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No Negotiations with Apartheid ‘Israel’ – Let it Self-Destruct!

Apartheid Israel is incapable of wanting peace! Therefore, negotiations with Apartheid Israel are delusional.

Fadi Zanayed

 

By: Fadi Zanayed

 

 

Fadi Zanayed
Fadi Zanayed

 

 

 

Hamas has called upon the Palestinian Authority to boycott talks with Apartheid ‘Israel’. I agree.

 

I consider myself a moderate, having called for the recognition of ‘Israel’ as early as 1980 during my college days. I gave the Apartheid State of ‘Israel’ every consideration but peace came to the doorsteps but it has never entered the door.

 

Apartheid ‘Israel’ continues to delay any final status talks. It never wants to discuss the status of Jerusalem, its borders and the right of return. Why? Apartheid ‘Israel’ delays peace because its internal politics does not allow it to accept peace. ‘Israel’ Is controlled by its minority, by the apartheid settler mentality, by the ultra-orthodox religious right wing fanatics.

 

The structure of ‘Israel’s’ structure of government is that no one political party is capable of garnishing a clear majority in the Apartheid Knesset. Therefore only coalition governments have governed Apartheid ‘Israel’, leaving each governing party to be at the mercy of the minority parties within the coalition.

 

With this governmental structure, Apartheid ‘Israel’ is incapable of wanting peace! Therefore, negotiations with Apartheid ‘Israel’ are delusional.

 

Apartheid ‘Israel’ keeps demanding additional conditions upon the Palestinians that it knows the Palestinians will not accept. After numerous demands upon the Palestinians, Apartheid Israel now wants the Palestinians to recognize it as a “Jewish State.” Additionally, Apartheid ‘Israel’ wants to restart negotiations without any preconditions. It does not want to stop its illegal settlement building, does not want to negotiate the status of Jerusalem and does not want to discuss its borders. It wants to leave these issues to final status talks that never materialize because it continues to put obstacles to those talks.

 

Apartheid settler mentality, Jewish right wing fanatics.
Apartheid settler mentality, Jewish right wing fanatics.

With this mentality, Apartheid ‘Israel’ is incapable of wanting peace! Therefore, negotiations with Apartheid ‘Israel’ are delusional.

 

Additionally, Apartheid ‘Israel’ believes it can continue the status quo of its apartheid policies without any consequences. Apartheid ‘Israel’ rules two peoples with different discriminatory laws—apartheid. Apartheid ‘Israel’ builds by-pass roads for Jews only—apartheid.

 

Apartheid ‘Israel’ builds a separation wall—apartheid. Apartheid ‘Israel’ has created Palestinian enclaves and ghettos and surrounded them with walls or electronic wired fences—apartheid. Apartheid ‘Israel’ cannot sustain these apartheid practices for long.

 

There are many indications that exposing the Apartheid State of ‘Israel’ will be effective to change the status quo. The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is taking hold.

 

One good example is the bankruptcy of Agrexco, Apartheid ‘Israel’s’  leading flower exporter, which was targeted for boycott by more than 20 organizations in Europe in 13 countries. The Methodist Church had passed an “anti-Israel” motion demanding a boycott of goods from “illegal” settlements.

 

Pension funds are divesting from companies that do business with Apartheid ‘Israeli’ settlements. Cultural events are in Apartheid ‘Israel’ are being boycotted. Many musicians are boycotting Apartheid ‘Israel’. [1]

 

“The international campaign to boycott Ahava beauty products has recently won the support of a Dutch parliamentarian and an Israeli peace group. During the past few months, activists in Canada, the UK, Ireland, ‘Israel’, the United States and the Netherlands have campaigned against the sale of Ahava products because of the company’s complicity in the ‘Israeli’ occupation.”[2]

 

With the growing BDS movement that will increase month by month, Apartheid ‘Israel’ will not be able to sustain its apartheid practices. Therefore, negotiations with Apartheid Israel are not necessary. ‘Israel’ will self-destruct.

 

There are other indications that Apartheid ‘Israel’ will self-destruct. The Apartheid ‘Israeli’ has passed laws that allow Jewish communities to decide who they want to exclude from their community an obvious way to segregate Palestinians from Jews.

 

Public buses that transport ultra-Orthodox Jews make women sit in the back of the bus. Apartheid ‘Israel’ has passed laws that require loyalty oath to the “Jewish and democratic” state pitting the left and right political parties against each other. [3]

 

Therefore, when Hamas calls upon the Palestinian Authority to boycott negotiations with Apartheid ‘Israel’, there are many reasons why this advice should be accepted. Negotiating with Apartheid ‘Israel’ is a waste of time. Let us let time bring Apartheid ‘Israel’ to abandon the occupation.

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Fadi Zanayed: Is an author, poet, community activist and an attorney since 1985. A Palestinian American whose family originates from Ramallah, Palestine.

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Ghassan Kanafani, the era of revolutionary Palestinian media

Palestine’s Ghassan Kanafani, a writer, artist, journalist and politico has left a lasting legacy in the Arab world.

