Israeli War on Palestinians in Gaza / Eyewitness Accounts / Testimonies
Palestinian Child Killed, 12 Since Sunday Evening, 83 Since Wednesday
The Israeli air strikes and bombardment continues against Gaza, one child was killed in Gaza City, three resident injured, including two women. 83 Palestinians killed since Wednesday, more than 700 were injured
The Israeli army escalated its offensive against the Gaza Strip, Sunday, killing 24 Palestinians, including 11 children of the same family in central Gaza; the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli shells since the war officially started last Wednesday arrived to 76, while more than 680 have been injured.
Three martyrs, including a father and his child in two Israeli raids
Three Palestinians, including a father and child, were martyred in two Israeli raids targeting two cars in Gaza.
Gaza: four children killed in single Israeli air strike, Harriet Sherwood
Attack believed to be aimed at Hamas official increases death toll of military offensive to 67 people. At least 11 members of one family, including five women and four children, were killed when Israel bombed a house in Gaza City on Sunday as the five-day-old war claimed more civilian lives with no sign of a letup in the intense bombardment. The air strike flattened the home of the Dalou family in the Sheikh Radwan district of Gaza City, causing the biggest death toll in a single incident since the offensive began last Wednesday.
Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC) charged that the Israeli occupation was deliberately targeting the children and women of Gaza by using internationally prohibited weapons.
Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has entered a fifth day. Two media office buildings housing Palestinian and international journalists have been hit. The Israeli military has confirmed it is using war ships in addition to air raids. Al Jazeera’s Mereana Hond reports.
Homes, schools, sporting facilities, public buildings and hospital damaged in Israeli attacks on Gaza.
The live broadcasts from the house focused on documenting the attempts to rescue survivors from the ruins, but the cameras recorded only the discovery of another body there. Those pictures were broadcast all over the Arab world, on the eve of the arrival of an Arab League foreign ministers’ delegation, which was supposed to bring with it a cease-fire agreement. We can assume that just as in 2006, when Hezbollah retracted its intention of agreeing to a cease-fire in the wake of the Kfar Qana incident, this event too will only cause Hamas to toughen its positions toward Israel, in light of very sympathetic Palestinian and Arab public opinion.
link to www.haaretz.com
2 Women, 6 Children Killed, 381 Including 107 Children and 64 Women Injured. Palestinian Civilian Deaths Rise to 17, Including 2 Women and 6 Children, and 381 Wounded, Including 107 Children and 64 Women
Official: 2 children killed in northern Gaza strike
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two children were killed and more than 12 people injured as two houses were bombed in northern Gaza early Sunday, a Gaza official said. The casualties were evacuated to Gaza hospitals after an Israeli airstrike hit the homes in Jabalia camp, Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said. Medics identified the two children as Tamer Abu Asaifan and one-year-old Jumana Abu Asaifan. Witnesses said Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza continued with intensity overnight. Israeli shelling pummeled Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, while fighter jets struck southern Gaza.
link to www.maannews.net
Palestinian officials say at least 45 Gazans have been killed and more than 390 wounded since Israel launched its aerial campaign on Wednesday. On Saturday, 15 Palestinians were killed and the Hamas government headquarters was destroyed, as Israel intensified its assault on Gaza. As the toll rises and sirens sounded in Tel Aviv for a fourth day, Israel says it has deployed more tanks to the border and called up thousands more reservists as fears of a ground offensive increase. Meanwhile, an emergency session of the Arab League has ended with calls for a fresh approach to end the crisis between the Palestinians and Israelis. Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland reports from Gaza, where ordinary civilians are paying the price for this latest round of fighting.
Israeli jets shell PRC, Hamas sites in Rafah
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli jets bombed several sites linked to militant groups in southern Gaza before dawn on Sunday, witnesses said. Warplanes hit a training site of the Popular Resistance Committee’s al-Nasser Salah Addin brigades in Rafah, without causing injuries. Another raid targeted a location of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades in the city, and another in Gaza City. Also in Rafah, airstrikes flattened the home of an al-Qassam fighter who was killed in 2008, Hamdan Abu Naqira, witnesses said.
link to www.maannews.net
In photos: Israel relentlessly bombs Gaza, West Bank protests repressed
Images documenting Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip and solidarity protests in the West Bank and beyond.
