Jerusalem

After nearly six months of pleading with Abbas and the PA to talk to the Israelis while they continue the settler colonization of their future state… After months of pressuring the Arab League to provide a way for Abbas to sit down to said talks without losing the final shred of credibility he (arguably) has […]

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This gem of a news item has a little bit of something for everyone. If the environment and environmental justice is your thing, you have a story about Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s effort to turn the Palestinian neighborhood of Anata, Jerusalem into a construction waste site. If your goal is the acceleration of ethnic cleansing […]

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Yesterday, Israel announced the construction of another 692 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. You hear that, Obama? Netanyahu is essentially pissing on your stated desire to see a halt to settlement construction. You must be furious. Now what are you going to do, what are you going to say? Enter Robert Gibbs, White House […]

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You read about the demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, about the “Israeli consensus” around Gilo in East Jerusalem, about partial settlement freezes that exclude East Jerusalem, about the 250,000 Jewish settlers living in East Jerusalem. Har Homa, Gilo, Sheikh Jarrah, Zur Baher, Jabal Mukaber, Ma’ale Adumim, planning, zoning, residency permits… For people who […]

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What is Jerusalem Syndrome? Its the curious affliction that infects some visitors to Jerusalem whereby they believe themselves the sudden implementers of divine will. According to Akiva Eldar, Israel’s leaders have been infected with this debilitating illness for decades now, “affecting their ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy”. For many of those affected by […]

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The following argument is becoming a frequently heard talking point of the settlement project. It goes as follows: to prevent Jews from living anywhere they want, you are discriminating against them. To suggest Jews ought not to first steal and then move (in contravention of the Fourth Geneva Convention) onto occupied Palestinian land is simply […]

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Not only do Israeli ethnonationalist fundamentalists reject a settlement freeze, even a temporary one, they are preparing secret plans for expanding the Maale Adumim settlement, which cuts off East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, by building another 1200 hectares and incorporating the smaller settlement of Kedar into Maale Adumim. According to documents […]

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I have been reading a lot of commentary about Abbas’ announcement to leave Palestinian politics, about Clinton’s shameful pandering to Netanyahu, about Obama’s fading dreams for Middle East peace, about the dim prospects for any progress whatsoever in Israel/Palestine at the current time. But you don’t need to read all those things. You just need […]

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In a recent post, I highlighted an Aussie documentary on the tactics of ethnic cleansing that settlers, and the Israeli government, use to evict Palestinians and/or demolish their homes. Please don’t think of this tragedy as a one time occurrence. It is constant and has been for decades. Today, the settlers were at it again: […]

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When the US describes Israel’s policy of evicting Palestinians and demolishing their homes as “unhelpful” to the peace process [sic], they are using shockingly euphemistic language to characterize what is, in effect, ethnic cleansing. What does that process look like? How do settlers go about stealing Palestinian land under Israeli law? Part of the answer […]

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