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Land and Memory: A SORHA in Palestine PDF Print E-mail
Dec 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM

I went to Palestine on a quest for understanding and knowledge; a sorha is what Arabs call such a spiritual journey. After months of enduring illness, surgery and contemplating my death, I recovered and finished a journey that began many years ago when I became aware of the injustice of the occupation and oppression of an indigenous people across the world as I became involved in Palestinian solidarity work. A journey I had dreamed of undertaking for a long time.

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Dismantling the Matrix of Control PDF Print E-mail
Sep 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM
http://www.merip.org/mero/mero091109.html

Middle East Report                                                                                         

September 11, 2009

At this critical juncture, as the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian impasse disappears under the weight of Israeli settlements, there is a great imponderable: Is President Barack Obama genuinely serious about reaching such a solution or is he merely going through the motions familiar from previous administrations? 

Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper’s original article on the “matrix of control” appeared in Middle East Report 216 (Fall 2000).

 

For additional background, see Gary Sussman, “The Challenge to the Two-State Solution,” Middle East Report 231 (Summer 2004).

Almost a decade ago I wrote an article describing Israel’s “matrix of control” over the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It consisted then of three interlocking systems: military administration of much of the West Bank and incessant army and air force intrusions elsewhere; a skein of “facts on the ground,” notably settlements in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, but also bypass roads connecting the settlements to Israel proper; and administrative measures like house demolitions and deportations. I argued in 2000 that unless this matrix was dismantled, the occupation would not be ended and a two-state solution could not be achieved. 

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Citizenship law makes Israel an apartheid state PDF Print E-mail
Jun 29, 2008 at 12:00 AM
Ha’aretz 29/06/2008
By Amos Schocken

The government’s decision last week to extend the validity of the Citizenship Law (Temporary Order), for another year, is evidence that the legal barriers preventing severe discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizens and harm to their civil rights have been removed.
 
This extension is the eighth since the law was first passed in 2003, and it shows just how naive Justice Edmond Levy&rsquos position was when he refused to join in the 2006 decision by five judges from the High Court of Justice, who stated that the law was unconstitutional, that it contravened the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom, and that it must be removed from the law books. Levy explained his refusal by saying that he saw no need to intervene because only two months remained until the law expired. However, at the end of the two months, the law was extended by a year, and now they want to extend it for yet another year.

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About that Word Apartheid PDF Print E-mail
May 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM

The Link Archives 

Title: About That Word Apartheid
Author: Mahoney, John; Adas, Jane; Norberg, Robert

April - May  2007
Volume 40, Issue 2

President Carter’s latest book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” has unleashed–-to use a much over-used phrase--a firestorm of controversy.

To suggest that white, racist South Africa’s treatment of its indigenous inhabitants is in any way similar to Israel’s treatment of its indigenous inhabitants, for some, smacks of anti-Semitism.

And yet, a Google search of “Israel + Apartheid” brings up 5.5 million references. The subject, it seems, is being discussed.

So, to help clarify the relationship between Israel and apartheid South Africa, we have put together a timeline, beginning with June 1917, when Dr. Chaim Weizmann and Gen. Jan Christian Smuts met in London to lobby for their respective causes. Researchers for our article include AMEU directors Jane Adas and Bob Norberg, and myself. A longer version with source references is available on our website: www.ameu.org.—John F. Mahoney, Executive Director, April, 2007.

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Barenboim criticizes Israel after musician blocked from Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Dec 17, 2007 at 12:00 AM
The Canadian Press
December 17th, 2007

BERLIN - Conductor Daniel Barenboim criticized Israel Monday for preventing a Palestinian musician in an ensemble that was to perform at a music festival from entering the Gaza Strip for a concert.  

Barenboim said his group of about 20 musicians from England, the United States, France and Germany, as well the Palestinian musician, had been authorized by Israeli authorities to travel to Gaza for a baroque music festival, where they were to play on Sunday.  

But the 27-year-old was stopped at the Israel-Gaza border and informed he needed individual permission to enter. The group was held for seven hours at the border, then cancelled its concert in solidarity.  
Red Cross report lambastes Israel PDF Print E-mail
Dec 14, 2007 at 03:44 PM

From Friday's Globe and Mail

JERUSALEM — In a rare foray into politics, the International Committee for the Red Cross has condemned Israel's 40-year-old occupation of the Palestinian territories, saying security concerns could not justify the "enormous humanitarian cost" of Israel's actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The avowedly impartial Red Cross said yesterday it was releasing its report to raise the alarm about the "drastic deterioration" in the humanitarian situation ahead of an international donors' conference scheduled for Monday in Paris. The Palestinian Authority is expected to ask for $5.8-billion in new aid.

"Humanitarian aid and humanitarian assistance cannot be the solution to the problem," Red Cross spokeswoman Andrea Konig said. "That's why we say there has to be political action taken."

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Desmond Tutu Likens Israeli Actions to Apartheid PDF Print E-mail
Oct 29, 2007 at 12:00 AM

by Adrianne Appel

BOSTON - South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu compared conditions in Palestine to those of South Africa under apartheid, and called on Israelis to try and change them, while speaking in Boston Saturday at historic Old South Church.”We hope the occupation of the Palestinian territory by Israel will end,” Tutu said.

“There is a cry of anguish from the depth of my heart, to my spiritual relatives. Please, please hear the call, the noble call of our scripture,” Tutu said of Israelis.1029 03

“Don’t be found fighting against this god, your god, our god, who hears the cry of the oppressed,” Tutu said.

Tutu spoke with political activist and lecturer Noam Chomsky and others to a largely religious audience about “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel,” a conference sponsored by Friends of Sabeel North America, a Christian Palestinian group.

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In Rachel Corrie verdict, Israel deals new blow to international law
The verdict on the 2003 killing of Rachel Corrie absolved Israel of any wrongdoing, essentially blaming the victim for her death. The trial revealed Israel’s approach to the most fundamental principles of international law, and especially to the duty to protect non-combatants.

By Jeff Halper

For those who hoped for a just verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, the American student and ISM activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she was defending a Palestinian home about to be demolished, this is a sad day. Not surprising, but still sad and bitter. The judge who decided the case, Oded Gershon, absolved the army of all blame, despite massive and internally contradictory testimony to the contrary. Moreover, he essentially blamed Rachel for her own death, commenting that a “normal person” would have run away from the bulldozer rather than confront it.

Palestinians and Israel human rights activists have learned that justice cannot be obtained through the Israeli judicial system. The Haifa District Court, in which the trial was held, could not have ruled other than how the state wanted. For the past 45 years of Israeli occupation, the Supreme Court has excluded from its rulings all reference to international humanitarian law and to the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular, which protects civilians living in conflict situations and under occupation. Only Israeli law applies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – military law and orders – and the courts have restricted even that form of law by declaring that in instances of “security,” they defer to the military. As in Rachel’s case, the IDF thus has carte blanche to commit war crimes with impunity, with no fear of accountability or punishment.

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