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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.

An unlikely nemesis: maverick lawyer sues Israel supporters over human rights

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A Palestinian family victimized by illegal Israeli settlers is suing Benjamin Netanyahu and his American abettors, including Jared Kushner and Sheldon Adelson, in a D.C. federal court. The suit is the branchild of Martin McMahon and relies on legal precedent regarding South African apartheid’s dehumanization of a civilian population and the universality of war crime law stemming from the Eichmann case.

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’s next?’: Palestinians fear Area B ban will set dangerous precedent

Yumna Patel on

The village of Turmus Ayya, nestled in a valley between the Nablus and Ramallah districts in the northern occupied West Bank, had high hopes when a local Palestinian company proposed constructing a new housing development on the outskirts of the village. But the Netanyahu government wouldn’t allow it. “We learned from the media that Israel was banning construction in Area B, specifically in Turmus Ayya and the villages around the Shilo settlement,” Saeed Hussein, mayor of Turmus Ayya told Mondoweiss. “Since the release of the peace plan, any new policy in Israel can be directly tied to the American government,” Hussein said.

‘Whether they accept it or not, it’s going to happen’ — Netanyahu lays out Palestinian submission to Trump plan

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Netanyahu’s discussion of Palestinian submission to the “radical” and “historic” terms of the Trump “peace plan” sounds very much like surrender. Recognize Israel as “the Jewish state,” accept Israeli sovereignty over much of the West Bank, including every Jewish settlement. Accept Israeli military control forever. Netanyahu laid out these terms in a speech to rightwing American Jews from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

The ‘Deal of the Century’ endorses Zionist ethno-religious claims

Hasan S. Ayoub on

Trump’s “Deal of the Century” ends the two-state paradigm by endorsing Israel’s “Nationality Law” of 2018 and longstanding Zionist and biblical assertions about Jewish claims to the land and the absence of national rights of the indigenous population: the Palestinians.

Trump cuts last remaining aid to PA to coerce acceptance of annexation plan

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The Trump administration has dealt another blow to the the flailing Palestinian Authority (PA) in the form of more budget cuts, this time to the PA’s security forces. It is understood that future funding is contingent upon the PA accepting Trump’s “peace plan” that was released two weeks ago, which they have categorically rejected.

Time to ditch US as peace broker: Abbas

James Reinl on
Palestinian protesters wave national flags during a rally in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and against US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on February 11, 2020. Photo by Oday Deybes/ WAFA

Addressing diplomats in New York, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proposed an “international mechanism” to replace the Americans as the sole broker of negotiations with Israel.

Kushner sells plan to skeptical UN

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Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

Jared Kushner tried to persuade United Nations Security Council members on Thursday to back his plan for re-starting talks between Israelis and Palestinians amid doubts that the proposal is just cover for an Israeli land grab.  

More than Apartheid

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A Palestinian stands on his property overlooking the Israeli settlement Har Homa, West Bank, February 18, 2011. (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill)

The “Deal of the Century” has reinvigorated the discourse naming Israel’s practices as apartheid, but Nada Elia says we must push for a denunciation of the entire scope of the initial catastrophe that befell Palestinians last century, rather than its recent manifestations.

The ‘Deal of the Century,’ an architecture of exclusion

Nizar Mohamad on
General view of the wall of separation between Ramallah and Jerusalem, July 9, 2012. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century,” much like his presidency, is a morbid joke. Sadly, however, the punchline running centerstage in this theater of the absurd is set to come at the expense of the Palestinians.

Trump and Balfour compared

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Arthur Balfour and Jared Kushner

James Zogby writes, “Welcome to the world ushered in by the “Deal of the Century.” It is a world not unlike the one that confronted Arabs in Balfour’s World War I era -– the injustices it will bring forth and the struggle for justice it will give birth to will continue.”