Hamas and Fatah: Why the two groups are failing By Jonathan Cook

12 May 2018 — Jonathan Cook

Palestinian factions need to reinvent themselves and find more successful strategies to give the public hope, analysts say

Al Jazeera – 12 May 2018

The Palestinian national movement, which has led the decades-long struggle against Israel’s takeover of the Palestinians’ homeland, has reached the lowest ebb in its history, according to analysts.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 31 October 2012: Israeli soldier acquitted of killing a child with a shot to the head

31 October 2012 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Report: “Soldiers Kidnapped 292 Palestinians In October”
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped in October 292 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, adding that among the kidnapped are 26 children. …

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YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE: THE NEED FOR “COLLAPSE WITH AGENCY” IN PALESTINE By Jeff Halper

18 February 2012 — ICAHD

Even as I write this, the bulldozers have been busy throughout that one indivisible country known by the bifurcated term Israel/Palestine. Palestinian homes, community centers, livestock pens and other “structures” (as the Israel authorities dispassionately call them) have been demolished in the Old City, Silwan and various parts of “Area C” in the West Bank, as well among the Bedouin – Israeli citizens – in the Negev/Nakab. This is merely mopping up, herding the last of the Arabs into their prison cells where, forever, they will cease to be heard or heard from, a non-issue in Israel and, eventually, in the wider world distracted from bigger, more pressing matters.
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EI: Palestinian heritage vandalized | Thomas Friedman | Ameer Makhoul on prisoner swap | And more …

7 November 2011 — UPDATE FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

LATEST OPINION AND FEATURES FROM THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

Israel’s vandalism of Palestinian heritage
By Abe Hayeem, 7 November 2011
Amongst the fallout of Palestine’s admission as a member state, Israel’s warning that it “will now reconsider its cooperation with UNESCO” is the biggest irony.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/israels-vandalism-palestinian-heritage/10564

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Sami Jamil Jadallah – The Palestine Papers; time to bury the PLO and PA

28 January, 2011 — Palestine Think Tank

For the past few days I have been spending much of my time reading the released documents on Aljazeera (www.transparency.aljazeera.net) and the Guardian of Manchester, watching Aljazeera and reading other publications. One thing for sure the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is in a panic, caught with its pants down, offering different spins talking non-sense, shifting the discourse from what the papers shows to discrediting Aljazeera for publishing ‘fake documents’, ‘partial and selective’, ‘nothing new’ and accusing both Aljazeera and the ruler of Qatar of inciting the public against the Palestinian leadership and defending the indefensible, the sell out of the Palestinian people down the drain. Personally I never believed in claimed mission of the PLO, never believed in or trusted the leadership, never believed its lies about its ‘institutions’, never believed in the competency let alone the integrity of the leadership, and always believed the PLO and its leadership as criminal mafia. The PLO and the leadership squandered the lives of hundreds of thousands, and squandered tens of billions that remained unaccounted for.

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STUDENTS OCCUPY PALESTINIAN EMBASSY IN LONDON

28 January, 2011

General Union of Palestinian Students’ (GUPS) Campaign for direct elections to the Palestine National Council (PNC)

We, Palestinian youth of the General Union of Palestinian students, gather here today in honour of the integral part our union has played in the struggle for liberation. Since its official foundation more than five decades ago, GUPS has been at the forefront of mobilising our people and regenerating our commitment to Palestine, especially in times of national danger and depletion. We are at the office of the PLO delegation to the United Kingdom in order to reassert our inalienable rights, and today we claim our right to democratically participate in the shaping of our destiny. We begin a national initiative to campaign for direct elections to the Palestinian National Council on the clear understanding that only a reformed national representative institution, that includes the will of all Palestinians, those struggling in the homeland and those struggling in exile, can create a representative Palestinian platform, and restore the PLO as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

In the spirit of national unity that bring us here today, we remind Palestinian youth everywhere of the National Reconciliation Document of the Prisoners of 2006, issued from the Occupier’s prisons from the leaders of all political parties. Its second point of national unity urgently calls for the reactivation of the PLO through its democratic mechanisms, enfranchising all Palestinians, the millions of refugees in exile, and those inside. We are all Palestinian citizens, we all have the right to vote. We declare here that we insist upon this right to form our national institutions.

We announce, in the spirit of national unity that brought us here, and with the aim of leaving behind factionalism in order to liberate our homeland and return to our homes:

1.The call for direct elections to the Palestine National Council, the parliamentary body that gives authority to and creates the political platform, strategies and policies, for the Palestine Liberation Organisation, to be held one year from this day, in January, 2011.

2. The inclusion of all our people wherever they now live – in the homeland, the shatat, in the prisons, and the camps of refuge in that election.

3. That this new representative body, reflective of all sectors of our people, reform and reactivate the PLO institutions so that they embody the will of the Palestinian people as a whole, in accordance with the principle of direct elections.

We urge all Palestinians at this critical moment to join our call for representation, and to take up our historic responsibility in the struggle for liberation, only on the basis of popular sovereignty. We begin the campaign through our national institutions and our associations, in the spirit of our united love of our homeland and the principles that bind us, to restore our PLO as the legitimate voice of the Palestinian people.

January 27th, 2011.

Charlotte L. Kates charlotte.kates@gmail.com

Papers reveal how Palestinian leaders gave up fight over refugees By Ian Black and Seumas Milne

24 January, 2011 — The Guardian

Negotiators agreed just 10,000 to return
PLO agreed Israel could be a ‘Jewish state’
US suggested Palestinians live in Latin America

Palestinian refugees, who fled the besie
Palestinian refugees, who fled the besieged camp of Nahr al-Bared in north Lebanon. Photograph: Ramzi Haidar/Getty

Palestinian negotiators privately agreed that only 10, 000 refugees and their families, out of a total refugee population exceeding 5 million, could return to Israel as part of a peace settlement, leaked confidential documents reveal. PLO leaders also accepted Israel’s demand to define itself as an explicitly Jewish state, in sharp contrast to their public position.

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The Palestine papers By Matthew Weaver

24 January, 2011 | 9.27am — The Guardian for live updates

Mustafa Barghouti, an independent member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, said the papers showed that the Israeli don’t want a two-state solution despite their support for it in public. He gave his reaction to my colleague Harriet Sherwood.

Asked if Erekat should resign, he said: “The whole Oslo process has failed, it’s not about one or two or three individual negotiators.”

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