As May approaches, the legal and humanitarian responsibility entrusted to the international community and its institutions requires urgent action to end this illegal occupation policy and save hundreds of children and women from being rendered homeless.
45% of those living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea believe “apartheid” is an appropriate description of the regime,
“The poll found that 45% of the overall river-to-the-sea population say that the definition of “apartheid” proposed in the survey question is fitting or very fitting as a description of the Israeli regime. A strong majority among Palestinian respondents believe that the apartheid definition fits the Israeli regime (57% “strongly” and 18% “somewhat” – three-quarters in total) and a mirror image among Jews reject it (50% say it doesn’t fit at all and 25% doesn’t really fit – three-quarters in total)…Together, these findings reflect a widespread understanding on both sides that the Israeli government intends to continue the status quo or formalize it through de jure annexation.
This paper deals with theconflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians and its spatialexpression on the ground as it is manifested in the Israeli facts on the ground in Jerusalem. Theunderlying thesis of the paper is that the reality on the ground differs from the reality of the political negotiations and that it is necessary to add more dimensions to the understanding of theconflict than those presented by international law. In applying a post-structuralist approach and anotion of territory informed by critical politicalgeography and critical IR it opens up for understanding the role of territory in the conflict, especially in Jerusalem, the motivation for
conducting facts on the ground and how these reflect the Government of Israel’s overriding
strategies for its presence in the Palestinian territories. The paper concludes that the Israeli presence in the Palestinian territories is better understood as an ethnic project than an occupation,but this is due to the special connection between territory, legitimacy and ethnicity in the Jewish Zionist construction of the Israeli state
"Government officials, the international community, donor agencies, and even academic literature portray Palestine’s lack of water resources as a foregone conclusion – a result of the region’s climatic conditions."
"What these narratives fail to address is that Palestine’s water scarcity is a social and political construct that obscures how Israel entrenches its hegemony over water resources, resulting in severe water inequality for Palestinians."
"For decades, Israel has proposed technological solutions to address this scarcity, such as desalination plants and wastewater treatment and reuse. International donors have played a major role in reinforcing Israel’s approach."
"These solutions are tied to the belief that science, technology, and infrastructure will ensure that water is no longer a source of contention, conflict, and even war. But these technologically driven solutions disregard the social, political, and cultural elements of water."
"Climate justice movements worldwide consider anti-racism and ending oppression integral to their struggle."
"So why aren't Israeli environment activists speaking up for Palestinians?"
"Not merely content with demanding a change in environmental policies, the global climate justice movement seeks to change economic power structures and liberate all living beings from all forms of oppression, violence, and dispossession."
"Yet the Israeli climate movement often remains silent when it comes to fighting neoliberalism, racism, oppression, and the occupation and its profound ecological damage to this land and the people who live on it."
Israeli War Crimes and the ICC
The ICC’s Israel Investigation Could Backfire
Israelis’ widespread backlash against the prospect of international prosecution is unfortunate but predictable. Institutions of international justice have a dubious track record when it comes to winning local support. In other countries, they have been met with equally stiff rejection and political manipulation.
As Israel is haunted by the specter of prosecution, the Balkan experience can offer clues about what may lie ahead.
It’s unlikely that Israel will ever regard its own alleged war crimes critically in the future.
Israel has faced international investigations in the intervening years, such as by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The current ICC probe is investigating Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and alleged war crimes in Gaza, perpetrated both during the 2014 war and during demonstrations at the Gaza border in recent years.
Although Israel is not a member of the ICC, Israeli authorities have shown some signs of caution in their recent policymaking, perhaps as a result. Netanyahu shied away from displacing Khan al-Ahmar, a Palestinian community in the West Bank, and the Israeli Supreme Court struck down a law intended to legalize Israeli settlements. But these actions mainly offer plausible deniability: They steer Israel away from international prosecution, while maintaining the overall policy course.
"The Israeli government's position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court over alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has finally been declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself," he said on 8 April. As a result, he added, Israel "completely rejects" any accusations that it has committed war crimes."
"However, it won't be so easy for Tel Aviv this time around. True, Israel is not a party to the Rome Statute, according to which the ICC was established, but it can still be held accountable, because the State of Palestine is a member of the ICC, having joined in 2015. Moreover, the war crimes under investigation are alleged to have taken place on Palestinian soil. This grants the ICC direct jurisdiction, even if war crimes were committed by a non-ICC party. Still, accountability for these war crimes is not guaranteed."
"Ideally, the Court could potentially widen the scope of the investigation, which is a major demand by the representatives of the Palestinian victims. "We expect more crimes to be included," explained Mariniello, "especially apartheid as a crime against humanity, as well as crimes against Palestinian prisoners by the Israeli authorities, especially torture.""
“The Yesha Council plans to launch their own diplomatic initiative against any International Criminal Court war crimes suits, including sending a folder to The Hague explaining that the West Bank is not occupied and that Israel’s presence there is good for the Palestinian.”
Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila said the country registered on ... between the two countries, especially in the fields of economy and finance
The minister said that among the new cases, 998 infections were reported in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, while 1,764 cases were recorded in the Gaza Strip.
Alkaila said 186 Covid-19 patients are receiving treatment in intensive care units, including 54 on ventilators, while 547 others are currently hospitalized across the West Bank.
Palestine Politics and Culture
With a short film showing the stark, brutal realities of Israeli apartheid on everyday Palestinian life garnering international attention – and with a new US administration under Joe Biden and the promise of long-overdue Palestinian elections slated for the summer – does Nabulsi sense reason for optimism?
“I don’t really see much of a difference between Biden and Trump,” says Nabulsi. “They are heads of the same snake except one wears a mask and one doesn’t.”
Abuhamdiya's unique perspective on food culture also has led to the creation of Italian-Palestinian fusion cuisine. On one hand, she makes her own ..
Palestinian factions: No elections without Jerusalem
“There will be no Palestinian elections without Jerusalem, several Palestinian factions, including the ruling Fatah faction headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, announced on Monday. But Palestinian civil society activists warned the Palestinian leadership against using the issue of Jerusalem as an excuse to delay or even cancel the elections.” Also See – “Palestinian officials: No elections without participation of East Jerusalem
Palestine in Biden’s Policy
The US recognises all Palestinian refugees registered as such by the UN, the country’s ambassador to Jordan said on Monday in comments that roll back the previous government’s questioning of the numbers.
Henry Wooster's statement was a rejection of the suggestion by former US president Donald Trump's administration that only those who originally fled Israel should be counted as refugees, not their descendants.
“Irrespective of any administration, US policy can only count those refugees who are registered with the United Nations,” Mr Wooster told reporters during a visit to a US-funded clinic in the Baqaa refugee camp on the southern outskirts of Amman.
“This is the number we use,” he said, referring to at least 5.6 million UN-registered Palestinian refugees, mostly living in Jordan, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon.
The majority are now descendants of Palestinians who fled conflicts with Israel since it was created as a UN-recognised state in 1948.
Days after resuming US funding for the troubled UN agency that administers to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, the Biden administration says it has the commitment of UNRWA to “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism, racism or discrimination.
“UNWRA has made clear their rock-solid commitments to the United States on the issues of transparency, accountability, and neutrality in all its operations,” a senior US official said in an interview this weekend, describing the process that led last week to the administration announcing the resumption of funding for the agency. “And what neutrality means in the context of the United Nations is zero tolerance for racism, discrimination, and anti-Semitism.”