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Citizen K. Sayed Kashua - Haaretz - That`s it. I can`t go on living like this any longer. I`ve thought about it for a long time and reached the conclusion that it`s just impossible. This mutation known as an Israeli Arab has to become extinct. It`s out of the question to watch the team whose passport you carry, cheer for the opponents, and also hope that Badir will score five goals. This is not a healthy situation, and by now I`m at the age where health is my main concern.31/3/2007
Tom Friedman`s suggestions to King AbdallahThomas Friedman/Abd-al-Bari Atwan - New York Times/Al-Quds al-Arabi - The articles of Thomas Friedman have long since ceased to be regarded as merely the ideas of a single columnist and came to be seen as unofficial policy statements by significant forces in the US corridors of power. So was his recent article with various proposals and suggestions to Sadi Arabia`s King Abdallah, to which Arab commentator Abd-al-Bari Atwan takes a strong exeption. 31/3/2007
It`s back to the same principles Gilad Sher - Haaretz - There is today no logic in an absolute boycott of the Palestinian Authority because of Hamas` positions. It is economically strangling the Palestinian population. Nor is there any justification in withholding NIS 2.5 billion in taxes and custom duties that rightfully belong to Palestinian farmers, merchants and private businesspeople. It is neither effective nor just to withhold this money. 30/3/2007
Arab leaders call on Israel to accept land-for-peace offer The Jordan Times - The summit`s final statement warned of "a dangerous and destructive arms race in the region". The leaders called for greater cooperation among Arab nations to develop their own peaceful nuclear energy programmes, seeking to prevent a monopoly of nuclear technology by Israel and Iran. (...) The initiative offers Israel recognition and permanent peace with all Arab countries in return for Israeli withdrawal from lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war. It also calls for setting up a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and a "just solution" to the issue of Palestinian refugees forced out of lands in what is now Israel.30/3/2007
CERD`s wishlist concerning a racism free IsraelAdalah Newsletter - UN Committee Urges Israel to Revoke the Citizenship Law, Dismantle the Wall, Bind the Jewish National Fund to Anti-Discrimination Principles, and Recognize the Unrecognized Villages 30/3/2007
European Views of the Middle East / Perception, Prejudice, Projection John Bunzl - "Branding hostilities emanating from the Middle East automatically or intentionally as Anti-Semitic is dangerous because doing so would banalize and trivialize genuine Anti-Semitism. It would, I suggest, also constitute a misjudgement of hostility by Muslims. Anti-Semitic prejudice and bigotry of the Christian-European variant is not driving the big majority of Muslims and not even the few perpetrators of violence. The hostility toward Jews is rather a regrettable by-product of more recent events in the Middle East and the world over. 30/3/2007
Obstacle or Opportunity? How the Palestinian Unity Government Offers a Path to PeaceDaoud Kuttab - The Washington Post - " When Henry Kissinger coined the term "constructive ambiguity" during his attempts to negotiate Arab-Israeli peace, he couldn`t have expected that one day Palestinians would use it in their own peace initiative. The ambiguity in the agenda of the new Palestinian "unity government" depends on whether one sees the cup as half full or half empty. If Israel and the United States want to move forward on the peace process, the cup is half full. But if there is no real will to pay the price for peace, the cup is half empty." 29/3/2007
Open the door to a viable peace planGeorge S. Hishmeh - Arabic Media Internet Network - "Sorely missing from the ongoing diplomatic hullabaloo in the Middle East, prompted by the fourth visit of the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in as many months, is - simply put - the absence of an Israeli peace plan or, for that matter, an American peace plan, for the settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict, now in its 60th year." 29/3/2007
Adding the Right of Return Made the Saudi Initiative `Impossible to Implement` Mamoun Fandy - MEMRI - "In an article in the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat on March 26, 2007, the eve of the Arab League summit in Riyadh, liberal author Dr. Mamoun Fandy wrote on the Arabs` tendency to leave obstructions to development in place rather than remove them, comparing these issues to rocks left in the middle of the road." 29/3/2007
