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The Choice to be Struck?Farid Esack - The Electronic Intifada - Palestine/Israel is a strange place; here separateness is valorized by many decent people and presented as the "peace option" and the not-so-nice-ones openly preach ethnic cleansing. 30/11/2005
Fisk doesn`t give a flying fisk about FiskingAntonia Zerbisias - Toronto Star/Commondreams - "People in [US] America believe that journalists who challenge authority are unpatriotic and thus potentially subversive," he says, shrugging off the barbs. "(Polemicist) Alan Dershowitz, in a radio interview on Sept. 11, said that to ask the question `why` meant that you were supporting terrorism, and that I was a dangerous man. I was anti-American and that was the same as being anti-Semitic."30/11/2005
Let`s not get delusional Eyat Sarraj - Bitterlemons - We know, and we should not delude ourselves, that we are still under effective Israeli control.30/11/2005
A model for the futureGhassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - The agreement that was recently reached on the Gaza crossings, including the Rafah crossing, was a very significant event and can be seen as a model to be followed in trying to solve other components of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.30/11/2005
Does public opinion matter in the Middle East?Daoud Kuttab - Common Ground - It is a scientific fact that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis know exactly what the solution to the conflict will look like: two sovereign states roughly along the 1967 borders, some adjustments for the big settlement blocks, a few refugees returning for symbolic value, and a functional solution for Jerusalem.30/11/2005
Today is the 29th of November. It is the anniversary of the Partition Resolution of 1947.Henry Lowi - Among today’s peace activists, the justice of the Partition Resolution is usually considered axiomatic. In reality, the Partition Resolution sowed the seeds (actually, laid the landmines) for the decades of strife and misery that have followed. 29/11/2005
Two Earthquakes Uri Avnery - A POLITICAL earthquake is itself a rare event. When two major political earthquakes follow each other in quick succession, this is almost unheard of. 27/11/2005
Lurch to the LeftFrom the desk of Reuven Kaminer - Israeli politics were and are still steeped in colonialist logic. Movement to the left in our context means a growing understanding that the occupation of the Palestinian territories is not, in its present parameters, sustainable. Current evidence indicates that the shift is for real 25/11/2005
EU Report: Several inter-linked Israeli policies are reducing the possibility of reaching a final status agreement on JerusalemEU REPORT : East Jerusalem is of central importance to the Palestinians in political, economic, social and religious terms. Several inter-linked Israeli policies are reducing the possibility of reaching a final status agreement on Jerusalem, and demonstrate a clear Israeli intention to turn the annexation of East Jerusalem into a concrete fact 25/11/2005
Peretz, or bustJeff Halper - ICAHD - "Since we have defeated one apartheid regime, the “optimism of the will” should sustain us in the dark times we may be about to enter. "24/11/2005
Interview with Gen. (Res.) Ami Ayalon - excerptsAmir Rapoport - Ma`ariv - "Today not a single person of sober mind in the Intelligence community accepts the thesis that Arafat initiated the second Intifada – as it has been claimed in the beginning." 24/11/2005
The real things happening backstage The Other Israel Billboard - Frontstage - new general elections: the gladiators launch their campaigns. Backstage - no `hot news`, hardly reported: settlements` extension, home demolitions, struggle against the Wall, settler atacks on olive harvesters, army refusers jailed.22/11/2005
Amman massacreAzmi Bishara - AMIN - "Three thoughts occurred to me in the wake of the atrocities in Amman."19/11/2005
Rice`s singular achievementGeorge S. Hishmeh - AMIN - "US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has added another Mideast feather in her cap. She earned it by twisting Israeli arms and finalizing the Rafah crossing agreement that would allow Palestinians to go back-and-forth freely to Egypt. "19/11/2005
Beyond ChutzpahZNET - Norman Finkelstein interviewed by Sherri Muzher. Finkelstein, whose parents are both survivors of the Holocaust, discusses the misuse of anti-Semitism. 19/11/2005
Blame It On ArafatRamzy Baroud - ZNET - "Despite initial claims that Yasser Arafat`s absence - as an `obstacle` to peace - would reinvigorate the Arab-Israel peace process, events on the ground fail to point toward such a reality, one year after the powerful Palestinian leader`s death. "19/11/2005
