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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.

Mahmoud Abbas listening to Barack Obama at the UN General Assembly in 2011. (Photo: Seth Wenig/AP)

In an excerpt from her new book “Justice For Some: Law and the Question of Palestine,” Noura Erakat tackles the Palestinian Authority and its “illusory quest” for statehood where economic perks under the promise of self-autonomy “has shaped the Palestinian leadership’s commitment to U.S. tutelage and its reticence to embark on a bolder course based on a politics of resistance.”

While apartheid, military occupation, and even ethnic cleansing, have at times surfaced in mainstream discussions, these phenomena are not Israel’s ultimate crimes. They are means to control Palestinian lives and, as such, symptoms of the ongoing Nakba. But they are effectively part of a structure that is rarely verbalized: Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian population.

The Palestinian writer Raja Shehadeh does not support a two-state or one-state solution. He envisions “one region,” reminiscent of a Greater Syria. “It will come one day. But it’s a dream, just like the one-state solution is a dream. It’s futile for us to dream now. We should focus on calling for the end of the occupation, and then we can find ways that we can live together,” he tells Jaclynn Ashly in an interview in occupied Ramallah.