Belgian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel



(1) Resources (oldest first):
(2) "Oslo": below (latest first)
(3) General: below (latest first)

  • Israel SHAHAK, « Jewish History, Jewish Religion . The Weight of Three Thousand Years. » Forewords by Gore Vidal and Edward Said, with a new introduction by Norton Mezvinsky. Pluto Press (1994, 1997, 2002) 2008.
  • Shlomo SAND, « The Invention of the Land of Israel. From Holy Land to Homeland » Transl. by Geremy Forman. Verso, 2012, 295p.
  • Ilan PAPPÉ, « Ten Myths About Israel. » Verso, 2017, 171p.
  • Alain ALAMEDDINE, « One Democratic State: Palestine, Israel, or Palestine-Israel? » (The Palestine Chronicle, August 20, 2023): click here!
    Much like other colonial endeavors, Zionism has largely succeeded at making the colonization of Palestine about the colonizers rather than the colonized.
  • Peter BEINART & George BISHARAT, « On Addressing Jews » (Jewish Currents, Sept 18, 2023): click here!
    The death of the two-state paradigm provides an opportunity for the Palestinian national movement to once again speak explicitly to Jews.

"Oslo" (latest first):
  • Lex TAKKENBERG: “Oslo after thirty: A paradigm beyond partition” (Mondoweiss, Sept 24, 2023): click here!
    Dr. Lex Takkenberg argues that we need to move beyond Oslo's paradigm of partition and separation and to instead adopt a new-old vision for a single democratic state..
  • Yael BERDA: “The permit regime is Oslo’s enduring legacy. It must be abolished” (+972, Sept 21, 2023): click here!
    The separation logic enshrined by the Oslo Accords birthed a cruel system of Israeli control, whose security justifications collapsed into openly racist ones.
  • Peter BEINART & Odeh BISHARAT: “On Addressing Jews” (Jewish Currents, Sept 18, 2023): click here!
    The death of the two-state paradigm provides an opportunity for the Palestinian national movement to once again speak explicitly to Jews.
  • Aziza NOFAL: “Comment les accords d’Oslo ont consolidé la mainmise d’Israël sur l’accès à l’eau en Palestine” (Middle East Eye, Sept 21, 2023): click here!
    Les accords signés en 1993 permettent à Israël d’exercer un contrôle écrasant sur les aquifères de la Cisjordanie occupée, plongeant les Palestiniens dans une pénurie d’eau persistante.
  • Joseph MASSAD: “From Oslo to the end of Israeli settler-colonialism” (MEE, Sept 14, 2023): click here!
    The ongoing Palestinian struggle to defeat the Zionist project is a war between two groups of Palestinians: the hopefuls and the hopeless.
  • Yumna PATEL: “‘It was set up to fail us’: Palestinians reflect on 30 years of the Oslo Accords” (Mondoweiss, Sept 14, 2023): click here!
    Though the Oslo Accords and its signatories made many promises to the Palestinians, in reality, it carved Palestine up into bantustans and ghettos with limited self-autonomy for Palestinians on a minuscule portion of their homeland.
  • Miko PELED: “Understanding Oslo is crucial for moving forward” (Mondoweiss, Sept 14, 2023): click here!
    All these decades after Oslo, we should recognize that there is no solution without the full liberation of Palestine. Oslo has become the litmus test for how sincere one is about the liberation of Palestine.
  • Hamada JABER and Ofer NEIMAN , One State Foundation: “Our lesson from the Oslo process: A one-state solution for Israel-Palestine” (il manifesto, Sept 13, 2023): click here!
    The debate on the most just solution for Israel and Palestine has never ceased. We’re publishing the contributions of two leading entities in the Israeli and Palestinian landscape, those favoring one-state and two-state solutions. ─ The Oslo Accord, ceremoniously signed on September 13, 1993 has brought about 30 years of misery and deepening human rights violations in Israel-Palestine. In the past three decades, thousands have died, hatred has grown and despair has deepened. We, a Palestinian and an Israeli, wish to take stock of what has happened, assess the potential for change and underline the potential for effective action we can all take. In doing so, we must question the very foundations of a ‘peace process’ that was doomed from its inception.
  • Meron RAPOPORT: “‘I told Arafat: Israel will promise you an inch and not give you a millimeter’” (+972, Sept 13, 2023): click here!
    Reflecting on the Oslo Accords 30 years later, veteran politician Hanan Ashrawi recounts her arguments with PLO leaders during the negotiations, and explains why Israel's political crisis is opening cracks in the occupation.
