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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
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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  1. just on May 31, 2016, 4:58 pm

    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.

    • Kay24 on May 31, 2016, 10:09 pm

      What next? Can it be identification numbers tattooed on all Palestinians?

      • Pixel on May 31, 2016, 10:40 pm

        Thank you, Kay. This needed to be said.

      • annie on June 1, 2016, 2:50 am

        tattoos are so old fashion. why not just plant a chip in their brains, they when they get out of line they can zap them from a remote location.

        they all share a common trait of requiring some kind of permit/ identification to cross the border.

        requiring someone to get a permit is not a “trait”. a trait “refers to a characteristic that is caused by genetics” or perhaps a characteristic picked up by a persons family or culture. it’s not something imposed on a person by the state.

      • JWalters on June 1, 2016, 4:30 am

        What next – biometric data on all Americans. Americans already must go through long security checks to fly from one city to another inside America, all part of helping Israel in its 60 year war on Arabs. The biometric data requirements will first be integrated into the airport screening procedures. They will be sold by touting a reduction in time American travelers must spend waiting in line to protect Israel. The equipment may even be sold to America by Israeli security companies.

        The problem with this plan, as with all previous plans, is that the Israelis are acting 100% in bad faith, as they have been since 1948. Jimmy Carter, being honest and not needing campaign money, has said their goal is to take land, not make peace. Talk is just a delaying tactic while they take more land, and destroy more people.

        Flournoy would be Defense Secretary in a Vichy government. I await George Clooney’s movie.

    • Lillian Rosengarten on June 1, 2016, 11:02 am

      This is really horrendous, a racist , fascist assault on human rights. There is no 2 state solution possible since all the land has been seized , stolen, as Israel sinks into deeper self destruction. 1st step towards any change is to end the occupation. It is clear to me the rise of anti-Semitism, a real hatred towards Jews has been born again from the belly of Zionist Israel.Israel is a hateful mockery of democracy. What surprises me is the complicit silence from the US and EU. Unthinkable and disgraceful.

      • JWalters on June 1, 2016, 6:49 pm

        “What surprises me is the complicit silence from the US and EU”

        I agree, it’s remarkable. But it’s also clear, strong evidence of an important fact of reality. All those voices we would expect to be speaking out against glaring injustice are somehow being silenced. It’s like the dog that didn’t bark in the Sherlock Holmes mystery. It’s a clue. In that story it was a clue to an inside job.

  2. Kay24 on May 31, 2016, 10:07 pm

    For what its worth:

    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:

  3. Marnie on June 1, 2016, 1:01 am

    “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 thing left to complete the subjugation and humiliation of an entire population is tattooing, as Kay24 said, maybe not. Maybe something like a bar code or those ‘chips’ that have been used (voluntarily so far if I’m correct) in the US?

    The Palestinians have never had any reason to trust the united states and it is incredulous that once again, all planning and preparation regarding the Palestinian people has not one Palestinian on its board. How can the united zionist states constantly set up scenarios wrt Palestinians, make sure the united zionist states gets whatever it wants and then have the nerve to say they have no Palestinian ‘partner’ who is willing to take part in the annihilation of his or her own people?

  4. pabelmont on June 1, 2016, 8:48 am

    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.

  5. rolf on June 1, 2016, 10:27 am

    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 Power)!

    The audacity!
    1. of biometrically spying on/controlling anyone
    2. of doing so on people we demonize/dehumanize whilst WE are culpable of being demons! WE choose to be Chosen People, not any sane God, lest we insult Him/Her to be psychotic, we choose to be Entitled and we loot others for our augmented reality-distortion field lifestyle, through Destabilization / Total Destruction / Disproportionate Wars / Economic Hitman Divide & Conquer tactics / Greed etc. We, as long as believing our corrupt media & dogmatic propaganda gov, whilst we do not use our independent minds & Constitutional rights to criticize against false flags / false patriotism / inhumanity etc., are just as guilty as our gov & media & interest groups. None of us are innocent to atrocities in our name, whether through tax abuse or not. Living in a democracy we can not ignore voting & holding those culpable responsible. Otherwise we’re no better than a Tyranny and Democratic tyranny is worse, since it hides behind the veil of freedom and can do more damage than a normal tyranny that does not hide behind what it is.

