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Obama’s Simplistic Peace Plan and other news

Posted by uscsjp on May 10, 2010

New Israeli order allows for mass expulsion from West Bank

After finishing his prison sentence, Ahmed Sabah was deported to the Gaza Strip, away from his family in the West Bank. (Wissam Nassar/MaanImages)

RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) – Several Palestinians have set up a protest tent in no-man’s land in the northern Gaza Strip, near the Erez border crossing into Israel, as they protest their deportation from the Israeli occupied West Bank into Gaza where Hamas authorities have refused them entry.

Tens of thousands of other Palestinians face a possibly similar predicament in the near future. This follows a sweeping new Israeli military order which allows for the expulsion of Palestinians or foreigners whom Israel considers to be in the West Bank illegally as ‘infiltrators.’

Fadi Azameh, 19, from Hebron in the southern West Bank, was arrested at his place of employment by the Israeli military last week, held briefly at a military base before he was expelled to Gaza.

Azameh was born in Gaza but his family left the coastal territory and settled in the West Bank 12 years ago. He had not been back since.

Ahmed Sabah, a 40-year-old prisoner from the northern West Bank town of Tulkarem was also deported to Gaza after serving a lengthy prison sentence in an Israeli jail.

His wife and son, whom he had not seen since the boy was a baby, were informed that Sabah would not be attending a joyful reunion they had planned after he had already been released in Gaza.

The two Palestinians are refusing to leave the tent and have pleaded for international intervention in their case.

The Hamas authorities for their part have stated that they would not allow them into Gaza as this will encourage Israel to proceed with its policy…”

—Mel Frykberg, The Electronic Intifada, 7 May 2010

Also, from The Electronic Intifada

Will Obama adopt a dangerously simplistic peace plan?

“A new conventional wisdom is rapidly taking shape that the United States can resolve the 130-year-old conflict in Palestine by advancing its own peace plan. Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and former US Congressman Stephen Solarz outlined such a plan in The Washington Post recently, and argued that President Obama could boost its prospects with a ‘bold gesture’ — a trip, to Jerusalem and Ramallah in the company of Arab and other leaders to unveil it (‘To achieve Mideast peace, Obama must make a bold Mideast trip,’ 11 April 2010)…”

–Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 3 May 2010

See also Noam Chomsky’s comments from a little less than one year ago…

“…Q: Do you see any difference between the policies of former US President George W. Bush and his successor Barack Obama regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

A: In substance, there is little difference. Obama has reiterated Bush’s positions, in virtually the same words. Like Bush, he has called for a ‘Palestinian state,’ and like Bush, he leaves what he means entirely vague. It can easily be interpreted to be the same as Netanyahu’s position in 1996, when he became the first Israeli prime minister to countenance the establishment of a Palestinian state, a fact that seems to be forgotten. Shimon Peres had just left office declaring forcefully that there would never be a Palestinian state. Netanyahu’s information minister, when asked whether he would adopt the same policy, answered that if Palestinians wanted to call the fragments left to them ‘a state,’ that was fine: Or they could call them ‘fried chicken.’ We do not know whether Obama means ‘fried chicken.’ We do know that he very carefully evaded the core of the Arab Peace Initiative that he praised…”

–Noam Chomsky interviewed by Richard Hall

The Daily Star, June 24, 2009

Also, Some Recent Headlines from Democracy Now!

2 Palestinian Civil Rights Activists Jailed

In Israel and the Occupied Territories, Israeli forces have jailed a leading Palestinian activist who campaigns for the equal treatment for Israel’s Arab citizens. Ameer Makhoul of the Popular Committee for the Defense of Political Freedom inside Israel was arrested at his home in Haifa this week. He has reportedly been jailed for at least six days and has been denied access to an attorney. His arrest follows the detention of another Palestinian activist, Dr. Omar Said, for 12 days…”

Democracy Now!, 7 May, 2010

“Israeli Settlers Accused of Burning West Bank Mosque

In Israel and the Occupied Territories, Palestinians are accusing Israeli settlers of responsibility for a fire that severely damaged a mosque near the West Bank town of Nablus. Worshippers say they arrived for morning prayers to find the mosque on fire. The mosque is located in the village of Libban al-Sharqua, which has been the site of previous settler attacks. The fire comes three weeks after another West Bank mosque was vandalized in a settler attack…”

Democracy Now!, 5 May, 2010

And A Reuters Article Posted by ‘The Angry Arab’:

Gaza tunnelers use torches to cut Egypt’s steel wall
10 May 2010 11:16:17 GMT

Source: Reuters
“By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 10 (Reuters) – Palestinian tunnel-diggers are using welding torches to cut through a steel wall Egypt is building to block the smuggling of goods and weapons into the Gaza Strip, a tunnel operator said on Monday. ‘Even if the Egyptians installed 10 walls, we would find ways to cut through them,’ said tunnel builder Abu Nimer…”


One Response to “Obama’s Simplistic Peace Plan and other news”

  1. […] Obama’s Simplistic Peace Plan and other news “ USC Students for … By uscsjp Also, from The Electronic Intifada. Will Obama adopt a dangerously simplistic peace plan? “A new conventional wisdom is rapidly taking shape that the United States can resolve the 130-year-old conflict in Palestine by advancing its own … […]

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