A crucial summit Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - "Since the Arab peace initiative considers a peaceful solution to the conflict one that adheres to international law, Israel needs to prove its willingness and ability to end those practices that contradict international legitimacy. Prime among those, of course, are an end to settlement construction and construction of the wall as well as Jews-only road networks in the West Bank. But Israel must also show a readiness to ease restrictions on Palestinian movement in order to allow for an improvement of living conditions." 28/3/2007
The Severe Limitations of the NGO Format Reuven Kaminer - Hagada Hasmalit - "I cannot hide my opinion that the NGO operation is a poor substitute for vibrant, fighting organizations of the left. But my skepticism does not change the fact that many fine, wonderful and progressive people who are on the left consider the NGO’s as perfectly valid tools for left wing activity. Therefore, since NGO’s will be around for quite a time and may even be considered the main vehicle for day to day progressive activity, it is time to subject the phenomenon to detailed criticism." 28/3/2007
Olmert and Abbas to hold regular talksHelene Cooper - IHT - "Rice said the United States would work with the two sides to establish benchmarks to measure progress in the talks."28/3/2007
Commentary: The Arab initiative and changing MideastRamzy Baroud - Middle East Times - "Israel, brimming with its unprecedented clout over Washington`s corridors of power, will neither give up its grand plans of territorial conversion (annexing the settlements), halt the construction of its encroaching wall, nor surrender an inch from the illegally-annexed East Jerusalem."28/3/2007
Breaking taboosRay Hanania - Ynet News - "Hatred is an inextricable part of the Palestine-Israel conflict. It is an outgrowth of not being friends. Children on both sides are learning hatred from their parents. It’s not just a Palestinian problem. Some Israelis hate Palestinians as much as some Palestinians hate Israelis." 28/3/2007
Abdullah’s Chance THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN - NY Times - "It is one thing for Hamas to reject the Oslo peace accords. But how could it reject a peace overture to Israel presented by Saudi Arabia?" 28/3/2007
Obstacle or Opportunity? How the Palestinian Unity Government Offers a Path to PeaceDaoud Kuttab -- The Washington Post -- "For the first time in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, a majority of Palestinians, including the Islamists, are willing to accept a Palestinian state within the internationally acceptable borders of 1967 […] By demanding explicit recognition before negotiations can begin, Israel and others are being unreasonable. No other people without sovereignty has been forced to recognize an occupier whose borders are vague"27/3/2007
A Palestinian view -- Don`t provoke a backlashCamille Mansour -- bitterlemons.org -- "It is hoped that all parties concerned, not only Israel and the United States but countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, have learned the lessons of the past 15 years: making or accepting demands that are not in conformity with international law and legitimacy in such an over-politicized regional environment risks provoking a serious, even violent, backlash" 27/3/2007
While scolding Norway for its Haniyeh contacts US said to be preparing secret Rice-Hamas talks Ma`an News - 1) The United States foreign ministry has informed the Norwegian ambassador in Washington of its extreme dissatisfaction with Norway`s violation of the boycott imposed on the Palestinian government and the meeting between the Norwegian deputy foreign minister and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. 2) The United Arab Emirates newspaper al Bayan confirmed "an official will accompany Condoleezza Rice in her visit to the region, he will be visiting the Gaza Strip and meet secretly with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and hold a dialogue with him at the same time as Rice is in Israel." 24/3/2007
Egypt: No Talks Until Israel Accepts Land-for-peace Principle Associated Press - Ynet - The Egyptian official hinted that if Israel accepted the plan "in principle," negotiations could begin on its specific points.24/3/2007
Israel to brand Arabs as peace spoilersHerb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - Israel is gearing up for a diplomatic campaign that will paint the Arab world as the recalcitrant party if it does not drop the article in the Arab peace initiative that calls for the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees, The Jerusalem Post has learned.24/3/2007
