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Israel should be fearful of Trump
Osama Abu Irshaid, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/20/2017
     Those who followed the press conference that took place last Wednesday in Washington between US President Donald Trump and the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, took note, as one should, that the current US administration will show a greater bias towards Israel than its predecessors. There is no debating this.
     This situation does not require “certified facts” to confirm that the Palestinian Authority (PA), which placed all of its eggs in the American basket, is currently living a nightmare. The PA does not know where this path will lead or where it will end. If the situation at hand was limited to the current reality, we would not have been this worried or saddened, but the disaster is that Palestine and its cause and its people are on the brink of a new era of marginalisation and, perhaps, more bloodshed.
     The PA or other similar establishments cannot justify these types of realities. Despite this bleak Palestinian scene, and considering that some of these outcomes surpass Israel itself, Trump is not a normal president. He is quite comfortable with himself to the point of extreme narcissism. This is clearly evident in his run for the presidency and the fact that he did not bother to educate himself on the critical issues he would have to one day deal with.
     Trump offered Israel an amalgamation of gifts though it is highly unlikely that he will follow through on his promises. For example, Trump stated that the US is not adamant about the two-state solution, though it remains the US government’s official stance since Bill Clinton’s second term. Trump’s statements are pointing to the possibility of support for a one-state solution. In an indirect response he gave to one question, Trump said: “So I am looking at two states and one state and I like the one that both parties like. I am very happy with the one that both parties like.” Trump went on to say that the two-state solution seemed to be the easier option for sometime but that he is willing to accept both as long as both sides are happy.
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How factionalism is killing the Palestinian struggle
Mariam Barghouti, Al Jazeera 2/19/2017
     Factions have not only monopolised Palestinian politics but have also suffocated the youthful spirit of the struggle.
     In the first month of 2017, Gazans hit the streets to protest against the daily electricity cuts in the strip. Despite the evident cry for action from the streets, political leaders seized the opportunity to blame each other, turning it into a Hamas v Fatah debate.
     While politicians hijacked the issue, Palestinians in Gaza reported a brutal crackdown on protesters by Hamas, similar to the ones the Palestinian Authority would customarily inflict on protesting residents of the West Bank.
     Like everything in Palestinian politics, even protests are marred by factionalism. In fact, the Palestinian struggle has become a hostage of factionalism, which has prevented the Palestinian youth from taking a leadership role in it.
     While we should recognise that the occupation of Palestine by Israel - and by the British and the Ottomans before that - has ushered the rise of political groups as a reaction to the tactical stripping of agency from Palestinians, we should not overlook the consequences of political factionalism vis-a-vis the Palestinian question.
     The main obstacle to liberation and justice remains the Israeli regime; however, internal divisions act as a catalyst for Palestinians' disempowerment and preclude genuine mobilisation. Factionalising the youth
     In theory, political parties should be agents of democracy and representatives of the people. But in the present colonial reality of Palestine, these institutionalised groups are a liability.
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Israel and the UN are allies in colonial endeavours
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/18/2017
     News that Tzipi Livni could be nominated for the post of UN under-secretary-general was overshadowed swiftly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Donald Trump. It is safe to say that even the most elementary norms have long been shunned by the international institution, despite the unabashed pontificating at its manipulated charters.
     Haaretz has published an intricate narration of how Livni was offered this senior position — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to her by phone — as well as how the former Israeli foreign minister was acquainted with the ex-Portuguese prime minister throughout her stint in the Israeli government between 2006 and 2009.
     A related story that sought to divert attention away from Livni’s possible appointment was Guterres’ nomination of Palestinian Salam Fayyad as UN Special Representative to Libya, a move that was opposed by Israel and the US. “The UN has been unfairly biased in favour of the Palestinian authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” bleated US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Livni’s appointment has been portrayed as a measure that counters such alleged anti-Israel bias.
     However, the manufactured crisis over Fayyad’s appointment is, most likely, similar to the usual, convenient and short-lived temper tantrums typical of the Israeli government and its diplomats (and, increasingly, pro-Israel stooges in Western governments). As for the UN and Guterres, the dismal expectation is one that not only consolidates the deterioration wrought in previous years, but also eliminates all pretences when it comes to upholding the normalisation of colonialism in general, and Israeli colonialism in particular, and its ensuing violence in all forms.
     On the surface it appears that Guterres is seeking to oppose Trump’s recent admission which dismissed absolute adherence to the two-state compromise....
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Trump and Palestine – so what now?
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/17/2017
     Before Donald Trump’s inauguration, it was a safe bet to assume that his administration’s approach to Israel and the Palestinians would either be one of relative neglect, or serve as a boost to the far-right Israeli nationalists who seek annexation of all or parts of the West Bank.
     Either, of course, would spell trouble for the Palestinians. So far, and particularly after Trump’s meeting this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it would appear to be a combination of the two.
     At Wednesday’s press conference, Trump revealed himself to be ambivalent about a two-state solution. In his words: “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”
     With respect to Israel’s settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Trump was similarly dismissive: “As far as settlements, I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out.” Certainly no slap on the wrists – barely even friendly advice.
     Trump’s comments have led many to infer that his administration is abandoning the two-state solution; a White House statement on 2 February referred to the goal of “peace” but did not mention Palestinian statehood. So, is the two-state solution dead – and what does that mean? Israel’s maximum doesn’t meet the Palestinian minimum
     Ahead of Netanyahu’s visit, a White House official prepared the ground for Trump’s one-state bombshell....