Israeli Aggression in the Gaza Strip: In Pictures
On 14 November Israel assassinated Hamas military leader Ahmad al-Ja’bari, simultaneously blowing up a truce mediated by Egyptian intelligence officials and accepted by Ja’bari, other Palestinian parties and – according to the Egyptians – Israel as well. In this and a further series of air raids eight more were killed, at least two of them children. Claiming these initial attacks had destroyed the long-range missile capability in the Gaza Strip, Israel’s strategy of a short, sharp assault that would remind the Palestinians who makes the rules proved illusory. As Israeli planes pounded the length and breadth of the Gaza Strip with increasing ferocity, causing hundreds of mainly civilian casualties, Palestinian rocket fire – while no match for Israel’s – extended as far as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
link to photography.jadaliyya.com
Civilians Under Attack in Gaza: a Photo Essay
The Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip have entered their third day. We write this report amid the sounds of incessant bombings, which have continued all day yesterday and throughout the night. The military escalation carried out by the Israeli Army continues all over the Gaza Strip. From Gaza City, we hear incessant noise of drones and F-16 fighter jets crashing through the sky above our heads. Bombs repeatedly fall in our surroundings, in densely populated civilians areas. At this point, Israeli air forces have conducted nearly 200 airstrikes, bringing the death toll to 19. Among the casualties are ten civilians, including six children and one woman. More than 180 people have been injured by the attacks, the vast majority civilians. The areas targeted included Beit Hanoun, Jabalia refugee camp, Sheikh Radwan and al-Nasser neighbourhoods in Gaza City, Maghazi, Deir El Balah, Khan Younis, and the tunnel area in Rafah.
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Testimony: Najwa Abu Daqah, a 50 year-old woman wounded in Khan Yunis by Israeli bombing
I live with my family in a two-story house in the Abu Daqah neighborhood, in Abasan al-Jadidah in the Khan Yunis district. I live on the second floor with my parents, my unmarried brothers and my brother Muhsen, who is married with three young children. In the yard we have a small shed used as an outdoor kitchen, where we store food supplies and baking pans. Our house is next to the Dhaw a-Nurein mosque in Abasan. This morning we heard planes and, by the sound, they were mainly observation aircraft. My mother, Najwa, age 50, told me that she was going outside to prepare dough in the outdoor shed.
Testimony: Living in Gaza in the shadow of hostilities – the Farawneh family in Sheikh Ajlin Neighborhood, western Gaza City
I am married, with five children. My eldest son is 16 and the youngest, three years old. We live in the Sheikh Ajlin neighborhood in Gaza City. I am the director of the statistics department of the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Prisoners. The situation near our house is relatively quiet because we are far from most of the places that were bombed, in eastern and central Gaza City. Nonetheless, places near us were also bombed, among others the Ministry of the Interior, and there are clouds of smoke in the area. We do feel the shock wave and also hear the more distant bombings. We are all feeling the emotional strain.
“We will not fear their strikes”: Gaza journalists defiant after Israeli attack on media center, Rami Almeghari
Despite Israeli air strikes on their buildings, Palestinian journalists in Gaza are defiant, and say they will continue to report.
Gazans flee border areas, fearing Israeli ground invasion
But even inland areas are no haven as Israeli air strikes continue in Gaza. One strike today killed 11 civilians including six children in an attempt to kill a Hamas commander.
In the Gaza Strip, the hail of missiles continues as Israel attempts to destroy Hamas’s military infrastructure. Ahead of a feared ground attack, there is a search for any kind of refuge. On an eerily deserted street in the al-Karama district of Gaza City, the Abu Sinan family was waiting – in vain – for a taxi. Clutching two blue plastic bags full of clothing and a black backpack, 19-year-old Tariq alternated between scanning the road for a vehicle and casting his eyes to the sky, from where the buzz of Israeli drones could be heard.
