To be successful the French Peace Initiative must be based on international law and human rights

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On Sunday, 15 January, members of the international community will convene in Paris for the “Middle East Peace” conference, which according to its mandate seeks to “fully [end] the Israeli occupation that began in 1967.” The conference marks the culmination of French efforts, beginning in June of last year, to revive the failed Palestinian-Israeli peace process and salvage the two-state solution — a solution the international community has been publicly wedded to irrespective of Israel’s intent and implemented policies as demonstrated by the “facts on the ground.”

While I commend the French, how can this be different in both substance and outcome than previous efforts? First, the international nature of the Middle East Peace conference is a welcome departure from the US-centered peace process, which prioritized politics over justice. Further, while some criticism has been raised that neither Palestinian nor Israeli officials will be at the conference, the previous bilateral negotiations framework has created a false pretense of power symmetry and unjustly equalizes the roles of Israel, the Occupying power, and Palestinians, the occupied protected population.

To be clear, foreign powers should not determine the fate of the Palestinian people; however, the approach of overlooking international law and respective duties and obligations, including that of third parties, has failed. These processes resulted in the signing of the PLO-Israel Interim Agreements 1995 (Oslo Accords), which while established as interim agreements on the path to a durable peace, have only served to further consolidate Israel’s control over occupied Palestinian territory. Under the guise of negotiated peace, Israel increased settlement activity, isolated East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank, transformed the Gaza Strip into an open-air prison, while continuing to violate basic principles of international law and Palestinian rights.

Learning from history, there must be a change in approach for any just solution to be achieved. Namely, principles of international law and human rights standards, as recognized by various United Nations resolutions, including the most recent Security Council resolution, must form the basis for discussions during the conference, any future negotiations between the parties, and any just and lasting resolution to the conflict.

On this basis, the international community should use the upcoming conference as an opportunity to determine what role they have played in sustaining and enabling the occupation. Do they sell settlement goods in their domestic markets? Do their aid projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territory either cement Israeli policies or bear costs that should be on Israel as the Occupying Power? Have they taken steps to end Israel’s non-compliance with international law, including by participating in various United Nations mechanisms? Palestinians cannot be expected to return to the negotiating table while Israel continues to act with impunity and the world stands idly by.

The time has come to take on a new approach with Israel; one based on justice and law, and ensures the unsustainability of Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian land. The passage of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (2106) provides those participating in the Middle East Peace conference, and the international community as a whole, with the opportunity to take appropriate action. The resolution reaffirms the illegality of the settlements under international law and the demands that Israel cease all settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory including East Jerusalem. If Israel continues to disregard international law and fails to comply with this resolution – a certainty given Israel’s habitual non-compliance with previous United Nations resolutions – it should face punitive actions for non-compliance.

Tried and tired approaches will not yield new results. With the occupation entering its 50th year, it is time for the international community to learn from the failures of previous peace and negotiation processes that have facilitated Israel’s continued violations of international law and denied Palestinians their fundamental right to self-determination. It is time to take concrete actions that will stop Israel in its tracks.

About Shawan Jabarin

Shawan Jabarin is the General Director of Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization. He is the Vice President of FIDH- the International Federation for Human Rights and is a Commissioner for the International Commission of Jurists.

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  1. Citizen
    January 13, 2017, 3:02 pm

    What does the French leadership think they are gaining, will gain about their sponsorship of this conference? Why is my gut reaction this a bad joke? What will US do now at this conference post-toothless UN resolution stating settlements are illegal obstacles? Obama? Kushner? Who will the US send to it, and will they even join in the spirit of the conference other than in the usual BS words? Who all will be there? Brexit Brits? Overwhelmed Germany? Have the Danes got a new pair of shoes, etc? What will Putin add?

