Director of the CIA Gina Haspel secretly met with the chief of the Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence agency, Majid Faraj, in Ramallah, Safa news agency reported yesterday.
According to the Israeli Public Broadcaster (Kan), Safa said that Haspel met with Faraj and other PA officials on Thursday – two days after the US announced its “peace plan” for the Middle East.
Discussions revolved around the detail of the plan, dubbed the “deal of the century”, the broadcaster said, noting that Haspel obtained guarantees from the PA intelligence that ties with the CIA would not be affected by the announcement.
At the same time, according to Kan, the PA intelligence said that the security cooperation with the Israeli occupation “is still continuous” and the Palestinians only threatened to stop relations with Israel.
The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated in its latest report, that over the last decade, Arabs and international community have done their utmost to reach a just and lasting peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis under UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.
Moreover, they supported a two states solution, where a Palestinian and an Israeli state would live side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, and they rejected the recently announced Trump’s unjust “deal of the century.
At a joint press conference with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, last Tuesday, at the White House, upon which the far-right Israel parties have started to implement the plan, which undoubtedly was orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.
According to the Zio-American settlement plan, the only benefactor is Israel, in terms of security, settlement land and recognized borders as well as the Israeli enclaves inside the Palestinian territories that become part of the State of Israel, and the Jordan Valley will be under Israeli sovereignty, and about 97% settlers in the West Bank will become part of Israel.
Thus, the Deal of the Century calls for the establishment of a false Palestinian state without any geographical connection among the towns and cities except through bridges and tunnels, and it will not have any direct borders with neighboring countries, turning the Palestinian areas in the West Bank into “large prisons.”
According to Israeli “Yediot Aharonot”, the Israeli government will not use the term “annexation,” but “imposing Israeli law,” given that these lands are not affiliated to a country, such as the Golan Heights, which was annexed because it was affiliated to a state. The statements issued by officials of the Trump administration, and the Israeli government, showed that a joint committee was formed to implement the plan by the Israeli government in the West Bank, and to match it with the maps presented in the “Deal of the Century.”
For his part, the American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, assured American Jewish evangelical leaders that the Palestinians will not get a state soon even if they accept the “deal of the century”.
Moreover, Israeli Minister of Security, Naftali Bennett, announced the formation of a crew to work immediately on imposing the Israeli sovereignty over illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. In a speech before the National Security Research Center conference in Tel Aviv, Bennett said, “Our full support to Prime Minister Natenyahu.”
He also affirmed that Israel will not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state under any circumstances, and it will not give a single inch of land, and we will only accept the “deal of the century” if it includes annexing lands from the West Bank to the state of Israel.
For her part, Member of Israel’s Knesset, Ayelet Shaked, called to enact a law for annexing the lands of the West Bank lands and the Jordan Valley as well as the Area C lands without residents in order to prevent the establishment of any Palestinian entity anywhere. On the other hand, the head of the “Israel Beiton,” Avigdor Lieberman, called for submitting a private draft law to the Knesset in the next few days to annex the Jordan Valley.
On the Other hand, settlement projects, demolitions and ethnic cleansing continued as well as construction work at St. 60 i.e. (Tunnels Road) is also taking place to link Jerusalem to the southern settlements at the expense of Palestinian citizens’ land in Beit Jala.
Israeli navy boats attacked, on Monday evening, Palestinian fishing boats in Gaza sea, before abducting three, and confiscated one boat.
Zakariya Bakr, the head of the Palestinian Fishermen’s Syndicate, said the navy abducted Ramadan Ali Salah, Ali Wa’el Salah, and Majed Mahmoud al-Miqdad.
Bakr added that the navy also confiscated fishing boat, owned by Ramadan Ali Salah.
The attack is part of numerous violations targeting the fishermen in Palestinian territorial waters, in addition to constant attacks against farmers and workers on lands near the perimeter fence across the eastern parts of the besieged and improvised coastal region.
These attacks have led to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to arrests and serious property damage.
Gaza (QNN)- Israeli forces committed 33 violations against Palestinian journalists during January this year, according to the government’s information bureau in Gaza.
In a new report, the bureau revealed that the occupation state continued its assaults against Palestinian journalists, committing 33 systematic violations during January.
The report said the occupation state tries to deliberately cause physical harm for Palestinian journalists to prevent them from conveying the truth to the world.
It also noted that it documented over eight attacks on journalists by the PA security services.
The report stated that the occupation state has arrested six journalists and renewed the arrest of a seventh one during January. It also expelled two journalists from the Al Aqsa mosque and prevented them from entry for ten days.
The report added that it documented six cases, in which journalists were attacked and wounded while covering events in the West Bank. in four other cases, journalists were threatened.
