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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
▸ Israel-Palestine: As talks begin, Jewish settlements loom as challenge

Compact recapping article. re: settlement/landswap prospect

And then issue of Jerusalem. And Right of Return - 

I wonder what Hussein Ibish meant by (sort of) still some kind of bottom up? tier of relation can be build through this Peace Talks. Personnels from both sides - can emerge for such relation building? But - both side’s internal politics doesn’t look like allowing such cooperative relationship to ever emerge. 

I mean, and this DC meetings is even Talks for starting Talks - 

And everyone knows Obama is leaving, the region is in influx, 

it’s not a time to talk about binding ‘final’ status. (People there have to prepare for something far worse, far more challenging.) 

Maybe it’s necessary to create serious contact venue for Israel-Palestine with US attendance - but … 



Jul 31, 2013, 7:01am  0 notes      

▸ Virginia OL Oday Aboushi selected by the New York Jets in fifth round

Palestinian American. 6 feet 6 inches and 310-pound 0_0



Apr 28, 2013, 1:25am  0 notes      

#Oscar4Palestine is the hashtag on Twitter. 


Palestinian girls walk in front of a shop decorated for Valentine’s Day, in Gaza City, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

Palestinian girls walk in front of a shop decorated for Valentine’s Day, in Gaza City, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013


Cakes molded in the shape of hearts tempt customers at a bakery in Gaza City on Valentine’s Day. [Photo credit: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images] (Sweet hearts « Hungeree) 

Cakes molded in the shape of hearts tempt customers at a bakery in Gaza City on Valentine’s Day. [Photo credit: Mohammed Abed / AFP / Getty Images] (Sweet hearts « Hungeree

▸ Edward Said: The Morning After, London Review of Books [Said's take on Oslo Accords]

- 21 October 1993

And this is by far, the most intense ‘thinking’ piece by Edward Said I read - encountered. It’s really intense.

And that means - I say - readers have to think and seek way forward as intense - and expansive as the author did.

At some points, I do feel it sounds like he is really writing to his fellow Palestinians.

Bu then reality is - I really just don’t witness anyone actually thinking this intensely and expansively. 

But that’s always the case about humans. Unfortunately.  

One big name. 

It arrives among us just to be quoted and tossed around. Always impossible to find real successors.

(I’m so genuinely sick of this pattern, but that’s always the case.) 

[…] one can already see in Palestine’s potential statehood the lineaments of a marriage between the chaos of Lebanon and the tyranny of Iraq.

If this isn’t to happen, a number of quite specific issues need to be addressed. One is the diaspora Palestinians, who originally brought Arafat and the PLO to power, kept them there, and are now relegated to permanent exile or refugee status. Since they comprise at least half of the total Palestinian population their needs and aspirations are not negligible. A small segment of the exile community is represented by the various political organisations ‘hosted’ by Syria. A significant number of independents (some of whom, like Shafik al-Hout and Mahmoud Darwish, resigned in protest from the PLO) still have an important role to play, not simply by applauding or condemning from the sidelines, but by advocating specific alterations in the PLO’s structure, trying to change the triumphalist ambience of the moment into something more appropriate, mobilising support and building an organisation from within the various Palestinian communities all over the world to continue the march towards self-determination. These communities have been singularly disaffected, leaderlees and indifferent since the Madrid process began.

One of the first tasks is a Palestinian census, which has to be regarded not just as a bureaucratic exercise but as the enfranchisement of Palestinians wherever they are. Israel, the US and the Arab states – all of them – have always opposed a census: it would give the Palestinians too high a profile in countries where they are supposed to be invisible, and before the Gulf War, it would have made it clear to varions Gulf governments how dependent they were on an inappropriately large, usually exploited ‘guest’ community. Above all, opposition to the census stemmed from the realisation that, were Palestinians to be counted all together, despite dispersion and dispossession, they would by that very exercise come close to constituting a nation rather than a mere collection of people.

[…]



Dec 21, 2012, 6:20pm  1 note      

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November 29, 2012, 5:19pm   15 notes

Scene in Bethlehem where Abbas’ UN speech was screened on Israel’s wall 

pic.twitter.com/sUTT6KjQ George Hale (Maan)
Scene in Bethlehem where Abbas’ UN speech was screened on Israel’s wall 
 George Hale (Maan)

People carry large Palestinian flags during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority’s United Nations observer status from “entity” to “non-member state” November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 

People carry large Palestinian flags during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority’s United Nations observer status from “entity” to “non-member state” November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Ammar Awad 

▸ [Palestine] United Nations, Live - Abbas speech

General Assembly live



Source: MSN

Nov 29, 2012, 3:50pm  0 notes      

EXCLUSIVE: Former Israeli PM Olmert Supports Palestine U.N. Bid
flisteen:

Temple Mount by Government Press Office (GPO) on Flickr.
 
