Civil Society as a Watchdog in the Current Negotiations

Posted 28th July 2012, by & filed under BDS campaign, Binyamin Netanyahu, Civil Society, Facts on the Ground, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Refugees, Two-state solution.

  Civil society is a blunt instrument. As “public opinion” we form a vague background to government decision-making and as voters we have a broad – but only broad – effect on who is in power and what policies are pursued. Occasionally sections of us can be mobilized, less focused in the case of Glenn… Read more »

Halper on the Russell Tribunal

Posted 26th July 2012, by & filed under Apartheid, Civil Society, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Occupation, Two-state solution.

The Russell Tribunal is what happens when governments abrogate their responsibilities towards their own citizens and peoples under their control. States (plus the UN) are obligated to enforce international law and human rights conventions. When they don’t, as in their failure to apply the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of… Read more »

A Middle Eastern Confederation

Posted 24th July 2012, by & filed under Ideas, Jeff Halper, Middle East Union, Peace process, Two-state solution.

  Part One: A Regional “Two-Stage” Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict   The time has come to begin “imagining” a truly New Middle East. Bereft of a peace process (if there ever was one), faced with an Occupation spewing violence and suffering in all directions, the inhabitants of both Palestine and Israel have sunk into… Read more »

Towards a Middle East Economic Confederation

Posted , by & filed under Jeff Halper, Middle East Union, Two-state solution.

Since the 1980s the Palestinian leadership, most Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, the Israeli peace movement and a growing majority of Israelis have advocated a two-state solution to their interminable conflict. That solution envisioned a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel. While it was not a wholly just solution – Israel retains 78% of… Read more »

Paper delivered at UN Conference

Posted 23rd July 2012, by & filed under Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Apartheid, BDS campaign, Civil Society, Ideas, Two-state solution.

The following paper was given by Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, ICAHD’s Advocacy Officer, at the recent UN international conference of civil society in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace, held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 30 and 31st August 2007. She writes that international civil society is the key to liberation of the Palestinian people and that… Read more »

Rethinking Israel After Sixty Years

Posted 18th July 2012, by & filed under Israel 1948, Jeff Halper, matrix of control, Six-Day war, Two-state solution, Zionism.

Israeli Independence Day 2008, marking the sixtieth anniversary of the rise of the Jewish State, should be cause for sober reflection and reevaluation as well as celebration. Indeed, we Israeli Jews have much to celebrate. But something, it appears, is amiss. Israel’s 60 Year gala appeared exaggerated, the joy expressed through the blaring loudspeakers somewhat… Read more »