Author Archives: Jeff Halper

About Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper is the Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He can be reached at [email protected]

Israel’s message to the Palestinians: Submit, leave or die

The Kerry initiative may have ended with a whimper instead of a bang, but its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was significant and fundamental nonetheless. Jeff Halper writes that the end of the political process, futile as it may have been, triggered the collapse of the status quo as we have known it for the past 47 years. The Israeli military operations “Brothers’ Keeper” in the West Bank and “Protective Edge” in Gaza represent the imposition of a regime of warehousing, of outright imprisonment of an entire people. The seemingly blind and atavistic destruction and hatred unleashed on the Palestinians over the past few weeks is not merely yet another “round of violence” in an interminable struggle. It is the declaration of a new political reality.

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An open letter to J Street: Let’s talk

Finally the fog of the two-state solution is lifted and we see reality: naked, raw occupation and apartheid with no pretense of two equal “sides” or genuine negotiations. Now where do we go from here? J Street can help by engaging liberal Jews in imagining the democratic future, Jeff Halper implores it.

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What Comes Next: Towards a bi-national end-game in Palestine/Israel

The struggle for a just peace in Palestine/Israel, we find ourselves at a precarious crossroads. It is clear that the two-state solution is dead and gone, the victim of deliberate Israeli policies of settlement, territorial confiscation and Israel’s refusal to relinquish control over Palestinians’ lives. Yet the Palestinians, whose lead we must follow, have only just begun formulating alternatives, mainly around the notion of a single democratic state. Finding ourselves locked in a political struggle with no end-game for which to advocate is dangerous and self-defeating; it only invites other forces to step into the breach and impose their own agendas. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”

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Stop the demolitions in Jerusalem!

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is behind the latest stratagem to judaize Jerusalem. Israel has long sought to maintain a 72 percent Jewish majority in the city. The latest effort to hold the line means demolishing thousands of Palestinian homes and building Jewish settlements and “national parks” in Palestinian areas, forcing Palestinians to abandon the city

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Kerry’s ‘Pax Israeliana’ has failed. What next?

Kerry’s statecraft has failed. The Israeli government is simply incapable of agreeing to the creation of a viable Palestinian state, even if the Israeli people support one. But even European governments are incapable of setting aside the failed two-state paradigm. This gives great power to the international grass-roots movement for justice, and the BDS campaign. We the people must be the ones to formulate the outlines of just solutions to conflicts. Governments will not do that. We must keep them honest.

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A Voice and Presence Passes: Remembering Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013)

Jeff Halper remembers Stéphane Hessel (1917-2013).

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Roots of Resistance: We all have a responsibility to turn resistance into liberation

Jeff Halper writes, “The people who rose up in the first Intifada began the task of liberation; it is our responsibility to join with our Palestinian colleagues to formulate the most effective strategies possible to turn their resistance into genuine liberation.” This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

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Our vision of a just one-state solution — Jeff Halper of ICAHD

There is no possibility of creating a viable Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. The only options are apartheid, warehousing of Palestinians, or a just one-state solution. Let us begin to lay out our vision for a just one-state future, Jeff Halper says

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‘Judaizing’ Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, with backing from Americans

Jeff Halper visits the Natche family home in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, which is under threat of eviction by vigilante settlers led by Arieh King and backed by the Israel Land Fund.

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The end of the ‘two-state solution’ is the beginning of a more just future

Ever aware that the struggle for liberation must be led by Palestinians, our collective task at the moment, in my view, is to bring about the collapse of the present situation in Palestine in order to exploit its fundamental unsustainabilty.

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Will the tent protests break out of the neoliberal-Zionist-security box?

The demonstrations currently roiling Israel constitute a grassroots challenge to Israel’s neo-liberal regime. Beginning as an uprising of the middle classes – especially young people who have trouble finding affordable housing – it has spread to the working class, the … Continue reading

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Working around America: a new strategy on Israel/Palestine

Last Friday’s vote in the UN in which the US refused to follow the other 14 members of the Security Council in condemning Israel’s ongoing settlement project – including, it should be noted, such traditionally pro-Israel stalwarts as Britain, France … Continue reading

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Jeff Halper to Pete Seeger: Ditch the JNF and honor the boycott

Dear Pete, All the best from your friends in Israel/Palestine. In that spirit, I was surprised to hear of your planned participation in With Earth and Each Other: A Virtual Rally for a Better Middle East. While at first blush … Continue reading

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