Category Palestinian Authority

ABBAS SHOWS LEADERSHIP

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas travelled to Jerusalem Friday to meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Standing on the front lawn of Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence, President Abbas called the Israeli prime minister to his balcony, and then recited a love poem entitled “Will You Bibi My Baby Tonight?” The Palestinian leader then stripped to a scanty nightie and—witness […]

Norman Finkelstein on Bernie, Palestine and Politics

The great Norman Finkelstein has been interviewed on Bernie, Palestine and Politics. Among other things, he talks about how Israel has successfully defanged human rights NGO coverage of Israeli crimes: most human rights organisations sat out Operation Protective Edge (2014), while Amnesty reverted to its pre-1987 apologetics. This is an extremely dangerous development, since the human rights […]

WILL PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD BRING SELF-DETERMINATION?

Demilitarised, sandwiched between a hostile Jordanian-Israeli military alliance, unequally integrated with a far more powerful economy – wouldn’t [an independent State of] Palestine be no less subject to external command than other weak states with strong neighbours in an internationalised economy?  In which case, isn’t the idea that Palestinian statehood would enable meaningful self-determination for the […]

NEON TROTSKY

You’d think this reporter was describing Trotsky and Stalin: Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and longtime chief negotiator, is an erudite, Western-educated political animal as comfortable in English-language television studios and international symposia as he is glad-handling the constituents he represents in the Palestinian parliament from his hometown of Jericho. Maj. Gen. […]

FRIDAYS ONLY

In 2012, I had a chance to talk to Abbas about Palestinian nonviolent resistance. I asked him whether the PA was doing anything to prepare the people for nonviolent mass actions. His answer to me was, “We don’t need an Arab Spring here. We allow Friday demonstrations against the wall. They try to protest on Tuesdays sometimes, […]

AMIRA HASS ON ISRAEL’S ENCLAVES STRATEGY

Amira Hass on how Hamas and Fatah have effectively bought into and become invested in Israel’s strategy for preempting Palestinian self-determination: Both rival ruling movements were manoeuvred into becoming part of a geopolitical reality that Israel has been shaping relentlessly since 1991: the enclaves reality, aka the Bantustans – in short, the deliberate torpedoing of […]

A SIGN WOULD BE REDUNDANT

I don’t have a neon sign saying ‘stupid’ over my head. – Saeb Erekat (March 2006; h/t Lawrence of Cyberia) When we argue, believe me, I understand the political issues and Israel’s political negotiating behavior, internal situation… and sometimes we put neon sign saying stupid to say to you that we are stupid.  – Saeb […]