    • Annie Robbins
      January 13, 2017, 4:43 pm

      Why is my gut reaction this a bad joke?

      probably partly because the author doesn’t sound very enthusiastic about the conference. but i read last week (pardon me for not doing a search but i know i tweeted it and/or mentioned it in the comments) that there will be another vote at the UN directly after the conference and at the conference there will be some discussion and agreement regarding the wording of resolution. i imagine it won’t be the very same resolution (what would be the point?) but sort of an extension of it, possibly with some teeth this time. with some repercussions spelled out in the resolution. let’s hope anyway. and this worries israel greatly, that’s my understanding.

      and just to be clear, i find it no coincidence whatsoever this is timed just days before obama leaves office. the conference, and the vote afterwards. let’s see if he can abstain a second time, or even vote yeah. now that’s exciting. a possible double wammy.

      i’m excited about the possibilities.

      • Citizen
        January 13, 2017, 8:24 pm

        Thanks Annie, I didn’t know about another vote at the UN directly after the conference. I share your hope/excitement. Netanyahu’s worried about Obama acting again B4 he leaves: http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/12/it-aint-over-yet-israelis-worried-about-more-obama-un-moves/

      • amigo
        January 14, 2017, 7:38 am

        Annie , not sure if you had seen this from Times of Israel , (ergo take it with a grain of salt ) but it might be legit.The devil is in the details !!!, “The us says it will veto any res that is critical of Israel”, so that does not leave much scope.

        We can live in hope.

        http://www.timesofisrael.com/white-house-obama-will-veto-any-other-un-resolution-critical-of-israel/

      • Misterioso
        January 14, 2017, 1:39 pm

        Annie

        Agreed. The winds of change are blowing. People around the world, including Americans and righteous Jews everywhere, are increasingly disgusted with and enraged at Israel for its well documented ongoing dispossession, illegal/brutal occupation and oppression of Palestine’s native inhabitants, including violations of hard won international humanitarian law, e.g., the UN Charter, the Fourth Geneva, the Rome Statutes, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc., which are binding on all UN members.

      • pabelmont
        January 14, 2017, 1:59 pm

        Well, if there’s another UNSC vote, let Obama vote away,. Cannot be worse than Trump (unless he has not yet seated a UN Rep !)

        The resolution should indeed formulate its goals based on I/L and human rights laws and concepts. Right. (like the goals of BDS, but “shhh”).

        However, the resolution must also find the way forward to “sanctions”. If Chapter 7 UNSC is vetoed, then the sanctions may have to be voluntary and spotty, spotty in time as well as per country applying them. But they should start soon. If EU dissolves then its countries would be able to take individual F/P actions again and there might be progress there.

        But any country which applies (institutes) sanctions must — like the UNSC Res. — state the purpose of the sanctions clearly so that it will be clear when they should terminate (or be increased).

      • JLWarner
        January 14, 2017, 5:29 pm

        Norman Finkelstein pointed out that more important to what a resolution says, or how many teeth it has, is what the Palestinians do with it. Israel built its state on the toothless Balfour declaration and the toothless U.N. General Assembly partition resolution #181.
        Palestinians have to learn how to make political capital out of what resolutions and other documents that they have. There are many UNSC resolutions withl ots of good words supporting Palestinians, but they sit there and are almost never mentioned. The 2004 International Court of Justice Judgement is sitting there and the Palestinians almost never mention it. UNSC #2334 has some quite strong language. Now it is up to the Palestinians to convert those words into political capital.
        Note that this must be done by Palestinians, not it international supporters whose role must be limited to supporting Palestinians and maybe amplifying their voice.

      • Blownaway
        January 15, 2017, 1:27 am

        Anything without teeth is meaningless. It’s that simple. The Israelis are masters at shrugging off resolutions that don’t have any enforcement. There have been dozens of resolutions statements to no effect because there is no sanctions. As one minister said these countries won’t sacrifice our high tech for the Palestinians

    • Dutch
      January 14, 2017, 7:16 am

      Citizen, Annie,

      This is the sequence:

      – Sunday: Paris Conference
      – Monday: Brussels, EU Council of Foreign Affairs
      – Tuesday: open debate at the SC: http://www.un.org/en/sc/inc/pages/pdf/pow/powmonthly.pdf

