Stop the False Rhetoric; The Two-State Solution is Dead

it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process. (, file)

it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process

It is safe to say that under their present conditions, the Palestinians’ situation is in shambles. Their spatial fragmentation imposed on them by Zionist colonialists and their incompetent self-serving corrupt leadership hardly leaves room for optimism. The rhetoric of Mahmud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) calls for freedom from occupation and end to settlements but his security forces arrest and jail those who challenge the occupation and the settlers. The IDF and the settlers who perpetuate violence against Palestinians and their property know they are not likely to face any punitive action from the Israeli authorities for their crimes.

The Israelis resent being called “occupiers,” or “colonialists, but their actions are documented as that of colonial/settler society. Israel trashes any report by human rights organization as biased, distorted, and, when necessary anti-Semitic. Abbas asks the Palestinians, who have little legal recourse against the attacks of the occupation forces and armed settlers, not to retaliate and accept the insults and humiliation. He dehumanizes his own people and does not seem to agree with the nineteenth century African-American reformer, Fredrick Douglas that “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

The Palestinian leadership recognized Israel while neither the Zionist project nor the state that it created ever recognized the indigenous Palestinians as a people for whom Palestine had been their homeland for more than 1,500 years. Instead, they were deemed “Arabs,” who would be absorbed into adjacent Arab territories. When David Ben-Gurion came to Palestine in 1906, he came not to escape persecution but to fulfill Hertzl’s dream of a national Jewish home in “Eretz Israel” and in the years to come he was unambiguous regarding the boundaries of that nation. On January 7, 1937, in his testimony before the Peel Commission, he stated, “I say on behalf of the Jews, that the Bible of our Mandate, the Bible which was written by us, in our language, in Hebrew, in this very country [Palestine]. This is our Mandate; it was only the recognition of this right which was expressed in the Balfour Declaration.

In Zionist lexicon Palestine was “a land without people for a people without land,” but when the new state of Israel declared its territorial domain at independence, Jews owned only 6.8 percent of the land. Israel enacted many new laws to transfer ownership of all the land to the state of Israel. Palestinians who fled or expelled from their homes before and during the Arab-Israeli war are not allowed to return to their homes. Even those who remained within the borders of what would become Israel were legislatively deemed “present absentees,” and they were not indemnified for lost property. The Palestinians who retreated to nearby villages when theirs was under attack were deemed to have fled their property, even if they did not intend to leave for more than a few days. The property was expropriated. A common practice was the use of emergency regulations to declare land belonging to Palestinian citizens a close military zone, forcing the population out before using one of the many absentee laws to declare the land the property of the state.

Zionism is a liberal fascist expansionist movement that does not see natural boundaries to its ambitions; and Israel never abandoned the Zionists’ territorial expansion scheme defined in maps presented by the Zionist delegation to the 1919 Paris Conference after World War I. The map covers all historic Palestine and areas from the Arab neighboring states.

While Israel was wreaking havoc in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, Abbas told visiting Israelis at his headquarters in 2014: “the security coordination [with the Israeli occupation military and the Shabak] is sacred, and we will continue it.” He said recently: “Security coordination is on until now.” This is consistent with his long-standing strategy of capitulation on Palestinian rights while the Israeli governments never reciprocated. Even the US officials admit that Abbas had bent over backwards to accommodate virtually every Israeli demand.

Abbas was the architect of Oslo agreements that helped Israel control the Palestinians in the occupied lands by proxy and at no cost. He had publically given up on the UN Resolution 194 that gave the Palestinian refugees and their descendents the right of return to their homes, thus legitimized Israel’s cleansing of the Palestinians! Judge Richard Goldstone, a Jewish liberal with close ties to Israel, dared to place his conscience above his career and exalt Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza in 2009. He told the Israeli military and political leaders, “You have to defend yourself in the Criminal Court.” This was the first time the human rights dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has moved center stage; the Israeli government campaign against Goldstone took the form of venomous denunciation; but Mahmud Abbas, the President of the PA and the Chairman of the PLO, asked his envoy in Washington to ignore the report.

I hate to say that, more than any other time the Palestinians need leaders with the stature and the dedication of their adversaries Chaim Weizmann or David Ben-Gurion to salvage their cause, rather than the likes of the self-serving Abbas and his cronies. When the Zionists thought that Britain, that gave them Palestine in Balfour Declaration, turned from enabler to obstacle and backpedal on its promises, Ben-Gurion and his colleagues did not coordinate with the British Mandate security forces against their people! They turned against Great Britain.

