Given the frequently bombastic rhetoric that has come from the new President of the United States in his first two weeks in office, it is not surprising that many observers are reading the statement from the White House about Israeli settlements as being much sterner than it is. Expectations (and fears) have been raised in some quarters that President Donald Trump would be even more supportive of settlements than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the statement has been read by many in that context. Read more at Facts On the Ground
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Posted in Settlements, United States, tagged Americans for Peace Now, Arab American Institute, Barack Obama, Churches for Middle East Peace, Donald Trump, Foundation for Middle East Peace, Israel, Israeli Settlements, Jim Zogby, Lara Friedman, Mae Elise Cannon, Mitchell Plitnick, Palestine on November 28, 2016| 1 Comment »
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon of Churches for Middle East Peace hosts Jim Zogby of the Arab American Institute, Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now and myself for this discussion about the end of the Obama era and the prospects of a Trump administration for Israel and Palestine.
Posted in Settlements, tagged Avigdor Liberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Habayit Hayehudi, international law, Israel, Jewish Home, Knesset, Naftali Bennett, outpost, Settlements, West Bank on November 16, 2016| 1 Comment »
On Sunday the Israeli cabinet unanimously passed a bill that would legalize settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately owned
Palestinian land. If passed by the Knesset, the law could potentially be used to raise the status of many outposts all over the West Bank to those of settlements that are legal under Israeli law. That would be a tremendous setback to the already dimming prospects of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, and to the two-state solution. Read more at FMEP’s blog, Facts on the Ground
On Wednesday, in the wake of Israel’s announcement of hundreds of more units in West Bank settlements, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a page on its website articulating its view that building in the occupied West Bank is legal under international law and is not, as many critics claim, an impediment to peace. The fact that the MFA felt the need to make such a case indicates that rising international criticism, particularly from the U.S., is having an impact, and that case bears an examination of its key claims. Read more at “Facts on the Ground,” the Foundation for Middle East Peace’s blog.
Posted in Anti-Semitism, tagged Anti-Zionism, antisemitism, Brooklyn Commons, Busboys and Poets, Christopher Bollyn, Daniel Sieradski, Israel, Jewish Voice for Peace, JFREJ, White supremacy on September 7, 2016| 3 Comments »