  • Faris GIACAMAN: “Oslo lives. Death to Oslo.” (Mondoweiss, Sept 13, 2023): click here!
    Thirty years on, the legacy of Oslo has given birth to two parallel worlds — one that rejects the order that Oslo created, and one that will stop at nothing to preserve it.
  • Dahlia SCHEINDLIN: “The contradictory afterlives of Oslo” (+972, Sept 12, 2023): click here!
    A path to peace. A blasphemous betrayal. A cover for the occupation. How did the Oslo Accords morph into such infinitely pliable meanings?
  • Raef ZREIK: “The Oslo trap: How the PLO signed its own death warrant” (+972, Sept 11, 2023): click here!
    From asymmetrical concessions to renouncing armed struggle, the fate of the Palestinians was sealed before Arafat and Rabin even shook hands.
  • Amira HASS: “For Israel, the Oslo Accords Were a Resounding Success” (Haaretz, Sept 12, 2023): click here!
    The creation of Palestinian enclaves is an internal Israeli compromise: making the Palestinians disappear without expelling them. In the meantime, Israel reaps great profits, in part by turning the West Bank and Gaza into a human laboratory.
  • David HEARST: “Oslo is dead. Liberal Israelis must make common cause with the Palestinians” (Middle East Eye, Sept 6, 2023): click here!
    Thirty years on from the signing of the Oslo Accords, the one lesson learnt is that only equal rights between equal citizens, Palestinian and Jewish, can end this conflict.
  • Omar DAJANI & Hugh LOVATT, “Rethinking Oslo: How Europe can promote peace in Israel-Palestin" (European Council on Foreign Relations, July, 2017, pdf, 16p.): >click here!
    The Oslo Accords have provided Israel with effective political cover to maintain a prolonged occupation and undermine prospects for Palestinian self-determination through a twostate solution.
  • Edwar SAID: "The Morning After" (London Review of Books, Vol. 15 No. 20 · 21 October 1993): click here!
    Now that some of the euphoria has lifted, it is possible to re-examine the Israeli-PLO agreement with the required common sense. What emerges from such scrutiny is a deal that is more flawed and, for most of the Palestinian people, more unfavourably weighted than many had first supposed.

General (latest first):
  • Fadi ZATARI: « Colonialism and Occupation: The Great Delusion of the Two-State Solution” » (The Palestine Chronicle, 21 October, 2023): click here!
    In recent discourse, the enduring dialogue on the two-state solution has re-emerged, invoked by a spectrum of stakeholders, encompassing scholars, activists, and political figures, including influential leaders within the Middle East region. This conversation inadvertently disregards and neglects the fundamental underpinnings of the protracted conflicts in Palestine, which are deeply rooted in historical events such as the colonization of Palestinian territories, the establishment of the Israeli apartheid system, the ethnic cleansing and genocidal actions perpetrated against Palestinians, the expropriation of their land, and the systemic and severe human rights violations perpetrated by the Israeli Defense Forces and settlers.
  • The Rights Forum: “Loze tweestatenoplossing maakt Haagse politiek medeplichtig aan Israëls misdaden” (12 september, 2023): click here!
    Politieke partijen die nu nog schermen met de tweestatenoplossing moeten uitleggen hoe die dertig jaar na ‘Oslo’ nog gerealiseerd kan worden. En anders aanvaarden dat hun standpunt hen medeplichtig maakt aan de onder die noemer voortdurende Israëlische misdaden tegen de Palestijnen.
  • Baker ZOUBI: “‘The government’s goal is to leave Palestinians in Israel without leadership’” (Haaretz, Aug 10, 2023): click here!
    Despite criticisms of the body, Palestinian citizens view efforts to outlaw the High Follow-Up Committee as a dangerous attack on their political rights.
  • Ofer ADERET: « Golda Meir Was ‘Open' to a Palestinian State, 1970 Minutes Reveal » (Haaretz, Aug 1, 2023): click here!
    Golda Meir has gone down in history as someone who rejected the idea that there was a Palestinian people at all, yet newly disclosed minutes show that she briefly entertained the notion of an independent state alongside Israel.
  • Joel BEININ: « A century after its founding, the Israeli Communist Party is at a crossroads » (+972, July 28, 2023): click here!
    For 100 years, Maki has been the leading force for Jewish-Palestinian equality in Israeli politics, yet it has failed to unite Arab and Jewish workers into a viable movement. Was it doomed from the start?