      • Annie Robbins
        January 14, 2017, 2:38 pm

        thanks dutch, and everyone who responded. since i wrote that comment there have been reports the french have no intention of formulating a new resolution, see

        France says no plans for UN resolution after peace confab
        http://www.timesofisrael.com/france-says-no-plans-for-un-resolution-after-peace-confab/

        Gerard Larcher said he was not aware of any country working on a resolution to put before the Council between the January 15 meeting and the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president on January 20.

        and amigo, yes i am aware “us says it will veto any res that is critical of Israel “. still i think there may be ways around that, for example simply upgrading palestine’s status at the UN doesn’t require criticizing israel. but it would place palestine in an enhanced position in future dealings with the UN, on their own or in conjunction with the EU or other future mediating countries should palestine (finally) reject US “help” — and this israel would certainly consider a threat.

        and just because france says they have no plans of working on a resolution, doesn’t mean something might not just crop up over the course of the conference that might be addressed the following day at the UN.

  2. Citizen
    January 13, 2017, 3:05 pm

    Especially, considering this sneer: Israel tells France: We oppose your peace initiative on Jan 15, won’t attend international conference in Paris http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.751541

  3. Kay24
    January 13, 2017, 8:59 pm

    If it comes down (and it should) to international laws and human rights, then we can all assume that these talks, like so many others will be a totally failure…..Israel does not abide by international laws, and as for it’s record on human rights violations, it is so dismal and shockingly bad for the only real democracy in the ME. France will mean well like other nations to bring some peace in that region, but how can you deal with a side that has shown it prefers the status quo, which is far more beneficial to it? Israel wants more land for their squatters, and to keep wielding power over those they hold under siege. They are masters of justifying their crimes.

    • inbound39
      January 14, 2017, 5:48 am

      This Conference has the potential to bring the Occupation to an end. If all involved parties hold Israel accountable and holds it to International Law and its obligation to abide and comply with it then consequences must be spelt out. Non compliance must incur sanctions and travel restrictions on Israeli’s in member state countries. Trade embargoes and Israeli embassy shutdowns.There can be no pussyfooting if it is to be effective…no grey areas. No semantics….Israel’s favourite game move. If America does not join in as I expect then it is of little consequence. Europe et al have the ability to shut down Israel if they hold together in unity. Unity is the key.

      • Kay24
        January 14, 2017, 7:30 pm

        It all comes down to if and when the international community stops acting like naive children and admit that they are being taken for a good long ride by the devious occupier. It is time they realized that Israel is running a big con game, and have given far too many excuses, turned down bribes to get to a peace table, and keeps blaming the Palestinians, implying they want to live without freedom. It is time those who can turn this around admitted that there are ways to help the Palestinians, and must stop pandering to Israel, and ignore its threats and cries of victim.

        Give the Palestinians their statehood and recognize their rights, and if Israel does not like that stop their aid and start the boycotts and sanctions – that will definitely hit them where it hurts most.

    • Misterioso
      January 14, 2017, 1:43 pm

      The more momentum, the more likely Israel will be dragged before the ICJ and charged.

  4. inbound39
    January 14, 2017, 5:50 am

    I still find it a long shot…….when Zionism really gets a head of steam up it will be like 1939 all over again. All that needs to happen is for the Conference to amount to nothing and for America to shift its embassy to Jerusalem….explosions will follow.

    • Citizen
      January 14, 2017, 11:04 am

      I don’t think Trump, Jared, Ivanka or Trump’s sons have a clue about those future explosions.

      • inbound39
        January 15, 2017, 9:19 pm

        Judging by what they created at the conference it seems nothing has changed. Whatever you do don’t tell Israel the truth……they can’t handle the truth!……..get ready for the bloodbath….here it comes.

  5. Kay24
    January 14, 2017, 6:00 am

    Looks like the petulant orange kid is trying to fill up the empty inauguration chairs with deplorables from stolen lands. Pathetic.

