Thus, the tables have turned: The Arab states recognize the right of Israel to exist in peace and security and even have normal relations with them, while the State of Israel refuses to recognize the right of Palestinians to self-determination. The Palestinian national camp is ready to partition the land and give up most of the small territory the UN allocated it 70 years ago. The Jewish-Israeli national camp refuses to partition the land and give Palestinians less than half of that territory.
While it is true that the military occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza is brutal and needs to end immediately, the issue is much larger than the occupation of 1967. In fact, by focusing only on 1967, Israeli leftists trivialize the Palestinian cause for justice and dilute our right to self-determination. If equality is really what they hope to achieve, the scope of the discussion needs to fundamentally change.
While Ilan Pappe’s book “The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories”, did not win any awards, Pappe won the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many books and positions as a Jewish historian who aims to present the truth regarding Israel’s history, colonial policies and daily acts of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people, under the guise of a democratic state. Pappe believes that the main obstacle to co-existence in Palestine is the state’s “ideology that strips Palestinians of their humanity”.
Virtually all of the assertions made in the article about Gaza’s population as a whole are speculative, based as they are on either no evidence or merely the interviewee’s impressions, anecdotes or case examples.
The bill would have to pass through the House and Senate to become law, an unlikely feat, its supporters say, with Congress being the mainstay of pro-Israel groups. But its backers believe it paves the way for more vocal criticism of Israel on the Hill.
The statement was backed by the Presbyterian Church USA, United Church of Christ, Alliance of Baptists, American Friends Service Committee and dozens of other faith organisations.
“We are alarmed by legislation recently passed in a number of states penalising participation in the nonviolent, grassroots Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights,’ the groups said, ‘and by similar legislation that is proposed in the US Congress.”
“As faith leaders, we have long used the nonviolent instruments of boycott and divestment in our work for justice and peace.”
Palestinian-Israeli writer Odeh Bisharat is quoted: “If there is no shared narrative of the past, then let us at least write one of the future.” But as Enemies and Neighbours expertly describes, Israelis and Palestinians have spent the last century escaping each other’s narratives and are still doing nothing to write a new one.
Only a minority of refugees seek to return to urban areas densely populated by Jews. In most of these areas the original houses have been destroyed, and there is no obstacle to having refugees live anywhere in nearby areas — much in the same way that Jews and Arabs live together today in cities like Haifa. As for the small minority of cases in which the original houses remain intact, the Israeli organization Zochrot teamed up with Palestinian NGO Badil to formulate a joint legal framework document, which provides a guide for current residents and original owners to reach a joint agreement.