For Many Palestinians, ‘Return’ Is Not a GoalHassan M. Fattah -- The New York Times -- "In 2003, the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in the West Bank city of Ramallah, in one of the most comprehensive surveys conducted on the subject [of the right of return], found that most Palestinians would be unlikely to move if they were granted the right of return. ‘Once the Palestinian narrative is assured, then the tactical issue of where they will go becomes easy to approach,’ said Khalil Shikaki, who directs the center. ‘Everybody wants the emotional question addressed; everybody is happy with the likely modalities.’ He added, ‘The novel aspect of the survey is, once we gave assurances about the right of return, the other issues became very resolvable’” 26/3/2007
Unity at lastKhaled Amayreh -- Al-Ahram -- Palestinians celebrate speaking with one voice while Israel remains deaf -- and brutal -- as ever26/3/2007
A dangerous masked ballGideon Levy -- Haaretz -- "Israel should be the main interested party in ending the boycott. If it truly wished for peace, it should have welcomed the establishment of a unity government, and it should encourage world leaders to meet with its leadership. Whom does the boycott - which is pushing Hamas into the arms of Iran - serve? Not Israel and not the chances for peace"26/3/2007
The politics of naming: genocide, civil war, insurgencyMahmood Mamdani - London Review of Books - The similarities between Iraq and Darfur are remarkable. The estimate of the number of civilians killed over the past three years is roughly similar. The killers are mostly paramilitaries, closely linked to the official military, which is said to be their main source of arms. The victims too are by and large identified as members of groups, rather than targeted as individuals. But the violence in the two places is named differently. In Iraq, it is said to be a cycle of insurgency and counter-insurgency; in Darfur, it is called genocide. Why the difference?25/3/2007
Soros and media heavyweights attack pro-Israel lobby`s influence on US policyNathan Guttman - The Forward - The simmering debate over American policy toward Israel and the role of the Jewish community in shaping it exploded with near-nuclear force this week. Several of the nation’s best-known international affairs commentators fired salvos at pro-Israel lobbyists and defenders of Israel fired back with unprecedented fury.25/3/2007
Calling out idiot USAScott Ritter - Commondreams - The longer the US-Americans remain in Iraq, the more violence the US-Americans bring down on Iraq, and the more the US-Americans are seen as facilitating the persecution of the Sunnis by the Shiites, the more legitimate the call of the Wahhabi fanatics become. 25/3/2007
Without bordersUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Every few years, when all the other arguments for refusing to speak with the Palestinian leadership wear thin, the ultimate argument pops up again: Palestinian schoolbooks call for the destruction of Israel!25/3/2007
What`s behind Khalid`s `confessions`Michael Scheuer - Asia Times Online - KSM uttered not a word about his, al-Qaeda`s or Muslim hatred for the way Americans live, vote or think. There was nothing about elections, liberty or gender equality. Apparently sharing the belief of bin Laden and Zawahiri that few Muslims are or can be motivated by hatred for US liberty and society, KSM concentrated with the laser-like focus of his superiors on US foreign policy. 25/3/2007
An interview with Sasan Fayazmanesh: the US, Israel and Iran Mehran Ghassemi - Counterpunch - a discussion of the US-Israel-Iran relationship with the chair of the Department of Economics at CSU Fresno23/3/2007
Israel in the US EmpireBashir Abu-Manneh - Monthly Review - an in-depth historical and political examination of the reasons for the US-Israel alliance23/3/2007
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A pivotal time Ali Jarbawi - Bitterlemons - The formation of the Palestinian national government strikes at the heart of Israel`s plans. 23/3/2007
Optimism and despair Ghassan Khatib - Bitter Lemons - "The platform of the government includes an explicit commitment to respect previously signed agreements between the PLO and Israel."21/3/2007
An imaginary announcementGERSHON BASKIN - The Jerusalem Post - "Olmert, kadima! - forward. Your time is running out." 21/3/2007
Palestinians Must Redefine StruggleRamzy Baroud - Znet - "Only a consistent, cohesive and reasonable strategy that emanates from the Palestinians themselves can engage international public opinion - with the hope of breaking the patronage system that unites the West, especially the United States to Israel - can possibly slow down the Israeli army bulldozers currently carving up the West Bank into a system of cantons, and high walled prisons. Reforming and revitalizing the PLO is not an option - it is a must."20/3/2007
The Right of Return Shmuel Amir - Hagada Hasmalit - An effort by an Israeli to tackle the difficult problem20/3/2007