    “Jewish settler group ‘invited to Donald Trump’s inauguration’ amid concerns over President-elect’s stance on Israel
    Yesha Council says it has received invite to ceremony after UN condemns illegal settlements”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/israel-settler-groups-invite-donald-trump-inauguration-ceremony-yesha-council-jewish-settlements-a7525716.html

  6. JLewisDickerson
    January 14, 2017, 12:46 pm

    RE: “Learning from history, there must be a change in approach for any just solution to be achieved… On this basis, the international community should use the upcoming conference as an opportunity to determine what role they have played in sustaining and enabling the occupation… Do their aid projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territory either cement Israeli policies or bear costs that should be on Israel as the Occupying Power?” ~ Shawan Jabarin

    FOR EXAMPLE, SEE: “US Funds Apartheid Roads on West Bank” ~ by Mel Frykberg, Inter Press Service, 5/24/10

    [EXCERPT] RAMALLAH – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping Israel to construct an apartheid road infrastructure in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by financing nearly a quarter of the segregated road system primarily for the benefit of Israeli settlers.

    USAID’s figures state that the agency has financed 235 km of roads in the West Bank in the past decade, and is preparing to add another 120 km by the end of this year, reported Nazareth-based journalist Jonathan Cook in the United Arab Emirates paper ‘The National’*.

    According to an April report released by the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), USAID has helped build 114 km of segregated roads in the Palestinian territory despite assurances from Washington six years ago that it would not assist in the construction after the Palestinian Authority (PA) protested.

    Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem reports that 170 km of roads in the West Bank are either off-limits to Palestinians or highly restricted.

    After the Oslo Peace Accord in 1994, Israel requested the international community to finance 500 km of roads for the Palestinians, later termed ‘fabric of life’ roads, including upgrading agricultural tracks and constructing many underpasses and bridges, at a cost of 200 million US dollars, reported Cook.

    However, donor countries rejected this request due to PA’s protests that the entrenched apartheid-system infrastructure would strengthen the settlements and make their presence a permanent fixture while justifying more expropriation of Palestinian land.

    But it would appear that the PA has been railroaded, at the behest of Israel, into accepting USAID in a take it or leave it scenario. . .

    CONTINUED AT – http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/24-0

    * SEE: “US funds ‘apartheid’ road network in Israel” | By Jonathan Cook | TheNational.ae | May 15, 2010
    LINK – http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/us-funds-apartheid-road-network-in-israel

    P.S. ALSO SEE: “Palestinian Roads: Cementing Statehood, or Israeli Annexation?”
    By Nadia Hijab and Jesse Rosenfeld | The Nation | April 30, 2010
    New evidence indicates that the PA’s ambitious road-building program–heavily funded by the United States and Europe–is being used by Israel to facilitate settlement expansion.
    LINK – https://www.thenation.com/article/palestinian-roads-cementing-statehood-or-israeli-annexation/

  7. James Canning
    January 14, 2017, 4:23 pm

    I continue to think a deal on Israel/Palestine will have to be imposed on Israel, and Palestine. Making clear Israel cannot unilaterally “annex” portions of the occupied West Bank is essential.

    • inbound39
      January 15, 2017, 9:23 pm

      Only successful way to do that giving Israel no room to complain is to reimpose the Partition Plan as per Resolution 181 and place a multinational force there to monitor the borders and keep the peace. Israel cannot say no because the borders in the Partition are still its only declared and legal borders. East Jerusalem, Jerusalem as a whole was never inside Sovereign Israel.

      • Sibiriak
        January 16, 2017, 5:03 am

        —————-

        Reimpose? It was never imposed in the first place. It was not backed by the UNSC, and the great powers were not willing to supply the military forces which would be needed to implement it. As a result, we got the Nakba.

