Israel’s plans to inoculate its population against Covid-19 are proceeding briskly. The country has vaccinated a larger share of its population than any other country, and its drive is being praised as an example of an effective vaccination program. But there is a darker side to this success story: Some five million Palestinians under its control are being sidelined.
While Israel has a plan to inoculate all of its citizens in the next few months, it is leaving Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to fend for themselves.
Gaza and the West Bank are suffering from a serious coronavirus outbreak.… Seguir leyendo »
Around 20 years ago, a young civil rights attorney was mobilizing the African-American community in Chicago at the beginning of his political career. This week Barack Obama will visit Palestine as president of the United States.
Around 20 years ago, I was involved in the process of negotiations that followed the Madrid conference, an early attempt to start a peace process, in an effort to secure independence for Palestine and the rights of its people. Next week I will still be here, alongside our steadfast people, fighting for our rights.
For two decades Palestine has engaged in discussions with successive Israeli governments, which have talked the talk of a negotiated settlement while deliberately turning a military occupation into something far more sinister — an ugly system of racial segregation.… Seguir leyendo »
Over the past 64 years, Palestinians have tried armed struggle; we have tried negotiations; and we have tried peace conferences. Yet all we have seen is more Israeli settlements, more loss of lives and resources, and the emergence of a horrifying system of segregation.
Khader Adnan, a Palestinian held in an Israeli prison, pursued a different path. Despite his alleged affiliation with the militant group Islamic Jihad, he waged a peaceful hunger strike to shake loose the consciences of people in Israel and around the world. Mr. Adnan chose to go unfed for more than nine weeks and came close to death.… Seguir leyendo »
The Israeli government regrettably does not seem to realize what a unique opportunity the Palestinian unity agreement provides. This agreement presents, for the first time in decades, a unified, moderate Palestinian consensus, which includes Fatah, Hamas and the democratic camp.
From a Palestinian perspective, this fruit of the Arab Spring and a post-Mubarak Egypt is a vital development as we seek to move beyond internecine strife and focus on the need to end the Israeli occupation and secure our freedom.
An open-minded observer of the speeches made at the signing of the agreement in Cairo on May 4 will see that all groups involved have accepted the two-state solution along the 1967 borders, with a Palestinian state in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem as its capital; that all parties have committed themselves to abstain from any form of violence; and that in his speech, Palestinian Authority President and P.L.O.… Seguir leyendo »
Negotiations between two unequal parties cannot succeed. Success in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations requires a reasonable balance of power, clear terms of reference and abstention of both sides from imposing unilateral facts on the ground. None of that existed in the talks that were re-initiated in September.
Much like previous rounds of talks, these negotiations were dominated on one side by an Israeli government that controls the land, roads, airspace, borders, water and electricity, as well as the trade and economy of the Palestinian side, while possessing a powerful military establishment (now the third military exporter in the world) and a robust gross domestic product, which has tripled in the last decade.… Seguir leyendo »
Ninguna negociación puede llegar a buen puerto si se produce entre dos partes completamente desiguales. En el contexto de las negociaciones palestino-israelíes, la equidad requiere un equilibrio de poder razonable, unos términos de referencia claros y que ambas partes se abstengan de imponer sus hechos unilaterales sobre el terreno. Nada de lo anterior ha existido en las negociaciones palestino-israelíes que se retomaron el 2 de septiembre de 2010 y, por tanto, estaban condenadas al fracaso.
Las negociaciones tenían lugar entre un ocupante y un ocupado. Por un lado, un poderoso sistema militar israelí que se ha convertido en el tercer exportador militar más grande del mundo y que ha triplicado su PIB en una década.… Seguir leyendo »