AIPAC, Iran, & Presidential War-Making Rabbi Arthur Waskow - Huffington Post - "On March 12, the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives voted to take out of the war spending bill a provision that would, with some exceptions, require the president to seek congressional approval before using military force in Iran. CQ Today reported that "Hawkish pro-Israel lawmakers are pushing [to strike out that provision]. No question, we`re a free country. AIPAC has the legal right as a matter of free speech to urge any cockamamie idea that floats into its head.The legal right -- sure. But -- wisdom? Concern for decency, liberty, justice and the rule of law? That`s another thing. " 20/3/2007
THE MALAISE An Editorial OverviewAdam Keller - The Other Israel - "The obvious and only way of strengthening Abu Mazen would have been to provide him with concrete proof that the end of the occupation could be achieved by way of diplomatic negotiations. But Israelis and Americans rather seemed engaged in showing to Palestinians the utter futility of the diplomatic track. " 19/3/2007
Israel snubs Palestinian government Al Jazeera - "The Israeli cabinet`s vote on Sunday to boycott the new coalition government was a blow to the Palestinians, who had hoped the alliance, bringing together Fatah and Hamas, would lead Israel and Western countries to lift year-old economic sanctions against it." 19/3/2007
U.S. and Israel Disagree on Palestinian Contacts ISABEL KERSHNER - The New York Times - "The first fractures surfaced Sunday in the Israeli and American approaches to the new Palestinian unity government, with Israel’s cabinet voting overwhelmingly to boycott it, while the United States Consulate here refused to rule out contacts with some moderate Palestinians who are now serving as ministers. " 19/3/2007
PA minister: Israel recognition implicitKHALED ABU TOAMEH - The Jerusalem Post - "Two ministers in the Hamas-led unity coalition said on Saturday that although there is no explicit recognition of Israel in the political program of the government, such recognition is evident in the fact that it has pledged to respect agreements reached with Israel in the past. " 19/3/2007
Israel to tighten economic screws on PA Aluf Benn, Shmuel Rosner and Gideon Alon - Haaretz - "Political sources in Jerusalem said yesterday that Israel expects a certain amount of weakening in the international position on the new Palestinian Authority unity government, but said: "The story is money, and they won`t get it for the time being." " 19/3/2007
Inshallah Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - Not only the Palestinians must be breathing a deep sigh of relief after the swearing in of the Palestinian National Unity Government. We Israelis have good reason to do the same. This event is a great blessing, not only for them, but also for us - if indeed we are interested in a peace that will put an end to the historic conflict. 18/3/2007
A new report gives the Pentagon intelligence peddler a pass.Philip Giraldi - The American Conservative - Douglas Feith is off the hook for the moment, but the Nuremburg tribunals established the now universally accepted principle that anyone who falsely makes a case for aggressive war should be considered a war criminal and held accountable. And there is much in the lead-up to the war against Iraq that suggests such a conclusion regarding Feith and others in the Office of Special Plans.18/3/2007
Forget Israel; befriend RussiaCharley Reese - Counterpunch - When assessing threats, all but fools look at capability, not intentions or rhetoric. Russia has the capability of wiping us out. Iran would be hard-pressed to sink one destroyer. Therefore, it would behoove us to put good relations with Russia very high on a diplomatic agenda. Yet the Bush Administration goes out of its way to insult Russia. Secondly, because of the cowardice of Congress, the U.S. government has allowed a little country in the Middle East (Israel) to distort our priorities. Our first priority should be getting along with Russia. Iran is a small country we can squash anytime. Russia is not small, and it can squash us anytime. How darn stupid does one have to be not to realize that?18/3/2007
Israel`s last chanceGabriel Kolko - In the wake of Israel`s disastrous defeat in Lebanon in 2006, it is more clear than ever before that peace with Syria is a vital Israeli interest. There are signs of a power struggle in Washington between those who might be willing to allow Israel to accepts Syria`s offer of peace, represented by Condoleezza Rice, and those who absolutely reject the idea, represented by Dick Cheney.18/3/2007
Coming to a Mall Near You: Just War David Potorti - Commondreams - We don`t manufacture much of anything; just war. We don`t concern ourselves with education; just war. We don`t attend to the 40 million Americans without health coverage; just war. We don`t focus on the 30 million American children living in poverty; just war. We don`t support the arts; just war. Even though a a multitude of human needs were in existence prior to September 11, and have only increased since then, we continue to direct our attention and our resources into what we do best: war. Just war. 18/3/2007
