that is open to the American side”.

The former Qatari prime minister stressed that “America and ‘Israel’ need what will result from the announcement of the deal from a beneficial electoral momentum for Trump and Netanyahu, which may add to both an external victory that would enhance the chances of winning the upcoming elections,” explaining that “the Arab side follows a policy based on short-term tactics. Meanwhile, the ‘Israeli’ side places its policies on long-term strategic foundations”.

He asked about the possibility of the Arab countries adopting, as well, an actual and deliberate policy and tactics that benefit from it by exploiting the need of “Israel” and the US for what they want the deal to achieve, “instead of being just tools that others use to achieve their goals.”

According to Trump and Netanyahu, the “deal of the century” will recognize the “Israeli” entity as a Jewish “state”, in addition to working on a “two-state” solution, considering al-Quds [Jerusalem] as an “indivisible” capital for the “Israeli” entity; and thus recognizing the entity’s “sovereignty” over the Jordan Valley, and making investments worth 50 billion dollars to the Palestinian state.

بين أم عطا المقاومة.. وأم هارون اليهوديّة القدس عاصمتنا الأبديّة

سماهر الخطيب

تتفقّد منزلها بين الحينة والأخرى تستدين المال كي تدفع ما يطالبها به الاحتلال من ضرائب قد استوجبت على منزل «لا يساوي شيئاً» وتقف أمام الباب شامخةً رافضة لعرض السمسار الذي قدّمه لها لبيع هذا المنزل الصغير وتنعته بكلمات لا تحرّك به ضميره الغائب ليترنّح قائلاً «بيعيه اليوم أفضل من أن تخسريه غداً وتصبحين بلا منزل ولا مال»؛ تزداد إصرارً بالرفض.. وتهدي المفتاح لذاك الطالب الكهنوتي ليتذكّر بأن «له بيت في القدس» ولتردّ له شيئاً من معروفه لها..

حدث ذلك مع أم عطا في أربعينيات القرن الماضي هذا ما عرضه عنها مسلسل درامي يحمل اسم «حارس القدس».

وفي المقلب الثاني وفي الحقبة ذاتها تسرد «أم هارون»، قصتها كطبيبة يهودية واجهت تحديات كثيرة مع أسرتها والجالية اليهودية في دول الخليج، في دليل فاضح على تمهيد الإعلام «السعودي» للتطبيع مع «إسرائيل»..

وشتان ما بين أم عطا وأم هارون ليست حبكة درامية تتجلى وإنما قضية راسخة لا يمكن أن نغفل عنها.

فنحن من تربّى على أناشيد الشاعر السوري سليمان العيسى والذي رددنا كلماته إلى اليوم..

فلسطين داري ودرب انتصاري

تظل بلادي هوى في فؤادي

ولحناً أبياً على شفتيا

وجوه غريبة بأرضي السليبة

تبيع ثماري وتحتلّ داري

وأعرف دربي ويرجع شعبي

إلى بيت جدّي إلى دفء مهدي

فلسطين داري ودرب انتصاري

هذه الكلمات شكلت بدايات الوعي لدى كل طفل عن القضية الفلسطينية وحفرت في ذاكرة أجيال من الأطفال على امتداد المعمورة ليس من النهر إلى البحر فحسب، إنما من المحيط إلى الخليج فهذه الأرض لنا وفي تلافيف العقل قد حيكت بساتينها وقراها وحجارها وشطآنها.

هي بلادنا وأرضنا لا تطبيع إعلامي يمكن أن يمحو الحقيقة ولا تطبيل وتزمير «عربي» خانع كخنوع بعض حكام العرب الذين باتوا دمية بأيدي ذاك الصهيوني الغاشم بلا حياء يطبلون له ويزمرون..

وكما يُقال في المثل الشعبي «فوق الموتة عصّة قبر» فبينما تعاني أرضنا المحتلة ما تعانيه من تدنيس المحتل وتعذيب لشعبنا وحاصرته والبحث عن شتى السبل لإخضاعه والعالم أجمع أصم أبكم فهو لا يفقه ومنشغل بأزمة الفيروس المستجد القاتل لجنسنا البشري يعاني شعبنا في فلسطين من فيروس من نوع أخطر وأعتى وأشرس، فيروس صهيوني استشرى بأرضنا وشعبنا يجتمع القادة العرب في جامعتهم ليدينوا ضمّ الضفة الغربية لدولة الاحتلال «إدانة» فقط هذا ما استحصلنا عليه من «سموّهِم المعظم» يمنّون علينا بها.

وفي كل مرة يجتمعون فيها منذ تاسيس جماعتهم المفرقة، ومن قبلها منذ عهد «الشريف حسين» ومراسلاته مع مكماهون إلى اليوم وفي كل كلمة يتفوّهون بها نخسر المزيد من أرضنا المقدسة ودولة الاحتلال لا تترك فرصة إلا وتبخ في كل إناء سُمّها.

وها هي اليوم تستغل انشغال العالم أجمع بمواجهة الفيروس كوفيد– 19 لتسعى بخبث نحو نسج مكائدها..

فجاء إعلان ضمّ الضفة الغربية تزامناً مع ظهور هذا الفيروس المستجد دونما مغيث لشعبنا الفلسطيني سوى مَن كان ضميره حاضراً مقاوماً بالقول والفعل، بالكلمة والسلاح.

وإذا عدنا للوراء في الأشهر القليلة المنصرمة فإننا سنجد الكثير من الانحياز الغربي للكيان الصهيوني على أرضنا، بل نجد أن ستار وغطاء السياسة الغربية والأميركية تجاه دولة الاحتلال قد تكشّف وظهر ما كانت تكنّه من نيات في طياتها العنصرية والاستعمارية.

منذ نقل السفارة الأميركية إلى مدينة القدس وإعلانها عاصمة لدولة الاحتلال مروراً بانسحاب أميركا من مجلس حقوق الإنسان لكونه بحسب زعمها يظلم حقوق الشعب الصهيوني، وصولاً إلى التصديق على قانون يهودية دولة «إسرائيل» وصولاً إلى الإعلان المزعوم بضم الجولان السوري المحتل كل ذلك يصب في مصلحة الكيان الصهيوني وراعيته أميركا، فما جاء به ذاك المدير الترامبي وصهره من نداءات لـ»صفقة القرن» قد بدأ يحيك فصولها بدقة متناهية منذ تسلمه دفة القيادة من دون أن يرفّ لهما جفن.