More than six decades after the establishment of Israel on seventy eight percent of Palestine and almost five decades after occupying the rest of their country, the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and in the refugee camps are frustrated. There is simmering resentment, anger, derogatory remarks against their leadership and accusation of duplicity and demand for dignity and justice among the Palestinians. For every Palestinian, the humiliation and dispossession meted out by the omnipresent of the military occupation and the hordes of settlers trigger both individual and collective outrage.

Abbas explained that his motive for security coordination with Israeli occupation military against his people is to protect his country. The question is: what country is Abbas trying to protect? There are three very different visions for what a Palestinian state should be, the one promised by the PLO leaders rhetoric; the one negotiated by the PLO and Israeli elites behind closed doors in Oslo; and the mini-state that Israel has been creating in the occupied West Bank under the cover of Oslo, Camp David, and the Quart’s fiction of two-state “roadmap.”

Based on their leaders’ rhetoric that pretend they are engaged while Israel establishes and expands settlements, the Palestinian people envisage a state along the lines of the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. It would be a modern nation-state, a full-fledged member of the international community enjoying full sovereignty, control of its borders, and the ability to defend itself. But the 1995 Oslo II agreement that was negotiated by the PLO self-appointed leaders on behalf of the Palestinians talks about a different state.

It fragments the West Bank and gives Israel the whole 61 percent of the West Bank which encompasses the bulk of Palestinian resources and the agricultural abundance of the Jordan Valley. The occupied West Bank was divided into three Areas, A, B, and C. Area A, which comprised 18 percent of the West Bank total area that includes the majority of the Palestinians would give the PA administrative and security control, with the caveat that the IDF could still make forays into the area at will if they think that “security” considerations were at stake, a practice that occurs every day. And within this practice, the Palestinian security would coordinate with the Israeli occupation military. In Area B, that constitutes 21 percent of the West Bank, the PA would exercise the administrative control but share security with the IDF. In Area C, 61 percent of the occupied land, the IDF would exercise total control.

The Oslo Agreements did not touch on some of the most recalcitrant core issues: borders, Jerusalem, the right of return, water and the settlements. This allowed Israel to act unilaterally and create on the ground a Palestinian mini-state that would not be geographically contiguous, with underground tunnels that would connect population centers. Palestinians would not have direct connection to East Jerusalem, large settler blocks would not fall within Palestinian territory, borders would be under Israeli control, Israel would share control of its airspace and the Palestinians would not be in full control of their state electromagnetic spectrum.

After two and half decades of failure to stop Israel from expanding its settlements, effectively annexing a substantial share of Palestinian lands, and more than six decades of bitter animosity, it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process no longer hamstrung by rhetoric and false assumptions. This needs a new Palestinian leadership.

(Source / 03.02.2016)


The blockade on Gaza, now in its ninth year, and recurrent cycles of armed violence and conflict do not only affect the people of Gaza in physical and socio-economic terms, but also expose the population to high levels of psycho-social stress.

“Approximately one third of the over 1.2 million Palestine refugees who are receiving primary health care services through the 21 UNRWA Health Centres across Gaza show symptoms of mental and social disorders,” UNRWA Chief of Health Programme Dr. Ghada Al Jadba said in summarizing the situation.

As part of its continuous efforts to mitigate these dire aspects of life in Gaza and to improve its services, on 31 January the Agency launched a pilot project in Saftawi Health Centre, in North Gaza, to fully integratemental health care and psycho-social support within its primary health care services.

“The integration of mental health services within its primary health care is a turning point for the Agency, meaning that UNRWA is seeking to provide more comprehensive services to Palestine refugees, especially children and their families, who are approaching our Health Centres,” commented Mr. Bo Schack, the Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, during his opening speech at the launch event at Saftawi Health Centre, which was attended by community representatives and representatives from the World Health Organization(WHO) together with various senior UNRWA staff members and the Health Centre personnel.

The pilot project is based on the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme which aims at providing persons who experience mental health, psycho-social or neurological disorders with appropriate and accessible immediate care. The pilot project recognizes that people’s well-being is related to their physical and mental health and thus a holistic care approach, consistent with the UNWRA Family Health Team model, is required.