On the day Palestinian government is sworn: Israeli forces launch 2nd Nablus incursionMa`an News - The operation has been launched a day after the Israeli military authority announced that an investigation will be undertaken into reports of the Israeli army using Palestinians as human shields in the previous incursion of Nablus last month.17/3/2007
Aljazeera on PA`s unity cabinetAljazeera - 1) The long-awaited Palestinian unity government is set to be sworn in on Saturday (today) after gaining approval from parliament. 2) Profiles of the ministers.17/3/2007
Israel firm: No dealing with PA gov`tJerusalem Post staff - Beilin told Army Radio on Saturday that rather than fighting to boycott the PA, a move that would back Israel into a corner as the only nation doing so, Israel should make an immediate move to reach an agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) under Abbas`s leadership.17/3/2007
Arab Israeli parliamentarian calls Israel’s bluffDina Awad - www.nowtoronto.com - "Israel is a democratic state for its Jewish citizens, and a Jewish state for its Arab citizens."17/3/2007
What Balad`s struggle with legal means is about (making it the target of a drowning PM)Balad Party - Party Aims and Objectives - 1. transformation of the state of Israel into a democracy for all its citizens 2. recognition of Palestinian Arabs as a national minority who remained in their homeland after the establishment of Israel, and are thus entitled to all rights that come with this status 4. To struggle against the confiscation of Arab lands, and to work for the recognition of unrecognized Arab villages17/3/2007
Hagada Hasmalit now also in English 17/3/2007
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IDF to probe human shields allegationsYAAKOV KATZ AND AP - The Jerusalem Post - "IDF Judge Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Avichai Madelblit ordered the Military Police Thursday night to launch a criminal investigation into allegations that IDF soldiers used Palestinians as human shields during an operation in Nablus. " 16/3/2007
New `unity` cabinet may end Palestinian blockade Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "European governments yesterday cautiously began opening the door to a possible easing of a year-long international boycott after a coalition government of "national unity" was finally agreed by the two main rival Palestinian factions. 16/3/2007
This Time, Israel Is Missing an Historic OpportunityNicola Nasser - ZNet - "Fulfilling a 60-year old Israeli dream and an American unwavering strategy, the 22-member League of Arab states are now in consensus on a potentially groundbreaking Arab Peace Initiative (API), which pledges their collective and full recognition of the Jewish state and full-fledged permanent peace in return for withdrawing the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to 1967 lines, the establishment of an independent Palestine with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, and “an agreed, just solution” to the Palestinian refugee issue in accordance with United Nations Resolution 194, but both Washington and Tel Aviv are not forthcoming." 15/3/2007
Israel`s right to be racistJoseph Massad - Al-Ahram Weekly - "The only thing Israel has asked for, and"continues to ask for in order to end the state of war with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbours, is that all recognise its right to be a racist state that discriminates by law against Palestinians and other Arabs and grants differential legal rights and privileges to its own Jewish citizens and to all other Jews anywhere."15/3/2007
Between reality and a hard place Meron Rapoport - Haaretz - "The soldiers of "Beaufort" are posted in Lebanon, but they know nothing about it. Nor do they think about or discuss their impact on the Lebanese even for a moment. The Hezbollah bombardments are blows of fate. The soldiers only know that the Beaufort is a place for which they have to fight. "15/3/2007
Israel shows interest in old peace plan ANNE GEARAN - Associated Press - "The United States and Israel offered new support Wednesday for a dormant Arab proposal they hope holds promise for peace in the region and spurs efforts to resolve the underlying question of a political settlement for the Palestinians. "15/3/2007
Human rights and securityBASSEM EID - The Jerusalem Post - "Tight closures, assassinations, the destruction of public institutions and civilian homes and arbitrary detainment are just a few of the categories of Israeli violations against human rights." 14/3/2007
