Jeff Halper's July 2024 Update

For July’s monthly update, ICAHD’s Jeff Halper speaks to us from northern Minnesota where he is completing a speaking tour to cities in parts of Canada and Minnesota. He has been encouraged by the interest in Palestine that there is from the crowds of people who have come to hear him speak. Many of the meetings have been in churches but also at universities where there are still encampments.

Jeff spoke not only about Gaza but also of the suppression of the Palestinians living in the West Bank as well as within the state of Israel itself where their voices are also being silenced.

Palestinians living in the diaspora remain connected to their families on the ground however there is detachment and no united Palestinian voice who can join them together presenting a political programme to harness the great support from the world community to the Palestinian cause for justice and liberation.

The work of the Palestine Youth Movement (PYM) is trying to connect the Palestinians from the diaspora with Palestinians on the ground. Jeff brainstormed with PYM representatives on ideas for mobilization. One idea is to get a nucleus of Palestinians from around the world to come together for a week to get to know each other and to talk together on strategic ways to advance the Palestinian struggle.

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Jeff Halper's June 2024 Update

In Jeff Halper’s June video update, he speaks about Israel’s rescue of the hostages that happened on 8th June and the nature of what is going on in Gaza.

Jeff explains that under international law, it is illegal to hold civilian captives however under the laws of war, it is permitted to hold soldiers.  Attention is not given to the hundreds of Palestinians, including children, that Israel is holding hostage under administrative detention without charge.

The rescue of the four Israeli hostages was planned months in advance and within Israel is portrayed as a historic event. Israel knew that Hamas would not expect an attack in the middle of the day within a busy market in the middle of a crowded refugee camp. Israel knew that there would be massive destruction and that Palestinian civilians would be killed and injured in the process. However, this operation was a war crime and should be recognized as such.

Historically, Israel itself created conditions in Gaza where Palestinians would have to resist but now Gazans are conflicted about whether the Hamas resistance is worth the price that they are having to pay. The choice is to resist permanent apartheid, oppression and genocide or preserving your family, home and community.

We must understand that genocide is built into any settler colonial agenda. Israel has long de-humanized the Palestinians and criminalizes their resistance. Therefore, we must explain the logic of Palestinian resistance.

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Jeff Halper's May 2024 Update

In his May update, Jeff Halper considers the beginning of the Israeli invasion of Rafah which has led to the renewed displacement of some 350,000 Palestinians. This has resulted in an increase in protests, particularly amoung young people, with student protests streading from the United States into Europe, Latin America and the Arab world. Some of the protests have been met with violent actions by law enforcement, becoming a focus to shift public opinion and subsequently, potential government shifts as well.

In the short- to medium-term, the major issue facing us is normalisation of relationships between Israel and the international community as soon as the fighting ends, a process in which the Palestinians will be sacrificed. Jeff discusses the large-scale geopolitical situation. Normalisation leads to the international acceptance of the Israeli aparthed state with Palestinians limited to small 'islands' in Areas A and B and in Gaza, the latter being essentially uninhabitable. Biden has already announced that the Palestinian Authority will receive $26 billlion and other sweeteners if they sign off on this 'deal', allowing normalisation to continue, which, Jeff argies, is the death knell for the Palestinians. There will be an apartheid two party state with Palestinians locked into small bantustans.

This has to come into our calculations in terms of protest and speaking out, Jeff ending by considering the possible response of the international activist community.

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Jeff Halper's April 2024 Update

It’s a time of chaos; everything has turned over in the wake of the Gaza war; Israel can’t be “put back together again”. These are just some of the comments from Jeff Halper in his April update.

Jeff says that Israel’s invasion of Gaza has gone out of control and he doubts that this time even the international donors will rush to rebuild it again for fear of yet more Israeli demolitions in the future.

Israel won’t be able to destroy Hamas which is now more popular than Fatah within the West Bank because what Hamas did on 7th October was to put the Palestinians back on the agenda after Netanyahu, Biden and western hegemony tried to erase them.

This and much more is addressed by ICAHD's Jeff Halper.

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Jeff Halper's March 2024 Update with Atta Jaber

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Jeff Halper's February 2024 Update on challenging Two-State Apartheid

 

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Jeff Halper's January 2024 Update on the Geneva Convention

A written summary of this update is available here.

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Jeff Halper's November 2023 Update

In Jeff Halper’s November update, he says that while the world’s eyes are on the violent atrocities in Gaza, ICAHD is also watching what is currently happening within the West Bank and asking what it means. ICAHD believes that what Israel is pursuing there is even more important politically as we believe this ethnic cleansing of Area C is its final battle in Israel consolidating its apartheid regime.

Jeff believes that the international community has approved of the matrix that Israel has imposed over the Palestinian people and this what will be accepted as the new Palestinian state when Biden convenes an international conference to impose the two-state solution. The “pesky” Palestinians can’t be allowed to interfere with the new Nato of the Middle East.

The November recording ends with a warning of in the guise of humanitarian aid, countries call for Gazans to be re-housed in countries around the world. However this would in fact be another Nakba for the Palestinian people. That proposed by the One Democratic State Campaign is the only just way forward

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ICAHD Statement calling on Israel to stop its genocide against the Palestinian people - Jeff Halper

Statement issued by ICAHD on 2 November 2023.

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Jeff Halper's October 2023 Update

Jeff Halper’s monthly update on events and political developments in Palestine/Israel. While we at ICAHD place great importance on critical analysis in finally reaching a just and inclusive political settlement, Jeff has asked us to acknowledge that his remarks are being made at a moment when Palestinians in Gaza face what may well become a genocidal Israeli invasion, and that we at ICAHD extend our solidarity to them, together with keeping them constantly in our thoughts.

See ICAHD’s statement on these events on our website -

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