Category Archives: One state/Two states

Chomsky and BDS

Parsing Noam Chomsky’s argument against portions of BDS in The Nation, Tom Suarez says Chomsky grants too much authority to what Israelis will accept, or maybe not, and fails to see the power of BDS in educating the world about Palestinian conditions in exactly the way the world was educated about South African apartheid

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‘Haaretz’ conference trumpets tired word ‘Peace’ (when the only solution is ‘equality’)

Haaretz’s self-serving Israel Conference on Peace on July 8 in Jerusalem, should focus on Equality, not Liberal Zionist efforts to salvage a two-state solution with a few rightwing Revisionist adversaries. “Peace” is a hasbara homerun. Even AIPAC says it wants peace.

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What Comes Next: Five Palestine futures

Richard Falk writes, “Peace through bilateral negotiations presided over by the United States has long seemed moribund to many close observers, but after the recent collapse of the talks this top down diplomatic approach seems discredited even among governments and at the UN, at least for now. Yet it is impossible for most of the world to accept the finality of such a stalemate that favors Israel, in effect, ratifying land grabs and apartheid structures, while consigning the Palestinians to regimes of misery of for the indefinite future, which translates into the rigors of permanent denial of rights, oppression, refugee camps, and involuntary exile. This bleak assessment raises the question ‘What Now?’” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”

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Interview with Haidar Eid: Resisting 66 years of Israeli Apartheid

Video of a 2010 interview with Dr. Haidar Eid in Gaza on the peace process, BDS and the one state solution.

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Beinart predicts J Streeters will tackle immigration before thinking critically about Israel

Peter Beinart says young J Streeters will focus on issues like immigration while ignoring the question of whether to confront Israeli apartheid.

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Now that Israel has killed the two-state solution, will liberal Zionists support equality or ethnocracy?

Now that the Two State Solution has finally received its autopsy results, what will liberal Zionists do: move left to support equality, or move right to support a state of permanent apartheid? For self-identified liberal Zionists, like Peter Beinart pictured above, that’s the obvious existential question.

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Obama outmaneuvers Netanyahu, at last

It’s about time the Obama administration answered Israel’s many rebukes to the vaunted peace process. The anonymous officials who blames the Israelis for the failure of talks — and Haaretz is saying it’s Martin Indyk — were serving as the president’s proxies.

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In historic interviews, US officials blame end of talks on Israeli land theft

U.S. officials blamed Israel’s land theft to build colonies on the territory meant for a Palestinian state as the reason for the talks’ failure. And one told Ynet, “I guess we need another intifada,” to change the power dynamics that allow Israel to get away with expropriating land

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Welcome to the post-peace process era: A review of Ali Abunimah’s ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’

As Secretary of State John Kerry’s April 29 deadline looms for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, it is clear the peace process is at a dead end. Ali Abunimah’s new book, The Battle for Justice in Palestine, has arrived at the most opportune time, offering readers compelling deconstructions of Israel’s claims to a “right” to maintain itself as an exclusivist, discriminatory state, in-depth reportage of the Israel lobby’s desperate, and often risible, efforts to prop up the country’s eroding image, and a reframing of the debate away from Palestinian sovereignty toward self-determination as the post-“peace process” paradigm to be embraced.

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Peter Beinart misses South Africa’s apartheid lesson, Gideon Levy gets it

Peter Beinart fails to learn South Africa Apartheid Lessons, Gideon Levy Points Path to Equality

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Palestinian youth say the talks with Israel are futile

Allison Deger talks with youth activists in Ramallah who took to the streets in the past to protest Palestinian negotiations with Israel, but now are sitting it out as they do not believe their representatives will listen to their grievances. Bassel from al-Walaja says, “We are not objecting to just the negotiations and their failures and their success. We’re against the whole thing: recognizing Israel, the two-state solution. We’re against all of it in principle.” Above, Palestinian security forces beat youth protesters with batons at a demonstration in 2013.

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Apathy in Ramallah as negotiations with Israel dive

What will remain, said George, sitting in the Ramallah Cafe, is “one apartheid state: one state for two peoples where one has all of the rights, the Israelis, and one has none of the rights, the Palestinians.” As negotiations between Israeli and Palestinians leaders reach a crisis, in Ramallah, the urban reprieve and seat of President Mahmoud Abbas’s government, the breakdown passes with much apathy.