In the war of words, The Times is Israel`s allyOPED by Saree Makdisi to LA Times - "which Israel, precisely, are the Palestinians being asked to "recognize?" Israel has stubbornly refused to declare its own borders. So, territorially speaking, "Israel" is an open-ended concept. Are the Palestinians to recognize the Israel that ends at the lines proposed by the 1947 U.N. Partition Plan? Or the one that extends to the 1949 Armistice Line (the de facto border that resulted from the 1948 war)? Or does Israel include the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which it has occupied in violation of international law for 40 years — and which maps in its school textbooks show as part of "Israel"? "13/3/2007
Success has many fathers Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - On the Palestinian unity government, PM Olmart and the Saudis; also, on the Bil`in land grab. And a related article from the Economist, on recent political activity related to the Saudi initiative - "Let`s meet, maybe"13/3/2007
Yesh Gvul Pages of Shame(1) "Amir Peretz, Israel’s current Security (Defense) Minister" - by Talli Silberstein (voted for Mr. Peretz in the 2006 Elections) ; (2) Ehud Olmart - Israel`s Prime Minister - - by Gideon Spiro13/3/2007
On the Palestinian unity government Khaled Amayreh - Al-Ahram - "Remaining glitches"; 2)Ma`an - "Unity government may be announced in next two days, or, at least before Arab summit on 28 March"; 3) Ma`an - "PM`s advisor assures that the new government will comply `partially` to the Quartet`s demands " 13/3/2007
War With Iran is Not a Done DealTony Karon - Rootless Cosmopolitan - Perceptive analysis of the "Big Picture" in the Middle East13/3/2007
Dispatches From The Edge -- A Tale of Mice & Mold”It`s the same the whole world over/ It`s the poor wot gets the blame/ It`s the rich wot gets the gravy/ Ain`t it all a bleeding shame”12/3/2007
Military action against Iran would backfire on Israel, report warnsAnne Penketh -- The Independent -- "An Israeli military operation against Iran would hurt Israel`s long-term interests. It would be detrimental to Israel`s overall security and the political and economic consequences would be dire and far-reaching"12/3/2007
We can`t make it here any moreAudio-visual: protest song by James Mcmurtry. Will work for food/ Will die for oil/ Will kill for power and to us the spoils/ The billionaires get to pay less tax/ The working poor get to fall through the cracks/ Let `em eat jellybeans let `em eat cake/ Let `em eat shit, whatever it takes/ They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps/ If they can`t make it here anymore http://archive.reduxpictures.com/Common/PhotoDetailPage.aspx?msa=0&pid=6416136&slid=2fe173a3-365a-4309-9c0b-3492de755dc9&slididx=0&lid=0&rstid=57f8c3ac-4107-49e7-9aa7-f024aa4ef183&aid=1 11/3/2007
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Olmert`s truthUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "IF GOD wills, even a broomstick will shoot". That is an old Yiddish adage. One could add now: If God wills, even Olmert can sometimes tell the truth. The truth is that this was not a spontaneous reaction to the capture of the two soldiers, but a war planned a long time ago. We said so right from the start.11/3/2007
Netanyahu and Meshal foreverGideon Levy - Haaretz - Khaled Meshal, Benjamin Netanyahu and the majority of Israeli Jews agree on the one-state solution.11/3/2007
Black Box / What can we expect from Arabs?Benny Ziffer -- Haaretz -- "...they tell us that in Egypt the press isn`t free and is directed from above. We really should look at ourselves first and regard with concern the way our media lined up patriotically in the face of unflattering and truthful charges against Israel" 10/3/2007
Losing Focus: Peace and Justice Movement in Britain at CrossroadRamzy Baroud -- ZNet -- "...there is a growing an alarming trend where members of the peace and justice movement have themselves fallen into the ominous trap: engaging in most ruinous and consuming scuffles, isolating members and entire groups for allegedly being anti-Semitic. While taking a moral stance against racism in all of its forms is a requisite to for any genuine peace and justice activist, the intense debate in some instances is reaching such grievous points that is threatening to tear apart the peace and justice movement"10/3/2007
Plight of Palestinian Women: A Societal ExplanationAhmad Hammad -- AIC -- "what is specifically problematic about our male-dominated social structure is that it does not provide women with the necessary relief at any level. Moreover, it casts women in inherently negative terms, a species that is born with half the rights of men and no will of its own"10/3/2007