“Nowhere to Run”: Israel Fires Over 500 Strikes in Gaza, Civilian Toll Grows in Humanitarian Crisis
Israel is continuing to pound the Gaza Strip with air strikes amidst fears that Israel could soon launch a ground invasion into Gaza. Israeli troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are now massing near the Palestinian territory. Earlier today, 85 missiles exploded within 45 minutes in Gaza City, sending black pillars of smoke. At least 21 Palestinians have died in the most recent round of violence, while three Israelis died on Thursday. Israel said it launched 150 air strikes overnight, while Palestinians fired a dozen rockets into Israel. Israel has started to draft 30,000 reserve troops in a sign the assault may soon widen. Among the casualties of Israeli violence was the 11-month-old son of a BBC Arabic journalist, Jihad Misharawi. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil traveled to Gaza today to condemn the Israeli attack. For more, we get a report from Rafah by Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer, who says, “One thing that we ought to talk about here is the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. This is a situation of targeting a population of civilians, exactly like Israel is shooting in a fishbowl. And there is no shelter, and there is nowhere to run for the general population. Gaza is living in a very dire situation.” We also speak with Gershon Baskin, the founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, who was the initiator of the secret talks between Israel and Hamas for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The image of a dead preschooler cradled by the prime ministers of Egypt and Gaza in a hospital hallway has drawn attention to the dangers Gaza’s children face in this crowded urban battle zone.
LISTEN: With drones buzzing in the background, Rana Baker summarizes Saturday’s news from Gaza
EI blogger and correspondent Rana Baker provides an audio summary of news from Saturday, 17 November. Drones constantly buzz in the background.
Video: Israeli bombs disrupt Gaza Parkour Team practice, Maureen Clare Murphy
Video released by the Gaza Parkour Team shows a training practice interrupted by Israeli bombing.
There are no “innocents” in Gaza say Israeli politicians, egging on soldiers to commit war crimes.
“IDF must learn from the Syrians how to slaughter the enemy,” says prominent Israeli rabbi, Ali Abunimah
Incitement by Israeli religious and political leaders has been common.
On Israeli campuses, Palestinians calling for peace confronted with calls for “death to the Arabs.”
As Children Killed, Israel Supporters Celebrate
Last night a march from the State Department to the White House organized by Palestinian activists to demand Obama pressure Israel to implement an immediate ceasefire and end US military aid was greeted by a group of Israel supporters singing and dancing. Watch what our National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner had to say to this celebration of death.
Foreign minister says military stopped short of carrying out its objectives four years ago, but still paid a high price in world opinion.
Israelis express support for military, reoccupation of Gaza
I spent Thursday in Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Ashkelon and Sderot–the Israeli cities under Hamas fire. I spoke to dozens of Israelis; support for Operation Pillar of Defense was unanimous, though no one thought it would bring lasting peace. Most felt it would bring temporary quiet; many believe that Israel needs to reoccupy the Gaza Strip.
Hamas links truce to end of Gaza border blockade
Gaza’s Hamas rulers are aiming high in the conditions they place on stopping rocket fire into Israel in indirect cease-fire talks launched this weekend. Emboldened by Arab support and confident in their arsenal, the Islamists say calm can only come if Israel opens the gates of the tiny, closed-off territory.
Fresh attack on Tel Aviv as Israel bombards Gaza Strip
Israel’s Iron Dome system intercepted a third strike in as many days on Tel Aviv. This conflict marks the first time Hamas rockets have reached Israel’s two largest cities.
Israeli officials say Palestinian militants have fired a rocket toward the metropolis of Tel Aviv for a third straight day.Gazans watch with pride as Hamas strikes Israel
Israel’s new offensive against the Gaza Strip has turned into a political bonanza for the territory’s Hamas rulers, while sidelining Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, their Western-backed rival in the West Bank.