Prior to the launch of the pilot project, the UNRWA Health Programme, in cooperation with the UNRWA Community Mental Health Programme, in December 2015 initiated training for all Saftawi Health Centre personnel to provide them with specific skills to identify and address psycho-social stress symptoms of patients during their regular work in providing health care for Palestine refugees.

Learnings from the pilot will inform the further rollout as UNRWA plans to implement the integration of mental health services and psycho-social support within its primary health care in all 21 Health Centres across Gaza.


UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 81 million. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

(Source / 03.02.2016)

Three Palestinians shot by IOF for suspected attack, Damascus gate


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday afternoon shot three Palestinians whom they claim were suspected of stabbing, shooting and injuring three Israeli soldiers in Damascus gate, East Jerusalem.

Initial reports said that the three Palestinian youths, aged between 19-20 ,were killed. However, some sources claim that one of them was only injured and in critical conditions.

Two soldiers were repotrtedly injured at the scene, one of them a 20-year-old female who sustained serious injuries. The other soldier had moderate wounds, and both were moved by Israeli ambulances for treatment.

The Israeli jpost then claimed that the three Palestinians had a rifle, knife and an explosive device when Israeli police became “suspicious” of them.

Their ID’s showed they are from Jenin city, northern West Bank.

(Source / 03.02.2016)

How one Syrian group is helping kids get back to school

The Olive Branch Organization bus visited children in the Zayzoun refugee camp in Daraa, Syria, Jan. 30, 2016

DAMASCUS, Syria — Some 2.1 million children are deprived of education in war-torn Syria, according to United Nations statistics released Feb. 2. About one-fourth of the nation’s schools cannot be used because they have been damaged or destroyed, or are being used to shelter displaced families or for military purposes.

To help children and women in areas where state institutions are absent, the Olive Branch Organization is active in Daraa, an opposition-controlled province in southern Syria. The organization, which relies on private donations, has initiated aid campaigns such as “My Room is My Classroom.” That effort, launched in 2012, provided school supplies and toys to help make up for the shortages displaced children have suffered since regime forces stormed the Dara’a al-Balad and Tareeq al-Sadd neighborhoods.

On Jan. 26, the organization also opened the Zeitoun First Vocational Center, where various courses and activities are held, such as sewing, computer maintenance, management and marketing.

The organization’s chairman of trustees, Suhaib al-Zoubi, told Al-Monitor the organization opened its first school in December 2013, in Saida. The school was aptly named Dar el-Zeitoun Liltaaleem Waltarfeeh, or the Olive House for Education and Entertainment. This was followed by a succession of other schools in various areas of Daraa, the latest being the Ninth Olive Branch School, which opened in al-Shajara in October 2014.

“Each school includes a kindergarten, an elementary school and a psychological support center. The number of children benefiting from these schools is 3,111, ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old,” Zoubi said. “The teaching staff numbers 106, chosen from among those possessing previous experience in elementary-level schooling, or those who attendedtraining workshops held by the Olive Branch Organization.”

Some of those staff members traveled to Jordan for training seminars. They also participate in periodic Skype workshops, said Dima Mohammed, who heads child protection services for the organization.

“In wartime, the priority for families becomes securing food resources and staying out of harm’s way,” she told Al-Monitor. “Education takes a back seat, and therein lies the importance of this project, which allows us to offer help and education to children. At the end of the war, and in the absence of education and psychological support now, some children will be the biggest obstacle to progress, as they become time bombs waiting to explode. That is why we are trying to instill in them the values of tolerance, while preventing them from taking up arms or being recruited.”

Mohammed added, “Truancy from state schools is rampant, with 70% of Daraa’s children attending what remains of state schools only three times per week, due to the lack of oversight and motivation. Furthermore, these schools have been bombed and are ill-equipped to protect and educate children in times of war.”

In addition to establishing schools, Olive Branch has founded five cultural centers, the latest being in Jasim. The center hosts training workshops, events and activities, among them courses in English, information technology, first aid, basic nursing, calligraphy, drawing and photography. The center’s social workers oversee psychological support sessions.

Zoubi said Olive Branch strives to increase awareness of women’s and children’s health issues and to empower those segments of society. The group also provides psychological support to children through the international IDEAL program, which consists of 16 to 18 one-hour sessions.