فالدول العربية منشغلة وكذلك الأوروبية والآسيوية لا مجال الآن للالتفات إلى ما يعنيه قرار الأمم المتحدة 181 بشأن القدس ولا حتى القرار 194 بشأن حق العودة ولا حتى هل سيكون قرار إنشاء الأونروا أو الانسحاب منها متاحاً للنقاش والتي أنشئت بقرار من الأمم المتحدة والتي من المفترض أن تكون أعلى سلطة عالميّة لولا تحكم الولايات المتحدة الأميركية بقراراتها وانتهاكها مبادئ الشرعة الدولية.

في القرارين الأميركيين اللذين أظهرا صهيونية ترامب أكثر من الصهاينة أنفسهم يفسران بعضهما البعض، فإذا ما أسقط حق العودة فليس للأونروا عمل بعد اليوم، ليصبح جميع اللاجئين الفلسطينيين مواطنين داخل الدول التي احتوتهم.

وهو ما علا الصوت بتوطين اللاجئين، ولم يكن الهدف منه اللاجئين السوريين إنما الفلسطينيون هم من كانوا مقصودين بالتوطين ليسقط حق العودة وتنسحب الولايات المتحدة من تمويل الأونروا لانتفاء الحاجة إليها ويتوافق ذلك مع يهودية «إسرائيل».

أما بالنسبة للضفة الغربية والقطاع بعد أن حلّ ترامب وصهره قضية القدس فإنّ لهما تتمة في السيناريو الأميركي المعنون بصفقة القرن.

فالكيان الصهيوني لن يكلّ أو يملّ من دون أن يضمهما أو يضم أحدهما لحكمه الاستعماري. وليتم ذلك أولاً الخضوع والاعتراف بيهودية هذا الكيان، ولمن رفض فله سيناء. تلك تتمة السيناريو الخبيث فلم يعد خافياً على أحد تلك القمة السرية في البحر الميت من دهاء بين الرئيس المصري والأردني ورئيس وزراء العدو لتتدافع بعدها اللقاءات وحبك المؤامرات ونقل ما صنعوه من ممثلين وبدعتهم الإرهابية إلى سيناء وإفراغها من سكانها الأصليين ريثما يحين الموعد «توطين الفلسطينيين».

ولا ننسى أزمة تيران وصنافير أحد فصول «صفقة القرن»، وليس الهدف من جعلها سعوديّة إلا إرضاء للكيان الصهيوني، لما تشكله هاتان الجزيرتان من رمزية النصر المصري والفشل الصهيوني إبان عدوان 1967 على مصر.

فكانت تنطلق منها القوات البحرية باتجاه الأراضي المحتلة هذا من جهة، ومن جهة أخرى ربما يريد العدو تحويل المياه في البحر الأحمر إلى مياه دولية فيستطيع العبور فيها والتجارة دونما تعليق يذكر.

وبعد سلسلة قرارات أميركية وصهيونية اتخذت وسط صمت دولي وتراخٍ عربي، لم يعد لدولة الاحتلال ذاك الحلم بالتوسّع وخوض الحروب طالما أنها توسعت في «مجالها الحيوي» فلِمَ تخسر عسكرياً وهي تكسب اقتصادياً وثقافياً وفنياً واجتماعياً..! بعد حملة التطبيع و»أم هارون» التي جالت معظم البلاد العربية من خليجها إلى مغربها، وهو ما أشار إليه بنيامين نتنياهو في مكان تحت الشمس بإنشاء حلف اقتصادي تقوده دولة الاحتلال..

إنما على الساحة السورية، ما سيسقط هذا المشروع الأميركي الصهيوني. فالحرب في الشام أصبحت شبه منتهية بنصر الدولة السورية وحلفائها على الإرهاب. وفي العراق كذلك كما في لبنان وفي الداخل الفلسطيني تبقى المقاومة عتية عن القبول بالانصياع لقرارات أميركية ووجود لكيان غاصب. وفي كل بلد لا تزال فيه أنفاس المقاومة فالشعوب تبقى صاحبة القرار لو بعد حين.

ولا نصرَ يمكن أن يتحقق إنْ لم يروَ بتكاتف الشعب والجيش والمقاومة لتنعكس قوة تنبثق من رحم عقيدة متأصّلة في وجدان أبنائها.

وحارس القدس في كل ضمير مقاوم موجود ليس بدعة وليس ذكرى بل ذاكرة تدق بأننا سنعود.. متجاوزين ما اصطنعوه من حدود سياسية، لتظهر الوحدة الجغرافية، فيجب أن نضطلع بمسؤولية قضايانا القومية لنصنع النصر وأن نقرّر مصيرنا بإرادتنا نحن.

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ما هي إلا أسابيع قد انقضت على الإعلان الأميركي –الإسرائيلي عن مشروعهم الذي أطلق عليه اسم “صفقه القرن” (صفقه ترامب)، إلا وقد تلاشى مفعول الردود الفلسطينية الرسمية الغاضبة والمندّدة بهذا المشروع والمهددة إسقاطه، حتى عادت الأمور إلى سابق رتابتها، فقد تراجعت تلك النبرة ولم تعد لازمة حديث كلّ مسؤول، بل بدأنا نسمع بعض الأصوات الرسمية الداعية إلى النظر إلى الجزء المليء من كأس صفقه ترامب (إنْ كان في قعر الكأس بقية)، ولم تغيّر السلطة جوهرياً أو شكلياً من أدائها المعتاد أو في خطابها الذي استعاد هدوءه، كما بدا أنها عصية على أن تتغيّر مهما واجهت من محن. التنسيق الأمني لا زال بوتائره السابقة (على مستويات رفيعة وفق ما يقول الأميركي والإسرائيلي) والعلاقة والاتصال مع الأميركان و”الإسرائيليين” من محبي السلام ومبغضيه على حالها، وأشكال التطبيع قد أخذت جرعة دعم جديدة منذ أيام، حيث زوّدهم الرئيس الفلسطيني بغطاء الشرعية، حين استقبل رئيس وأعضاء “لجنة التواصل مع المجتمع الإسرائيلي” والذين كان لهم نشاط تطبيعيّ مؤخراً جوبه بردود فعل شعبية حادة، وذلك في مقرّ الرئاسة وشدّ على أيديهم واعتبرهم أبطالاً وشجعاناً، اخترقوا خطوط الخصم وأوصلوا رسالة الشعب الفلسطيني المحبّ للسلام.

من جانب آخر أبدت الحكومة الفلسطينية مزيداً من الارتخاء والارتماء، حيث أوقفت العمل بقراراتها السابقة الداعية إلى وقف استيراد بعض السلع من الجانب “الإسرائيلي”.