Gaza rockets ‘very significant development’: Hezbollah
Palestinian militants firing long-range rockets from Gaza into Israel represents a“very significant development” in the conflict with the Jewish state, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has said.
WHO calls for effective response to Gaza crisis
Mahmoud Daher is the head of the Gaza office for the World Health Organisation. He is co-ordinating with other international aid organisations for an effective humanitarian response to the crisis.
Gaza crisis: Paramedics under pressure
Let’s get more on our top story now and the crisis in Gaza. Paramedics there are battling to save lives of those injured in Israel’s bombing campaign. Al Jazeera’s Casey Kauffman joined a response team on call.
Ihsanoglu appeals for urgent medical relief for Gaza
Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has made an urgent appeal for all kinds of support and solidarity with the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. He especially called for immediate medical aid to overcome the crisis caused by the ongoing Israeli aggression. As a first step, Ihsanoglu ordered the OIC’s humanitarian department to coordinate a comprehensive program to face the deteriorating conditions in Gaza, at the top of which are medical needs.
As residents seek cover from rocket attacks, thieves rob kitchen design store. ‘No one can be trusted, not even at times like these,’ manager says.
UN found no evidence to back Israeli claims about misuse of health facilities.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — South African archbishop and hero of the apartheid era Desmond Tutu said Friday that the escalation of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip was “heartbreaking.” “This new outbreak of violence is heartbreaking – and all too familiar,” he said in a statement. “Once again the people are paying an unacceptable price and innocent civilians in Gaza and Israel, including children, are losing their lives. “There will be no peace for Israelis and Palestinians if the cycle of violence continues.”
Israeli ambassador Michael Oren says US supports its ‘self-defence’ as Palestinian delegation accuses Washington of bias. The Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, says the US has given his government a free hand in its assault on Gaza as the Israeli cabinet ordered a large call up of military reserves, prompting fears of a ground invasion. The Palestinian delegation to Washington condemned the US response to the crisis as “biased and weak”, and called on the White House to stop Israel using American-made weapons against civilians. It also described as “shameful” what it called the justification of the murder of Palestinians by countries supporting Israeli actions, including Britain.
Empty Rhetoric: Arab League ‘backs Gaza against aggression’
Hamas chief meets Egyptian president, Qatari emir and Turkish PM, as Arab League foreign ministers issue statement.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Pakistan on Friday condemned Israel’s airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and called on the international community to intervene, the Karachi-based daily The News reported. “Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli air attacks in Gaza that have targeted not only the Hamas leadership but also innocent civilians,” the newspaper quoted Pakistan’s foreign ministry as saying. The ministry called on the international community “to come together to stop the Israeli aggression”.
link to www.maannews.net
Anonymous Threatens To Shut Down 10,000 Israeli Websites
The International Hackers known as Anonymous issued a video on Saturday announcing that the group will shot down 10,000 Israeli websites due to the continued Israeli abuse of human rights.
Clashes in West Bank as anger over Gaza is directed at Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian Authority blamed for failing to take action and for co-operating with Israeli security forces against protesters. Fresh clashes erupted in the West Bank on Sunday as Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with teargas. But anger in the West Bank has not only been directed at Israel: many also blame the Palestinian Authority for failing to take action over the Gaza offensive and for co-operating with the Israeli security forces against protesters.
In Photos: Ramallah protesting in support of Gaza
On the third day of Israel’s latest incursion on Gaza, which Israeli officials call “Operation Pillar of Defense”, the number of martyrs rose as air strikes continued to pound the coastal enclave.
31 Palestinians Injured In Bethlehem
The Radio Bethlehem 2000 reported, on Sunday evening, that 31 Palestinians were injured, including one who suffered moderate injuries, after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets at protesters near Rachel Tomb, north of Bethlehem.
Serious injuries during clashes near the Ofer prison
Violent clashes have erupted between hundreds of Palestinian youths and Israeli occupation forces near the Ofer prison south of Ramallah.