In eight cases, Israeli forces prevented Palestinian journalists from covering events while in four cases the Israelis stormed and vandalized journalists’ houses.
Jenin (QNN)- It took Muhammad to get only one “dental needle” at Hadarim prison to lose most of his sight after his family and friends used to call him a “sniper” because he used to see things from very far distances.
Muhammad Ghawdreh’s brother told QNN that “Muhammad, during his detention at Hadarim prison, had a toothache a few years ago, which pushed him to visit the clinic of the jail, where they [the Israelis] gave him a needle, which caused him to lose 80% of his eyesight in one eye and 40% of it in the other”.
“Following efforts, made by prisoners, including [Fatah leader] Marwan Barghouthi, Muhammad was transferred to the so-called clinic of Ramleh prison, where he stayed for over two years but without having any suitable treatment to fix his eyesight”, he added.
The Israelis arrested Muhammad on January 26, 2004, from his village in Jenin after chasing him for four years. He was subjected to a very tough and long interrogation.
He was sentenced to three life imprisonment sentences and 35 years. He has been detained in Nafha jail.
Although of his harsh conditions in jail, Muhammad succeeded to get a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and he is doing his best to get a master’s degree as well.
“We are ten brothers. We were all arrested by the Israelis for different periods”, his brother said. “My brother had a neurological disease due to the Israeli torture during interrogation”.
“The Israelis arrested my brothers Muhammad and Waleed. The latter was released in 2018 after spending 12 years in Israeli jails to be rearrested only one year after his release”, he added.
Muhammad used to work for the Palestinian police. He had a very sharp vision before getting the Israeli needle. The Israelis only gave Muhammad pain killers to deal with his problem instead of providing treatment.
“All we wish is to see Muhammad and Waleed free and to be reunited as a family once again”, Muhammad’s brother said.
It looks as if the Zionist state, by getting the deal of the century, has opted for a permanent crime against humanity
By Nasim Ahmed
It will prove to be Israel’s misfortune that the Zionist project to take over Palestine got underway at a period when settler-colonialism was coming to be viewed with moral and legal contempt.
Nevertheless, such has been the effectiveness if its hasbara — propaganda — that even as the world entered a post-colonial era it has failed to disrupt the creation and expansion of a new colonial reality in Palestine.
Relegating Palestine to an extra-legal territory, not subject to laws governing state behaviour, has been key to this success. Right and wrong in this lawless space has been surrendered to the coloniser’s logic: “The strong do what they will, and the weak suffer what they must.”
No plan to end the conflict has been able to escape this reality. All such efforts played a performative function to advance the slow erasure of Palestine off the map. From the 1917 Balfour Declaration — which was seized upon for the creation of a self-declared Jewish State by the promise of support for a “Jewish homeland” — to the 1993 Oslo process, every attempt to find a solution has been seized by Israel as an opportunity to lockdown its land grab, secure new negotiating positions and exact new concessions from the Palestinians. Peace plans have been nothing more than new staging grounds for the mounting of fresh attacks on the Palestinian national movement.
President Donald Trump’s much-heralded “peace plan” is simply the latest such initiative in the century-long colonisation of Palestine. It has finally shattered the two-state delusion, a vision that has been the fantasy of “progressive” supporters of Israel — if they can even be described as such — who had desperately clung to the hope that the Zionist project could somehow be redeemed.
Trump’s plan has been almost unanimously condemned. It displays the same contempt for the law as all previous plans while rewarding Israel for its rapacious land theft. Unlike those previous schemes, however, the “deal of the century” did not hide the glaring fact that there exists an inherent clash between Israel and international law such that no amount of gerrymandering will ever allow for the two to be reconciled.
On page 39 of the US plan released last week, one of the architects of the plan, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — who is a strong backer of Israel’s illegal colonial-settlements — concedes that the law is Israel’s greatest enemy. Taking the meaning of political concession to a new level of surrender, Palestinians are ordered to abandon their pursuit of Israel in the International Criminal Court in exchange for what is nothing more than a colonial deal that surrenders every single one of their legally safeguarded rights.
“The PLO and the Palestinian Authority shall take no action, and dismiss all pending actions, against the State of Israel, the United States and any of their citizens before the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, and all other tribunals.” (Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People) Elsewhere in the document, it is demanded from the Palestinian leadership that they take no “action against any Israeli or United States citizens before Interpol or any other non-Israeli or United States legal systems.”
This assault on the law has been a consistent theme from Balfour to Trump. “Arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in November while announcing that the US had shifted its position by viewing Israeli settlements as “not inconsistent with international law”. Pompeo’s remarks reflected the truism in the erasure of Palestine: every Israeli demand takes priority over Palestinian rights.
