Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will not bring peace – that was the plan for the US and Israel

29 January 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The proposal deliberately includes a host of unrealisable preconditions before what remains of Palestine can be recognised

The National – 29 January 2020

Much of Donald Trump’s long-trailed “deal of the century” came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details.

The so-called “Vision for Peace” unveiled on Tuesday simply confirmed that the US government has publicly adopted the long-running consensus in Israel: that it is entitled to keep permanently the swaths of territory it seized illegally over the past half-century that deny the Palestinians any hope of a state.

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Israel’s machinery of dispossession has crushed the hopes of an inspirational family By Jonathan Cook

14 July 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth - www.jonathan-cook.netThe struggle of Jawad Siyam perfectly illustrates the relentless oppression faced by all Palestinians

The National – 14 July 2019

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organisation.

The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in the shadow of the Old City walls and Al Aqsa mosque.

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How Evangelical Christians risk setting the Middle East on fire

8 July 2019 — Jonathan Cook

TB Joshua is the latest in a wave of pro-Zionist preachers taking an active interest in Israel – and Palestinians will pay the price

Middle East Eye – 8 July 2019

The recent arrival of Africa’s most popular televangelist preacher, TB Joshua, to address thousands of foreign pilgrims in Nazareth produced a mix of consternation and anger in the city of Jesus’s childhood.

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Annexation: How Israel already controls more than half of the West Bank

18 June 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Annexation would only formalise a situation in which almost two-thirds of Palestinian territory is controlled by Israel and settlers live as Israeli citizens

Middle East Eye – 18 June 2019

A state of de facto annexation already exists on the ground in most of the occupied West Bank.

Almost two-thirds of the Palestinian territory, including most of its most fertile and resource-rich land, is under full Israeli control. About 400,000 Jewish settlers living there enjoy the full rights and privileges of Israeli citizens.

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Jerusalem cable car project passes over objections from many quarters

13 May 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Political interests drive tourism plan that would blight historic city’s skyline and bypass Palestinians

The National – 13 May 2019

A proposed cable car project through occupied East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington’s decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital.

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How the rule of the rabbis is fuelling a holy war in Israel

13 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Palestinians, the secular and women all face a harsher environment as theocratic tendencies are entrenched

Middle East Eye – 13 February 2019

In which country did a senior, state-salaried cleric urge his followers last month to become “warriors”, emulating a group of young men who had murdered a woman of another faith?

The cleric did so with impunity. In fact, he was only echoing other highly placed colleagues who have endorsed a book – again without penalty – urging their disciples to murder babies belonging to other religions.

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A ‘gentleman’s agreement’: How Oslo worked out as planned for Israel By Jonathan Cook

13 September 2018 — Jonathan Cook

Twenty-five years on, analysts say Oslo didn’t fail: it offered Israel a formula to block the emergence of a Palestinian state

Middle East Eye – 13 September 2018

There will be no anniversary celebrations this week to mark the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington 25 years ago. It is a silver jubilee for which there will be no street parties, no commemorative mugs, no specially minted coins.

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Ali is on the grill!’ Israeli settlers celebrate burning of Palestinian baby

21 June 2018 — Mondoweiss

There’s something particularly disturbing about celebrating the burning alive of a baby.

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This is precisely what Israeli Jewish settlers were doing yesterday, outside the court in Lod. “’Ali was burned, where is Ali? Ali is on the grill!”, they chanted, in reference to the 18-month old baby Ali Dawbsheh, who was burnt alive by Jewish terrorists in the West Bank town of Duma in 2015. Ali’s mother Riham and father Saad died of their wounds a few weeks later. Of the family of four, only 5-year-old Ahmad survived the arson with severe burns.

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Video: Part 1 – The Empire Files: Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging

31 October 2016 — Youtube

The demolition of Palestinian homes for Israeli settlements reached a ten-year high in 2016. While this activity led by the fanatical settler movement is illegal under international law, it is completely aided and abetted by the Israeli government.

With hundreds on notice to be evicted and their homes destroyed, Abby Martin goes on-the-ground throughout the West Bank investigating this dire human rights situation. She speaks to residents living under regular settler attacks from encroaching settlements and outposts illegal even under Israeli law, and sees first-hand how this crisis is worsening. http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/v/the-empire-files-608068/

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Email your leader, tell him to protest the cruel removal of Palestinians from their lands in Hebron Hills By David Shulman

22 January 2014 — Mondoweiss

David Shulman is a leading writer in Israel and the U.S. who posted this report from a wrenching day of activism in the Hebron Hills at the Ta’ayush website. There it was titled, “Umm al-Ara’is, Khushiyya and Twaneh.” We publish it in full because of Shulman’s desire that western readers alert politicians to the atrocities he describes. –Ed. Continue reading

Video: Girl rapper tells of sharing stairs to her Jerusalem house with Jewish settlers who flash pistols By Annie Robbins

23 October 2013 — Mondoweiss

This is a short film produced by Defence for Children Palestine. Tayma ‘Fteiha is a 13-year-old girl rapper who must share the steps to her home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, with settlers who have colonized her neighborhood and aim to demolish Palestinians houses. They flash their pistols at her as they walk up the steps. She says she feels “crushed” every time she leaves her house. Continue reading

Palestine: The Development of Fortified, Ethnically-exclusive Jewish Enclaves in The West Bank By Suzanne Harris-Brandts

4 August 2013 — arenaofspeculation.org

Amidst a series of dramatic events in recent weeks, the Palestinian strife of living under Israeli occupation for close to half a century has once again entered global media attention. Contributing to the headlines were two new Israeli announcements of Jewish-only settlement construction in the peripheries of East Jerusalem.

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