Tuesday, September 7, 2010
UPDATED - Israel/Palestine - Jerushalom yet More on the Sham Peace Talks - by Stephen Lendman
UPDATES: In contrast to the many hopes dashed from all sides and the cynicism of Peace Talks due to experience...The following PEACE CONVERSATIONS between the peacemakers continue unabated and offer understanding, hope and reconciliation Just In September 14-15: here
ABRAHAMIC REUNION RAMADAN IFTAR IN NAZARETH, August 30th
The Islamic Cultural Center and the Abrahamic Reunion group of Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Druze religious leaders hosted a successful Ramadan Iftar meal on the grounds of the St. Gabriel hotel in Nazareth. Three hundred fifty Arabs and Jews came together for an evening dedicated to "Repentance and Forgiveness Within Ourselves and Between Our Peoples". This event was supported by the Center for Religious Tolerance and the Global Hope Fund.
MEMORIAL GATHERING FOR SHEIKH BUKHARI, June 22nd
On the occasion marking the end of the 40 days of mourning in Islam, we gathered to honor the memory and legacy of the unique Muslim peacemaker and co-founder of Jerusalem Peacemakers, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari. Lutheran Reverend Uwe Grabe hosted of the Redeemer church in the Old City hosted, as we facilitated the sharing circle as people of all faiths shared memories and intention to continue the peace work in the spirit of the Sheikh. Sheikh Bukhari's wife and daughters received our blessings and support.
FOURTH JERUSALEM HUG, June 21st
Over three hundred Israelis, Palestinians and internationals gathered together to pray for peace and celebrate together our shared love of Jerusalem. We started in two separate groups, at Jaffa Gate and above Damascus Gate, gathering in circles of dialogue and prayer. The group from Jaffa Gate then walked around the Old City walls, meeting up with the other group on the Damascus Gate steps. Palestinian partners from Hebron and Beit Omar joined us in offering the watching crowd a message of peace and cooperation, seeking to re-build trust between our peoples. We closed with a drum circle next to the Old City walls.
ONE PEACE JERUSALEM, September 26th
We are organizing a special gathering, "One Peace Jerusalem" of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders to pray together as the sun rises in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem on September 26. Visit the website for ways to join and support this initiative:
One Peace Jerusalem dot org - GO here
For pictures of the Sheikh Bukhari memorial event and the Fourth Jerusalem Hug, VISIT Jerushalom Photos here
Jerusalem Peacemakers, director
September 07, 2010
On and off for the past 35 years, so-called "peace" talks repeatedly have been stillborn from inception, a grand illusion masking an Israeli/Washington partnership intolerant of peace, demanding unconditional surrender, nothing less, the de facto Oslo result, one-sided for Israel, Palestinians given nothing to this day, enduring worse conditions now than then.
What chance then now for peace with no legitimate partner, its democratically government excluded, a coup d'etat president 20 months past his term's expiration representing them, and an Arab hating Israeli Prime Minister once calling it "a waste of time."
In addition, the Israeli Lobby controls Washington's Middle East agenda, unwilling to grant Palestinians any rights. As a result, they endure daily violence, not stopping even as a show of good faith, and Netanyahu's announced settlement freeze was bogus. Construction slowed, but never stopped. Some process. Imagine what's coming. More of the same, not an equitable just peace. The charade goes on, a spectacular deception, Palestinians to be blamed when it fails for not negotiating in good faith.
Here's more. From August 26 - September 1, Israeli forces made 37 incursions into West Bank communities and another into Gaza, arresting 15 Palestinians, including three children. Four paramedics and two human rights workers were also detained, and six Palestinian civilians and an international activist injured. In addition, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds in Hebron and Salfit as well as other civilians and their cars on main roads, acting lawlessly with impunity as they always do, authorities practically incentivizing them to commit violence and destructive acts.
