Israel razes 22 Palestinian buildings in Hebron

Posted 6th August 2012, by & filed under Ariel Sharon, Expansion of settlements, Hebron, ICAHD Staff, Kiryat Arba.

The Israel Defense Force’s Civil Administration yesterday demolished 22 Palestinian buildings in the Hebron area. The official reason given was “standard enforcement of building rules,” but the operation is likely part of the IDF’s ongoing retaliation campaign in Hebron, which has been under curfew for four days now. Eighteen of the demolished buildings are in… Read more »

The Final Push to Defeat the Palestinians

Posted 25th July 2012, by & filed under Ariel Sharon, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Palestinian terrorism, United States, War on terror, Ze’evi assassination.

The whirlwind unleashed on the Palestinians by the Israeli government following the Ze’evi assassination in October and now, in early December, on the heels of the suicide attacks in Jerusalem, Haifa, Afula, Emmanuel and elsewhere, goes far beyond mere retaliation against terrorism. Viewed in the context of Bush’s attempts to build a “coalition against terror,”… Read more »

Now What?

Posted 24th July 2012, by & filed under Apartheid, Ariel Sharon, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Oslo, Palestinian resistance, Viable Palestinian State.

With the fall of the Jenin refugee camp and the crushing of resistance in the casbah of Nablus, April 9 — the twelfth day of the Israel’s final push to defeat the Palestinians – marks the end of yet another stage of the Palestinian’s struggle for self-determination. April 10th, when Powell meets the Spanish presidency… Read more »

After Defeat, Autonomy

Posted , by & filed under Ariel Sharon, Cantonization, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Operation Defensive Shield, Quiet Transfer, West Bank.

Despite protestations by Sharon, the vote by acclamation of the Likud Central Committee against the establishment of any Palestinian state flowed logically and smoothly from “Operation Defensive Shield.” In that ferocious incursion into Palestinian areas, the Sharon government believes it has defeated the Palestinians once and for all, and can thus drop the pretense of… Read more »

Incarceration or Transfer: The Post-Incursion Plan

Posted , by & filed under Ariel Sharon, Cantonization, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Separation, Settlements, West Bank.

Like Sharon’s 1982 war in Lebanon, which was also minimized as simply an “operation” (Operation Peace for the Galilee), Operation Defensive Shield had political goals far beyond that indicated by its modest “defensive” name. Under the guise of destroying the “infrastructure of terrorism,” Sharon (and his willing partner Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, the elected head of the… Read more »

Setting up Abbas

Posted 23rd July 2012, by & filed under Apartheid, Ariel Sharon, Cantonization, Jeff Halper, Mahmoud Abbas, Road Map.

From Sharon’s point of view it’s a done deal. Israel has won its century-old conflict with the Palestinians. Surveying the landscape – physical and political alike – the Israeli Prime Minister has finally fulfilled the task with which he was charged 38 years ago by Menachem Begin: ensure permanent Israel control over the entire Land… Read more »