US thinktank report, co-authored by Israelis, urges collecting ‘biometric data’ on Palestinians

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The Center for a New American Security is a Washington thinktank started by Clintonite liberal interventions (who work very well with neoconservatives). It has just released a new report aimed at reviving the two-state solution by addressing the security needs of Israelis and Palestinians.

The chief author is Ilan Goldenberg, a former Kerry staffer. But of the three other authors, two are Israelis: Nimrod Novik, a veteran Israeli ambassador and political adviser on the Labor side, and Gadi Shamni, a former Israeli military commander.

There are no Palestinian authors. Imagine that: an American thinktank report aimed at resolving the conflict is authored by two Israelis, without any Palestinian authors. (This imbalance is why Palestinians don’t really trust American intervention, because of the role of the Israel lobby in our politics.)

Not surprisingly, the main problem with the report is that it is aimed almost entirely at Israeli security needs, which as Yakov Hirsch says, below, are psychological needs that cannot be addressed by material conditions.

The report describes heavy security arrangements to address “core Israeli security requirements” but not much in terms of protections for Palestinians from Israeli incursions into their supposed sovereignty. Israelis are always the overlords. Thus in the Gaza fishing question, Gazans have their 12 mile nautical zone, but it’s enveloped by an Israeli Navy patrol.

There are two other glaring problems I noticed in a quick look-over:

1. The Israel lobby is alive and well: the United States would have to stand by Israel whenever it needed to invade the sovereign but demilitarized Palestinian state (and commit human rights abuses):

the United States and Israel would have a side agreement stating that if Israel were under direct and imminent threat, the United States would support Israel diplomatically if it chose to take action…

Palestinians wouldn’t like that, but tough:

the first time Israel takes such action, it could cause a major crisis in the agreement, especially if there are no mechanisms to mediate such a crisis. An option to address this dilemma is a a side agreement on the general conditions under which the United States would diplomatically support Israeli action inside the future Palestinian state.

2. The report is obsessive about Palestinian “biometrics.” The word is used 13 times, and it’s creepy. The governments would collect biometric data on all Palestinians and that is a key way that Israeli security would be enforced. The Israeli government would hold all this Palestinian biometric data. There’s no reference to Israeli biometric data, and who would hold that.

Here is the description of the creation of Palestinian passports, for instance:

F. Creation of Passport and Visa Regime
i. Creation of personnel database
ii. Installation of biometric data collection equipment
iii. Training of personnel on biometric data collection
equipment
iv. Collection of biometric and personal data…

Even in traveling from the West Bank to Gaza on a new specially secured “corridor,” Palestinians would have to undergo “biometric” scrutiny before leaving and entering Palestinian space.

This description reads like Big Brother:

There are numerous passport, permit, or visa regimes that can be set up, but the key is that any process would ensure that there is biometric data to confirm the identity of anyone passing through the crossings and that all parties maintain real-time visibility of all crossing data. The [Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli security forces] would use a shared, state-of-the-art traveler database that would include relevant watch lists, shared data on travelers, biometric data for positive identification, and other relevant information. The passport, visa, or permit application process, which would include biometric data collection, would add another level of confidence to personnel identification so that all sides would be satisfied they knew who was leaving and entering via these crossings.

Just in case you found that disturbing, a footnote says Palestinians are already under that kind of control:

Palestinians working in Jordan but living in the West Bank, Palestinians with a Palestinian ID card, Palestinians living in Gaza, and Palestinians with Jerusalem IDs. But they all share a common trait of requiring some kind of permit/ identification to cross the border. And thus whatever system is set up would be no more onerous than the current system but would require everyone to give biometric data when obtaining their crossing documents

What do Palestinians get out of this? Well the report recommends that Israel “eliminate the everyday feeling of occupation as quickly as possible, primarily by reducing the visible presence of the IDF and reducing barriers to movement and access around the West Bank.” I.e., a more cosmetic occupation.

Michele Flournoy, the likely Defense Secretary under Clinton, just introduced the report in a Washington panel on CSPAN, with similar vague expression of concern re “Palestinian plight.”

Yakov Hirsch interprets the word “security” in the Israeli context:

The word ‘security’ doesn’t mean what everyone thinks it means. No country can ever have absolute ‘security.’ And  ‘security’ is unachievable if you think the other side of the conflict is motivated by anti-semitism and the desire to kill Jews, as Israelis do. But it is not at all insurmountable  to have ‘security’ if you think Palestinians are normal people.

 

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Another rotten ‘plan’. Somebody actually pays these people to sit around and ‘think’ up more things that. will. not. work.? I like how you put it, Phil: “a more cosmetic occupation.”

(ooh~ back to craniometry and eugenics perhaps~ biometrics for all Palestinians and others.)

Thanks very much for exposing this.

For what its worth:

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.722537

French plan for peace talks. Who can trust the occupier/thief to agree to any peace when it is making huge plans to build more squatter homes?

Israel Remapped West Bank Land to Pave Way for Settlement Construction
Civil Administration project would allow government to use areas designated as ‘state-owned land’ to expand existing isolated settlements.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.722395

“Palestinians working in Jordan but living in the West Bank, Palestinians with a Palestinian ID card, Palestinians living in Gaza, and Palestinians with Jerusalem IDs. But they all share a common trait of requiring some kind of permit/ identification to cross the border. And thus whatever system is set up would be no more onerous than the current system but would require everyone to give biometric data when obtaining their crossing documents.” IOW, the only… Read more »

Zios all (all!) have a common trait: excessive failure to be sensitive to ordinary requirements of human rights.

Anyone know how this horrible proposal (and its American co-authors) can be identified and (roundly) denounced? These side-agreements (all side agreements between USA and Israel) must be seriously resisted including those (if any: ha!) already in place.

Right. USA is directly responsible for Occupation / Settlers / Apartheid / Genocide, they do so on all levels! Politically / Economically / Culturally!! Yeah, we’re a nation of the FREE & BRAVES!? We do not even have the braveness to speak out, use our demoratic Constitutional Right to express criticism of the status quo & aubse of our taxes (on war-mongering/neo-colonialism – whether internationally on Palestinians or nationally through economic KKK hemorrhage against Black… Read more »