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September 25, 2007
 WAWA Blog  September 25, 2007
The PA is another layer of the occupation; but the tide has turned....

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The tide is turning
Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, The Electronic Intifada, Sep 24, 2007
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9005.shtml


The years 2007 and 2008 are landmark ones for those campaigning against occupation and for the Palestinian right to self-determination. Forty years of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip was nonviolently marked around the world in June; next year, peaceful demonstrations will observe the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel during which approximately 700,000 Palestinians were forced from or fled their land -- an event that Palestinians call the Nakba, or "catastrophe."

Next year's worldwide campaigns will reinforce grassroots initiatives, reaffirm the numerous UN resolutions which reaffirm the Palestinians' right to self-determination, and call for the establishment of civil society networks.

As for Israeli civilians, since 1967, as many as one million have voted with their feet and left Israel, and some say the rate of those refusing to serve in the Israeli army is as high as 50 percent and that 30 percent of Israeli pilots refuse to bomb the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This occupation is unsustainable and Israeli civilians are losing faith in militarism. It has to end, and we must work out viable alternatives for living together peacefully, in full recognition of our mutual rights, not least the fundamental human right to self-determination.

Central issues such as acknowledgment by Israel of responsibility for the refugees must be addressed. Not least for the sake of Israeli "closure" and an end to the exceptional nature of Israel, which prevents it from participating as a normal state in this Parliament of Man, which is the UN.

Regarding Israel's cozy relationship with the US, which just announced a $30 billion military aid package for Israel, journalist and filmmaker John Pilger recently observed, "No other country on earth enjoys such immunity, allowing it to act without sanction, as Israel. No other country has such a record of lawlessness: not one of the world's tyrannies comes close. International treaties, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, ratified by Iran, are ignored by Israel. There is nothing like it in UN history."

In fact, in direct negation of UN recognition of Israeli statehood, Israel has ignored over 60 UN Security Council resolutions.

However, as Pilger also points out, the tide is turning. "The swell of a boycott is growing inexorably, as if an important marker has been passed, reminiscent of the boycotts that led to sanctions against apartheid South Africa. Both Mandela and Desmond Tutu have drawn this parallel; so have South African cabinet minister Ronnie Kasrils and other illustrious Jewish members of the liberation struggle."


In Palestine this year, Kasrils said the situation there is 100 times worse than it was in apartheid South Africa. UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, and (in a parliamentary debate) British Member of Parliament Clare Short, have both said that human rights conditions in the EU trade agreement should be invoked and Israel's trading preferences suspended. The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, John Dugard, speaks of crimes against humanity, as the occupation is characterized by elements of colonialism and apartheid.

After five years of working with diplomats, politicians and aid workers in Israel and Palestine, I see on an individual basis enormous personal support and empathy for the Palestinian cause because the picture of injustice is clear. But we stand at the edge of a dangerous chasm, a widening gulf between realpolitik and policies of peace and democracy.

To compel diplomats or politicians to change policy, we must build grassroots movements like the anti-apartheid movement in the '80s or civil rights in the '60s.

In Palestine there are daily home demolitions, arrests, settler violence, the building of the wall on Palestinian land, expropriations, tree uprootings, detentions, closures, checkpoints and military raids. Israeli society is dysfunctional, and Palestinian society powerlessly disenfranchised, so outside help and solidarity are vital. Only this will send the message to Israel and its sponsor the United States that the crimes of occupation are intolerable and must end.

For the sake of both Israel and the Palestinians, we must save Israel from itself. Living in South Africa under apartheid, I saw boycott efforts encourage public awareness, apply pressure and state disapproval for the government's racist policies. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has said boycotts "will not change positions in a day, but they will send a clear message to the Israeli public that these positions are racist and unacceptable ... They would have to choose."

We must halt the Israeli government's suicidal policies. This means lobbying those in power (especially in Washington, but also Europe) and insisting they visit Palestine with critical guides to see what's really going on.

The Israeli government and the neoconservative Bush administration are not acting for peace and it's up to us as citizens of the world to voice our disapproval. We are fighting a spiritual battle that we shall, insha'allah, eventually win. Together.

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein is Action Advocacy Officer of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, a peace and human rights organization based in Jerusalem.

This commentary is adapted from a speech given by the author at the EU Parliament on 30 August 2007 at a United Nations civil society conference for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.








Ha'aretz Monday, September 24, 2007


 How many were arrested last night?

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/906499.html

By Danny Rubinstein


Last Thursday I joined a group of senior Palestinian Authority officials who traveled from Ramallah to Jericho for the dedication of the new Palestinian Security Academy training ground. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was the guest of honor. He had just completed his joint press conference with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and was stopping in Jericho en route to Jordan. From there he was to fly to the United States, where he will meet today with President George Bush at the United Nations in New York.

Jericho is considered a quiet town. With the exception of the hotel, the closed casino at the southern entrance to the city and the destroyed police building, it looks fairly miserable, as it was when the Israel Defense Forces occupied it over 40 years ago. The Security Academy complex is northwest of the city. It is an impressive structure, with classrooms, computer systems, and a spacious, modern gym, all built with aid money, mainly American.

The first class, 120 officers from all of the PA security organizations, will begin its training in the coming days. The students will learn basic subjects, including administration and law. General Tawfiq Tirawi, the strongman of the West Bank security organizations, is emphatic: "They will also learn Hebrew - there will be no officer here who does not know Hebrew well."

There seems to be a serious effort to revamp the PA security forces in the West Bank, but it is not clear whether the attempt will work. In recent years security control over a number of cities in the West Bank was transferred to Palestinian organizations, which failed.

According to IDF sources, each time the IDF stopped raiding a city in the West Bank it became a safe haven for militants preparing attacks inside Israel, such as the one that was foiled in recent days in South Tel Aviv.

The West Bank security question is governed by paradox. The great concern is that if the IDF withdraws completely from Palestinian urban centers (what used to constitute Area A), terrorist cells will find room to organize themselves. Moreover, Hamas activists will become more powerful and will pose a threat to the institutions of the Palestinian Authority, toppling them as they did in the Gaza Strip.

As such, the IDF and the Palestinian security organizations are now focused on hunting down militants and carrying out extensive arrests in the West Bank. Among those arrested are Hamas activists, and also some who are suspected terrorists. For months now, Israeli news reports announce the number of fugitives arrested the night before. The arrests of Hamas activists in the West Bank by the PA has already caused some discontent in the larger cities.

On the one hand, the intense activity of the IDF in the West Bank ensures that Abbas' security organizations remain in control there and prevents the strengthening of Hamas, but the opposite is also true. The PA is becoming very weakened by Israel's operations. It is increasingly seen as an authority that is managing to survive in the West Bank only thanks to the IDF and the collaborators working for Israel's Shin Bet intelligence service. In the West Bank they joke that Abbas and his men, who also include a group of 200 Fatah refugees from the Gaza Strip, do not dare travel stray too far from Ramallah and the Muqata'a, the presidential complex. Some (Nabil Sha'ath, Mohammed Dahlan and Hassan Asfur) spend most of their time in Egypt , while others appear to have become exasperated with the Palestinian nation-building effort and simply moved to Amman. How long can this continue?

Shortly before his death three years ago, the sociologist Gadi Yatziv wrote that in the IDF struggle against terrorism, victory is part of failure. It is impossible to win because every raid, assassination, arrest and roadblock stir rage and hatred and broaden the pool of conscripts for terrorist cells. But it is also impossible to fail because the spokesmen of the Israeli security establishment will always claim that without these raids and roadblocks, terrorism will be much worse. It is an argument that cannot be refuted.



   
 
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