The below is an interesting analysis. I was always particularly struck by "rights" given to corporations that now supercede individual rights. For example, corporations can move to any country and…Continue
"530 villages and towns were depopulated (ethnically cleansed) between November 1947 and Spring 1950. Dozens more were destroyed later. It is important to put a stop to this but also to effect a return for the refugees and internally displaced people."
"The red warning lights came in 1840s with the movements to reinterpret the bible to suit a 'nationalist' ideology, in 1897 with the Zionist congress, in 1917 with the shameful deal done to get the Balfour Declaration from Britain, in…"
"‘We want to live': Salam Fayyad's plans for Palestine and the Palestinians are nought but a contrived folk festival where the occupied bow to their oppressors, writes Azmi Bishara
"I think Neri is closer to the truth here. But I also suggest far more variability than most people imagine. For some people, a home is territory enough, some a neighborhood, some a village, some a valley. The borders of nation states is actually a…"
"Yes indeed. But I may also add that the anti-Semitic Balfour and Churchil and company were politicians trading favors with a strong Zionist movement. The deal was that the World Zionist Organization would get the US into the war (WWI) in return for…"
"History is written by people. People have biases. To my knowledge there is no more biased and distorted history on earth than that dealing with this land. For example while archeologists showed that just about every story in the bible is false (from…"
"Neri: The difference is the British where facilitating formation of a Jewish national home in fulfilment of their pledges (Balfour declaration). Also Britain did not consider the land British. The Israeli occupation has no interest in helping…"
"Interesting video: Finkelstein on Crocodile tears from someone who wanted to divert attention from current issues of injustice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgzVE-PzCaY
I actually felt sorry for the girl; perhaps she is so soaked in the history of…"
"Dear Ohad: I have no conflict with you. You are obviously intelligent, and compassionate human being. The system is what we both have problems with. Currently the system of oppression happens to be led by a government taht calls itself Jewish and…"
"I am happy living with Arabs, my life partner is christian, I am working hard to make sure that Israel will never be a Jewish state, I could not live in a Jewish state. but I am also not a Palestinian and I do not think that a bi national state is…"
"Ohad: Have you read Michael Sand's book (it was a bestseller in the Hebrew version in Israel before it was translated to other languages)?
As for my solution: this land loved by its inhabitants (those who call themselves Palestinians and…"
"Ohad: The problem is that teh two states don't solve these contradictions (maybe even exaggerate them). I know many Israelis who are happier living with Palestinain Christians and Muslims than they are with the Ovadia Yosef types. Similarly, I…"
I believe in justice as the only road to durable peace. As my refugee grandmother used to tell me: "we lived with Jews, Christians, Armenian, Druze and others for hundreds of years. We can make peace but only based on justice and equality."
Why I want peace:
Because it would get basic justice in place and eliminate colonial occupation.
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.
It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.