These incidents aren't isolated. They occur daily in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, women and children treated like men, none of it reported in America and most Western media sources. However, after four retaliatory Palestinian attacks killed four Israeli settlers, it made headlines, New York Times writers Israel Kershner and Mark Landler as one-sided as others headlining, "Killing of Israeli Settlers Rattles Leaders," calling it disruptive on the eve of peace talks, saying:
"The military wing of Hamas, the Islamic group," carried out the attack, quoting Netanyahu "condemn(ing) the 'atrocious murder,' which Israeli officials said seemed calculated by Hamas to upset the negotiations," a White House statement calling the attackers "enemies of peace."
However when Israeli settlers attack nonviolent Palestinians, they're never called militants, the Jewish group, or "enemies of peace." Their repeated offenses aren't even reported, even when deaths occur, nor are daily IDF incursions and horrific crimes. They slip quietly under the radar, never when Jews are harmed.
On September 5, Israel's Foreign Minister/Deputy Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman (an outspoken anti-peace extremist) addressed his ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party calling peace with the Palestinians unattainable, "not next year and not for the next generation....Our proposal is: No to unilateral concessions, no to continuing the settlement freeze (never, in fact, frozen), yes to serious negotiations and mutual gestures of good faith," though Lieberman offers none of his own.
Instead, in late August, he disingenuously proposed ending Israel's Gaza occupation, letting Hamas establish an independent state, conditional on its "satisfying legitimate Israeli security concerns." It's a ruse from a hard right extremist, contemptuous of democracy and Palestinian rights. He called Arab Israelis a fifth column, wanting citizenship rights revoked for those unwilling to sign a Loyalty Oath pledge it to a "Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state," its emblems and values, and to perform military or equivalent service as a condition for a national identity card signifying citizenship.
Lieberman, of course, knows Hamas won't agree or stop resisting Israel's illegal West Bank/East Jerusalem occupation and theft of Palestinian land for expanded settlements, commercial development, and other Jews-only projects.
For many years, however, it offered to recognize Israel and renounce resistance in return for a long-term Hudna (armistice or truce), ending the occupation, and withdrawing Israeli forces inside 1967 borders.
Lieberman, his party, and the entire Netanyahu government want all valued West Bank land and Jerusalem Judaized, Palestinians confined to isolated resource poor cantons, surrounded by hostile settlers, allowed to commit violence with impunity. Hamas never will agree nor should they. It's hard imagining Fatah acquiescing, though its subservience to Israel stops only rhetorically.
In agreeing to peace talks, Fatah isolated itself from all other Palestinian political factions against it, knowing the sham process and unacceptable demands. Abbas, however, conceded, a man contemptuous of his people, an illegitimate leader, his appointed prime minister, Salam Fayyad, a former IMF operative and World Bank official, his Third Way party getting only 2.4% of the 2006 election vote, electing two of 132 Palestinian National Authority (PA) seats - in other words, a renouncing rejection of the man, his party, and his commitment to Israeli and Western interests, precisely why he's Abbas' prime minister, a contemptible rogue leader.
One of many reasons clear after the settler killings, Hamas' Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades claiming responsibility. In response, Abbas' security forces arrested dozens of Hamas members and supporters unrelated to the incident. Instead teachers, traders, workers, students, professionals, and imams were rounded up and detained, many at home or work, others summoned to come to security services' offices, then forcibly held.
Detainees include 45 in Hebron, 23 in Tulkarm, 20 in Salfit, 19 in Qalqilya, 15 in Nablus, 11 in Ramallah and al-Bireh, eight in Tubas, and six each in Bethlehem and Jenin. From past experience, none will be treated kindly, Fatah known for torture like the Israelis to extract confessions and get names of others to arrest.
Abbas goes along, yielding voluntarily to Israeli authority in return for Washington aid and special favors, including White House photo-ops and personal rewards, his son Yasser, in fact, a millionaire who admitted "collaborat(ing) with Israel."
Unsurprisingly, his father is a "reliable" peace process partner, willingly participating in the charade, condemning his people to futility and disappointment, worst of all if he accepts unconditional surrender, an uncompromising Israeli demand - capitulation or state-sponsored terror, an Israeli specialty. Against Palestinians, it's endless, even during "peace" talks.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening: here (Also see another on this topic posted just above on this nomorecrusades dot blogspot dot com site)
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