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Israel nature exhibition at UN whitewashes occupation
Electronic Intifada: 20 Feb 2017 - Photographs from West Bank and Golan Heights mislabeled as showing Israel.
How the Israel lobby is using Owen Jones
Electronic Intifada: 21 Feb 2017 - Anti-Palestinian groups want to co-opt “soft critics” of Israel in new effort to isolate the BDS movement.
Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian Boy with Leukemia to 3 Months in Prison
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2017 - The Israeli military court at Ofer prison sentenced 15-year-old Ahmad al-Khadour to 91 days in prison and a 3,000-shekel fine (approximately $810), after the boy was accused of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. The sentencing came despite Ahmad’s family’s and rights groups’ extreme concern regarding the boy’s health due to his chronic illnesses — including leukemia and epilepsy — and frequent need for medication. Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) lawyer Ahmad Safiya said in a statement on Monday that court’s judge gave al-Khadour a period of one year to pay the fine. Palestinian Prisoners explained in 60 seconds pic.twitter.com/v8yJk2vdXw — Al Quds Guard (@Al_Quds_Guard) February 10, 2017 The judge also gave complete authority to Ofer prison director to release al-Khadour before the end of his sentence, “in accordance with the Israel Prison Service’s (IPS) procedures.” Ahmad, who is from the town of Beituniya in the central occupied West Bank, has multiple...
Netanyahu Turned Down Regional Peace Initiative Last Year: Former US Officials
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2017 - Israel’s prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-US secretary of state John Kerry, former US officials confirmed. The revelation, first reported by the Haaretz daily, was in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. Netanyahu took part in a secret summit that Kerry organised in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba last February and included Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Netanyahu rejected offer by Kerry & Arab Leaders of Comprehensive Peace Talks – https://t.co/cgBkzud63k pic.twitter.com/2z2tYXBNTN — Juan Cole (@jricole) February 20, 2017 According to two former Obama administration officials, Kerry proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state – a key Netanyahu demand – alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries. Netanyahu rejected the...
Israeli University to Be Established on Occupied Palestinian Land in the West Bank
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Feb 2017 - Israeli forces leveled Palestinian lands in Mesha village, to the west of Salfit province, in favor of illegal settlement expansion, the PIC reported. Head of Mesha village council, Sabah Amer, said “Palestinian lands have been increasingly seized and leveled by the Israeli occupation forces and authorities as part of underway endeavors to expand the Qana and She’ari Tekva illegal outposts.” Researcher Khaled Maali said “Palestinian lands in the area have been confiscated to establish an Israeli university at the expense of Palestinian lands, referring to the establishment of an Israeli university in Ariel outpost, at which nearly 25,000 Israeli settlers have been enrolled, as another case in point.” #Israel plans to build a university in Occupied Territory http://t.co/jICnLj1E #Palestine #occupation #Ariel — Félicien Breton (@equLT) February 15, 2012 According to Maali, “such moves contravene international humanitarian law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and the Hague Convention, which prohibit the establishment of...
Israel and the UN Are Allies in Colonial Endeavors
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Feb 2017 - By Ramona Wadi News that Tzipi Livni could be nominated for the post of UN under-secretary-general was overshadowed swiftly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Donald Trump. It is safe to say that even the most elementary norms have long been shunned by the international institution, despite the unabashed pontificating at its manipulated charters. Haaretz has published an intricate narration of how Livni was offered this senior position — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to her by phone — as well as how the former Israeli foreign minister was acquainted with the ex-Portuguese prime minister throughout her stint in the Israeli government between 2006 and 2009. A related story that sought to divert attention away from Livni’s possible appointment was Guterres’ nomination of Palestinian Salam Fayyad as UN Special Representative to Libya, a move that was opposed by Israel and the US. “The UN has been unfairly biased...
Petition: UK Government Should Apologize to Palestinians for Balfour Declaration
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Feb 2017 - The Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) has launched a petition which calls on the British government to apologize for the Balfour Declaration that lead to the colonization of Palestine that continues to this day. BAC also called on the British government to lead peace efforts in Palestine. The campaign, which was initiated by the UK-based Palestinian Return Center (PRC), an organisation that supports the return of the Palestinian diaspora to their national homeland, urged Westminster to acknowledge responsibility for its colonial crimes in Palestine following the infamous declaration. The Balfour Declaration, issued by the British Government in 1917 by Lord Arthur Balfour, resulted in the mass displacement of the Palestinian people and a century of suffering. PRC: The Balfour Apology Campaign reaches 1,000 signatures https://t.co/fi7aX0Foc4 #Balfour_declaration via PIC @PalinfoEn pic.twitter.com/TQpxS1sqI6 — Palestine Info Centr (@palinfoen) February 18, 2017 According to experts, the Balfour Declaration had no legal authority. It was described...
The Kiss of Life – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Feb 2017 - By Chris Lane is a cold plunge from the womb to a mother’s warm breast for kittens and kids the lick of a rasping tongue for desert life, rare droplets of water for chimps clasping hands. living is an enormous void an incalculable, unpredictable present a confusion of choices simply given, simply taken away. one genetic mistake forever embedded. birthed in the right western polar region schooled in correct politics reeking a rank odour carried by a mindless mindset exuding catastrophic disaster, for the lost land of milk and honey a kiss from distorted lips. birthed in the wrong camp the other side of the green line the sniper’s bullet recycled poverty, military occupation arteries turning white concrete slabs red an untimely death ensures recuperation and respiratory resistance. the kiss of the asp. lie is short they say a swift second flip of the page but for lovers dazzled by...

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