On this Land Day, while world powers have recognised the danger of the religion-centric Islamic State (IS), it is ironic that some of the same governments are urging Palestinians to accept Lieberman's "axe"-wielding Jewish version of IS.
Palestinians, who wins the election makes no difference. In the West Bank and
Gaza the mood moves between indifference and the sense that all the parties are
hostile towards them in one way or another.
The basis of Palestinian opposition to Israel’s actions has little to do with it being a Jewish state. Had it been a Hindu or a Buddhist state, the Palestinians would have been no less embittered. This article was a submission to the UK Parliamentary report into antisemitism emanating from the Middle East conflict, made in November 2014.
There are at least five different economies in Palestine that co-exist with the Israeli economy, and they are all subjugated to Israeli colonisation. Decolonising them is key to real economic stimulus.
With a never-ending siege on Gaza, the economic capacity of Palestinians has shrunk to an unbearable limit where families struggle to feed their children. A breeding ground is thereby created for extremism and radical ideologies.
Without radical policy
change new violence will erupt in 2015 and Gaza will become unlivable. Meanwhile Israel is relieved of any responsibility as an occupying power under
international law for the UN’s Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.
Even with an
explicitly discriminatory policy in
place, designed to force Palestinians to break the rules or leave the country,
nearly all continue to apply for permits, paying the extortionate fees, using
the system rather than fighting against it.
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
A recurrent challenge in controversies over boycotting Israeli policy is consistency. But what is problematically inconsistent is not the singling out of Israel, but the charge of inconsistency itself.
Israel could be charged with bearing some part of the
$7.8 billion price tag for rebuilding what was destroyed in July and August.
However, the international community has rushed to shoulder the burden for the
third time in six years.
The areas now
known as the West Bank and Gaza, despite geographic differences, were once
similar in social, cultural and economic terms. But through a long process of
one occupation after another, they were set apart and differentiated.
other conflict situations, the EU and its member states have pressed for
justice, readily acknowledging that continued impunity, not justice, is the
real impediment to peace. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be
treated no differently.