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MJ Rosenberg’s conundrum

M.J. Rosenberg is a well-known, sharp-minded critic of the Israeli government. But he is also a “liberal Zionist” who believes in the legitimacy and necessity of a Jewish state. This point of view has led him to attack the BDS movement.

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‘NYT’ covers Palestinian generational divide over the two-state solution

In the New York Times Jodi Rudoren reports on the debate happening within West Bank Palestinian families on the way forward – one state or two?

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Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State?: An excerpt from Ali Abunimah’s ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’

Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state has become his latest rhetorical strategy to stymie US-brokered peace talks. In an excerpt from his new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine,” Ali Abunimah deftly unpacks this talking point by showing what it means today in practice: “The cumulative impact of Israeli policies deemed necessary to protect Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state can be seen in the yawning gulf that exists between Jewish and Palestinian citizens.”

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Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours by Israeli forces

Tuesday marked a day of funerals as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza mourned six killed by Israeli forces within twenty-four hours. Three were killed in the West Bank in separate instances and three were killed in the Gaza Strip from an air strike. Above, the funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, in Beitin, a village in the West Bank.

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Rising star Naftali Bennett is the new standard bearer for hardline Zionism

On January 28, Naftali Bennett gave a spellbinder of a speech (see video above) at The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual conference. The speech positioned Bennett as the standard bearer for a type of hardline Zionism which unlike its mainstream political opposition, does not even pretend that it is willing to make peace with the Palestinians.

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Palestinians in Hebron demand Israel ‘Open Shuhada Street’ and protest twentieth anniversary of Ibrahimi mosque massacre

On Friday around one thousand Palestinian and Israeli activists protested in the West Bank city of Hebron to reopen Shuhada Street.

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10,000 Israeli teens follow mother-hen of extremist settler movement in anti-Kerry protest

Do these teens remind you of the dizzy teens awaiting the Beatles? Change the scene: Days before John Kerry will arrive in the Middle East for more negotiations, thousands of Israelis marched in the occupied Jerusalem hills to claim land that would be essential to a two-state solution

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Haaretz op-ed cuts to the chase: ‘Israel does have a solution: do nothing’

Haaretz Op-Ed: “The reality, of course, is that Israel does have a solution. It’s just that it’s difficult to talk about it with a straight face. Israel’s solution, ever since the time of Yitzhak Shamir, if not long before, is to do nothing. That’s the solution: not-so-benign neglect.”

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Netanyahu: ‘There’s a problem the Palestinians are [in the West Bank] . . . I don’t want a binational state, and I don’t want them as citizens or subjects’

Haaretz reports on a meeting of the Likud Knesset faction today where Benjamin Netanyahu opened up about the US-led negotiations.

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Low turnout for Palestinian prisoner release as negotiations slump

In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the U.S.-backed direct negotiations. Families of the released prisoners still gathered to welcome loved ones home, but perhaps reflecting the malaise towards the ongoing negotiations the crowd was noticeably smaller than past releases.

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‘Time is running out’: The peace process and the fierce urgency of never

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Since the dawn of the peace process, serious men and women have warned that time was running out on a two state solution, and yet there has been so little progress. Max Blumenthal has compiled news clippings from the last three decades illustrating the fierce urgency of never when it comes to negotiations in Israel/Palestine.

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John Kerry’s framework proposal sets the stage for the ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank

In recent days, US and European diplomats have been engaged in a frenzy of activity on the Israeli-Palestinian front. In a last desperate effort to break the logjam in negotiations, Washington plans to unveil its so-called “framework proposal” for the creation of a Palestinian state next month. The outlines of the US vision of an agreement are coming into focus, and as many expected the picture looks bleak for the Palestinians.

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Palestinian negotiators angered as Kerry proposes Israeli demands

Kerry met with Palestinians and Israelis on Thursday and Friday. Kerry is pushing to lead a three-party summit with Abbas and Netanyahu and a security plan in which the Israel military would have a significant long-term presence in a future Palestinian state. The Palestinians feel that Kerry is presenting what are Israeli demands as his own.

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