Weeping in Jerusalem: Rabbis witness Home Demolitions Rabbis for Human Rights, N. America - Six rabbis and a cantor spent last week in Jerusalem on a rabbinic mission to rebuild the home of the Dari family in Issawiyeh. While in Jerusalem we not only started rebuilding the Dari home but we also were eyewitnesses to the demolition of a Palestinian home. It was a shocking and transformative experience. 18/11/2005
Nothing has changedGhassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - "It is one year since the late President Yasser Arafat died, and it may be instructive to take stock and see what has changed on the ground. The short and most illuminating answer, of course, is that nothing much has changed."17/11/2005
The man who could bring about a revolution in Israeli politicsJonathan Freedland- Guardian - " In less than a week Amir Peretz has revitalised the Israeli peace camp and brought a rare optimism to the Middle East."17/11/2005
Peretz win profound for Israeli politicsKhalid Amayreh/Uri Avnery - Al-Jazeera - "There will be no coalition with Sharon. Sharon is not really interested in reaching a genuine peace agreement with the Palestinians and Peretz is well aware of this fact" 16/11/2005
How Does the Memory of Jewish Suffering Affect Israel`s Chance to Make Peace?Dagmar Barnouw - History News Network - Past and future have mingled most dangerously in the Middle East, a region dominated for the larger part of the 20th and into the 21st century by the entrenched Arab-Jewish conflict16/11/2005
A parody: Implementing Relative Calm: Israeli Prime Minister Announces Unilateral Cease FireEmma Rosenthal - Amin - "Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister, Tzedek ben Shalom announced today that the Israeli government has agreed to talks with all major Palestinian organizations and has declared a unilateral cease fire..."14/11/2005
Israel marks Arafat anniversary seeking new scapegoatPatrick Anidjar - Agence France Presse - "As Palestinians mark one year since Yasser Arafat died, Israel seems to have forgotten its loathed bete noire of four decades, preferring instead to make a new scapegoat out of his successor Mahmud Abbas. " 10/11/2005
The hudna no one wants Hasan Abu Nimah - Jordan Times - "The second hudna between the Palestinians and their occupiers underlines the staggering and ridiculous state of the so-called “peace process”. Every time an incident occurs, the chorus from all directions can be heard that it “may endanger the peace process”. "9/11/2005
Bloody PeaceKhaled Duzdar - AMIN - "The disengagement seems to have given the Israeli army a free hand to use massive force against the Palestinians with artillery and more targeted killing. Instead of a renewed peace process, we have what could be called a bloody peace."9/11/2005
The Other Israel Billboard - November 1, 2005 About sheep fodder and long-imprisoned COs, and more -assesment of the situation, action updates, translations from the Hebrew press.3/11/2005
Opportunity KnocksRemi Kanazi - Znet - Sharon`s credo is to maximize the lawlessness of the conflict. This furthers the greater agenda: the expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the appropriation of Palestinian land by way of extension of the Apartheid Wall.2/11/2005
Did UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw help sell out Jerusalem? Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was asked by his officials to personally lobby the Israeli government to award a contract to a British firm which, in breach of international law and long-standing UK policy, extends Israel`s administrative and legal structures into Occupied East Jerusalem."28/11/2005
A letter from JerusalemRecent commentary by Rev. Clarence Musgrave - "Travelling around on the West Bank, one is aware of the fact that there are not all that many Palestinian cars on the main roads. This is a visual demonstration of the effect of what has been called “the apartheid road system".."29/11/2005
A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Revolution Michael Dahan - "It is time for a political leadership that speaks clearly to the public, presenting a real and just vision of hope for Israelis and Palestinians alike. If only Peretz would accept that challenge. " 29/11/2005
The selling of Sharon as a dove is setting up the Palestinians for another fall Johann Hari - The Independent - Sharon`s vision of peace is so flawed that the Palestinians can never accept it 27/11/2005
