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Editorial, Palestine Monitor 8/25/2016
The majority of Israelis and Palestinians still support a two-state solution, despite a decline in the number of those supporting it.
This Monday, for the 1st time in a decade, a Joint Poll surveying Palestinians and Israelis was released. This poll has been published by The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, in partnership with and support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and with funding from the European Union (EU).
The poll surveyed one thousand Palestinians and one thousand Israelis. It focused on the public views on a permanent peace agreement, ability to trust and compromise with the other side, and mistrust and fear of the other.
The results suggest that only a small majority of Palestinians (51%) and Israelis (59%; 53% of Jewish israelis and 87% of Arab Israelis) support a two-state solution. A quarter of Israeli and 35% of Palestinians support a one-state solution. And at the question who should broker a peace agreement. If posed with multinational negotiations, both Israelis (28%) and Palestinians (22%) would prefer support from an Arab forum
The poll also revealed that when presented with a peace agreement package based on previous negotiations, only 39% of Palestinians and 46% of Israelis (39% of Israeli Jews and 90% of Israeli Arabs) said they support such a deal.
The package included a de-militarized Palestinian state, Israeli withdrawal to the Green Line (pre-June 1967 lines) with equal territorial exchange as relevant, a family unification in Israel of 100,000 Palestinian refugees, West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. more.. e-mail Palestinians have no role to play in Israel's film academy
Rami Youni, +972 Magazine 8/25/2016
Out of the 982 members of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television, there is not a single Palestinian.
I leave my gear with the rest of the production team and go downstairs to take a walk around the village. At the village center I find a bit of shade overlooking the local pub. While sitting and rolling a cigarette, I notice a woman walking by with a garbage bag. A local, I think to myself, and decide to rid myself of the boredom that has come to be mixed with depression.
Excuse me, I turn to her as cool as I can. Do you know where the mosque is?
What? she answers in shock. I noticed her blue eyes still in shock when she started to shake her head for quite some time after I asked my question.
She keeps walking. I sit and look at her. She throws a garbage bag right next to the entrance of the pub, before walking inside to say hello to someone. I wondered to myself what bothered her more: the fact that she lied to me, or the fact that she just walked into a mosque that had been stolen from its owners in order to say hello to a friend over a beer, before returning to the stolen Palestinian house she lives in, which has an art gallery in its yard. But at least they tell Palestinians to stop building mosques, right?
I always hated the artist colony of Ein Hod, established in place of Ein Hud, a Palestinian village whose inhabitants were expelled from their homes. A few weeks ago the director of a movie I am producing decided to drive there and film some shots for a movie about the Nakba. Once we finished I pressed the crew to go back to the car. Ill only come back here when Ein Hod goes back to being Palestinian, I told them. more.. e-mail The Tunisian star who filled Palestinians with hope for one night
Samah Salaime, +972 Magazine 8/23/2016
For one night, Tunisian megastar Saber Rebaï brought Palestinians in the West Bank just a modicum of normalcy.
Rawabi, Arabic for hills, is a sleek name for a Palestinian city that was recently built between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Surrounded by settlements on all sides, the place looks like a standard Israeli bedroom community and has been dubbed the future of Palestine.
Yes, this is what they call virtually the sole real estate project promoted by the Palestinian Authority, with the support of moneyed investors like the Palestinian-American businessman Bashar Masri. According to the projects publications, it is meant to bolster the Palestinian middle class and encourage young families to leave the densely populated cities and villages, buy a modern apartment and live and work in an environment where they can benefit from health services, public transportation, culture and leisure. Some 40,000 Palestinians are expected to move to the city in the near future.
As always, this rather pretentious enterprise has received a fair share of criticism, including over Israels involvement in it. Israel actually controls the land on which Rawabi was built, and was the main supplier of the citys building blocks. As we have come to learn, businessmen are less prone to let a national conflict get in their way, especially when their profits are at stake.
To boycott or not to boycott?
Why am I telling you all this? Because I went to Rawabi on Friday with my partner and son to attend a concert by Tunisian superstar Saber Rebaï, who has occupied the top of the Arab pops for more than two decades.... more.. e-mail The PAs extension of Israeli colonial violence
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/25/2016
The echelons of the power structure derived from the coloniser manifested itself in the brutal extrajudicial killing of Ahmed Halawa, who was beaten to death by PA security forces. A photo which circulating on social media showing Halawas bruised and swollen body has ignited much furore, however it was not enough to instigate a proper process against the perpetrators.
Halawa, who was a leader affiliated to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, was arrested by PA security officers on Tuesday before dawn and taken to the Juneid security compound for questioning in relation to the clashes between Palestinians and security forces during house raids. Instead of questioning, the PA security forces embarked on an exhibition of macabre sensationalism, emulating Israels colonial violence to perfection.
Since last October, the PA fluctuated between deploring extrajudicial killings and affirming continuation of security coordination with Israel. The latters extent was revealed in relation to Halawas murder. In the past month, testimonies relating to the PA security forces torture of Palestinian prisoners reverberated in the media. Halawas case should provoke a complete rethinking of the PAs collaboration with Israel.
It should not, however, be considered in isolation. One might remember the murder of PFLP member Omar Nayef Zayed, killed in the Palestinian Embassy in Bulgaria where he sought protection. While the cases are completely different, it is evident that the so-called legitimate representation of the Palestinian people which the international community has constantly promoted and praised is nothing but an elite group of collaborators for whom Israel is a priority and Palestinians dispensable accessories. If there was previously a shard of shame with regards to such blatant allegiance with Israel, the overt nature of Halawas extrajudicial killing extinguishes any semblance of dignity which the PA has desperately clung to since its traitorous inception. more.. e-mail
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