في الثالث من آذار القريب ستجري الانتخابات البرلمانية في الداخل الفلسطيني، حيث تستعر المعركة الانتخابية بين نتنياهو وفريقه وبين غانتس وفريقه، تدور الدعاية الانتخابية للفريقين حول مَن منهم أكثر غلواً وتطرفاً، ومن منهم يفوق منافسه عدوانية وشراسة، ومن منهم أكثر رفضاً للقبول بحلّ الدولتين او بإقامة دولة فلسطينية حقيقية، كما يتنافسون في قدرة كلّ منهم على اختراق جدار المقاطعة العربية المتهاوي أصلاً والسير نحو مزيد من التطبيع مع العالم العربي وفي المزيد من التشدّد في الشأن الفلسطيني.

في الوقت ذاته تتسارع خطوات الحكومة “الاسرائيلية” نحو تنفيذ بنود “صفقه ترامب” على أرض الواقع من دون أن تجد لها أية معيقات لتفرض أمراً واقعاً يكون من الصعب تجاوزه تفاوضياً في المستقبل، فتهويد القدس لا يجد من يعيقه والتضييق على سكانها الأصليين يبلغ مراحل لا تحتمل وعمليات شراء العقارات في البلدة القديمة على قدم وساق، ولم نسمع شيئاً عن النتائج التي توصّلت لها لجان التحقيق في العقارات التي تسرّبت الصيف الماضي والتي شكلتها السلطة الفلسطينية، أما عمليات مصادرة الأراضي وإغلاقها في ما تبقّى من الضفة الغربيّة ففي حالة تسارع باتجاه المناطق التي تضمّها الصفقة لدولة الاحتلال، ومنذ أيام قام الجيش “الإسرائيلي” بتعليق لافتات على أبواب عديد من القرى الفلسطينية المحاذية للمناطق التي سيتمّ الإعلان عن ضمّها وذلك باللغات العبرية والعربية والإنجليزية تقول: أنت تدخل إلى منطقة الدولة الفلسطينية، هذه المنطقة هي جزء من الدولة الفلسطينية المستقبلية وفقاً لـ “صفقة القرن”.

هذه إذن هي الدولة الفلسطينية الموعودة وبما أنّ الكلام يطلق أحياناً على عواهنه وبلا مسؤولية، فمن الممكن إطلاق صفة دولة على هذا الكيان لا بل وما هو أكبر وأعظم من دولة، ولكن الحقيقة التي لا يغطيها غربال الباطل ترى أنّ هذه (الدولة) وفي مرحلتها الأولى التي تطلّ علينا بملامحها لا تمثل الحدّ الأدنى لمفهوم أو تعريف الدولة، فهي منزوعة من السلاح اللهم إلا الخفيف (الشرطيّ)، فاقدة للسيادة على أرضها، ممنوعة من الدفاع عن مواطنيها، محرومة من ثرواتها ومياهها، يتواجد جيش الاحتلال على حدودها فيما يسيطر موظفوه على معابرها ويملكون حق السماح والمنع في القدوم والمغادرة لمن يريدون ومتى رأوا ذلك، اقتصادها وماليتها مرهونان لنظم جباية الاحتلال وكرم المانحين، مناهجها التربوية مكرهة على تزييف حقائق التاريخ وثوابت الدين، وفوق ذلك كله مقطعة الأوصال فاقدة الاتصال بين فتات أجزائها، ناهيك عن الغموض الذي يحيط بمكان عاصمتها والتي وإنْ كان اسمها القدس إلا أنها لن تكون في القدس.

هذه الصورة لا تذهب بالتشاؤم إلى منتهاه وإنما تحذّر من حالة الارتخاء والجمود واللامبالاة غير الخلاقة التي يُبديها صنّاع السياسة في فلسطين في السلطة والمعارضة على حدّ سواء، فهؤلاء يجب دفعهم لشحذ أدمغتهم إنْ وجدت وأسلحتهم إنْ بقيت للتصدّي لهذا الواقع البائس، وإلا فإنهم سيكونون عبئاً على فلسطين وأهلها كما الاحتلال ودولته. فهذا الحال الجامد وإنْ بدا أمراً قائماً، فإنّ الواقع ليؤكد أيضاً أنّ الحركة سنة الحياة ولا يمكن لهذا الحال أن يستمرّ فإما أن نغيّره وإنْ لم نفعل فسيأتي من يملأ الفراغ ويقوم بالعمل.

*سياسيّ فلسطينيّ مقيم في الضفة الغربيّة.

The Worst Deal of the Century for Palestine

Tim KirbyFebruary 22, 2020

Trump is full of surprises and no one in the punditry was expecting anything like his “Deal of the Century”. It promises to solve the Israel/Palestine situation in a way that is fair to both sides and end a political crisis that has gone on for generations with a few pen swipes. Bold moves and showmanship are to be respected in politics, but is this really some new grand answer or a means for Israel-loyal Trump to trick the Palestinians? Well, on the surface it certainly looks like a great step forward if you are on the Israeli side of things.

It is important to note that if one geopolitical “wedge issue” exists, then it is most certainly Israel. The narrative surrounding Israel’s 20th century restoration divides people into two bitter raging camps. For many (Socialists, the Left) the European looking Israelis cutting out space for themselves in a foreign land while pushing the brown people back looks like some sort of microcosm of Western Imperialism. On the other hand, for those in the West who actually like their civilization (Republicans, the Right) they see Israel as a shining Democratic/Western light on a hill surrounded by barbarians. In many ways today’s Israel is like a living satire of the Old West in America – for some it is Manifesting Destiny and taming wild lands but for others it looks more like apartheid/genocide. Although it is unprofessional to mention oneself in a piece of analysis it is important to say that I personally subscribe to neither of these narratives. I can see them, understand them, but I do not believe in them. Meaning, as you will see I think the Deal of the Century is bad for the Palestinians not because they are victims of Jewish pioneers in the Wild Wild Middle-East but simply because accepting the deal means their side loses. This is not a deal but a request for capitulation.

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At first glance the “two-state solution” style deal sounds very attractive for the Palestinian side. Being a recognized state, even if very poor and cut up into awkward chunks is still much better than being an “in name only” pseudo state within the official borders of another. If Palestine was more like a state it could control is territory and engage in trade much more easily with nations that are sympathetic to their cause giving them breathing room. The problem is that the Deal of the Century only offers two-state flavour and not the two-state substance that could woo the Palestinians into signing it.

One of the key clauses of the proposition is to disarm the Palestinian Authorities, Hamas and whomever else may be on their side in Israel… and this is where the deal falls apart before it even begins. Disarmament as part of any deal is coded language for capitulation. If your tribe lays down its arms and my tribe does not, guess who is going to be the Helots and who is going to be the Spartans. Strategically speaking if the Palestinians give up their ability to fight they have obviously lost.