  • Ramzy BAROUD: « The Resistance vs. the Palestinian Authority: Will Abbas lead Palestinians to civil war? » (MEMo, July 17, 2023): click here!
    This is the perfect opportunity for Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, to exit the stage. But he will not. Abbas' brief visit to the devastated Jenin refugee camp in the northern Occupied West Bank on 12 July demonstrated the absurdity and danger of the PA and its 87-year-old leader.
  • Amir TIBON: « International Community Starts Speaking of 'One-state Reality' in Light of Israel's Settlement Construction » (Haaretz, July 2, 2023): click here!
    Former UN secretary general recently warned that the two-state solution is no longer relevant. His statement joins the calls of others, who believe that the time has come to abandon the 'land for peace' formula and focus on the demand that Israel grant equal rights to Palestinians.
  • Lawrence DAVIDSON: « How stable is Zionist Israel? » (Redress Information & Analysis, June 18, 2023): click here!
    It is time to ask the question: just how stable is Zionist Israel? Is it possible that the Jewish population of Israel constitutes an inherently unstable society by virtue of deeply rooted divisions? Are these divisions so deeply rooted that they are irreconcilable? As Lloyd Green put it in a recent article in the Daily Beast, “Decades-old grudges have now morphed into pitched political battles. Antipathies of the old world are now playing out in what was thought to be a high-tech Hebrew-speaking Mecca.”
  • Gareth EVANS: « The Case for Recognising Palestine » (The Conversation, June 14, 2023): click here!
    Since a United Nations General Assembly Resolution vote in November 2012, Palestine has had the status of a state within the UN system. It is not a full member state but, like the Holy See, a non-member observer state. Australia – after a heady debate within the Gillard cabinet – abstained on that vote.
  • Yousef ELDIN: «'As Palestinian youths, the political process has failed us' » (BBC News, June 12, 2023): click here!
    Palestinians under the age of 30 have never had a chance to vote in an election and many say they have little faith in the Palestinian leadership. Exclusive data shared with the BBC suggests they are increasingly rejecting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • « Israel’s One-State Reality. It’s Time to Give Up on the Two-State Solution », by Michael Barnett, Nathan Brown, Marc Lynch, and Shibley Telhami (Foreign Affairs, April 14, 2023): click here! Republished: Jewish Voice for Labour (April 15, 2023), click here!
    The most surprising thing about this article is where it appeared – the prestigious US journal Foreign Affairs, which describes itself, probably correctly, as “the leading magazine for in-depth analysis and debate of foreign policy, geopolitics and international affairs”. Thie really does represent a seismic shift in the ideas that are now being allowed to enter the arena of legitimate debate in leading policy circles today. To talk of one state was, until relatively recently, to invite accusations of being antisemitic. How times change!
  • Bishara A. BAHBAH: « President Mahmoud Abbas Has Destroyed the Palestinian National Movement » (Haaretz, April 13, 2023): click here!
    Mahmoud Abbas' corruption and autocratic rule are deeply ingrained. But more recently his feeble leadership has led Palestinian extremists to control the course of events, in a dangerous waltz with Israel's own elected extremists.
  • Walid HABBAS: « Shrinking the Conflict: Debunking Israel’s New Strategy » (Al-Shabaka, March 6, 2023): click here!
    Since 2021, Israeli leaders have proposed a new series of economic policies under the approach of “shrinking the conflict.” This strategy aims to afford Palestinians more economic opportunities and so-called freedoms as a way to sustain the Israeli occupation. In this policy brief, Al-Shabaka policy analyst Walid Habbas debunks the framework and explains why Palestinians will not be pacified with economic incentives.
  • Amal AHMAD: « The PA’s Revenue Structure and Israel’s Containment Strategy » (Al-Shabaka, Feb 15, 2023): click here!
    The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) budget disproportionately relies on clearance revenues — import taxes collected by Israel on its behalf — that the Israeli regime regularly withholds as political blackmail. As a result, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza suffer severe economic consequences.
  • Belal SHOBAKI: « Reconstituting the PLO: Any Place for Hamas and Islamic Jihad? » (Al-Shabaka, Sept 14, 2022): click here!
    When Ahmad Al-Shuqairi founded the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964, he envisioned an entity that represented all Palestinians. However, he could not realize this vision because Fatah expressed its lack of confidence in him and his PLO policy in a statement to the December 9, 1967, meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo. Fatah had previously spoken out against Arab guardianship of the Palestinian cause and of the need to liberate Palestine through armed struggle. Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s current position toward the PLO’s political platform resembles that of Fatah in the late 1960s.
  • « The Biden-Lapid “Jerusalem Declaration”: Strategic partnership of imperialism, Zionism and settler colonialism » (Samidoun, July 15, 2022): click here!
    Below are key points identified by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in responding to the Biden-Lapid Declaration (“The U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Joint Declaration”) issued on Thursday, 14 July 2022. While the declaration largely holds nothing new, it once again reveals the joint commitment to imperialism and Zionism that is responsible for the past 75 years of colonization in Palestine.
  • Marion KAWAS: « Why the “river to the sea” is the only viable strategy » (Mondoweiss, July 13, 2022): click here!
    To honor Ghassan Kanafani's memory, we must demand freedom "from the river to the sea.
  • Basil AL-ADRAA: "Hamas’ landslide student election win marks major shift in Palestinian politics" (+972, May 31, 2022): click here!
    The Islamist movement's stunning victory in Birzeit University’s student union vote reflects growing discontent with the West Bank's ruling Fatah party. - The annual elections at Birzeit are widely regarded as a reflection of the broader political mood in the Palestinian street in the occupied West Bank. The university did not hold elections for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making this the first round since 2019. Out of around 12,500 students at the university, four out of five voted in the latest elections, held on May 18, with the voter turnout similar to the rounds in previous years.
  • Omar KARMI: “Has Palestinian unity finally arrived?” (EI, 6 Oct, 2017): >click here!
    TYou sit around for ages, the old joke goes, waiting for a bus, and then three come along at the same time. Something like this seems to be happening right now on the internal Palestinian political front. Until June, Palestinian politics seemed deadlocked, with no prospect of unity, no progress with Israel and no hope for Gaza.
  • Adnan ABU AMER: “Palestinian Authority looks to reinvent itself” (Al-Monitor, Sept 19, 2017): >click here!
    The West Bank leadership is not dissolving the Palestinian Authority (PA) but rather transforming it from an administrative and municipal authority to a resistance authority, a Fatah official said recently. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, told Al-Quds newspaper the PA will begin focusing on issues such as boycotting Israel and obstructing settlement construction.
  • Ronit MARZAN: “What Hamas’ Leader in Gaza Really Said About War With Israel” (Haaretz, Sept 15, 2017): >click here!
    Media sensationalism reinforces the populist 'there's no partner for peace' attitude. Have a closer look at what Yahya Sinwar actually said.
  • Yotam BERGER: “Israeli Party Approves Annexation Plan to Coerce Palestinian Departure” (Haaretz, Sept 13, 2017): >click here!
    With a stamp of Netanyahu approval, right-wing party conference discusses their plan to annex the Palestinian territories and offer a surrender-or-transfer ultimatum.
  • Zeev STERNHELL, “Netanyahou ne recule que devant la force” (Pour la Palestine, 17 juillet, 2017): >click here!
    La visite du premier ministre israélien à Paris le 16 juillet visait à «demander à la France de renoncer à l’indépendance de la Palestine», selon l’analyse de l’historien israélien Zeev Sternhell. Il estimait que Paris ne doit pas céder.
  • Rida ABU RASS, “The Palestinian minority inside Israel is our last chance for freedom” (Mondoweiss, June 14, 2017): >click here!
    In a way, the Palestinian-Israeli minority is our last chance. Whether we envision a one- or two-state solution in Israel, there is an enormous untapped potential in this political and social minority. It we are to end the settler-colonial mentality, and move towards a post-Zionist reality in historic Palestine, the Palestinian citizens of Israel might be our last chance and our best shot.
  • Jeff HALPER: "Ending the occupation isn’t enough” (+972, June 10, 2017): >click here!
    Progressive Israelis and Palestinians have a crucial task: mounting a political movement that gives us an effective voice in forging the future of our country.
  • Yoram YOVELL: "The Experiment That Shows Under What Circumstances We Could Peacefully Live With the Palestinians” (Haaretz,June 9, 2017): >click here!
    Over the past 70 years a natural experiment tested the relations between Jews and Arabs. The results speak for themselves.
  • Amir TIBON: "Exclusive: Obama’s Detailed Plans for Mideast Peace Revealed - and How Everything Fell Apart” (Haaretz,June 7, 2017): >click here!
    Documents obtained by Haaretz detail where Netanyahu was willing to compromise on borders, and how the U.S. failed to get Abbas on board over Jerusalem in 2014.
  • Nathan THRALL: "Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace” (The Guardian, long read, May 16, 2017): >click here!
    The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo.
  • "Ashrawi: Maybe it’s time to stop Zionizing Palestinians and start de-Zionizing Israel” (Mondoweiss, May 11, 2017): >click here!
    We’ve several times mentioned Hanan Ashrawi’s lacerating speech on the cruel delusions of the peace process at the Israel lobby conference in March. Now the conference sponsors, Institute for Research: Middle East Policy and the Washington Report for Middle East Affairs, have published a transcript of the speech.
  • Ilan PAPPÉ: "No, Israel Is Not a Democracy” (Jacobin, May 5, 2017, From Ten Myths About Israel, out now from Verso Books): >click here!
    Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East. In fact, it's not a democracy at all.
  • Roland NIKLES: "Israeli Jews maintain the occupation because it is in their interest — Noam Sheizaf” (Mondoweiss, April 5, 2017): >click here!
    Noam Sheizaf, speaking at the Kehilla Community Synagogue of the East Bay in the San Francisco Bay Area last Friday, made the point that Israel will not change its occupation without outside help. And the most obvious outside “help” to be had is the United States stopping to run interference for Israel at the UN, says Sheizaf. Are you listening Nikki Haley?
  • Jack KHOURY: "For First Time, Hamas Prepared to Accept Pre-1967 Borders for Palestinian State” (Haaretz, March 9, 2017): >click here!
    Hamas soon expected to approve document summarizing the organization’s political and strategic positions, including declaring its independence from any outside party such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Jonathan OFIR: "A Palestinian state has always been a fiction for Zionists” (Mondoweiss, March 5, 2017): >click here!
    From the Israeli leadership perspective, a Palestinian state in any true capacity has always been a ‘Never-Never Land’ that should remain in the realms of fiction. When Israel and the Palestinians embarked upon the famous ‘peace process’ in Madrid in 1991, Prime Minister Itzhak Shamir coined the ‘teaspoon policy’: endless negotiating sessions at which countless teaspoons amounting to mountains of sugar would be stirred into oceans of tea and coffee, but no agreement would ever be reached.
  • Jonathan COOK: "Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state” (Redress Information and Analysis, Feb 23, 2017): >click here!
    For more than 15 years, the Middle East “peace process” initiated by the Oslo accords has been on life support. Last week, United States President Donald Trump pulled the plug, whether he understood it or not.
  • Isaac HERZOG: "Isaac Herzog Details His 10-point Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Peace” (Haaretz, Feb 23, 2017): >click here!
    Israeli opposition leader's plan: Sides will agree on decade of calm, during which time West Bank will be a violence and incitement-free zone; settlement construction outside blocs will be frozen, with more powers to Palestinians – only then negotiations.
  • Nadia HIJAB: "Palestinians must hang on to the green line, whether the aim is two states or one” (The Guardian, Feb 22, 2017): >click here!
    The 1949 armistice border underpins the international community’s refusal to legalise Israel’s occupation. We must hold any changes to it accountable.
  • Alaa TARTIR: "How Palestinians should respond to Trump's 'one state'” Al-Jazeera, Feb 19, 2017): >click here!
    How Palestinians should respond to Trump's 'one state'Palestinians must make clear that the sole prerequisite needed for a lasting peace is justice on their lands.
  • Roger ALPHER: "The Debate in Israel Is Over. Annexation It Is” (Haaretz, Feb 19, 2017): >click here!
    The occupation has defeated sanity, even that of Reuven Rivlin. The president is calling for the country's annihilation.
  • Rashid KHALIDI: "The Middle East 'peace process' was a myth. Donald Trump ended it” (The Guardian, Feb 18, 2017): >click here!
    The final interment of the already moribund ‘two-state solution’ would force all concerned to face what is obvious to any honest observer.
  • Yousef MUNAYYER: "Let's Talk About a One-State Solution Where Israelis and Palestinians Are Equal” (Time, Feb 17, 2017): >click here!
    You could almost hear the collective gasp in the echo-chamber of Washington-based Middle East policy circles when President Donald Trump made comments backing away from the “two-state solution,” which has been a centerpiece of peace policy for the last 15 years.
  • Max FISCHER: "The Two-State Solution: What It Is and Why It Hasn’t Happened” (The New York Times, Jan 29, 2017): >click here!
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday joined a growing chorus warning that the so-called two-state solution, which he called “the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” could be on the verge of permanent collapse.
  • Yuval HALPERIN: "How we can stop the normalization of the occupation” (+972, Jan 26, 2017): >click here!
    Those who want the occupation to end should make every effort to push their governments to express the illegitimacy of Israeli policy and demand the establishment of a Palestinian state.
  • "Special Focus: Palestine at the UN” (Palestine Square, Jan 23, 2017): >click here!
  • Stuart LITTLEWOOD: "Palestine: the international community screws up, again” (Redress Information & Analysis, Jan 20, 2017): >click here!
    The Middle East peace conference which took place in Paris on 15 January was the usual farce, with Israel and Palestine, the subjects under discussion, both staying away. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the talks “useless” and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was off opening an embassy in Vatican City...
  • Robert FANTINA: "International law, the United Nations and Palestine” (Mondoweiss, Jan 19, 2017): >click here!
    The United Nations Security Council recently passed Resolution 2334, which condemns the construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, declares them again to be illegal, and demands a stop to any future such construction. Israel, as expected, has denounced this resolution.
  • Rasha ABOU JALAL: "How Palestinian left hopes to renew political system" (Al-Monitor, 16 jan, 2017): >click here!
    DIn an interview, Jamil Mezher, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's' political bureau, told Al-Monitor that the division between Fatah and Hamas is preventing the renewal of the political system in Palestine.
  • Pascal DEBRUYNE: "Ontsnappen aan de perpetuum mobile van geweld in Israël en Palestina" (MO*, 16 jan, 2017): >click here!
    Dat er grenzen zijn aan geweld is een terechte vaststelling van hoofdredacteur Karel Verhoeven van De Standaard. Dat Dyab Abou JahJah die grens zou hebben overschreden is, politiek én legaal gezien, erg betwijfelbaar. Dat betoogt onderzoeker Pascal Debruyne van de Universiteit Gent in een diepgaande analyse. Want welke grenzen zijn er dan wel aan het geweld en hoe is vrede nog mogelijk in Israël en Palestina?
  • Nadia HIJAB: "This is the one good thing about Obama's legacy in Israel – and John Kerry might be about to destroy it" (Independent, Jan 14, 2017): >click here!
    Stating that Israel must be a 'Jewish state' in which the 1.7m Palestinian citizens of Israel 'live as equal citizens' is not grounded in reality: there are already over 50 laws that discriminate against them, and Kerry’s principles do nothing to address these.
  • Dyab ABOU JAHJAH: "Ten Points On The Truck Attack In Jerusalem" (Blog, Jan 9, 2017): >click here!
    A truck ran over Israeli occupation soldiers in occupied Jerusalem yesterday. Four soldiers died and some others were wounded. The driver was a Palestinian father of three.
  • Amira HASS: "Why the Latest Palestinian Attacker in Jerusalem Was Not Deterred" (Haaretz, Jan 9, 2017): >click here!
    Fadi al-Qanbar knew all the consequences of his actions - he'd seen it many times before - but the Palestinians see Israeli retaliations as a natural part of the general policy toward them, not as a response.
  • Ben WHITE: "The two-state mirage: A fake promise that gives cover to Israel’s land grab" (Middle East Eye, Jan 7, 2017): >click here!
    From John Kerry to Israel’s liberal Zionists, the two-state solution is a misleading mantra that legitimises the seizing of Palestinian land.
  • Stanley L.COHEN: "Israel's never-ending crimes: It's not just settlements" (AlJazeera, Dec 29, 2016): >click here!
    Israel has not just committed unspeakable acts of genocide but done so with absolute transparency.
  • Jonathan OFIR: "John Kerry picked the wrong timeline for the Jewish state" (Mondoweiss, Dec 29, 2016): >click here!
    In his recent speech titled ‘Remarks on Middle East Peace’, US Secretary of State John Kerry offered a wide historical symmetric trajectory including “milestones” which Kerry believes “illustrate the two sides of the conflict and form the basis for its resolution.”
  • Jeff HALPER: "A bi-national, democratic state is the only option Israel and Kerry has left us with" (Mondoweiss, Dec 29, 2016): >click here!
    “Bad Faith and Futile Conflict Management” — that’s the headline I would give to the extraordinary events of the past couple days: the vote in the UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlement; Kerry’s speech tonight on the necessity of saving the two-state solution; and Netanyahu’s reaction to both.
  • Ken KLIPPENSTEIN: "Noam Chomsky: Israel’s Response to the United Nation's Resolution on Palestine Is 'Hysterical'" (AlterNet, Dec 28, 2016): >click here!
     The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a resolution 14-0 condemning all Israeli settlements on Palestinian land as having “no legal validity” and amounting to “a flagrant violation under international law.”
  • Yousef MUNAYYER: "The Reason for Israel’s Hysterical Response to the UN Security Council Resolution" (The Nation, Dec 28, 2016): >click here!
     Netanyahu takes pride in killing the two-state solution—but he doesn’t want to be blamed for it, because he knows the only acceptable alternative is equality for all in a single state.
  • Gideon LEVY: "UN Resolution Is a Breath of Hope in Sea of Darkness and Despair" (Haaretz, Dec 26, 2016): >click here!
    It’s now even more crystal clear: The world thinks the settlements are a crime. All the settlements and all the world | Opinion.
  • Luc DELVAL: "Une nouvelle résolution du Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU : à la fois une réaffirmation du droit et l’entretien d’une illusion" (Pour la Palestine, 24 décembre 2016): >click here!
    Le Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU a adopté vendredi – par 14 voix pour, 0 voix contre et 1 abstention – une nouvelle résolution (N°2334) qui condamne la colonisation des territoires palestiniens occupés par Israël depuis 1967, et … “souligne qu’il est essentiel qu’Israël mette un terme à toutes ses activités de peuplement pour préserver la solution des deux États, et demande l’adoption immédiate de mesures énergiques afin d’inverser les tendances négatives sur le terrain, qui mettent en péril la solution des deux États.”
  • Stuart LITTLEWOOD: "UN Security Council resolution on Israeli colonies: Next step, sanctions please" (Redress Information & Analysis, Dec 25, 2016): >click here!
    Nothing could have been more calculated to ruin Hanukka for the Israeli High Command and bring Christmas cheer to the Palestinian Christians and Muslims they have abused and terrorised for decades. Yes, the United Nations Security Council finally had the balls to adopt a resolution condemning Israeli “settlements” (posh word for illegal squats) on stolen Palestinian lands.
  • Amira HASS: "The Hague: The Reason the Palestinians Are Jubilant and Israel Is Spooked " (Haaretz, Dec 25, 2016): >click here!
    The fresh support from the Security Council could cause the prosecution in International Criminal Court to dare to move ahead from a preliminary examination to an investigation on the settlements.
  • "Resolution 2334 (2016) Adopted by the Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016" (UN Security Council, 23 Dec, 2016): click here!
  • Mya GUARNIERI: "Palestinian right to fight occupation not only moral, but legal as well" (+972, Dec 22, 2016): >click here!
    I agree wholeheartedly with Noam Sheizaf’s recent post about the Palestinians’ moral right to resist. But I would like to add that the moral right to resist is also the foundation of the Palestinians’ legal right to resist the illegal Israeli occupation. Considered within that framework, Israel’s suppression of Palestinian protest and resistance becomes even more striking and perverse.
  • Ali ABUNIMAH: "Why UN resolution on settlements would be bad for Palestinians" (The Electronic Intifada, Dec 22, 2016): >click here!
    The vote on the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, has reportedly been postponed. This came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put pressure on Egypt, the resolution’s sponsor.
  • "Security Council resolution 2334 calls Israel to cease all settlement activities" (UN Report, Dec 21, 2016): >click here!
    The Security Council, Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),
  • Mouin RABBANI,Basem EZBIDI,Tariq DANA, Amal AHMAD : "Palestinian Democracy Denied" (Al Shabaka, Dec 7, 2016): >click here!
    The potential of Palestinian democracy has been greatly weakened by Israel and its military occupation, Palestinian actors such as Fatah and Hamas, and key members of the donor community. Such a situation sustains the dysfunctional nature of the Palestinian political system and the unelected, unrepresentative status of the political actors who dominate the lives of the Palestinian people.
  • Akiva ELDAR: "Netanyahu unruffled by critical UN envoy report" (Al Monitor, Sept 6, 2016): >click here!
    Neither criticism by UN Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov over settlement expansion nor a ruling by Israel's own Supreme Court against the construction of illegal outposts have ruffled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence on portraying Israel as the victim of international persecution.
  • Nafeez AHMED: "The New 'Two-State Solution' That Would Colonize Palestine" (Alternet, Aug 28, 2016): >click here!
    A ludicrous blueprint for permanent foreign military domination.