Palestinian children`s right to quality educationMonica Awad - UNICEF - Electronic Intifada - NABLUS - In a very poor neighborhood in the old city, in a tall tiny shabby building, sounds of children`s laughter can be heard as we walked up the 50 steep steps leading to the main hall of the Children`s Center. 27/11/2005
A Land for Growing, not Settlement GrowthOscar Randolph - The Electronic Intifada - For a week in early November the groves in the West Bank village of Singel rain olives. Tarps carpet the turf underneath sagging olive branches while empty sacks are piled nearby, soon to be anchored by upwards of sixty kilos of olives. 27/11/2005
Commentary on current eventsBy Rev. Clarence Musgrave - "The headline in Haaretz October 30th P1: “New Checkpoint to sever W. Bank south of Nablus” may not mean an awful lot to folk who have not been on the West Bank, but it is just one more piece of the master-plan that Mr. Sharon is working hard to put in place."8/11/2005
Israel as an Extension of American Empire by Jeff HalperJeff Halper - ICAHD - "The purpose of this paper is not to "knock" Israel, but to shake it, to yell at its leaders and citizens: "What are you doing? What have you become? Save yourselves!" If not that, then at least to constrain it, as we must constrain American Empire, for the sake of us all."8/11/2005
Two sides to every story:Daphna Baram - The Guardian - ""What all media were unified about was the notion that out there in the world everybody is blaming us, the Israelis, of things that were not our fault but the Palestinians`. This urge to deflect the guilt which is being attached to us became the main characteristic of the media and their consumers.""8/11/2005
Fares after meeting Barghouthi: “Hamas is part of the Palestinian society” Saed Bannoura-IMEMC & Agencies - "Palestinian legislator Qaddoura Fares visited on Monday evening the jailed legislator, Fateh leader, Marwan Barghouthi, in his cell in Hadarim Israeli detention facility, near Haifa, north of the country. "8/11/2005
A new and hopeful changeShaher Saed - Bitterlemons - the Secretary General of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions discusses the new Israeli Labour leader, Amir Peretz 23/11/2005
The return of an Israeli opposition Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - a Palestinian view on the rise of Amir Peretz as Labour leader23/11/2005
The Palestinians and the Party Line: a study in dogmaMichael Neumann - Counterpunch - contrary to what is generally assumed on the left, Israel is NOT useful to US imperialism or the global US corporate agenda. On the contrary, argues Neumann; the US would have an easier time imposing its hegemony on the Middle East if it did not support Israel.23/11/2005
A letter from JerusalemRecent commentary by Rev. Clarence Musgrave - "The southern entrance to Bethlehem from the direction of Hebron has been blocked now for over 4 years. A new road has been driven into the hills, a road to the northern end of the Settlement of Efrat. So, for one group of people who live there, on other people’s lands, there is a new road. For another group of people living there, there is a continued blockade." 22/11/2005
Abbas questions Israel`s desire for peace / Israel`s `bypass diplomacy` cannot bring peaceAgence France Presse / Saeb Erekat11/11/2005
A practice that `prevents the emergence of a Palestinian state`Michael Jansen - The Jordan Times - "The prime ministers who have succeeded Rabin -- Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon -- adopted Rabin`s practice of talking about peace while building settlements and settler roads, preempting negotiations with the Palestinians and creating irreversible facts on the ground."11/11/2005
A message to us all Mohammad el-Samhouri - Bitterlemons - On Wolfenson`s mission and the situation in the Gaza Strip2/11/2005
A fate foretoldGhassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - A little over two months since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and almost a year after the Oslo donors` conference, we are living the situation the World Bank warned against. Israel has tightened rather than eased restrictions on movement. The Rafah crossing continues to be closed, and Erez virtually so. The most important crossing, the Karni crossing for cargo, now ships on average less than half the containers that passed through there before the withdrawal.2/11/2005
Abbas and the Lame Duck Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Sharon`s people know that Bush is in deep trouble and is fast becoming a Lame Duck. For Sharon, that is a great relief. At long last, he can now stop praising Abbas and start to bury him. 2/11/2005
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