Another aspect of this Deal of the Century that works only in Israel’s favour is the clause that the Palestinians must acknowledge Israel as a “Jewish State”. If the deal was to create a true two-state solution with real borders between them this would not be such a problem, but since ultimately the Palestinians would still technically be within Israel’s borders acknowledging that this region is the property of a different religious group would be a huge mistake. If the United States officially acknowledged the “Russianess” of Alaska you could see how that would really not be in America’s interests. It would essentially mean that Russia would by logic have the “right” to this territory and that is why America would and should never ever acknowledge any claim by a foreign power over U.S. territory. As they say in Russian “it was yours, now it’s ours”. If you do not follow this type of policy then you are asking for succession and strife.

This is why Palestine, if it wants to survive cannot sign off on Israel being Jewish. The second they do this it will mean that bureaucratically they have no place in this country and lose any claims to it.

The Palestinians are unlikely to say that all of Israel is “Jewish”.

Other aspects of the deal also force the Palestinians into a submissive state like demanding that they have to end “all programs, including school curricula and textbooks, that serve to incite or promote hatred or antagonism towards its neighbors” when the Israelis do not. Furthermore the Palestinians must have an open and free press, which in reality, means that as a desperately poor region they must open their press up to being bought up or overwhelmed by Western Mainstream Media.

Again as an Orthodox Slav I have no horse in this race, the core narratives in support of the Israelis and Palestinians do not speak to me, but objectively taking a look at the terms, if the Palestinians take this “deal” then they have ultimately capitulated. A completely helpless and yet completely “open” Palestine that may have to give up even more territory officially will erode even faster. No break-away movement in any nation on Earth could agree to similar terms and yet still desire independence.

If I were in Trump’s shoes and very deeply tied to support for Israel I would not have offered some sort of deal between the two sides, but instead offered the Israeli Jews the chance to become the 51st state, which in some ways it already is. Although the bureaucratic realization of this idea would be tough to say the least, it would be good PR within the Beltway and beyond even if the idea was completely rejected. This peace attempt which will get shot down for the reasons stated above and will be yet another blow to Trump’s competency like not knowing where Kansas City actually is. More than anything I hate farces and if the U.S. is so tied to Israel why not just take it? If Israel really is the shining light on the hill in the Middle-East or at least the “beachhead” America needs in the region then just absorb it. Strategically this is really the best option for a pro-Israel America. If they really want to defend it then they should just extend the border around it, which would justify the U.S. to take any actions it deems necessary to secure the territory including ones that would be quite “rough” towards the Palestinians.

In summation…

  • For the Palestinians this deal is a form of capitulation, they must say “no”.
  • For the Israelis this is yet another step to ending the Palestinian problem, they must say “yes”, and blast the other side for rejecting the offer.
  • The United States has such heavy interesting in Israel that they may as well just absorb it, which would ultimately solve all problems for the Israeli Jews that the Beltway claims to want to protect/support.

US Middle East “Peace Deal” Designed to Perpetuate Conflict

February 19, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn’t a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed “Middle East peace plan” – unsurprisingly endorsed by the US and Israel and few others – everything about it is designed to sabotage peace and perpetuate conflict – perhaps even expand it.

The London Guardian in its article, “Palestinians cut ties with Israel and US after rejecting Trump peace plan,” would note what are obvious conditions Palestine could not and should not accept:

The blueprint, endorsed by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for the creation of a demilitarised Palestinian state that would exclude Jewish settlements built in occupied territory and remain under near-total Israeli security control.

Demilitarizing Palestine and subjecting it to occupation blatantly illegal under international law and what would undoubtedly be continued Israeli aggression, provocations, and encroachment is akin to unconditional surrender and subjugation – conditions no government could be expected to accept with Palestine being no exception.

An op-ed published by Al Jazeera titled, Trump’s Middle East plan may have a silver lining: Trump’s plan will not make the Palestinians’ lives better, but it could help dismantle the disastrous Oslo order,” would aptly describe the deal as:

Basically, Trump’s plan promises the Israelis an almost full realisation of the Zionist objectives to establish a Jewish state on all of historic Palestine, while offering the Palestinians “prosperous apartheid”, ie life under occupation with more money but no dignity and basic rights.

Of course, promises of money may or may not be fulfilled. A Palestine rendered defenseless and entirely dependent on ill-willed sponsors has no way to ensure such promises are fulfilled.

Thus the “peace plan” is yet another demonstration of Washington’s continued malign presence in the Middle East and its absolute disinterest in changing course. The Guardian would also note that several Arab allies of the US would side with Washington’s proposal, prioritizing joint belligerence toward Iran rather than solidarity with Palestine.

Helping ease Arab allies of Washington out of their pretend concern for Palestine will – Washington hopes – help them focus entirely on US plans to create a united front against Iran as US power and influence in the region slips. 

Politics and Power, Not Religion 

This disingenuous and counterproductive “peace plan” does however help illustrate that the current, ongoing conflict in the Middle East is not driven by religion, neither Zionist nor Islamic extremism, but rather by politics and in particular – designs to maintain Western hegemony in the region that has existed since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Religion and its perversion through extremism is simply used to augment and propel these designs.

Were the conflict purely a matter of religion – Sunni and Shia’a soldiers wouldn’t be fighting side-by-side in Syria against US-sponsored terrorists. Arab nations would not be abandoning Palestine in favor of joining the US and Israel in their collective belligerence against Iran. And no nation in the region – save for Israel – would accept the most recent “peace plan” proposed by the US.

Seeing through a “peace plan” intentionally designed to further inflame emotions and deepen divides and understanding the true interests driving regional conflict will help establish common ground rather than erode it. The actual people living in Israel have more in common with ordinary people living in Palestine than with the current circle of special interests dominating the Israeli government.

Ordinary people seek peace and stability – to live out their lives and provide for their families. Tensions and the conflicts they lead to only disrupt ordinary people from achieving this basic desire – whether they are Israelis or Palestinians.

The US proposal illustrates to people on either side of the divide that the US is not an honest broker and that the current process posing as pursuing peace should be dismantled.

Because of this, and just as the US has faded from other areas of the world and even from other areas within the Middle East – the US will fade from prominence regarding the Israeli-Palestinian question – hopefully opening the way for more honest brokers to move in and propose a genuine peace deal that will right injustices and provide for the best interests of ordinary people rather than merely pose as doing so while serving the interests of a malign few.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

«Israeli» Ex-Soldiers Depict Life in IOF: Troops Are «Drunk On Power and Boredom»

«Israeli» Ex-Soldiers Depict Life in IOF: Troops Are «Drunk On Power and Boredom»

By Staff, The Guardian

Former “Israeli” soldiers depict their life in the military; day-to-day memories of their time in the military that continue to jolt them in post-army life. Regular house searches, arrest and hours at checkpoints fill their minds when they look back and wince.

