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    Twenty Good Reasons to Press for Statehood

    “We should recognise the Palestinian state as a reality. We would not be granting it anything; we would simply be recognising a fact.”  Peter Lilley (Thatcher-era government Minister, speaking in the UK House of Commons debate 13 October)

    A small earthquake in the political balance of forces occurred last week when the UK parliament voted almost unanimously to urge its government to recognise Palestine as a state. Read more…

    Posted October 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Has Gaza beaten Goliath?

    Israel entered the war on Gaza aiming to destroy Hamas politically and militarily. Instead, on the latest leak from the ceasefire talks, Hamas has won a substantial easing of the siege, with an airport and seaport on a possible longer-term agenda, and has gained greatly in prestige within the Palestinian liberation movement. Israel has lost an equal amount of prestige and support from the international community, expanded the Palestine solidarity movement, and faces a massive acceleration of the BDS campaign and indictments for war crimes.  The balance of forces has shifted, and this might even deter them from doing it again. How did this come about? Read more…

    Posted August 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    The Courage of Gaza

    While the violence, brutality and casualties in Gaza, and the genocidal sentiments in Israel, could match or even exceed the 2008-09 Cast Lead levels, there is a big difference in the political balance of forces.

    Israel’s project is, once again, to get Read more…

    Posted July 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Urgent Call from Gaza Civil Society Organisations: ACT NOW!

    13.7.2014

    Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine–We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world, to act, protest, and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account. Read more…

    Posted July 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Tel Aviv demo against crackdown says “Acts of oppression are not about finding the boys. Free all political prisoners!”

    “The army, under government instructions, is embarking on hundreds of arrests and detentions, nightly raids on homes, closure of entire regions, arrests of journalists Read more…

    Posted June 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Tel Aviv demo against crackdown says “Acts of oppression are not about finding the boys. Free all political prisoners!”

    “The army, under government instructions, is embarking on hundreds of arrests and detentions, nightly raids on homes, closure of entire regions, arrests of journalists Read more…

    Posted June 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Israel pleads Guilty at UN

    We have all encountered Israel’s petulant cry “why are we being singled out, others are just as bad”: this use of finger-pointing is most used in infant-school playgrounds, where small children will respond to accusations of wrong-doing by claiming that other kids are doing just the same. This tactic often works a treat when the accused is the favoured child of the head teacher.

    Double standards do, of course, play havoc with standards. But they don’t make the accused any less Read more…

    Posted June 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Israel on the rampage, Gaza under threat, over missing boys

    In a sickening display of double standards, the suspected abduction of three Israeli settler teenagers from the Hebron area has been used to unleash widespread attacks on Palestinians, often (such as vindictive collective punishment of prisoners) having not the remotest connection to finding the boys. Palestinian sources report that the Israeli military is currently invading Bir-Zeit University while arresting students who are on strike on campus, in support of the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners.

    Other reports speak of military forces also in Bil’in. Like yesterday’s invasion of the Al-Aqsa radio station, these actions of the military regime in the West Bank have lost even the veneer of a search for the kidnapped boys while showing the repression of a civil and political infrastructure which is struggling against the occupation.

    Read more…

    Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Could President Rivlin become Israel’s FW De Klerk?

     

    Israel’s parliament the Knesset has elected a new President. He is Reuven (“Ruvi”) Rivlin, arch conservative, privatiser, an out-and-out opponent of a Palestinian state and exponent of an undivided Israel. He also, according to polls, has wide public support. And to top it all, he is a lifelong fan of Beitar, the football team whose favourite chant is KILL ALL ARABS.

    Is this more bad news then? Is he another ultra-right flagwaving crowd-pleaser? Read more…

    Posted June 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm

     

    News from the front line:

    Critical weeks ahead for Bedouin land resistance: support their Avaaz petition

    The next few weeks could be a turning point for the Bedouin struggle against mass eviction and for recognition of their land rights. But there are grave dangers too, as the ethnic cleansers prepare for a definitive eviction even as al-Arakib scores important legal advance. Read more…

    Posted June 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm