Palestine

Palestine: The Point of No Return?

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The liberal media were 'surprised', or 'astonished', when Bush recently endorsed Sharon's latest twist of the knife into the Palestinians.

By the 'agreement', Israel is to withdraw from the Gaza Strip. Sharon (who has referred to Gaza as a 'morass') needed the US to endorse this 'bold' move, but on condition that they also give permission to extend, and legitimise, the vast settlements in the West Bank.

Palestine: A Return to Mass Struggle?

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The assassination of Sheikh Yassin highlights once again the ruthlessness of the Israeli state.

The official reason for the murder was retaliation for the suicide bombs that killed ten Israelis in Ashdod. But how to explain the timing? Media pundits have suggested it was a sop to appease the right wing in Sharon's cabinet following his proposed withdrawal from parts of the Gaza Strip, or else a means of denying Hamas any sense of victory from a unilateral Israeli pullout. But it is incongruous to argue there are elements more right wing than Sharon.

Israel-Palestine: Wall Crimes

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A Palestinian statelet dwarfed by Israel is neither just nor viable.

The death of the road map for the Middle East has revived the debate about a single, secular, democratic state as the ultimate solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in preference to the 'two states' option officially pursued as the goal of the Oslo Accords. The irony of the present situation is that it is the steady Israeli colonisation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, seized by Israel in 1967, that has slowly killed off that option.

Palestine: Israeli Assassins Killing Peace

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The much-vaunted Middle East ’road map to peace‘ has reached a dead end.

The US has even taken the outrageous, if not uncharacteristic, step of vetoing a UN resolution opposing the threatened assassination of Yasser Arafat. Most of the media blame the Palestinians for breaking the truce. However, a different picture emerges if one examines the sequence of events since the Palestinian militant groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs declared a three-month truce on 29 June, despite Israeli soldiers killing four Palestinians that very day.

Oil and the Intifada

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An attack on Iraq will lead to more instability in the Middle East.

The assertion of US power explains in general the attack on Iraq, but there is a more specific reason which helps to explain its timing and gives it added urgency. This is the US rulers' fear of the spread of the spirit of the Palestinian intifada to other Arab states, beginning with Saudi Arabia.

Middle East: State of Denial

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Discrimination against Palestinians runs through the state of Israel. Sabby Sagall traces its origins.

Apologists for Israel frequently boast that it is a cut above all other states in the Middle East on the grounds that it is a democracy. By this they mean that the Palestinian minority (nearly 20 percent of the total population) have the right to vote, unlike the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories or, indeed, the Arabs in the rest of the region. Moreover, since the late 1970s they have enjoyed the right to form political parties.

Zionism or Socialism?

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A revolution throughout the Middle East is key to solving the problems of the Palestinians, argued John Rose in 1986. We reprint an extract from his pamphlet.

Israel's left wing supporters in the west continue to insist that all Israel wants is peace and recognition by its Arab neighbours. They might agree that something called Palestinian 'national rights' does exist, and even that a Palestinian state on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the Jordan is 'acceptable'--though under some form of 'Israeli-Jordanian' supervision. However, in this they are woefully out of date and out of touch. The Israeli leadership has not the slightest intention of conceding even this inadequate 'compromise'.

The Oslo Frauds

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There was nothing generous in Israel's last offer to the Palestinians.

The second Intifada began in September 2000 following Sharon's provocative visit to the holy Muslim site of Harim-Al Sharif. This can only be understood because of the complete failure of the 'peace process' to deliver any reforms to the Palestinian people, let alone a state.

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