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You'd think that the scope of the deal would be the news: Hamas convinces Israel to release 1000 prisoners in exchange for its one hostage. And yet all the headlines blare "Shalit to be released", "Israeli to go home", etc.
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Hétu describes Obama's reaction to new settlement construction in Jerusalem as "unusually animated". I don't think that there was anything of the ordinary there, but maybe my expectations are too high. Judge for yourself at 2:18:



Of course, the big news in all this is Obama giving an interview to Fox News at all, after nearly calling them an enemy of the state. Too much waffling...
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Obama réagit vivement aux constructions à Jérusalem-est

The time is now or never. If he lets that one go, he will never make any progress.

Pour Amjad Atallah, de la New America Foundation, «le problème est qu'il n'y pas eu, jusqu'à présent, de conséquence politique à l'attitude de défiance continuelle des Israéliens envers les positions et les intérêts américains».

Duh.

«Je l'ai répété à maintes reprises et je le répèterai encore, la sécurité d'Israël est un intérêt national crucial pour les Etats-Unis et nous nous assurerons qu'ils sont en sécurité», a-t-il dit.

You just can't start a negotiation like this.

I truly don't understand the United States' position. I mean I'm assuming good will from this administration here. Clearly Israel is satisfied with the status quo, and as it has demonstrated last year, will push further. It's clearly obstructing any kind of negotiations since it perceives all it would do would be to weaken its position. What's in it for the United States anyway? I mean I don't think Obama desires to put Palestine in a state of subservience to Israel. So what is he trying to do? What is the national interest of the United States of solving the conflict? How much is that worth? I think it's worth an enormous amount of good will. Possibly the largest goodwill gain the U.S. could make since the second World War. What's that worth, in a world of decreasing American influence? I mean I'm convinced peace would benefit greatly to Israel as well, so it's not like it's a losing proposition.
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National Union's Katz reminds Emanuel he's Jewish

Katz claims that in a private meeting with the unnamed leader, Emanuel said, "In the next four years, there will be a peace agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it does not matter to us who is the prime minister."


Political postering? (hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] richardhetu)
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Ali Abunimah: Obama's deadly silence

[A]s more than 2,400 Palestinians have been killed or injured -- the majority civilians -- since Israel began its savage bombardment of Gaza on 27 December, Obama has maintained his silence. "There is only one president at a time," his spokesmen tell the media. This convenient excuse has not applied, say, to Obama's detailed interventions on the economy, or his condemnation of the "coordinated attacks on innocent civilians" in Mumbai in November.
[...]
Obama's comments in Sderot echoed what he said in a speech to the powerful pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, in March 2007. He recalled an earlier visit to the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona near the border with Lebanon which he said reminded him of an American suburb. There, he could imagine the sounds of Israeli children at "joyful play just like my own daughters." He saw a home the Israelis told him was damaged by a Hizballah rocket (no one had been hurt in the incident).

Obama has identified his daughters repeatedly with Israeli children, while never having uttered a word about the thousands -- thousands -- of Palestinian and Lebanese children killed and permanently maimed by Israeli attacks just since 2006. This allegedly post-racial president appears fully invested in the racist worldview that considers Arab lives to be worth less than those of Israelis and in which Arabs are always "terrorists."
[...]
Similarly, we can expect that the American university professors who have publicly opposed the academic boycott of Israel on grounds of protecting "academic freedom" will remain just as silent about Israel's bombing of the Islamic University of Gaza as they have about Israel's other attacks on Palestinian academic institutions.

There is no silver lining to Israel's slaughter in Gaza, but the reactions to it should at least serve as a wake-up call: when it comes to the struggle for peace and justice in Palestine, the American liberal elites who are about to assume power present as formidable an obstacle as the outgoing Bush administration and its neoconservative backers.
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We must adjust our distorted image of Hamas

Gaza is a secular society where people listen to pop music, watch TV and many women walk the streets unveiled.

The political leadership of Hamas is probably the most highly qualified in the world. Boasting more than 500 PhDs in its ranks, the majority are middle-class professionals - doctors, dentists, scientists and engineers. Most of its leadership have been educated in our universities and harbour no ideological hatred towards the West. It is a grievance-based movement, dedicated to addressing the injustice done to its people. It has consistently offered a ten-year ceasefire to give breathing space to resolve a conflict that has continued for more than 60 years.

Six months ago the Israeli Government agreed to an Egyptian- brokered ceasefire with Hamas. In return for a ceasefire, Israel agreed to open the crossing points and allow a free flow of essential supplies in and out of Gaza. The rocket barrages ended but the crossings never fully opened, and the people of Gaza began to starve. This crippling embargo was no reward for peace.
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NYT: Israeli Candidate Borrows a (Web) Page From Obama
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(hotlinked... please tell me if it doesn't show up. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] richardhetu.)

Jesus fucking Christ.

Hétu reports that his campaign slogan is "Together we can succeed". Reminds you of something else?

Pretty desparate move... Hopefully he will be laughed out of there.
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It's such a shame
by Jimmy Carter

ATLANTA: The world is witnessing a terrible human rights crime in Gaza, where a million and a half human beings are being imprisoned with almost no access to the outside world by sea, air or land. An entire population is being brutally punished.

This gross mistreatment of the Palestinians in Gaza was escalated dramatically by Israel, with United States backing, after political candidates representing Hamas won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Authority parliament in 2006. The election was unanimously judged to be honest and fair by all international observers.

Israel and the US refused to accept the right of Palestinians to form a unity government with Hamas and Fatah and now, after internal strife, Hamas alone controls Gaza. Forty-one of the 43 victorious Hamas candidates who lived in the West Bank are now imprisoned by Israel, plus an additional 10 who assumed positions in the short-lived coalition cabinet.

Regardless of one's choice in the partisan struggle between Fatah and Hamas within occupied Palestine, we must remember that economic sanctions and restrictions in delivering water, food, electricity and fuel are causing extreme hardship among the innocent people in Gaza, about one million of whom are refugees. Israeli bombs and missiles periodically strike the encapsulated area, causing high casualties among both militants and innocent women and children.
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How Barack Obama learned to love Israel


Obama's unabashed support for Israel is not news to me, but how recent his conversion was, is. What's interesting is how little flack Obama has gotten for this. Not in the mainstream media of course, but even in more progressive circles. (I think it's the first mention of it in this LJ.)

I think this is an example of how social change cannot only happen through electoral means, no matter how good the people elected can are. Electoral movements without social movements always lead to dismaying results. The current Obama wave is lacking a social movement to give the candidate a backbone.

The converse is true as well. The pro-Tibet movement, which could maintain a certain momentum this year, lacks a political champion and will not go anywhere. That's in spite of the general sinophobia vibe that was only prevented from taking off by the distraction offered by September 11.

(edited for clarity)
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For English Canadians, Québec is sometimes a political twilight zone... In this instance, it is a place where a right-wing shock-jock is the one siding with the Palestinians and unsurprisingly, being a shock jock, comparing Israel to the Nazis (d'un blogue sur cyberpresse.ca to cite the source, although not really worth reading). Aijjaz Ahmad has allies in unlikely places ;]
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"WHO'S THE TERRORIST?!" - "Dope music video from DAM (Da Arab Mcs). FREE THE P YO!!!" [via [livejournal.com profile] zentastic]
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For [livejournal.com profile] missnegativity, or someone else. Why are they destroying the houses of the jewish settlements that they are evacuating in the Gaza Strip? Can't they just give the houses over to Palestinian families for them to occupy? It seems like such a waste.

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