When several dozen ex-combatants were asked about a time that most affected them, former First Sergeant Omry Balely remembered weeks of boredom at a roadblock near the parched Palestinian city of Ariha [Jericho].

“The general feeling was that it was a quiet and very safe area,” he says. “When you’re at a checkpoint, you’re in a daily routine of controlling the lives of other people. Who enters and who doesn’t is in your hands – a 19-year-old kid with power.”

They would get agitated and taunt the Palestinians, denying entry or exit to those who said the “wrong” thing, or cuffing one to a barrier for having incorrect documentation. Looking for amusement, his unit handwrote bogus VIP permits for the Palestinians who crossed regularly. They were legally meaningless but added some fun to the long hours in the sun.

Once, an older man in his 50s arrived. He had one of these paper VIP permits, but that day, he came with a donkey. “Where was the donkey’s VIP pass? the soldiers demanded.

“We all laughed at the situation, including the Palestinian,” says Balely, now 30. “But looking back a few years later, I realize what being drunk with power combined with boredom can do to you. You toy with the life and livelihood of a person for entertainment.”

Testimonies like these from 52 “Israel” Occupation Forces veterans are being displayed this month at a gallery in Tel Aviv alongside their portraits for an exhibition called EXPOSE[D]. For a decade, Quique Kierszenbaum, a news photographer and journalist, has been documenting those who agreed to speak out about the abuses they saw and often perpetrated. He did this with the help of Breaking the Silence, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 that has been collecting personal military stories, hoping it will show the public the reality of everyday life for Palestinians.

The whistleblower organization, widely derided in “Israel”, says abuse is systematic and institutionalized – an unavoidable part of five decades of occupation – rather than the rare the rare anomalies that such incidents are often explained away as. To date, Breaking the Silence has meticulously collected testimonies from more than 1,200 soldiers, although the vast majority do not have their identities revealed. This has led to the army and others questioning the accuracy of their accounts.

Yehuda Shaul, an ex-combat soldier, was one of the group’s founders and still runs it. His portrait forms part of the exhibition, one of the first people Kierszenbaum photographed. The accompanying text is a story he has shared for more than a decade, from his time in the early 2000s during the street fighting of the second intifada.

“I would shoot directly at Palestinian neighborhoods using a grenade launcher in response to Palestinian fire towards the [Jewish] settlements in the city,” the text reads. “It’s clear to me that many civilians were hurt by this fire. We did it without any identification of the sources of shooting from the Palestinian side.” A decision was later made to carry out what he calls “deterrent firing”, shooting every day before the Palestinians had even started attacking.

Finally the USA Supports the One State Solution

 

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By Gilad Atzmon

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Secretary Pompeo repudiated the 1978 State Department legal opinion that stated that Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.”

 It is hard to determine whether the move was intended to rescue Benjamin Netanyahu’s political career or to buy the Jewish Lobby’s support for President Trump at a critical time. It is reasonable to assume that the policy was put forth to advance both aims.

 Pompeo’s declaration was, predictably, welcomed by PM Netanyahu and denounced by Palestinian officials and anyone else who still advances the delusional Two State Solution. Like Secretary Pompeo, I am far from an expert on international law, but it seems the notion of international law is vague or elastic enough to allow the secretary to (mis) interpret it in a radical manner. Yet, unlike most Palestinian solidarity campaigners, I see Trump, his administration and the recent move as a positive development.

 However inadvertently, Trump has finally committed the USA to the One State Solution. It is hard to deny that the area between the ‘River and the Sea’  is a single piece of land. It shares one electric grid, one pre-dial code (+972) and one sewage system. Ay present, the land is ruled over by a racist, tribal and discriminatory ideology through an apparatus that calls itself  ‘The Jewish State;’ and declares itself home for every Jew around the world; yet, is abusive, lethal and some would say genocidal toward the indigenous people of the land.

Yesterday’s move may buy Netanyahu some time and it may save Trump from being evicted from his current residence, but what it did most clearly was to redeliver a message to the Palestinians: In the battle for your liberation you are alone. America is not a negotiator, it has never been one. The USA has a side in the conflict and it is not your side.

In categorical terms Pompeo’s declaration repeats Trump’s earlier decision to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. On December 6, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. No doubt, the move bought Trump support from the Jewish Lobby in America, and political gain for Netanyahu in the Jewish State, it was also an unambiguous message to the Palestinians: there is no prospect of a  harmonious and peaceful solution for your plight.

 For the Palestinians, the move also exposed the misleading and dangerous nature of their ‘solidarity’ movement. Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist institutions have undertaken a relentless effort to suppress the Palestinian’s Right of Return and replace it with watery alternatives such as ‘End of occupation’ or  ‘the Right to BDS.’ Trump’s move forced the Palestinians to accept that they were alone in their battle and finally  accept that The Right of Return is the core and the essence of their plight. Less than four months after Trump’s Jerusalem decision, on 30 March 2018,  thousands of Gazans gathered on the Israeli border to demand a return to their land.

That clumsy decision by Trump made to serve some immediate political purpose to do with Jewish support has matured into a vast awakening for the Palestinians.  Week after week, for almost three years, Gazans have arrived at the Gaza border in the thousands to bravely confront the IDF’s merciless snipers, tanks and air force.  The Hamas owes a big thank you to Trump who has managed to fuel and unite the Palestinians with a renewed spirit of fearless resistance. Israeli military analysts and commanders admit that the situation at the Gaza border is pretty much out of control. They agree that Israel’s power of deterrence is literally a matter of  nostalgia. Accordingly, Palestinian resistance organizations do not hesitate to retaliate against  Israel. Last week Israel was hit by the rain of 400 rockets fired over the course of only two days in response to  Israel’s assassination of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant.

 Pompeo’s declaration provides an explicit and necessary message to the Palestinians in general and in the West Bank in particular. The conflict is not progressing toward a peaceful resolution. Those amongst the Palestinians who advocated the ‘Two States Solution’ will have to hide now.  Pompeo has affirmed that there is one Holy Land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. From now on the battle over this disputed land is whether it will be subject to the racist discriminatory ideology implied by the notion of “The Jewish State” and its ‘National Bill,’ or if it will transform itself into a ‘State of its Citizens’ as is inherit in the notion of One Palestine.

A Great Day for Zion

 

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By Gilad Atzmon

 “In A Time Of Universal Deceit, Telling The Truth Becomes A Revolutionary Act” – George Orwell

At the moment, the Jewish State is experiencing growing political instability while exploring its ability to defy Netanyahu’s alleged criminality and his racial incitements against Arabs, while at the same time, the UK has been reduced into a dutiful Israeli remote colony.

