In the past, any discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by United States presidential candidates has centered around a few main talking points: One, Israel has the right to defend itself; Two, the U.S. values Israel as a beloved ally; and Three, the U.S. is committed to participating as an unbiased, third-party negotiator while securing a fair peace deal for both Israelis and Palestinians. What most U.S. politicians neglected to bring up were the inequalities and injustices faced by Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
Imagine yourself as a Palestinian youth. You’re in the Israeli-occupied West Bank among a group of demonstrators, wearing the keffiyeh as a symbol of national pride, protesting against yet another human rights violation perpetrated by Israeli-occupation forces against your community — an act of settler violence, extrajudicial killing, home demolition, or unwarranted arrest. You’re chanting slogans of defiance and throwing stones in the direction of the heavily-armed occupation forces.
“On Sunday, December 8, the American media outlet CBS aired a report on its ’60 Minutes’ segment, which is one of the oldest news programs in America. The topic of this program was about Rawabi, which is described as Palestine’s first planned city, one that could serve as an ‘example’ of what a Palestinian state could look like.”
On Panel II of the annual conference, speakers Dr. Abdel Razzaq Takriti, Grant Smith, Yousef Munayyer, and Lara Friedman discuss Geopolitics, the US Perspective on the Deal, BDS, and the Media & Palestine.
On Panel I of the annual conference Dr. Randa Farah, Dr. Osamah Khalil, Max Blumenthal, and Dr. Elizabeth Campbell discuss the following topics: liquidating Right of Return, UNRWA, US and Israeli Policies .
By Mohamed Mohamed
President Donald Trump’s administration has once again upended decades of the official US position on Israeli settlements, which until now has maintained that they are “illegitimate” and “inconsistent” with international law.