The Problem with Israel

Posted May 23, 2019, by & filed under News.

By Jeff Halper   Here is the question: If Israelis truly crave peace and security—“the right to be normal,” as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert put it recently—then why haven’t they exhausted each and every opportunity for resolving the conflict? Why do Israelis continually elect governments that aggressively pursue settlement expansion and military confrontations with the… Read more »

The Rachel Corrie Verdict: Justice Denied

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Jeff Halper Tuesday, 28 August 2012   For those who hoped for a just verdict on the death of Rachel Corrie, the American college student and ISM activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she was defending a Palestinian home about to be demolished, this is a sad day – not… Read more »

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine

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By Jeff Halper 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… Read more »

The Palestinians: Warehousing a “Surplus People”

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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… Read more »

When a Country Doesn’t Take Responsibility

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By Jeff Halper   Here is the question: If Israelis truly crave peace and security—“the right to be normal,” as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert put it recently—then why haven’t they exhausted each and every opportunity for resolving the conflict? Why do Israelis continually elect governments that aggressively pursue settlement expansion and military confrontations with the… Read more »

Israel-Palestine: Apartheid or Confederation?

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By Jeff Halper   Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s address to both houses of the American Congress in May, 2006, was the clearest, more explicit presentation of Israel’s conception of where it is going vis-à-vis the Palestinians. It is perhaps the most skilled use of Newspeak since George Orwell invented the term in his novel… Read more »

A Bone in America’s Throat

Posted May 20, 2019, by & filed under Analysis.

The Fates of Americans and Palestinians are Deeply Intertwined   By JEFF HALPER (November 2008) Even before the voting began, Israeli politicians and pundits were asking: Will an Obama Administration be good for Israel? “Be good for Israel” is our code for “Will the US allow us to keep our settlements and continue to support… Read more »

Resistance Needs a Political Programme

Posted May 16, 2019, by & filed under News.

I am the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and after more than 20 years fighting Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes, I am witnessing one of the largest campaigns of demolitions since we started our work. In East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, throughout the West Bank (where not only homes are… Read more »

Demolition and Displacement Report: April 2019

Posted May 2, 2019, by & filed under House Demolitions, News.

During April 2019, at least 70 structures were demolished in the occupied Palestinian Territories (including East Jerusalem) by Israeli forces, displacing at least 70 people- including 33 children- and affecting a further 313 people (according to OCHA oPT). All the demolitions and confiscations, other then the two punitive demolitions, were carried out on grounds of… Read more »