Two day ago, the Lobby scored three significant victories that are indicative of Britain’s descent into an Orwellian dystopia. It is now an unfit habitat for intellectuals, artists and humanists and their exodus has begun.

In a statement astonishing for its obsequiousness, ‘opposition’ leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the police for tearing down a poster depicting, in cartoon form, an uncanny portrayal of Corbyn himself under ‘attack’ by Benjamin Netanyahu shown piloting an Israeli air force plane named ‘The Lobby’  and dropping bombs of ‘defamation’ with the words ‘anti-Semite, anti-Semite, anti-Semite.’

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By his response, Corbyn was kind enough to reveal to the Brits that he could be many things, but acting as a prime minister isn’t really among them. And not just because of his clumsy unprincipled action against a legitimate political cartoon but because the man publicly displayed that he can’t handle elementary freedoms. Somewhere, there exists a positive interpretation that would make Corbyn’s shameless groveling seem sophisticated, his response did make the cartoon into national news so that every Brit is now aware of the poster and its message.

Yesterday we also learned that Israel’s stooges managed to cancel a literature event in Brighton. Bad News for Labour- Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief is, according to its publisher, a ground breaking study on the reality behind the headlines on antisemitism and the British Labour Party.”  I have not seen a ‘ground breaking’ text from Pluto for years, nonetheless, someone within the Hasbara army decided that the Brits are unfit to digest the book.  Waterstones Brighton ‘rapidly surrendered’ and canceled the event. One more piece of evidence that Britain doesn’t really need enemies, it became an authoritarian society voluntarily. I wonder how long it will be before Corbyn tweets that it was he and the Labour Party who begged Waterstones to cancel the event.

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But Zionist tour de force did not end there. We learned yesterday that singer, songwriter and right wing enthusiast Alison Chabloz was once again sent to jail: this time for eight weeks. The Zionist Campaign Against Antisemitism’s web site reports that “District Judge Jonathan Taaffe found Ms Chabloz guilty of breaching the conditions of her suspended sentence after blog posts that she published since June 2018 were found to constitute a breach of a social media ban.”  Apparently the definition of ‘social media’* in Britain underwent a dramatic expansion this week in order to fit the Zionist call. The CAA was pleased to let us know their part in this fiasco, “the trial in Chesterfield today follows contact between Campaign Against Antisemitism’s lawyers and the National Probation Service.”

In 1917 Lord Balfour issued a declaration in the name of the British government announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a tiny Jewish population. In 1917 Britain was an empire although Palestine wasn’t then a British colony. Just over one hundred years later not much is left of the empire and even less remains of British dignity. Britain has allowed itself to be reduced to an Israeli colony, even to the point that Britain willingly  sacrifices any of its most sacred values when asked to do so by  a single right wing ethnic lobby that is largely committed to foreign interests.

فلسطين المحتلة أكبر من الضفة وغزة.. فهل تذكرون؟

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د. وفيق إبراهيم

اشتراك فلسطينيي 1948 الموجودين على اراضيهم داخل فلسطين المحتلة في الانتخابات الاسرائيلية الاخيرة، لا يستحق التهليل والثناء لا من اهلهم في غزة والضفة الغربية، ولا من العرب المجاورين.

أولاً: يبتعد هذا الكلام عن مجرد توجيه نقد لصامدين بذلوا كامل طاقاتهم لتحرير بلدهم المحتل وسط مراوغات عربية تذهب حالياً الى حدود التحالف العلني مع الكيان المحتل.

لا شك في أن هذا الجانب يُرعب الداخل الفلسطيني ويؤسس لانهيارات، لكن المدقق بأوضاع المنطقة بدءاً من غزة المتمردة العاصية على الاحتلال ببنادق اهلها وصلابتهم، وسورية التي دمرت مخططاً اميركياً لتحويل كامل المنطقة فلسطين محتلة جديدة، وحزب الله الممتشق بندقية منتصرة هزمت «إسرائيل» في حربي 2000 و2006 ونصيرها الارهاب الدولي في الست سنوات الاخيرة، وايران التي تتجه الى تغيير معادلات القوة والاستتباع بصمود أسطوري في كامل الشرق الاوسط، واليمن المندفع كالسهم يُدمي قلب أعدائه، والعراق الذي جعل احتلال الاميركيين له مجرد إرهاق مالي على الاقتصاد الاميركي من دون تحقيق انجازات سياسية، هذه حقائق لا تنتمي الى فنون الخطابة التي تخترع انتصارات وهمية يتخصص بها السياسيون العرب.

لذلك كان من المفترض ان تنعكس هذه الإنجازات المستمرة على مستوى المزيد من تمتين الوضع الفلسطيني وهي تؤدي تدريجياً اليه، انما في غزة فقط مع بدايات غضب فلسطيني في الضفة الغربية، لكنه لم يبلغ أشده حتى الآن، ربما بسبب البراجماتية الزائدة لرئيس السلطة محمود عباس الذي يبالغ في انتسابه الى فئة محترفي فنون الخطابة الجوفاء.

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ما يجب الإقرار به هو استحالة تشكل انتفاضة لفلسطينيي الـ 1948 من دون اندلاع انتفاضات مسبقة في الضفة.

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وبما أن هذا لم يحدث، فلم يكن متوقعاً أن تنشب في أي مكان آخر باستثناء غزة المتحررة سياسياً من وصايات الخليج المتحالف مع «إسرائيل» وسلطة الضفة التي تجهد نفسها في زوايا الاقتراحات السياسية المتداولة للبحث حتى عن «مخترة» او بلدية صغيرة تواصل من منابرها اطلاق شعارات فارغة.

المفاجئ اذاً، ان مرحلة الصمود العربية الغزاوية الراهنة لم تدرك عرب فلسطين 1948 فتورطت قواها السياسية منذ ايام عدة فقط في الانتخابات النيابية الاسرائيلية باندماج مثير للاستغراب وغير مبرر، وبنت برنامجها السياسي على قاعدة منع رئيس وزراء الكيان نتنياهو من العودة الى الحكم باعتبار ان حزبه الليكود هو من الأحزاب الاسرائيلية اليمينية المتطرفة واعلنت تأييدها للحزب الاسرائيلي «ابيض ازرق» على ان يكون رئيسه الجنرال السابق في الجيش الاسرائيلي بني غانتس رئيساً للحكومة المقبلة.