      • inbound39
        January 16, 2017, 12:30 pm

        Sibiriak….Israel accepted Borders as defined by 181 and declared them as well as accepting the conditions of 181 and also agreed to implement 194 in order to gain full UN Membership. Though the Palestinian Arabs rejected the Plan the UN decided to keep Palestinian Territory aside in perpetuity until Palestinians decided to agree to their own State. That can all be found at UNISPAL. America began sending military aid to Israel virtually straight away. American aviators were there. Arabs got no assistance from day one as the borders were imposed even though Israel had already begun expansion beyond its declared borders.

  8. Ossinev
    January 15, 2017, 8:25 am

    Just been watching the erudite Ron Prosor ex Israeli Ambassador to the UK being interviewed here in the UK on Fox News about the current Paris Peace conference.Usual “direct negotiations only way crap” as expected but during the interview his Zioguard slipped big time and referencing the possible US move of its Embassy to Jerusalem under a Trump administration he pointed out that Jerusalem was already the eternal capital of the Jews when Londoners were living in a “swamp”.

    So there you have it you Brits out there – you , and presumably all the other pathetic misguided nationalities attending and supporting the conference , are little more than untermenschen swamp dwellers compared with the eternal chosen people.

    • Maghlawatan
      January 15, 2017, 10:06 am

      London was a swamp when the first Temple was destroyed. And again when the second Temple was destroyed. What mismanagement lead to repeat destruction and is a similar process underway now?

      • MHughes976
        January 15, 2017, 12:38 pm

        This particular verbal sally – ‘London swamp’ – comes from Chaim Weizmann at the beginning of his bromance with Arthur Balfour in 1906. Balfour, according to Weizmann, laid it to heart and remembered it at their next meeting a decade later.

      • MHughes976
        January 15, 2017, 1:02 pm

        Just to add that Weizmann’s remark was seriously prejudiced. The legend that London around 1000 BCE was already the capital of a kingdom founded by Trojan refugees is not far removed in credibility from the claim that Jerusalem became the capital of a United Monarchy at around the same time. Both must be strongly doubted – both may reflect a certain memory or reality, though a Trojan prince called Brutus is a bit of a stretch. The Bronze Age London area was an active economic centre, losing importance (was there a Bronze Brexit?) like many Bronze Age centres as the Iron Age dawned: so we learn from the lecture by Dr.J.D. Hill of the British Museum delivered to the City of London Archaeological Society in Oct. 2011.

    • Citizen
      January 15, 2017, 10:22 am
      • amigo
        January 15, 2017, 1:29 pm

        Citizen. Thanks for the link.

        The UK,S decision to send a low level representative to Paris is proof that , they had no intention of p—-g off the US by abstaining from any possible resolution put forward at the UNSC.They would have vetoed same.

        The UK through Brexit has cut itself off from the EU and now needs the USA to replace some of the exports they have squandered through Brexit.The UK might well find itself backing US sanctions against Russia while simultaneously seeking trade deals with Putin.Best of luck with that Mrs May.

        In a year or two , Brexit will seem like a nightmare .

  9. amigo
    January 15, 2017, 12:12 pm

    apologies for posting this on two threads.I forgot this thread .

    ” Just watched Marwan Bishara on AJ.

    He reminds the audience that when France first floated this peace conference idea , they promised that in the event of it,s failure , France would support a un resolution recognising a Palestinian State.Not going to happen.

    Bishara also stated that the only reason Kerry went to Paris was to ensure the 70 countries present did not go to the UNSC.

    Move along , nothing happening here.Let,s visit the Louvre.There is more life there.

  10. Ossinev
    January 15, 2017, 12:32 pm

    @JamesCanning
    “I continue to think a deal on Israel/Palestine will have to be imposed on Israel, and Palestine. Making clear Israel cannot unilaterally “annex” portions of the occupied West Bank is essential.”