Hoda Qassem, the organization’s public relations officer, described Olive Branch’s security measures for protecting children in its schools and cultural centers.

“We employ a safety and protection team tasked with choosing building locations in safe areas that are far from any clash or bombing sites. We also have plans to evacuate and house children in shelters; we have first-aid kits, food and transportation to transfer children in emergencies. Most importantly, agreements have been entered between the most influential tribes in the region and militant factions, whereby no armed presence is allowed within 1 kilometer [about half a mile] of school areas, to protect children from regime shelling,” she told Al-Monitor.

She said, “We currently only operate in opposition-controlled areas. If the regime regains control of these areas, then our hope is that those schools are not shut down and their staff arrested. We have not given that probability much thought yet, and consequently do not have any alternate plans. The security issue and fear of arrest are the main hindrances preventing our expansion into regime-held areas, for the regime frowns on the establishment of private institutions beyond its control. We tried to organize children’s activities in the regime-controlled Daraa al-Mahata in October 2012, where we went to children’s homes to aid in their schooling. But the project was abandoned when security forces arrested a member of our staff there.”

Olive Branch depends on a number of donors, such as Save the Children in Jordan, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Beitna Souria (Our Home Syria) organization in Turkey. One of Olive Branch’s biggest challenges is that it has no board of directors physically present in affected areas to assess progress; that is why it resorts to training follow-up teams to assess the projects’ effectiveness.

The organization is working on a number of development projects in agriculture and land reclamation, and in distributing aid to help people establish self-sufficiency.

Zoubi said the schools are open to everyone, with no discrimination. Even when the war ends, Olive Branch will continue to build schools in affected areas, but will start collecting money from the children’s families for private schools and centers, Zoubi said.

(Source / 03.02.2016)

Palestinian activists tweet for Al-Qeeq’s release

Al-Qeeq has not get a real official support from the international community

Palestinian activists in Gaza Strip carried out on Wednesday social media campaign for Palestinian hunger-striking journalist Mohmed al-Qeeq.

On day 46 of his strike, he partially lost speaking and completely lost sight and hearing. On day 47, he started to fell intermittently into coma. On day 71, he had a mild-stroke

Days of Palestine, Gaza Strip –Palestinian activists in Gaza Strip carried out on Wednesday social media campaign for Palestinian hunger-striking journalist Mohmed al-Qeeq.

The Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Qeeq’s house on November 21, 2015. They searched the house, damaged much of the furniture and arrested Al-Qeeq, who is a journalist used to work for the Saudi Al-Majd TV.

Al-Qeeq was put in administrative detention for six months. Administrative detention means staying in prison for endlessly renewable terms and without charges or trials. A prisoner under administrative detention does not know why he is in prison.

Protesting against his administrative detention, Al-Qeeq started a hunger strike and he has been without food for 71 days.

Free Al Qeeq

He is being hospitalised in an Israeli hospital, where he is handcuffed and leg-chained. Doctors force illegally take blood samples from him and try to give him nutritious solutions, pushing him to break his strike. However, he refuses everything, insisting on his freedom or death.

According to his lawyer and doctor, he has lost 35kgs (66pounds) of weight, and there is evidence of damage to internal organs of his body.

On day 46 of his strike, he partially lost speaking and completely lost sight and hearing. On day 47, he started to fell intermittently into coma. On day 71, he had a mild-stroke.

Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders, and the European Union have all expressed serious concern for his case.

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On 2 February, Robert Piper, United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, said in a statement: “I am deeply concerned about the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers.”

“In particular, I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who is on hunger strike in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment,” Piper said.

(Source / 04.02.2016)

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PALESTINE POST: Briefing Feb. 2nd, 2016

Palestine Post brings you live, breaking news and daily briefings on Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)

1. Settler Attacks on Palestinians & Their Property

pppA group of Israeli extremist settlers brutally attacked Tuesday morning a young Palestinian man while passing near the illegally built Kiryat Arba settlement, east of al-Khalil. The 21-year-old Mohamed Hadad was severely beaten and brutally attacked by a number of settlers for unknown reasons

2. Raids & Abductions 

ppp   The Israeli occupation forces last night and at dawn Tuesday carried out arrests and raids on homes in different West Bank areas.