“On Tuesday, [French Foreign Minister Laurent] Fabius called France’s position on the United Nations bid a point of “coherence,” saying,

“The constant position of France has been to recognize the Palestinian state.””

November 27, 2012, 5:48pm  0 notes

 
“Two senior Israeli officials and an American official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the subject, said the American message to Israel was not to take any irreversible actions and to act wisely the day after the UN vote.

The Obama administration thinks it is necessary to try and minimize the potential damage of the Palestinian move in the UN, said the U.S. official. Extreme acts by Israel the day after will not help, they will only make the situation worse, he added.

Clinton told Netanyahu that such punitive steps against the PA would only weaken it, which would not serve Israeli interests, said a senior Israeli official. Clinton emphasized that steps such as annulling the Oslo Accords or freezing Palestinian tax funds could bring about dangerous consequences, including the collapse of the PA, said the official.”

Clinton warns Netanyahu not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN bid, Barak Ravid, Haaretz

USA might be able to exercise pressure on Israel on this - to prop up/support Palestinian Authority. 

But the problem is - Egypt’s move to support Hamas and pushing moves/changes in West Bank. By so far, repeatedly, experts on Egypt say USA has no leverage/influence towards Egypt’s policy/decisions. 

But the situation after this Gaza war - is different. Ceasefire settlement and following negotiation setup - in this USA might have more leverage toward Egypt. 

Have to wait and see how - Egypt/Morsi (and Hamas) would make moves on power balance between Hamas and Palestinian Authority in West Bank. 

November 22, 2012, 11:20pm  2 notes

▸ [Obama-Israel] US urges Israel not to build in E-1 areas, Jerusalem Post

Washington pressuring Israel not to allow construction in area located between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition November 29 at the UN.

Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.

Building there is one of a number of measures Jerusalem has discussed as a possible retaliation for a Palestinian statehood bid.

As Haaretz reported earlier, Clinton/USA warned Netanyahu/Israel not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN status upgrade move. So this Jpost’s report is about that Clinton’s warning included specific request not to build on E1, which basically disables Palestinian state from emerging in a contiguous shape.

Then again, on this ‘E1’ problem - there really isn’t good map/visual. NGOs make such complicated map at such small image size - doesn’t contribute to public understanding of the issue. They do need to make 

  1. More easy, clear visual
  2. Concise description of issues (particulars in bullet points) 

Even on Wikipedia’s entries, descriptions are - not clear:

This plan, if fully implemented, will cut off East Jerusalem from its Palestinian surroundings once-and-for-all, and critics of the plan say this is the real intention of this policy. The massive bubble is intended to cut the West Bank in two, and the E-1 plan is intended to seal off eastern Jerusalem and cut it off from the West Bank.

The severing of the northern part of the West Bank from the southern part will also result from the plan’s implementation, resulting in the total isolation of east Jerusalem residents from their natural Palestinian environs.

According to the Palestinian presidential chief of staff, Rafiq Husseini, “The E1 plan would separate the northern and southern West Bank from East Jerusalem, which would prevent the establishment of Palestinian state”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E1_Plan

There is a separation wall running to ‘bubble in’ (‘envelope plan’) Eastern side of surrounding area of Jerusalem - (can’t be even sure how much it is completed or not) 

And within them? - filling E1 area will 

  1. cut off Northern and Southern West Bank?
  2. also East Jerusalem become isolated enclave, unreachable from West Bank’s Palestinian area? 

cf: http://www.peacenow.org/entries/archive1100#.UK71FOO32xE (re: Bush Jr admin opposed E1 plan)

[Seems, it’s called Jerusalem ‘envelope plan’, greater Jerusalem plan, Jerusalem security envelope plan etc. Encircling surrounding area with separation wall, and then filling E1.] 

The most ‘telling’ and comprehensive map I found is this (I don’t know why any organization cannot make easily intelligible map/visuals.)

E1 is the area light blue in the middle. 



Source: jpost.com

Nov 22, 2012, 9:56pm  0 notes