Ghassan Kanafani
Ghassan Kanafani, the Palestinian revolutionary.

Some of the biggest names in the world of literature – Dickens, Hemingway, Garcia Marquez – got their start in journalism. Their reporting tends to be forgotten; their prose is what lives on.

Ghassan Kanafani is a name you can add to that list. Kanafani was a Palestinian writer who, through books like Men in the Sun, humanised the Palestinian condition of dispossession and displacement. He was, however, first and foremost a journalist.

Palestine’s Ghassan Kanafani, a writer, artist, journalist and a revolutionary has left a lasting legacy in the Arab world.

He was also a product of 1960s Beirut – a period when the city was a magnet for young reporters, revolutionaries, migrants and misfits, as well as host to the Palestinian leadership in exile. It was in Beirut that Kanafani produced Al Hadaf, a forward-thinking Palestinian magazine, that has been somewhat lost in the mists of time.

The Listening Post‘s Tariq Nafi reports from Beirut, Lebanon, on the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani and the era of Palestinian revolutionary media. 

Contributors:

Refqa Abu-Remaileh – Professor of modern Arabic literature and film, Director of “PalREAD – Country of Words” project, Free University of Berlin

Elias Khoury – Novelist and playwright

As’ad AbuKhalil – Professor of political science, California State University

Source: Al Jazeera

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Justice for Palestine, Jews Step Forward.

These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD

This indie documentary highlights twenty-four moral voices within the American Jewish community speaking on behalf of justice for the indigenous Palestinian people.  Directed and produced by Elika Rezaee and Marjorie Wright, this powerful, truthful, controversial documentary has been screened at festivals around the world.  It has been recognised by the 2016 justice Awards Festival and given a certificate of merit as the best “Human Rights, War and Peace film in the category Documentary Feature” by the sixteen International Film Festivals.

“Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of the colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change. Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”– Robert F. Kennedy. These are the moral voices of bravery and justice inside JEWS STEP FORWARD.

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Stealing ancient Palestinian artefacts

Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has frequently stolen and acquired ancient artifacts from the occupied Palestine using its occupation forces,unauthorised dealers and looters.

ANCIENT BAPTISMAL FONT

SaebPress/Bethlehem

Residents of Bethlehem district, are accusing ‘Israeli’ occupation forces of illegally seizing an ancient artifact from their town. 

THE ANCIENT BAPTISMAL FONT

The incident took place in the southern occupied West Bank ancient town of ‘ Khirbet Tuqu, which is said to be the birthplace of the biblical prophet Amos, and is home to a number of Byzantine-era archaeological sites. 

Video footage, taken by residents of ‘Khirbet Tuqu’, shows ‘Israeli’ occupation forces escorting a large flatbed truck out of the village in the middle of the night. On the truck is the massive stolen stone of baptismal font that dates back to the sixth century A.D., that was once part of an ancient church in the village. 

The unique stone, which has been widely  studied by the Palestinian specialists, is easily identifiable in the video.  The baptismal font is reported to be one of three rare basins of its kind. The other two were found in the Church of Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and the Church of Beit Jibrin, an ancient Palestinian village near Hebron that was forcibly depopulated in 1948, by Zionist terrorist Ganges.  

The font was seen placed for long at the site of the ancient church in ‘Khirbet Tuqu’, the ancient town of Tuqu‘, before being stolen by unauthorised dealers using a huge forklift in 2000.

PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi tweeted the video of the seizure, calling it “typical.” “Israel steals our land & resources, plunders our archaeological/historical sites, appropriates our cultural heritage & seeks to eradicate all evidence of our identity & continuity in our ancestral homeland–a settler-colonial attempt at erasing evidence of the indigenous,” she said. 

Palestinian news agencies reported that just few days before the stealing of the baptismal font, ‘Israeli’ occupation forces seized 700 acres of Palestinian land around the Herodion Mountain south of Bethlehem. 

In 2002, Tuqu‘ Municipality managed to retrieve the font and placed it in the vicinity of the mayor’s house, pending the construction of a local museum.

Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has frequently stolen and acquired ancient artifacts from the occupied Palestine using its occupation forces,unauthorised dealers and looters.

Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has been accused of stealing ancient Palestinian artefacts in the past, the Zionist entity ‘Israel’ has been using archaeology as a key tool in reinforcing its bogus territorial claims to historic Palestine, to give them a veneer of historical and religious legitimacy.

Today, there are almost 834,000 armed ‘Israeli’ colonialist settlers living in colonies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

International law, Geneva, Hague and UNESCO Conventions prohibit Zionist entity ‘Israel’ as an occupying power from assuming ownership of occupied West Bank antiquities or transferring such artifacts out of the territory. To date the occupation forces has looted and seized tens of thousands of artifcats from Gaza strip during the period of Gaza’s occupation and hundreds of thousands looted artifacts from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, which were occupied by the Zionist entity in 1967.

SaebPress /WAFA

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