3. Attacks on Fishermen in Gaza Waters

On Monday evening, the Israeli occupation navy opened fire at the beach of central Gaza and caused material damage to some moored fishing boats there.


4. Hunger Striking Political Prisoners

pppThe head of the legal unit of Palestine said the Israeli prosecution submitted its decision to the Israeli Supreme Court Secretary on the issue of captive hunger striking political prisoner and journalist, Mohammad al-Qeiq, which stipulates for keeping him arrested illegally under administrative detention and without charges.

5. Fines

pppIsraeli Central Court issued house arrest and 10,000-Shekels fine on a 16-year-old Jerusalemite boy, Milad Mousa Najib and his mother from Kafr Aqeb in Ocupied Jerusalem.



6. Home Demolitions

pppIsraeli occupation forces onTuesday demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem.Witnesses said that large numbers of Israeli soldiers and police officers raided the village of Sur Bahir, surrounding a home in the Wadi Abu al-Hummus area of the village and closing off nearby roads before carrying out its demolition.

7. IOF Abductions in West Bank

pppThe Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested Monday ten Palestinians from al-Khalil to the south of the West Bank, and notified a number of Palestinian facilities with demolition.



8. IOF Abductions & Live Fire

pppIsraeli soldiers kidnapped, onTuesday , twenty-three Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including one Palestinian, after the army shot and injured him, in Qabalan village, south of Nablus. One Palestinian was injured after Israeli colonists attacked him in Hebron.

PALESTINE POST is brought to you by Middle East Rising in collaboration with Khamakar Press, Days of Palestine andFree Palestine news.

Ex-prisoner reveals tragedies of female captives in Israeli jails

GAZA, (PIC)– During the cold spells every winter, the freed prisoner Fatima Al-Zak sadly remembers the female prisoners in the Israeli jails who had never been warm during that cold season. Fatima had endured the freezing cold in the Israeli dungeons for more than 6 years, which led her to suffer from chronic diseases. Difficult conditions Captive Fatima told the PIC reporter that she lived six bitter years in prison, during which she experienced the wrench of the throes of childbirth, while she was tied up. She was deprived of the most basic human rights. She said that “the suffering of the female prisoners is very difficult, especially when they are pregnant or have a baby.” She added: “When I feel cold, I find myself crying on the conditions of male and female prisoners; I experienced myself the suffering of imprisonment in all its details, the suffering increases in the winter; where prisoners don’t have the simplest things to keep them warm”. She pointed out that the extreme cold in captivity caused her peripheral neuropathy; a disease in the nerves that raises the sense of pain, especially in winter. She said that female prisoners are not provided with enough or warm blankets, and are prevented from getting winter clothing, which increase their suffering. She noted that despite the freezing cold in the Israeli prisons, female prisoners share their covers and clothes with the new captives. She stressed that the conditions of the female prisoners need serious intervention at all levels; as they are deprived of the most basic human rights. No life Fatima went further recalling the prison suffering saying: “We were eight prisoners in a small room which had only a very small window blocked by iron bars, so we were deprived of sunlight, and there was no heating; which made the room like a refrigerator.” She pointed out that female prisoners are deprived of good food and warm drinks. She added: “The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) was providing eight prisoners with only two tomatoes, though, my mate prisoners used to give me their share of the tomatoes because  I was pregnant, and in need of adequate nutrition. ” She charged the prison administration with deliberately broke into the rooms for inspection especially in the extreme cold, which increased their suffering. Physical Pain She pointed out that the female prisoners were deprived of medicine and there was no female gynecologist to treat them, which aggravated their heath conditions. She noted that she was not provided with good food after giving birth, but her prison mates were offering her their food so that she could breastfeed her child, Yusuf. She explained that she used recitation of the holy Quran and praying in the treatment of her child when he got sick, because there was no pediatrician, and there was no care for children, instead they were treated by the IPS as prisoners. Fatima was released on 30-9-2009 in an agreement to release 20 Palestinian female prisoners in exchange for information about the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was a captive with the Palestinian resistance at the time.

(Source / 03.02.2016)


Ayesha to her people: I will avenge my father, brothers, a husband and Libya!


She is back! The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi will lead the resistance against NATO and the other Libyan terrorists. Ayesha stated that she is now the leader of the resistance and she is about to create a new secret government.