لمناقشة هذه الانعطافة، يندفعُ الجانب الوطني الى صدارتها، فالمشاركة في انتخابات أقرتها البنى الدستورية للكيان المحتل، هي اعتراف كامل به وليست تدبراً للعناية بفلسطينيي الـ 48 من طريق اللعب على التناقضات السياسية بين القوى الاسرائيلية وانتزاع اهتمام حياتي افضل للفلسطينيين وقد تندرج مسألة إبعاد الأكثر تطرفاً من بين القوى الاسرائيلية ضمن لائحة الأهداف.

لكن مجرد الانخراط في آليات انتاج السلطات في كيان الاحتلال هو إقرار بوجوده واستمراريته وقيادته بما يقصي اي نقاش آخر.

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هذا بالاضافة الى ان تشكيل قائمة عربية نجحت في الفوز بـ 14 مقعداً في «الكنيست» الاسرائيلي مجلس النواب هو انخراط كامل في اللعبة السياسية للعدو وإقحام المدنيين الفلسطينيين في الصراعات بين قواه الداخلية اليهودية.

لجهة التذرعِ بيمينية نتنياهو مقابل وسطية منافسه بني غانتس، فهذا امرٌ مرفوض لأن حزب العمال الإسرائيلي المعروف بوسطيته هو الذي هاجم سورية ومصر ولبنان ملتهماً قسماً كبيراً من فلسطين، وبالتالي فإن الفوارق السياسية بين قوى الكيان الغاصب هي لمصلحة المدنيين الاسرائيليين حصراً ولا علاقة لها بموقفهم من موضوع فلسطين المحتلة، او من اقتطاع أجزاء من دول عربية اخرى، وبمعنى اوضح فإن هناك إجماعاً اسرائيلياً على يهودية فلسطين المحتلة من البحر الى النهر وربما من النيل الى الفرات، لكنهم يتحيّنون التوازنات الدولية والتراجعات العربية لتحقيق مطامعهم بالتدريج وليس بالخطابات والعنتريات المسطحة.

قد يتصدّى النواب العرب في القائمة المشتركة الذين نجحوا في الانتخابات الاسرائيلية بالقول إن السلطة الفلسطينية تعمل على دويلة تشمل الضفة وغزة فقط مقابل الاعتراف بالكيان المحتل على أساس حل الدولتين، مضيفين بأن منظمة حماس نفسها وافقت على دويلة في الضفة وغزة إنما من دون ان تقبل بالاعتراف بالكيان ويعتبرون أن الدول العربية تعمل على تطبيق «حل الدولتين» منذ مبادرة الملك السعودي عبد الله في 2002.

وهذا يؤدي تلقائياً الى اعتبار فلسطين الـ 1948 جزءاً من الكيان الاسرائيلي، فلماذا لا يشاركون اذاً في مؤسساته السياسية لتحسين اوضاع أهاليهم؟

 

اسرائيل تعرف قبل غيرها، أن حل الدولتين يؤدي في مراحل لاحقة الى تدهورها وتراجعها وصولاً الى انحلالها وتفككها، لأنه يمنع إلغاء القضية الفلسطينية، فمجرد وجود دولة فلسطينية مع 20 في المئة من الفلسطينيين داخل الكيان المحتل هو أكثر من كافٍ لتفجير «إسرائيل» في تعاون فلسطيني سوري مع حزب الله وإيران والعراق واليمن، لذلك تعمل «إسرائيل» مع الأميركيين على إلغاء القضية الفلسطينية نهائياً مع التركيز على تشكيل المحور الأميركي الخليجي الإسرائيلي.

هذا ما يجعل من الانخراط السياسي لفلسطيني

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ي الـ 1948 في «إسرائيل» عملاً مغامراتياً غير محسوب بدقة. وكان الابتعاد عنه أفضل، لكنه لا يرتقي الى مرتبة العمالة او الخيانة، بقدر ما يعكس احباطاً من السياسات الخليجية والمصرية والأردنية المتحالفة مع «إسرائيل».

بأي حال، فإن الامل معقود على تشكل انتفاضات فلسطينية في الضفة والداخل الاسرائيلي الى جانب الصمود البطولي لفترة، وبذلك يتأكد الجميع ان فلسطين لا تقتصر على غزة والضفة، بل تشمل كامل فلسطين المحتلة من البحر الى النهر، على الشاكلة التي كانت عليها في الزمن القديم لبلاد الشام العصيّة على كل الغزاة والمستعمرين، وما عليكم إلا السؤال عن الفرنجة الذين احتلوا المنطقة مئتي عام وولوا مدبرين بالقوة والعزيمة.

The Only Jewish Ghetto in the Middle East

 

Separation Wall by Enzo Apicella RIP (A to Zion-the Definitive Israeli Lexicon)

Separation Wall by Enzo Apicella RIP (A to Zion-the Definitive Israeli Lexicon)

by Gilad Atzmon

The results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections have confirmed what many of us have known for a long while.  The Jewish state is an ultra nationalist right wing swamp. Israel is more hawkish than more hawkish than ever. There is not a single Jewish Israeli Left wing party. The Democratic Party is led and mentored by a war criminal. What is left of Israel’s Labour Party has very little to do with peace, harmony and reconciliation. In fact, that Party is also led by a person wanted for war crimes.

 As things now stand, although Bibi’s right/religious block has shrunk, Israel is more right wing than ever.  The longest serving Israeli PM cannot form his natural right/religious coalition. Most Israeli commentators agree that the only way out of the current political stalemate is with a wide ultranationalist government led by Likud, Blue and White and others.  Such a coalition will be brokered in the coming days by the rabid nationalist zealot Avigdor Lieberman who has skillfully made himself into Israel’s king maker.

 While Netanyahu has proven to be pretty cautious  in his deployment of Israel’s vast military forces,  we have good reason to believe that a coalition led by Blue and White and its IDF generals, Lieberman and Netanyahu, may be less adept at such maneuvers. The components of Israel’s next government are destined to compete among themselves for the ‘Mr. Security’ title. They will be determined to reinstate the long faded Israeli ‘power of deterrence,’ and presumably, they will push for questionable measures that will likely pull the region into carnage.

 This was written on the wall some time ago. Israel, that was born to emancipate the Jews from diaspora conditions, to replace the Jewish ghetto and to eradicate the ghetto mentality, didn’t just fail in its mission: it has matured into the epitome of a ghetto. It has surrounded itself with humongous ghetto walls. It hates its neighbours and not surprisingly, it is not loved in return.

The Jewish ghetto on the Palestinian seashore resembles, on many levels, its East-European ancestor. Israel’s Jews are united by their hostile feelings towards their neighbours although they are in sharp disagreement amongst themselves about pretty much everything else. Once again, the old Yiddish joke comes to mind:

“How many synagogues do you need in a village with just one Jew?   Two, one to go to and one to boycott.”

