Posted in Democracy, Gaza, human rights, Israel, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Gaza, Gaza War, GazaUnderAttack, Ha'aretz, Israel, Israel Democracy Institute, Israeli Peace Index, Jim Crow Laws, media, Muslim-Jewish Wedding, Naftali Bennett, Palestine, Palestinian rights, pro-Israel protests, right-wing Israel protests, Sheldon Adelson, slavery, What do Israelis think of Netanyahu?, Yair Lapid on August 21, 2014 |
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This article originally appeared in an edited form at LobeLog.
At what point is it legitimate and even necessary to dismiss the will of the people in the interest of peace and justice? This is a vexing question when it comes to Israel.
The latest edition of the Peace Index, produced by the Israel Democracy Institute, reflects some disturbing findings about the extent to which any effort to change Israel’s policies and actions in the Gaza Strip specifically, and in the Occupied Territories more broadly, is not merely a matter of changing the government’s actions. It necessitates rejecting the will of the Israeli people. Given the vast dichotomy between the respective weights carried by the wills of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples, this is a real problem.
For much of the world, the Israel-Palestine conflict is not viewed as a struggle by an occupied and dispossessed people against their occupation. Rather, it is seen as a conflict between two peoples over a piece of land. The two formulations are important; one frames the conflict in terms of an imbalance of power, the other does not. Perhaps this is not so among the general global populace, but in the offices in Washington, Brussels and even the United Nations, it is. (more…)
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Posted in Gaza, Israel, United States, tagged Avraham Stern, Ayelet Shaked, Barack Obama, Baruch Goldstein, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dan Shapiro, Fatah, Gaza, Habayit Hayehudi, Hamas, Hasbara, Hebron, Irgun, Israeli Bombing of Gaza, Jewish Home, JJ Goldberg, Kiryat Arba, Kochav Yair, LEHI, Mahmoud Abbas, Meir Kahane, Menachem Begin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, Muhammed Abu Khdeir, Operation Protective Edge, Operation Solid Cliff, Palestinian Unity Government, Three kidnapped Israelis, United Nations, United Nations Security Council, war crimes, War of choice, West Bank, Yitzhak Shamir on July 11, 2014 |
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An edited version of this article appeared at LobeLog.
The moral high ground is always a tenuous piece of property. It is difficult to obtain and is easily lost. It is seen, however, as crucial because most people, all over the world, cannot accommodate the notion that life is composed of shades of grey; they desperately need to see black and white, good guys and bad guys, heroes and villains, in every situation. Nowhere is this truer than in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
It has become even more important for Israel to fight this rhetorical battle because, while it can always count on mindless support from Washington and from the most radically nationalistic and zealous Zionists around the world, the current escalation and ugliness is going to be very difficult to defend to even mainstream pro-Israel liberals, let alone the rest of the world. The hasbara (propaganda) has been flowing at a rapid pace, even more so than usual, as Israel struggles to maintain the treasured hold on the “moral high ground” that its own actions have increasingly undermined. (more…)
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It is a nightmare day for the Khdeir family, in East Jerusalem and in Tampa, Florida. It’s worth taking a close look at the conditions
Tariq Khdeir before and after his encounter with Israeli police
they are facing in light of crimes committed against some of their youngest members that most of us will, thankfully, never have to come close to experiencing.
On Friday, it was revealed that Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the 16-year old boy from the Shu’afat refugee camp in East Jerusalem died not from the blows to the head he received, but was burned alive. The revelation comes from a Palestinian Authority autopsy, and Israel, which initially had control of the body, has not issued a denial, so that seems as conclusive as anything gets in this arena.
On the same day, amid protests in East Jerusalem which saw a number of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, several masked Israeli police officers were caught on videotape viciously beating 15-year old Tariq Khdeir during a protest in East Jerusalem. The video clearly shows a number of savage blows being delivered to Tariq while he was helpless on the ground. And then it shows him being dragged away to jail where his family could not contact him and he did not receive medical treatment for hours. (more…)
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Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Barnea article on collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, International Criminal Court, Israel as a Jewish State, Israel-Palestine Talks, John Kerry, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Military Aid to Israel, Nahum Barnea, US policy on Israel, US policy on Israel Palestine, US-Israel relations, West Bank, why did the Israel-Palestine talks collapse? on May 6, 2014 |
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An edited version of this piece appeared at LobeLog. If you missed Part I, check it out here.
In part one of this piece, I began sketching the picture that emerges from the words of U.S. diplomats to an Israeli reporter. There’s
As Abbas and Obama grimly cast their eyes down, Bibi savors a triumph over hope and peace.
more here, and the image that emerges is one where the United States is ultimately the responsible party for the failure of not only this round of peace talks, but one after another of them. I’ll start here by completing the analysis of what was reported in YNet.
On the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” the group of anonymous U.S. diplomats told Israeli reporter Nahum Barnea: “We couldn’t understand why it bothered him (Abbas) so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. …The more Israel hardened its demands, the more the Palestinian refusal deepened. Israel made this into a huge deal – a position that wouldn’t change under any circumstances. The Palestinians came to the conclusion that Israel was pulling a nasty trick on them. They suspected there was an effort to get from them approval of the Zionist narrative.”
Seeing this in print really did shock me. There were three objections to this idea from the Palestinians. They were there all along, yet the U.S. speakers seem aware of only one of them. That one is the validation of the Zionist narrative over the Palestinian. The other two were that such recognition (a thing unheard of in international relations, one hastens to add, and something which Israel demands only from the Palestinians and no one else) would necessarily give a Palestinian stamp of approval to discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, most of whom are Palestinian; and that it would, by definition, preclude the question of the return of Palestinian refugees, a matter Abbas may be resigned to, but which he wants to deal with in negotiations in the hope that some redress for the refugees can be settled upon. (more…)
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