Demonstration in Beit Ommar for Gaza
Today, a coalition of activists in Beit Ommar including the Center for Freedom and Justice, Palestine Solidarity Project, members of the Popular Committee and a new youth group Youth Power of Palestine (find them onfacebook) organized an emergency demonstration in Beit Ommar in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Over 100 people, all Palestinian, marched from the center of town to the Israeli military watch tower at the entrance to the town. They were met by a large Israeli military force which shot tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the demonstration. For over 2 hours, the group stayed near the entrance to the village, protesting Israeli aggression and occupation. Israeli soldiers took up posts on the roofs of Palestinian homes and continued to shoot tear gas throughout the town.
Mass Demonstration: Solidarity with Gaza
[ November 18th, 2012; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] In solidarity with GAZA and all Palestinians End the Siege! Stop the Massacres! Free Palestine! End Israeli Apatheid! 1pm Sunday November 18th Hall Building, Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve West Metro Guy-Concordia Facebook: On Wednesday November 14th Israel declared its latest war on Gaza “Operation Pillar of Defense” also known as “Operation Pillar of Cloud”.
Demonstrations in 50 countries around the world in solidarity with Gaza
Tens of thousands around the world demonstrated on Friday to protest against the continuous Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian campaign: show solidarity with Gaza by boycotting Israel, Asa Winstanley
Today, the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) released this statement, emphasising the importance of the BDS campaign now, more than ever.
As Israel assaults Gaza, BBC reporting assaults the truth, Amena Saleem
Shortcomings identified by 2006 independent report on BBC’s Palestine coverage exemplified over past few days
Fares Akram: the man without self-respect
Without a doubt, Fares Akram is an errand boy for the Zionists of the time. He is playing the same despicable role that his predecessor, Taghreed El-Khodari had played during the 2008 assault on Gaza. There is no limit to what the token Arab errand boy (or girl in the case of Taghreed) can do for the Zionist bosses. While Israeli bombs are falling on Gaza, the New York Times bosses order the token Arab errand girl (in 2008) and the token Arab errand boy today to go to Gaza not to report on the plight of the civilian but to write a tribute to the collaborators who are executed for providing information to the enemy (the French resistance used to execute the man, his wife, children and pets and in one province in France, more than a third of all executed collaborators were women). If Fares Akram is ordered to go and cheer for Israeli soldiers, he would jump to follow the order. I have only contempt for one like him, really.
link to www.salem-news.com
So many wars to launch, so little time. When you’re the political leader of the most militarized nation on the planet – as is the case with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu — you gotta find ways to play with your toys. Even if you’re itching to, you can’t bomb Iran because you don’t have the right bunker buster bombs and enough fighter jet refueling capability. And on top of it, re-elected US President Barack Obama has made it absolutely clear; the way forward is diplomacy, not bombs. This may be an indication that Obama is at least considering a deal: “There should be a way in which they [Iran] can enjoy peaceful nuclear power while still meeting their international obligations and providing clear assurances to the international community that they’re not pursuing a nuclear weapon.” This had led to the president’s commitment to “make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue” cutting through the US/Iran Wall of Mistrust.
Jewish Voice for Peace Statement on Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense”
The international group ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ issued a statement Saturday calling for an end to the Israeli attack on Gaza. The group has also participated in and sponsored protests during the last two days in cities across the US and Europe to demand that Israel end its attack and siege on Gaza.
Why Gaza?, Justin Raimondo
The Israeli assault on Gaza was triggered Nov. 8 when the IDF crossed the border and murdered Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa, a 13-year-old boy playing football in his front yard: the official explanation for this action was an alleged weapons cache, supposedly stored nearby, but no credible evidence supporting this contention has come to…
Other West Bank News
Child Killed In Qalandia Refugee Camp
Palestinian medical sources reported Sunday that a 20-month-old child was killed when a gas bomb fired by the Israeli army hit him in the head, and burnt his bed, in Qlandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem.
Locals: Israeli jeep damaged by firebomb near Nablus
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military jeep was damaged near Nablus late Saturday by a Molotov cocktail thrown by youths, local sources said. Palestinian youths in the village of Sarra confronted Israeli forces in the area and threw stones and a firebomb at a military jeep, causing it to set alight. Soldiers fired large amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets at villagers in response, the sources added. An Israeli spokeswoman said she would look into the incident.