On all final status issues — refugees; borders; Jerusalem; settlements — international law stands unequivocally on the side of Palestinians, and yet the dispute has been relegated to an extra-legal status, on all these key matters, wherein might is most definitely right.
International law is unambiguous on these issues for good reason. The prohibition on occupying powers transferring their own people into occupied territory, for example, was intended to prevent a repeat of Nazi Germany’s invasions and population transfers in order to “Germanise” the country for racial and economic reasons.
Critics of the two-state model in Israel-Palestine harbour no illusions that the Zionist state is willing or able to abandon its colonial ideology and subject itself to a rules-based international order. Opposition to Israel’s colonialism is not rooted in any kind of antipathy towards the idea of a Jewish state per se. Rather, it stems from the belief that displacing hundreds of thousands of people and gerrymandering a Jewish majority to accommodate the fantasies of European Zionists has been from the outset morally and legally indefensible.
Furthermore, every version of the two-state solution has mistaken the symptom for the cause, and through this error has locked-in past injustices while condemning millions of Palestinians to future suffering.
The assumption that the dispute between Israelis and Palestinians is simply about territory is a case in point which can no longer be sustainable, not least because of Israel’s inability to abandon the “Greater Israel” ultimate objective of Zionism. With Palestine facing complete erasure, and “peace plans” falling by the wayside, it is time to accept that it is Zionist ideology built upon domination and separation that is the main source of conflict in occupied Palestine. Such plans have failed because they have been unable and unwilling to admit this fact. All presume — mistakenly — that the conflict is a quarrel over territory between two legitimate nationalistic claims. That has clearly proven to be false. If any plan is to succeed, it will first have to “de-Zionise” Israel.
The reality of the two state discourse is that its main proponents have felt the need to keep the fantasy status quo alive for no reason other than to exonerate Israel’s past and present behaviour in the hope of its future redemption. Critics of the two-state paradigm never bought into the blind optimism that Israel could one day end its domination and control over the lives of millions of Palestinians by giving up territory set aside for a Palestinian state.
Instead of finding redemption, therefore, Israel has arrived at apartheid. Continued land grabs have meant that facts on the ground, at least since 1967, are such that the Zionist state of Israel controls the lives of the 12 million or so people who live across the whole of historic Palestine, only half of whom have any say in which government controls their lives. That is the precise definition of apartheid.
Israel has a choice to make: criminal apartheid or a new future which respects international law, and the political and other rights of everyone in the land between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. With “peace plans” like that proposed by Donald Trump having no function other than to serve Israel’s colonial takeover of Palestine, it looks as if the Zionist state has opted for a permanent crime against humanity.
QALQILIYA, PALESTINOW.COM — A child, who was shot and seriously injured in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, on Thursday, remains in a critical condition at a Palestinian hospital, medical sources have confirmed.
The sources said the child, identified as Mohammad Mohannad Eshteiwi, 15, was shot in the head during a nonviolent procession against the so-called “Deal Of The Century,” in Kufur Qaddoum.
The child remains in a very serious condition at the Intensive Care Unit after the soldiers shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head.
The Palestinians were marching and chanting for the liberation of Palestine and affirming that the struggle will continue until establishing a sovereign and independent state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
It is worth mentioning that Israeli soldiers invade Kufur Qaddoum on a daily basis, as the town continues its struggle against the constant and escalating violations, including its illegal colonialist activities on Palestinian lands.
Kufur Qaddoum also continues to hold its weekly nonviolent processions against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies, and against the closure of the main road, which was blockaded by the military fifteen years ago, to enable easy access for colonialist settlers driving to and from the Kedumim colony, built on private Palestinian lands.
OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) have ordered the demolition of three Palestinian houses in Kafr Qasim and Los cities in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948.
The so-called Israeli National Council for Planning and Building last week issued orders to demolish two Palestinian homes and a wall in Kafr Qasim City under the pretext that they were built without Israeli licenses.
Another Palestinian family on Sunday morning received a demolition order for their three-floor house in Lod City for the same reason.
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday opened fire at a Palestinian citizen driving his car at the pretext of he was trying to carry out a vehicular attack on a road near Jenin in the West Bank.
The Hebrew website Walla claimed that a Palestinian driver tried to ram his car into a group of Israeli soldiers at the junction of Arraba town, south of Jenin, when they shot and injured him.
None of the soldiers was injured in the alleged ramming attack.
Later, other media outlets said that the driver lost control of his car and hit a concrete block when soldiers on the road opened fire at him, adding that he was moderately injured and taken in for interrogation.
The driver was identified as Nour Lahlouh from Arraba town, according to Asra Media Office.
Skirmishes also broke out between local youths and Israeli soldiers in the area after the Israeli occupation forces set up a checkpoint on the Jenin-Nablus road following the incident and embarked on intercepting passing cars.