Ayesha Gaddafi become the new leader of the resistance at a crucial moment for the country – on the eve of the new NATO intervention. As a Lieutenant General of the Libyan army she swore loyalty to order her legendary father and urged Libyans to wake up in order to win, to be successful and to “return the Jamahiriya government”.

Ayesha Gaddafi guarantees that in the next few months she will form a “secret government” of “famous Libyans,” who are loyal to Gaddafi and that will act as a mediator in Libya and abroad. Analyzing the current situation she criticized the former army because of “a crazy mix of anarchists” who decided to wage war on a principle “I fight for whoever pays me more.”

Gaddafi´s daughter accused them of using a green flag of Jamahiriya and recruiting their supporters, as well as strengthening tribal governments, under whose shadow they joined the alliance with the Tuareg and Toubou Islamists. She accused the Tuareg and Toubou tribes of separatism and conspiracy with the government in Tobruk.

Ayesha Gaddafi called on the soldiers of the Libyan armed forces to give her the oath as a Supreme Commander, in order to restore the state.

“My name gives me a duty and a right to be at the forefront of this battle.”, said a brave woman who during the war lost her husband and two children. Today she is ready to become a “symbol of the nation” and alongside a portrait of Gaddafi to become a “symbol of the mission to restore national unity.” Speaking of the Libyans as for her children, she compared herself to a mother who will fight for their children.

She also talked about about al-Qaeda terrorists, who overthrew her father Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Ayesha Gaddafi prophetically said that their destruction and death have a breath of madness and that it will fall apart and disappear. She wrote that “We are ready for a deadly battle” in which the terrorists will face one nation. In conclusion, she promised to sign s new agreement.

According to rumors, the printed version of this call is secretly being distributed and shared in the main cities of Libya – Tripoli and Tobruk. And according to given information we can also expect her speech on local television soon.

(Source / 03.02.2016)



The media is always looking for new exciting ‘stories,’ but when it comes to the Palestinians and to Israel’s rule over them, the threshold of stimulation is constantly rising.

By Amira Hass

In my op-ed of January 27 (“Israel’s logic of dispossession”) there was a mistake. I drew a connection between the violence of the settlers and the systematic violence of the state, the manufacturer of the dispossession, and I wrote the following sentence, which contradicts the reality: “It is very tempting to say that the road to disaster is paved with logical steps, but the disaster is long in coming.”

That’s nonsense of course, if you’ll excuse me. The Palestinians live in a routine of ongoing and incremental disasters. What is the deliberate imprisonment of 1.8 million people in a narrow strip of 360 square kilometers, if not ongoing calamity? And what is “Area C” and the prohibitions against construction and movement and drinking and irrigating there, if not an endless man-made disaster?

In my defense I will say that I fell into the trap of addressing one group (Israelis) as the target audience, and thereby ended up with a not-self-evident ignoring of the second group (Palestinians).

The nature of routine is that it doesn’t interest the media – which is always looking for new, exciting and stimulating “stories,” which are good for ratings. The threshold of stimulation and interest is constantly rising, especially when it comes to our rule over the Palestinians. The silencing of what is going on, and with it the negation of the routine Israeli violence, are explained as a simple professional journalistic choice. And in that way we get used to the disaster of the subjugated, until it’s as though it doesn’t exist. Thus there’s nothing new and exciting in the following sampling of disasters, which don’t make the headlines here:

Friday, January 29: The Civil Administration inspectors confiscated trucks and equipment for paving an agricultural road in the village of Khirbet al-Deir in the northern Jordan Valley. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, between January 12 and January 25 two vehicles used for an agricultural project funded by donors were confiscated in the village of Taysir, as well as three privately owned tractors in the areas of Jenin, Nablus and Bethlehem and excavation equipment in Umm Faghara in the southern Hebron district (confiscation = theft of livelihood = loss of work days due to the bureaucracy involved in returning property = giving up food/medicines/a trip with the kids or a visit to an elderly aunt = the searing difference: The Jews on the hills and in the valleys build and pave and prepare and irrigate their crops).

January 27, at 11:30 A.M: The Israel Navy fired at a fishing boat opposite the Al-Sudaniya coast in the northern Gaza Strip. The soldiers detained four fishermen (including a minor, aged 17) and confiscated the boat. The report of the negotiations department of the Palestine Liberation Organization doesn’t tell for how long they were detained, where and how they were returned (the detention and confiscation = fear of shooting = theft of livelihood = theft of time = hunger = the searing insult: There is nobody protecting the fishermen from the shark in uniform).