IOF arrests four liberated prisoners from Hamas in the West Bank
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Sunday four activists affiliated with Hamas movement after raiding their houses in different districts of the West Bank.
Resistance reduced the pressures on detainees in occupation jails
The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and the resistance rockets reduced the pressures on Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.
Palestinian prisoners in Ofer prison declared the establishment of the National Unity Section in section 15 which includes detainees from all Palestinian factions..
Beit Ommar Participates in West Bank-Wide Demonstrations Against the Occupation
On November 14, a series of coordinated direct actions took place across the West Bank, coordinated by a network of activists throughout the West Bank. Palestinians, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists blocked settler-only roads and checkpoints in Huwarra, Nablus; Ni’lin, Ramallah; Nabi Saleh, Ramallah; Bil’in, Ramallah; Nashash, Betlehem; and Beit Jala, Betlehem. Activists from Beit Ommar and Palestine Solidarity Project joined over 100 other activists at the tunnels checkpoint outside of Beit Jala. For nearly half an hour, activists blocked Israeli settler traffic into Jerusalem through the checkpoint, protesting the ongoing military occupation of the West Bank. While some activists in some areas chose to emphasize the Palestinian bid for an upgrade in status at the UN, the participants in Beit Jala from Beit Ommar chose to focus on the Israeli military occupation and restrictions on freedom of movement.
link to palestinesolidarityproject.org
Fire exchanges on Syrian border; IDF jeep damaged
Stray fire hits IDF patrol on border area, army responds by firing back at Syrian post; Syrians retaliate by firing mortar that lands in demilitarized zone.
Two Palestinian officials say workers with jackhammers are opening the concrete-encased grave of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in his former compound in the West Bank.
The spokesperson of the US Department of State urges the Jordanian people to accept the pain inflicted on them by the puppet King
“MS. NULAND: It’s the IMF who’s made clear that the kinds of subsidies that the government has been providing are not sustainable for a modern economy, and that adjustments need to be made. We have supported the IMF, as in this case, and we support King Abdullah and his government in the change that they’re trying to implement inside Jordan, which they’ve got to do in order to modernize the state.
QUESTION: Well, that’s all well and good, but if I’m a Jordanian and I sit here and listen to the Spokeswoman for the State Department say that this is “necessary pain,” that’s just – who are you to tell me what’s necessary and what’s not?
MS. NULAND: Again, this is a set of reforms that need to be undertaken. It’s not easy. It’s never easy. It’s not easy in the European context; it’s not easy in the American context when we have to make adjustments to deal with our fiscal situation. But all of us are having to deal with these things in one way or another these days.
Israel maneuvers itself into a corner as Palestinians seek U.N. bid
Following Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s confirmation that the Palestinian Authority will present its bid for upgraded status at the U.N. on Nov. 29, an Israeli Foreign Ministry policy paper has proposed “toppling” his “regime” if the bid is approved.
Palestinian statehood wins European backing
A majority of Europeans want their governments to vote for Palestinian recognition at the UN, latest polls reveal. Overwhelming majorities in the UK and other western European countries believe Palestinians should have their own state and want their governments to vote for recognition of Palestine at the United Nations at the end of the month, according to latest polls.
The “End of the Two-State Solution” Spells Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing, not Binationalism and Peace, Toufic Haddad
Declaring the death of the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become increasingly fashionable among growing sections of both right and left wing streams of Palestinians and Israelis. The late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said was one of the first to propagate this notion in his essays on the failure of the Oslo accords and on bi-nationalism . Since then, and in the wake of a second Palestinian uprising, a unilateral Israeli redeployment from the Gaza Strip, a vicious one-sided Israeli war on the same territory, and a comatose negotiations process, it’s little wonder exasperated observers and participants are increasingly declaring the two-state solution dead, while kindling the search for alternatives.