Whose boycott is it, anywayHaim Bresheeth -- Al-Ahram -- "We witnessed the growth of the anti-apartheid movement from a small group of radicals and activists to worldwide action that swept away the South African regime and its injustices. This is what Israel and its allies in crime fear most -- a genuine popular movement that will force international involvement in finding a peaceful and just solution to the conflict after all Western-led attempts have failed miserably due to their total commitment to the Israeli cause and their implicit support for the continued occupation and its iniquities"10/3/2007
Israeli massacre condemnedGamal Essam El-Din - Al-Ahram Weekly - " Revelations that an elite Israeli squad killed 250 unarmed Egyptian soldiers at the end of the 1967 War has triggered an uproar in the People`s Assembly" 9/3/2007
Olmert `planned Lebanon war before soldiers` kidnap` Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "But the report will fuel claims by some international critics of the operation that Israel, and perhaps the US, had for some time decided in favour of a military confrontation with the Lebanese group." 9/3/2007
Anti-Semitism is no response to ZionismTony Greenstein - Arabic Media Internet Network - "One of the core principles of support for the Palestinians is opposition to racism. How is it possible, therefore, to support the Palestinians and oppose Zionism on the one hand and then adopt a political position that is anti-Semitic?" 9/3/2007
Olmert-Abbas again; not much hope Daoud Kuttab - Arabic Media Internet Network - " Americans have shown higher level of interest in the conflict, but the efforts of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice still lack the full presidential power that is probably the only way that any serious change will happen in this part of the world." 9/3/2007
The metamorphoses of legitimization Meron Benvenisti - Haaretz - "A long time will pass before the two sides are able to deal with the basic issues entailed by mutual recognition, and meanwhile, it is clear that anyone who insists on making this a condition for negotiations is seeking not peace, but a continuation of the conflict." 1/3/2007
The lost five years of the peace process Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "Just as I feared," Steinberg recalled this week, "Karmi`s assassination led to the scuttling of the truce that had lasted since December 16, 2001. Not only did the assassination push Fatah`s people into carrying out suicide attacks and give the signal for competition between them and Hamas as to who could kill more Jews, it also led to Operation Defensive Shield, which pushed the Arab initiative to the margins and eliminated the opportunity to put the diplomatic track with the Palestinians on a route of direct connection with the Arab peace initiative for the first time." 15/3/2007
Future Vision vs. dividing and ruling Meron Benvenisti - Haaretz - "The "Future Vision" can be seen as a positive radical step, but also as the opposite: another step on the way to turning Israel/Palestine into Bantustans." 15/3/2007
ANTISEMITES! Yael Lotan - Hagada Hasmalit - " If we care about the welfare of the Jews of the world we have to ask ourselves whether Israel is doing them a favour in holding them in such a bear-hug. " 14/3/2007
Time for a bi-national state Leila Farsakh - Le Monde diplomatique - "Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas may have affirmed that they want a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but it may be more promising to return to a much older idea." 14/3/2007
The Real Goal of Israel`s War on LebanonJONATHAN COOK- Counterpunch - "Lebanon`s devastation was apparently designed to teach both Hizbullah and the country`s wider public a lesson." 14/3/2007
PM: Plan for Lebanon war made months in advance Aluf Benn - Haaretz - "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the Winograd Commission that his decision to respond to the abduction of soldiers with a broad military operation was made as early as March 2006, four months before last summer`s Lebanon war broke out." 8/3/2007
Mecca Charity ShowRoni Ben Efrat - Challenge No. 102 - We should not wonder that Israel, having bound its fate to America, would display political shortsightedness and a lack of social sensitivity. What is worrisome, rather, is that the Palestinian people, having suffered so long, hitches its interests to the wagon of the Saudi kingdom, instead of cultivating, from within itself, an alternative voice that will reflect its needs."7/3/2007
What Arab initiative? Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "The reaction of the Israeli government to the Riyadh summit in general, and to the Mecca article in particular will have been known for a long time before the opening ceremony even takes place. It is enough to look at the reactions to the agreement that arranged the conditions for the establishment of a Palestinian unity government. It suffices to follow Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni`s crusade to the world intended to thwart the agreement that was aimed at lifting the international boycott on the territories and paving the way for negotiations on a final-status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians." 7/3/2007