On January 26 the Israel Defense Forces forced several families in Al-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley to evacuate their dwelling place because of army training exercises (removal: Little children see the army boots approaching the tent or the hut and the butts of their rifles. It’s cold. Scary. They don’t understand why they have to evacuate. Confusion, you have to collect all the sheep and goats and movable possessions. Uncertainty, how long will it last this time. Every few weeks/months the evacuation is repeated. The searing discrimination: Have you heard of Jews whose neighborhood was declared a training area that they have to evacuate?).

Also on January 26, at dawn, a military force raided the Qalandiya refugee camp, arrested one person and measured the home of the family if Hussein Abu Ghosh, in preparation for demolition (Abu Gush, 17, stabbed Shlomit Krigman to death in the settlement of Beit Horon, and was killed). The raid: one of 11 that night, all over the West Bank (raid = a neighborhood, village, refugee camp awake at night and living in uncertainty for several hours = frightened children, recalling previous traumatic raids = humiliation = collective punishment).

Between January 12 and 25, in 24 separate incidents, representatives of the Civil Administration and the Jerusalem municipality demolished or dismantled and confiscated 58 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C and East Jerusalem, with the excuse of the lack of a building permit. According to OCHA, 39 people, including 21 children, were uprooted from their homes, and 333 were harmed in other ways due to the demolitions. Sixteen buildings were demolished or confiscated in two Bedouin communities: Jabal al Baba and Abu Nuwar east of Jerusalem, and Al-Mashru’ in the Jericho area. Of these buildings, 14 had been donated as humanitarian assistance after previous demolitions (building without a permit – Israel doesn’t allow the Palestinians to build, it wants to remove them from the land where they live after they were evicted from other places, and to allot it to Jews in the settlements).

Twelve bodies of young people from East Jerusalem who were killed have yet to be returned for burial by their families. Some of the bodies are held for up to 110 days (a delay in burial and holding on to the bodies = emotional abuse = collective punishment = delaying the ability to mourn = a searing of the helplessness in the face of bottomless wickedness).

(Source / 03.02.2016)

Stationery chain Typo pulls world globe that names Palestine over Israel


The Australian stationery chain Typo has inadvertently waded into one of the world’s thorniest political conflicts, pulling a line of globes that named Palestine but omitted to label Israel.

The design choice, which saw Israel and 12 other countries represented by a number on the map, corresponding to a legend at the base of the globe, prompted threats of boycott and charges of anti-Semitism by supporters of the Jewish state.

The decision to halt production of the globes led to similar threats by Palestine advocates.

Issues with the original design were first pointed out on 21 January by a flurry of customers on the store’s Facebook page, including one who asked why Typo was selling a globe “that has wiped Israel from the face of the earth”.

Typo said in response the design – a Mercator projection from around 1860 – was “an official map from an international body that has been approved for export” and Israel’s label had been omitted “purely because there wasn’t enough space to include the name”.

Two hours later the chain said it had “decided to remove the globes from sale in-store and online and will halt all future production”.

This decision in turn drew complaints from supporters of Palestine, who have peppered the store’s social media accounts with complaints and threats of boycott.

The ensuing anger bled over into otherwise uncontroversial posts on the company’s Facebook page, including one advertising a travel bag with the tagline, “I just took the road less travelled … And now I’m lost!”

Among the replies were: “Could you be lost because you don’t know how to use a map. Use the correct one with Palestine and it will help!”

“The road less travelled is one that DOESN’T bow down to Zionist sentiment,” another user said.

(The map also omitted the former Yugoslavian republic of Macedonia, prompting one user to ask: “What is your political agenda Typo?”)

The company, part of the Cotton On Group, tried to stem the damage on Monday, writing on its Facebook page that new globes would be manufactured labelling every country.

“Typo is not removing any country from the globe. We made the decision to recall the current globes from sale as we are sourcing new artwork from our supplier that has every country marked on it but with no need for a key. All countries will remain on the map, the key will not,” it said.

“We never intended to offend anyone with this product.”

Among other errors the map labelled the Caspian Sea twice and misspelled the name of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan.

(Source / 03.02.2016)