    Heroic Israeli journalist Gideon Levy also agrees with U.S. culpability.
    In this video interview on Real News by journalist Max Blumenthal (journalist & BDS activist, author of book 2013-10 “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”,
    Gideon states USA is responsible for the Occupation.
    He states without USA, ISRAEL’s Apartheid can not survive!
    (We finance iserael’s hegemony & bombs & settlers & factories & reparations etc.)
    However, israel is begging/controlling/hemorrhaging/spying on/guilt-tripping US, so you can’t simply blame US alone, it takes 2 to tango!

  6. iResistDe4iAm on June 1, 2016, 11:50 am

    Israel Has 101 Different Types of Permits Governing Palestinian Movement

    What Israel calls permits, South Africa used to call Pass laws.
    I guess the current abominable system of control is too onerous on the occupiers … it’s no surprise they’d want to implement more efficient Pass laws using biometrics.

    Apartheid on steroids.

  7. Talkback on June 2, 2016, 8:37 am

    Nazi propaganda was actually pretty stupid compared to Zionist propaganda. They should have called their anti Jewish policy “security needs” and their skull and nose size measurements “collecting biometric data”, occupied territories “disputed”, the Warsaw Ghetto a “hostile entity” or “Jewishstan” and any criticism of Nazism “antigermanism” or “pure hatred towards the German people”.

    • eljay on June 2, 2016, 8:48 am

      || Talkback: … any criticism of Nazism “antigermanism” or “pure hatred towards the German people”. ||

      Hatred toward the German people AND the world’s only German state! :-(

      • Talkback on June 3, 2016, 6:00 am

        And delegitimation of their historic right to settle within the borders of the Holy Roman Empire, especially in Bohemia and Moravia! :-(

  8. Ossinev on June 2, 2016, 12:48 pm

    A good summary of Nazi Germany`s propaganda failings compared with Zionist lead labels. I think “terrorism” and”terrorists” were also allegedly around in 1930`s and 40`s Europe so Goebbels and co perhaps missed out by not labeling all Jews as “terrorists”?

  9. Ossinev on June 3, 2016, 12:31 pm

    I think this may reflect sound long term planning by the JSILis. There are already signs that apart from the bought and bent political establishment who are rapidly becoming yesterdays news , ordinary Americans who are suffering from austerity are starting to seriously question why billions of their tax dollars are going to a supposedly healthy and robust foreign economy. This particular suckling teat may soon be a thing of the past. By default it has been part financing the occupation and Gaza blockade and the JSILis must be looking at ways to reduce the cost especially if they lose mommie US,s reassuring breast milk.

    Why not then consider Knesset legislation making “chipping” for all Palestinians compulsory just like for dogs. Basically an increasing majority of JSLis consider the Palestinians to be “dogs” in any case so it does make sense. That way you can track the beasts 24/7 without moving from your comfortable hi tech tracking station behind the “Green Line” and if you suspect that they are up to no good then again from the comfort of your station you can dispatch a drone to eliminate.

    No more smelly , sweaty heavily armoured tours of duty in downtown Hebron having to get up close and personal with non disinfected Goyim.

    This would of course be just another way of addressing JSIL`s world leading security needs , preventing another Holocaust and incidentally allow JSIL to conduct serious live practice of alternative population control methods.
    (This last bit sounds eerily familiar )

    Anyone who criticizes what would be a totally justifiable and restrained methodology would be “outed” of course as a rabid anti – semite who has no conception of the enormity of the threats to JSILi Jews and the imminent danger of a second holocaust etc etc etc etc yawn yawn yawn yawn

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