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Palestinians mount peace plan fightback at UN

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Palestinian officials went on the offensive at the United Nations, seeking to rally opposition to Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” but their options are limited.

Last year, Buttigieg said that he’d condition aid to Israel over annexation. Now he’s flip-flopping on that promise.

Michael Arria on
Pete Buttigieg, on keyboards. From his Facebook page, June 11.

When the subject came up at recent debate, Pete Buttigieg seemed to distance himself from his previous position on conditioning aid to Israel. However, now that many believe the Trump administration has effectively rubber-stamped Netanyahu’s annexation plans via its new “peace plan”, Buttigieg is running away from the issue entirely.

Trump ‘Plan’ would create a fictitious Palestinian state devoid of rights under international law

François Dubuisson on
President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, January 28, 2020. (Photo: Koby Gideon/GPO)

The State of Palestine that would be created under Trump’s “Plan” would be largely fictitious, with no control over its borders, its security and its population, with a completely fragmented and shrinking territory. This would violate international law, gives Palestinians no rights, and is reminiscent of the South African “Bantustan” project of the 1970s, Francois Dubuisson, professor of international law, writes.

Photo Essay: Palestinians converge on Jordan Valley checkpoints to protest Trump plan

Keren Manor on
Israeli soldiers fire sound grenades at Palestinian protesters by the Tayseer checkpoint, the Jordan Valley, the West Bank, January 30, 2020. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz / Activestills)

The morning after President Donald Trump committed to recognizing Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank during the release of his much-awaited Middle East peace plan, Palestinians protested the deal that would annex the Jordan Valley, the breadbasket of the West Bank, by motoring trackers through an Israeli checkpoint.  

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ won’t bring peace – that was the plan

Jonathan Cook on
(Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

The Trump plan kills the charade that the 26-year-old Oslo process aimed for anything other than Palestinian capitulation. It fully aligns the US with Israeli efforts – pursued by all its main political parties over many decades – to lay the groundwork for permanent apartheid in the occupied territories.

A Palestinian-Israeli peace with no Palestinian in sight

Nour Joudah on
Palestinians watch the televised press conference of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Khan Yunis in the southern of Gaza Strip on January 28, 2020. Donald Trump announced his “ultimate deal” for Middle East peace, saying his plan would be a “realistic two-state solution” that had already been agreed to by Israel. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images

Nour Joudah writes, “the debate, the conversation, the driving force for peace and justice in Israel-Palestine cannot be about salvaging a territory of fragmented Bantustans, pieced together with a highway and tunnel.”

Jared Kushner taunts Palestinians because he wants them to reject his ‘peace plan’

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Jared Kushner promoting his plan on CNN

The internet is abuzz with comment about Kushner’s interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, during which he said, “[Palestinians have] screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve had in their existence.” James North says Kushner’s nastiness toward Palestinians is no accident, but designed to goad them into rejecting his ‘peace plan.’

Trump’s embrace of apartheid was brought to you by the organized Jewish community

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The Trump peace plan was brought to you by the Jewish community. Over the last 20 years, vigorous opposition to the pro-Israel right inside the US Jewish community has been quashed, and liberal Zionists have enforced that line by refusing to organize as equals with the community Israel is oppressing: Palestinians.

The ‘Deal of the Century’ is Apartheid

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Map of a future Palestinian state in the Trump administration plan.

President Trump’s plan was labeled the ‘Deal of the Century’ because it was supposed to bring peace and dignity to the people of the Middle East. Instead it does the exact opposite and resurrects apartheid, a racist political system that should have been left in the dustbins of history.

‘These Chains Will Be Broken’ — Ramzy Baroud’s book on Palestinian prisoners

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From Ramzy Baroud’s groundbreaking book on Palestinian prisoners: “I have nothing to apologize for,” Mohammed al-Deirawi told the Israeli judge who sentenced him. “I will never apologize for resisting the occupation, defending my people, fighting for my stolen rights. But you need to apologize, and those who demolish homes while their owners are still inside are the ones who must apologize.”

Liberal Zionists decry Trump plan as an existential threat to ‘Jewish democracy’

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Liberal and centrist American Zionists regard Trump’s plan as an existential threat to “the Jewish democracy.” These Israel supporters say the plan will move Israel toward annexing much of the West Bank, thereby ending any possibility of a two-state solution and leading to a binational state in which Palestinians will demand equal rights.

Trump unveils peace plan, promising more land and control for Israel

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Trump’s plan, according to a “conceptual map” the administration released, would see Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley, the areas around the Dead Sea that are currently in the West Bank, and the ‘E1’ area between Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Weaponizing the Holocaust against Palestinians

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Menahem Begin (R) with Vladimir Jabotinsky (C) in Pinsk, December 12, 1933. (Photo: National Photo Collection of Israel, Photography dept. GPO)

Israelis have often likened Israeli atrocities against Palestinians to Nazi conduct against Jews, and when a BBC reporter dares to reference the Palestinians in a report on Holocaust remembrance, Israel apologists go nuts.