    The only “imposition” possible since 1967 and more specifically from Oslo in 1993 would have been by the US with a straightforward threat to withdraw the annual multi billion “aid” package to Israel twinned with the threat to withdraw the ongoing underpinning economic support package to the Palestinian Authority. This in turn would have given the nod to those European countries to threaten to withdraw their aid to the PA = over to you Israel you pay for your occupation inc infrastructure , health , welfare , education etc etc.
    This did not happen and it will never happen. The Israelis have been in a wonderful “having cake and eating it” situation since 1993 and since then have effectively been taking the piss out of the International Community by all these years crowing about their longing for” peace” and , when it suits (not if you are a Yahoo and it is just before an election ) expressing their desire for a two state solution whilst all the time stealing more Palestinian land and water and building/expanding settlements in clear violation of International Law. Their Plan A is to continue the farce of seeking a 2SS (with their non precondition preconditions clearly spelt out eg control of the fertile Jordan Valley ) to preserve the status quo.They have no Plan B. It is quite simply not in the Ziomatrix = all of the land between the river and the sea belongs to Jews and Jews only as bequeathed by God via Abraham and all the other pantomine Biblical figures. Similarly the International Community have only a Plan A = continue to talk about the need for , hold conferences to discuss etc etc the 2SS when as any Western politician with any non Ziofed brains would have seen and can now definitely see is a demographic impossibility. The West Bank has 500,000 + settlers and growing inc East Jerusalem(illegally annexed). The settlements and by that I mean the in Israeli eyes “legal” ones and not including the Ziofreak “illegal” outposts have shredded / patchworked the West Bank making the possibility of any form of second state for the native Palestinians a sick joke.The settlers are not going anywhere and will not be moved by any Israeli administration in the future. The occasional “removal” of the “illegal” outposts has been just another Zioploy to give some ongoing de facto “legitimacy” in their eyes to what they consider to be the “legal” settlements.

    The current conference is just another pointless roll of the 2SS dice and the Israelis will simply ignore its findings as it has the recentUNSC vote. The only way forward is a hope that in the very near future the PA charade will implode and the Israelis will be obliged to take over direct governing responsibility and the cost of sustaining the millions of native Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.(nb they do not have “final solution” option)
    Being the arrogant no one can touch no one can tell us what to do racists that they have developed into this will include an overt”Apartheid” system which even their finest Hasbarists will be unable to spin and no sane leader in the International Community will be able to ignore. So we have South Africa Mark 2 and the downfall of this Mark 2 version will be a lot more rapid than version 1 what with the Internet/mobile phones and BDS already having set the ball rolling.

    One state solution here we come. Just a matter of time and following a lot of Israelis grabbing their second passports and jumping ship.

    • echinococcus
      January 15, 2017, 3:06 pm

      Ossinev,

      Excellent description of the “Process” of the ongoing annihilation of the owners of Palestine.
      What I just don’t see is why the Zionists should not have the “final solution” option. It is already being implemented and I never came across a compelling argument in this regard.

      Also, re your future tense for Apartheid and “One state solution here we come”: Excuse me? It is and it has been a single Apartheid state, at any rate a full-fledged one since 1967 — no need to get into the nitty-gritty of the earlier situation. The laughable virtual Palestinian statehood is pure fiction anyway.

      So I suppose that what I am discussing is the statement about the Apartheid single state being “a matter of time”. We are at a more advanced stage and the ongoing genocide leaves no time.

      • inbound39
        January 15, 2017, 9:26 pm

        The least the Conference could have done was to call on Nations to impose sanctions against Israel to get it to withdraw from Occupied territory and cease settlements.

      • echinococcus
        January 16, 2017, 5:06 am

        Inbound,

        “The least the Conference could have done” doesn’t seem to have been among its preset objectives. In fact, look at both the recent UNSC resolution and this conference: the main objective is to give a new lease on life to the 50-year-old myth of a bilateral “Process” of discussing among unequals about what the protocol of future hypothetical talks may possibly consist of. Both UNSC res and Conference are strictly about “bilateral talks”, nothing else.

        After the Oslo disaster that placed all resistance under direct Zionist control, the only thing that the West must do now is to renew the illusion of bilateral talks every once in a while, to keep its public opinion going. Some comedy to convince the boobies that the non-existent talks must be wrested off an inflexible Zionist government helps establish it as a bona fide measure.