Give Israelis peace, but take from themRami G. Khouri - Daily Star - "If this comes about, the Arab summit would be right to make peace offers to Israel, but it should do so in a manner that realistically entices Israel to engage in serious negotiations while affirming the refugees` rights as enshrined in UN resolutions." 7/3/2007
Uneasy Calm in Palestine Neve Gordon - The Nation - "Israel launched a well-orchestrated diplomatic campaign to persuade the Quartet to uphold sanctions. Simultaneously, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared that any future negotiations would be informed by a "three no" approach: no to dividing Jerusalem, no to a withdrawal to the 1967 borders and no to a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. Thus, Israel is unwilling to discuss any of the contentious issues that need to be resolved." 7/3/2007
Designed to force us outAn interview with Samir Abdullah - bitterlemons.org - "we can`t accept the Quartet conditions, which simply state the Israeli position. The international community, before it asks our government to explicitly recognize Israel, should ask Israel to recognize agreements it has signed. Conditions should be mutual. But there is no pressure on Israel, despite the fact that it is Israel that breached agreements and ended the peace process"7/3/2007
Intentional and systematic Ghassan Khatib - bitterlemons.org - "Separating Gaza and the West Bank from each other constitutes the most immediate strategic threat to Palestinian aspirations." 7/3/2007
Portents of joy for the Palestinians Danny Rubinstein - Haaretz - "Publicity like this does not always help Abu Mazen or the Fatah movement. If we assume the Palestinian unity government will not last and will fall apart shortly (a common assumption), another election race in the PA will be unavoidable. Then, the demand for Barghouti`s release will grow, because only Barghouti is capable of coping with Hamas, and Israel might as well release him." 7/3/2007
" Shouldn`t both sides meet demands?" Oped by Ismail Zayid - halifax Herald - "Peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians must be attained in this tortured land. This will be achieved only if Israel is made to comply with international law and UN resolutions, and the Palestinians accept living in peace with their Israeli neighbours. "6/3/2007
Resistance wears new lookDina Ezzat - Al-Ahram - "Meshaal is as charismatic as ever, but his language is changing...Meshal is no longer directly rejecting the prospect that Hamas recognise Israel. But he says: "It is the Palestinian people who needs the right to exist and to have their state on the borders of 1967." Accordingly, "Israel must first end its occupation of Palestinian territories and put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people." Meshal concludes: "When Israel does this, the Palestinian people will clearly define its position." "6/3/2007
How Barack Obama learned to love IsraelAli Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - "Reviewing the speech, Ha`aretz Washington correspondent Shmuel Rosner concluded that Obama "sounded as strong as Clinton, as supportive as Bush, as friendly as Giuliani. At least rhetorically, Obama passed any test anyone might have wanted him to pass. So, he is pro-Israel. Period." "6/3/2007
On Israel, America and AIPACGeorge Soros -- The New York Review of Books -- "AIPAC`s mission is to ensure American support for Israel but in recent years it has overreached itself. It became closely allied with the neocons and was an enthusiastic supporter of the invasion of Iraq. […] It continues to oppose any dialogue with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas. […] AIPAC under its current leadership has clearly exceeded its mission, and far from guaranteeing Israel`s existence, has endangered it"22/3/2007
The Mideast peace alignmentEditorial - The Boston Globe - "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, unpopular as he is, would be wise to heed the advice of Peretz and other ministers who grasp the opportunity that has opened up for Israel." 21/3/2007
Quiet, they`re talking with Syria Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "The U.S. already surprised Israel recently when Jerusalem received news of the conciliation between the U.S. and Gadhafi`s Libya. An Israeli official who recently visited Washington relates that his counterparts in the American administration joked with him that the U.S. is talking with Syria, but asked him "not to tell anyone."" 8/3/2007
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