Jews are defined not only by what they are or what they believe themselves to be, but also by what they hate or claim to oppose.

Israel is not troubled by its failure to fulfill the early Zionist promise to ‘civilize’ the Jews by means of a ‘homecoming,’ to become “people like all other people.” For more than three decades Israel has defined itself as the Jewish State. Israel is not a state of its citizens. Israel is the state of the Jews, both Israelis and Diaspora.  Israel is a state that enforces racial laws and has institutionaized discrimination against the people of the land, the Palestinians.

Unlike Israeli Jews who are divided in their politics, the Palestinians are more united than ever and not just in Gaza.  Once again, the Arab Joint List is the 3rd biggest party in the Knesset. If Likud and Blue and White manage to form a national unity government, the Arab party will be leading the opposition in the Knesset. The Arab party not only united the Palestinians in Israel, it is also the only Left party in the Israeli parliament. It has been said that the Party expanded electorally on Tuesday because those very few Israeli Jews who adhere to Left universal values gave their votes to the Arab party. It is more than symbolic that the only humane and universal political force in the Israeli ghetto is a Palestinian party.

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Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine

Annexing Palestinian land has officially moved from the right-wing fringe of Israeli politics to a centrist talking point and campaign promise.

September 17th, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance.

On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. That region, which extends from Bisan in the north to Jericho in the south, is considered to be Palestine’s food basket, as it accounts for an estimated 60 percent of vegetables that are produced in the West Bank.

A Palestinian shepherd herds his flock near the Israeli settlement of Tomer in the Jordan Valley, April 2, 2017. Oded Balilty | AP

While Israel has already colonized nearly 88 percent of the entire Palestinian Ghoor (or Jordan Valley), dividing it between illegal agricultural settlements and military zones, it was always assumed that the militarily occupied region will be included within the border of a future Palestinian state.

Netanyahu’s announcement has been linked to Israel’s general elections of September 17. The Israeli leader is desperate, as he is facing “unprecedented alliances” that are all closing in to unseat him from his political throne. But this cannot be all. Not even power-hungry Netanyahu would alter the political and territorial landscape of Israel and Palestine indefinitely in exchange for a few votes.

Indeed, talks of annexation have been afoot for years and have long preceded the September elections or the previous ones in April.

A sense of euphoria has been felt among Israel’s rightwing officials since the advent of Donald Trump to the White House. The excitement was not directly linked to Trump but to his Middle East team, like-minded pro-Israel US officials whose support for Israel is predicated on more than personal interests, but religious and ideological beliefs as well.

White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, selected his team very carefully: Jason Greenblatt as special envoy for Middle East peace, David Friedman as United States Ambassador to Israel, and layers of other second-tier officials whose mission was never aimed at resolving conflict or brokering peace, but supervising a process in which Israel finalizes its colonization of Palestine unhindered.

Kushner’s master stroke is epitomized in the way he presented his objectives as part of a political process, later named “Deal of the Century”.

In all fairness, Kushner’s team hardly labored, or even pretended to be, peacemakers, especially as they oversaw the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and of the occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territories. Indeed, none of these officials tried to hide their true motives. Just examine statements made by the just-resigned Greenblatt where he refused to name illegal Jewish settlements as such, but as “neighborhoods and cities”; and Friedman’s outright support for the annexation of parts of the Occupied West Bank, and much more.

The US political discourse seemed in complete alignment with that of Israel’s right-wing parties. When right-wing extremist politicians, the likes of Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, began floating the idea of annexing most or all of the Occupied West Bank, they no longer sounded like marginal and opportunistic voices vying for attention. They were at the center of Israeli politics, knowing full well that Washington no longer had a problem with Israel’s unilateral action.

It could be argued, then, that Netanyahu was merely catching up, as the center of gravity within his right-wing coalition was slipping away to younger, more daring politicians. In fact, Israel, as a whole, was changing. With the Labor Party becoming almost entirely irrelevant, the Center’s political ideology moved further to the right, simply because supporting an independent Palestinian state in Israel has become a form of political suicide.

Therefore, Netanyahu’s call for the annexation of Palestinian land east of the Jordan River must not be understood in isolation and only within the limited context of the Israeli elections. Israel is now set to annex large parts of the West Bank that it deems strategic. This is most likely to include all illegal settlement blocks and the Jordan Valley as well.

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An activist is surrounded by Israeli soldiers during a protest against Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley, Nov. 17, 2016. Majdi Mohammed | AP

In fact, Netanyahu said on September 11 that he was ready to annex the Jordan Valley region even before the election date, but was blocked by the Attorney General’s office. Netanyahu would not have taken such a decision if it represented a political risk or if it faced pushback from Washington. It is, then, sadly, a matter of time.

Suspiciously absent in all of this are the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Arab League, the European Union and, of course, the United Nations and its many outlets and courts. Aside from a few shy statements – like that of the spokesperson of the UN, Stéphane Dujarric, decrying that “unilateral actions are not helpful in the peace process” – Israeli leaders are facing little or no hindrance whatsoever as they finalize their complete colonization of all Palestinian land.

Unable to stage any kind of meaningful resistance against Israel, the Palestinian leadership is so pathetically insisting on utilizing old terminologies. The official Palestinian response to Netanyahu’s annexation pledge, as communicated by Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, came only to underscore the PA’s political bankruptcy.

“Netanyahu is the chief destroyer of the peace process,” Shtayyeh said, warning that annexing parts of the West Bank would have negative consequences.

For his part, the PA leader Mahmoud Abbas resorted, once more, to empty threats. Abbas said in a statement, “All agreements and their resulting obligations would end if the Israeli side annexes the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea, and any part of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.”

Neither Abbas nor Shtayyeh seem troubled by the fact that a “peace process” does not exist, and that Israel has already violated all agreements.

While the PA is desperately hanging on to any reason to justify its continued existence, Netanyahu, with the full support of Washington, is moving forward in annexing the West Bank, thus making apartheid an official and undisputed reality.

The Palestinian leadership must understand that the nature of the conflict is now changing. Conventional methods and empty statements will not slow down the Israeli push for annexation nor Tel Aviv’s determination to expand its apartheid to all of Palestine. If Palestinians continue to ignore this reality altogether, Israel will continue to single-handedly shape the destiny of Palestine and its people.

Feature photo | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 10, 2019 where he vowed to begin annexing West Bank settlements if he wins national elections. Oded Balilty | AP. Editing by MintPress News

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of The Palestine Chronicle. His last book is ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’, and his forthcoming book is ‘These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons’. Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a non-resident research fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA) at Zaim University in Istanbul. Visit: www.ramzybaroud.net.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.

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