The Palestinians: Warehousing a “Surplus People”

Posted 28th July 2012, by & filed under Analysis, Jeff Halper.

So rapid is the pace of systemic change in that indivisible entity known as Palestine/Israel that it almost defies our ability to keep up with it. The deliberate and systematic campaign of driving Palestinians out of the country in 1948 was quickly forgotten, the plight of more than 700,000 refugees becoming an invisible “non-issue.” Instead,… Read more »

Paralysis over Palestine: Question of Strategy

Posted 24th July 2012, by & filed under Analysis, Facts on the Ground, Jeff Halper, matrix of control.

The claim that we in Palestine/Israel find ourselves in a historical moment, at a “fateful crossroads,” sounds like a worn cliché. How many historical moments have we entered and passed through, seeming without fateful consequences, in the past century and more? The illusion that nothing is final, that the occasional “crises” in the Middle East… Read more »

Israel as an Extension of American Empire

Posted , by & filed under Analysis, Jeff Halper, United States, US-Israel alliance.

There are many tragic and self-destructive features of the Occupation for Israel itself. Although the country was founded on the “original sin” of exclusivity and the expulsion of the refugees, it nevertheless had (has?) the potential to develop into a normal, even progressive society. Many of the socialist principles that accompanied the Zionist program led… Read more »

The Har Homa Test

Posted 19th July 2012, by & filed under Analysis, Settlements.

It is difficult to think of a place more suitable than Har Homa for holding the first test in the spirit of Annapolis. The comparison between Har Homa Crisis No. 2 and the development of Har Homa Crisis No. 1 can teach us whether the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has indeed started a new track or… Read more »