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From Covid-19 to the ‘Deal of the Century’ — Palestine and international law

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Israeli leaders may seize the coronavirus moment to create further ‘facts on the ground’ in Palestine through annexation and expansion, as envisioned through the joint US-Israeli ‘peace plan,’ Yaser Alashqar writes. They imagine they can defeat the Palestinians, but a campaign for equal rights cannot be defeated.

Palestine’s War and Peace

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Hatim Kanaaneh reviews Rashid Khalidi’s latest work ‘The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine’: “Though I have read a good number of histories of Palestine, I hardly turned a page in Rashid Khalidi’s new book that didn’t surprise me with new and well-documented information about my own history.”

Filmmaker Ken Loach shows (all) racism the Red Card

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British filmmaker Ken Loach is compelled to withdraw from an anti-racism charity event because pro-Israel activists target him for his support of BDS. The price for keeping Loach would be “to wreck not only the competition and Ken Loach’s reputation, but the charity’s very existence,” his supporters said.

Bring maximum pressure on Israel to end siege or Gaza could become a graveyard

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“The international community is watching what is happening in Gaza, and never does anything concrete to stop it. People have compared Gaza to a zoo. There have been reports saying that Gaza would be unliveable in 2020, and this was without the Coronavirus. Well, now we are in 2020.” –Khalil Abu Yahia, an English teacher in Gaza, speaking to Independent Jewish Voices of Canada.

An Epidemic in a Settler Colony: Coronavirus in Palestine/Israel 

Ahmad Al-Bazz on
Israeli forces at Al Walaja checkpoint, West Bank, March 2020. (Oren Ziv / Activestills).

The entire experience of the coronavirus in the West Bank serves as a perfect example of how Israel rules over Palestinians. While the coronavirus doesn’t differentiate between Israelis and Palestinians, Israel sure does. Everything in this country is politicized and affected by the colonial structure. The epidemic is just another perspective to understand it from. 

Coronavirus exposes Israel’s political secret (apartheid)

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The imperative of fighting coronavirus with aggressive public health measures presents Israel with a choice — let Palestine go to hell, or take full control over the health system — and thereby exposes the political truth of Israeli governance. There is one apartheid state, with a legally privileged racial group and a second- and third-class subject population.

Coronavirus is an urgent reminder that Gaza’s siege is a death sentence

Mary Turfah on
A Palestinian talks with his mother who is under quarantine at a government facility located in the Mahfouz al-Nahnah Algerian School in Gaza City March 26, 2020. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

Although coronavirus seems to be relatively contained inside the Gaza Strip, the new cases raise the specter for what many of us have known for a long time: trapping millions in close quarters is a death sentence. In this crisis, as many officials reocgnize, incarcerated people should be released.

Forward global thinking on COVID-19

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Palestinian members of the civil defense disinfect the streets as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, in Khan Younis in the southern of Gaza Strip, on March 23, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Dr. Alice Rothchild writes, “The announcement that nine cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Gaza filled me with a new level of anxiety and despair. Gaza is at the beginning of the pandemic curve.”

Blocking medical aid to Iran isn’t just immoral, it’s stupid

James North on
COVID-19 patient being treated in Iran, (Fars News Agency)

Advocates for regime-change think if the US squeezes Iran enough during the pandemic, the people will turn against the clerics. They made similar foolish conclusions about Iraq. They underestimate the power of nationalism. Iran has become a regional power in part because its people have solidified against sanctions.

The suspension of Israeli ‘democracy’

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(Cartoon: Carlos Latuff)

This week, several extreme measures were taken to suspend core features of Israel’s ‘democracy’ – the parliament was closed, the courts, and more. This has been framed as a necessary response to the coronavirus epidemic. But Israel has a long and sordid record of exploiting ’emergency’ for cynical aims.

Coronavirus — How can I not think of Gaza?

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How can I not think of the residents of Gaza who are prisoners of an inhuman blockade that has lasted for more than 13 years when I find myself confined to my home, forbidden to leave my house except for 5 reasons set by the government and provided that I have a certificate? But in Europe at least, we don’t have snipers to enforce this ban.

Sanders’s recent woes have brought joy to the Israel lobby

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Israel lobbyists are thrilled by Bernie Sanders’s recent stumbles at the polls. A Democratic Party Israel lobby group spent $1.4 million against Sanders, and Obama’s former ambassador to Israel writes, “No issue brings out [Joe] Biden’s passion more than his commitment to the U.S. partnership with Israel.”

As ‘blatant racism’ unravels Netanyahu’s opposition, liberal Zionists put their heads in the sand

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Blatant racism by three Israeli pols, including one allied with the leftwing party Meretz, has stymied the effort to knock Netanyahu out of the premiereship. Sadly, American liberal Zionists are too busy pushing a “progressive” slate to the World Zionist Congress to denounce the racism among their allies. magine if a Democratic Party politician refused to work with black leaders?

Israel’s electoral struggle for racial purity

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The Israeli left is shocked when one of its legislators– Orly Levy-Abekasis — refuses to support a government that has the outside backing of Palestinian politicians. They shouldn’t be shocked. This is Zionism.

Resisting Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ as I learned from my Sitti Tamam

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Majed Abusalama's grandmother, Sitti Tamam, confronts Israeli soldiers imposing a curfew in Gaza. (Photo: Al-Ayyam)

My parents, grandparents, and every Palestinian’s answer to the Trump deal is nothing less than intensifying the resistance for our legitmate rights and right to return, and exposing the international community’s complicity in Israeli Apartheid. In those moments, I feel the memories of my grandparents. Their spirits are looking at me and telling me, ‘resist Majed, resist, there is only one way.’

What happens if Coronavirus reaches the Gaza Strip

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Employees of the Palestinian ministry of health prepare quarantine barracks to test passengers returning from China for coronavirus, installed by Palestinian ministry of health, at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip February 16, 2020. (Photo: Mariam Dagga/APA Images)

What if the Coronavirus reaches the besieged Gaza Strip? While the question carries great urgency for all Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation, the Gaza situation is particularly complex and extremely worrying. 

Two words that strike terror into a liberal’s heart: ‘Jewish democracy’

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Israel’s third election inside a year shows the rightwing continuing to gain ground. This is what Jewish nationalists want. A society governed by an authoritarian leader, no matter how corrupt. Just so long as there are no Arabs anywhere near power. The only hope politically is the burgeoning Joint List of Palestinian parties, which reject apartheid and discrimination.

Under the radar: Israeli water companies in the UK

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Netafim drip irrigation (Photo: Borisshin / CC BY-SA)

Israeli multinational water, irrigation, and sewage companies – some with connections to the Israeli military and prison service – have made significant inroads into the UK market.