      • inbound39
        January 16, 2017, 12:37 pm

        I concur with you echinococcus……Israel though at this stage is exposed and many are waking up to what has been going on. It will come down to protests and Public pressure on Politicians globally ….like South Africa.

  11. Ossinev
    January 16, 2017, 6:09 am

    @echinococcus
    Thanks for your comments. Ref the Apartheid scenario we both know that there has effectively been an Apartheid system in Israel and Palestine since 1948. It has however been wrapped up/disguised/figleafed from the outside world through Zionist Hasbara and the ongoing Israeli charade of seeking peace and two states which has always been a sham. Nevertheless the charade has served to make the endemic Apartheid effectively “covert” to general public in the West and has given Western governments the excuse to continue with the pointless” peace brokering” routine – the latest example being the laughable Paris conference. As I have said the situation will IMHO dramatically change when the PA implodes which I believe will happen in the very near future .Israel will then be in a position where they will have to give equal rights to the Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem ( not a hope in hell ) or impose an “overt” as opposed to a “covert” Apartheid system which Western governments will have no choice but to act upon through sanctions and boycotts as with South Africa.

    Ref the ongoing genocide and Final Solution. I have not seen any up to date demographics but I suspect that the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem and the West Bank is stable and if anything growing and despite the lawnmowing the same would apply to Gaza. So in my opinion yes there is a serious and deliberate ethnic cleansing and displacement plan and process being implemented on an ongoing basis by the Israelis in East Jerusalem and the West Bank but a planned incremental genocide no. They are happy to take out individual Palestinians when afforded opportunities but ongoing planned killings no – even the craziest of Israeli politicians and officials (and most of them are now crazy) recognise that in 2017 that is not an option. Similarly with an overall “Final Solution” to the Palestinian population problem. They obviously can`t exterminate them en masse – although I suspect a very large proportion of the Jewish Israeli public would love to do just that . They can`t round them all up and restrict them to razor wired camps( too expensive and too many echoes of Nazi Germany – leaving aside the fact that precious Chosen People blood would be spilt in gallons as the Palestinians would resist).They can`t force them into neighbouring states as they would first have to round them up (see above) and the neighbouring states would resist(more PCPB spilt)

    Basically Zionist Israelis are screwed(and all their own doing) and the only thing which is holding back the reality of it all is the continuation of the Quisling/Vichy PA farce – very soon to be history IMO.

    • echinococcus
      January 16, 2017, 2:04 pm

      Ossinev,

      there has effectively been an Apartheid system in Israel and Palestine since 1948. It has however been wrapped up/disguised/figleafed from the outside world through Zionist Hasbara and the ongoing Israeli charade of seeking peace and two states

      Correct. That’s why the single most urgent objective should be making clear the one-state reality and destroying all the fictions, including both that of a “justified” partition and that of a separate Palestinian state (the latter was useful when represented by an exiled resistance –no longer so.) Instead of supporting them.

      As for the ongoing genocide, stable census figures are not an argument; the material hurdles are being met by adapting the pace and methods of the extermination to the conditions on the terrain –the Ottoman forced marches were just as effective as the camps and ovens, and Zionist creativity is getting rave reviews in the US.

  12. HarryLaw
    January 17, 2017, 5:57 am

    ” Palestinians cannot be expected to return to the negotiating table while Israel continues to act with impunity and the world stands idly by”. The problem is that the Palestinian leadership have returned to the negotiating table time and again for the past 20 odd years. Whose fault is that? The US/Israel having fooled Abbas many times expect [with good reason] to do it again. All Israeli leaders just want time to implement their schemes. The settlement enterprise, according to the UNSC and the International Court of Justice [ICJ] are illegitimate / unlawful, but the UNSC will not take action [US veto] and the ICJ action was only an opinion. What we are left with is the action at the ICC, the only body in the International arena which has the capacity to prosecute the Israeli leadership, why is not more pressure put on the ICC in the Hague to expedite the case on this crucial question? Last I heard it could take 12 years to bring the case to trial, if it ever gets there. Ridiculous!

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