Yousef Munayyer: Apartheid. This word conjures up specific images and ideas: Mandela, Sharpeville, De Klerk, pariah status, divestment and perhaps most importantly, South Africa. Thus, discourse about Israel’s status as an Apartheid state devolves into discussions about the similarities and differences between Israel and South Africa.
Yousef Munayyer: Peter Beinart’s New York Times op-ed, “To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements is an example of the increased volume voices described as Liberal Zionists have garnered in the discourse on Israel & Palestine. But liberal Zionism is a contradiction is terms.
Yousef Munayyer: The United States should seize the opportunity as a push for peace while Palestinians increasingly embrace non-violence.
Yousef Munayyer: If Iran strikes Israel with a nuclear weapon, every member of my family living throughout Israel and Palestine could be killed or injured and my place of birth and ancestral homeland would likely be rendered uninhabitable. The scale of loss for me personally, and for humanity, would be immeasurable. Yet I have little fear.
Yousef Munayyer: There is a famous scene in Mary Shelley’s classic where Victor Frankenstein realises that he created a monster and that this monster might be the end of him. Such is the scene that comes to mind when thinking about the news emerging from the occupied West Bank in recent days.
Yousef Munayyer: Much was made of what many in the media described as a “confrontation” between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama over the building of illegal Israeli settlements (or colonies) in Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Yousef Munayyer: 1. Washington is broken and won’t be fixed any time soon. The Palestinians came to the United Nations in the hopes of putting forward a membership application because they had come to understand that domestic dynamics in the United States made it impossible for Washington to be an even-handed broker.
Yousef Munayyer: Solitude and Absurdity. Perhaps no two other words better described the scene at the United Nations earlier this year when US Ambassador Susan Rice raised her hand with a reluctant expression on her face to veto a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli colonial expansion.
Yousef Munayyer: As Palestinians prepare to seek membership in the United Nations, critics are quick to label this a damaging unilateral strategy.