  • Carolina LANDSMANN: "How I Destroyed the Chance for Israeli-Palestinian Peace" (Haaretz, Aug 26, 2016): >click here!
    The demand for recognition of the Jewish state, which Ari Shavit says he is complicit in, seeks to camouflage the fact that the only people whose right to exist is really denied is the Palestinian people.
  • Gideon LEVY: "Stop With the Nonsense That Palestinians Are a Minority in Israel" (Haaretz, Aug 25, 2016): >click here!
    You can’t argue that the Palestinians aren’t an integral part of greater Israel; occupied and dispossessed, but integral.
  • Ari SHAVIT: "Confession of a Democratic Zionist" (Haaretz, Aug 25, 2016): >click here!
    On June 11, 2009, I published a piece here in which I suggested a formula: A demilitarized Palestinian state alongside the Jewish State of Israel. Three days later it was the thrust of Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan speech.
  • Josef FEDERMAN: "Slim Majority of Israelis, Palestinians Still Favor Two-state Peace Settlement, Poll Says " (Haaretz, Aug 22, 2016): >click here!
    Israeli and Palestinian pollsters see numbers as 'not amazingly encouraging' but a suggestion that not all are satisfied with a two-year stalemate in diplomacy.
  • "Palestinians Form First-Ever Left-Wing Coalition" (Telesur, Aug 11, 2016): >click here!
    The October local elections won't only have Hamas and Fatah on the ballot.
  • Odeh BISHARAT: "Israel Is Tasking Saudi Arabia With Subduing the Palestinians" (Haaretz, Aug 8, 2016): >click here!
    The Palestinians, who have long suffered at the hands of their Arab 'brothers,' are well aware of the nature of the medieval Saudi regime.
  • Rogel ALPHER: "Palestinians and Jews in One Complete Israel" (Haaretz, Aug 6, 2016): >click here!
    The two-state solution is dead. The alternative? Jews and Arabs should be Israelis together.
  • Uri SAVIR: "Is Israel already a binational state?" (Al-Monitor, July 31, 2016): >click here!
    Palestinians believe that calling for a binational state will force the international community to engage in a realistic two-state solution in 2017 and force the Israeli public to see the necessity of Palestinian statehood.
  • Jeremy R. HAMMOND: "The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict" (Foreign Policy Journal, July 9, 2016): >click here!
    It is time for the citizens of the world to effect the paradigm shift required to bring about a peaceful resolution to the world’s most infamous conflict.
  • Alaa TARTIR: "The Middle East Quartet: A dishonest broker in denial of the facts" (Middle East Eye, July 8, 2016): >click here!
    The Quartet needs to talk to Hamas. Instead the pro-Israel bias in its latest report could give Israel the excuse it needs to attack Gaza again.
  • "The Nakba and the Holocaust: A Conversation with Bashir Bashir" (The Nakba Files, June 27, 2016): >click here!
    How can one think productively about the Holocaust and the Nakba together? Political theorist Bashir Bashir argues that confronting this question is necessary in order to develop a new approach to decolonization in Israel/Palestine.
  • "An Israeli Guide to Annexation" (The Nakba Files, June 23, 2016): >click here!
    Below is a breakdown of the different instruments by which Israel has applied parts of its domestic legal system to the territories occupied in 1967, with the ultimate effect of entrenching the settlements and creating a segregated regime of unequal laws for Palestinians and Israelis.
  • "Annexation - What's in a Name" (The Nakba Files, June 21, 2016): >click here!
    Last week, the Knesset Finance Committee approved amendments to Israel’s 1959 Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investment that would extend tax benefits granted to certain businesses inside the Green Line to their counterparts in the settlements. Opposition lawmakers have criticized the proposal as a form of “creeping annexation.”
  • Suhad BISHARA: "Discourse and Dispossession" (The Nakba Files, June 15, 2016): >click here!
    The Nakba dispossesses Palestinians: not only of land and territory, but also at the level of political discourse. Since the establishment of the state of Israel, the country’s judiciary has worked to constrict the space for Palestinian political activity – both parliamentary and extra-parliamentary – through various methods.
  • Edwar SAID: "The Morning After" (London Review of Books, Vol. 15 No. 20 · 21 October 1993): >click here!
    Now that some of the euphoria has lifted, it is possible to re-examine the Israeli-PLO agreement with the required common sense. What emerges from such scrutiny is a deal that is more flawed and, for most of the Palestinian people, more unfavourably weighted than many had first supposed.


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