50 years of the “temporary” Israeli occupation

Posted on May 12, 2017

Commentary: The month of June will mark 50 years of the “temporary” Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights. Renewed interest in resolving Israeli control of the Palestinians is evidenced by the mainly younger Jewish participants in the recent meeting in Chicago of Jewish Voice for Peace, the continuing hunger strike of Palestinians in Israeli jails, commemoration of the War of Independence and Six Day War in Israel, and the promise of President Trump to work with the Israelis and Palestinians “to work a deal” to finally resolve their conflict. Without an end to the occupation, the establishment of two autonomous states, or of one state with equal rights and responsibilities for all Israelis and Palestinians, the future promises only more and increasing conflict and violence for the people between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. The Israeli need for security and the Palestinian need for freedom must be acknowledged before any creative negotiations can take place between those controlling and those under their control.

The six featured articles and the related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on a recent meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace and an opportunity to link to the presentations given by many speakers; the continuing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners; implications for Israel of the occupation begun after the 1967 War; hopes and concerns about President Trump’s wish to make a deal to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; two issues of the CMEP Bulletin, which include links to articles of special interest.

  • Jewish Voice for Peace presents a video introducing their recent 2017 National meeting. An explanation of JVP is provided along a link to the video which includes all the presentations at this meeting.
  • Kairos Palestine has issued a statement on Palestinian prisoners’ Hunger Strike now taking place as an appeal to humanity in Israel and worldwide to draw attention to the torture, deprivation and human rights violations faced by prisoners in Israeli political prisons.
  • Steven Klein states in Haaretz that Israelis in 2017 are enslaved to the maintenance of the occupation. This wasn’t supposed to be Israel’s story.
  • Ben Caspit writes in Al-Monitor that the 1967 Six-Day War with the occupation of the West Bank marks a watershed in Israel’s history; Israel has since turned into a prosperous, developed country, albeit with a divided society with elements that lean to extremes.
  • Orly Azoulay writes in Ynetnews that if only the US president understood what Abbas put on the table is the exact solution Netanyahu doesn’t want to and can’t accept, he would’ve known there is no point in dipping his toes into the Middle Eastern swamp.
  • Links to two CMEP Bulletins with their many links to timely articles and to the CMEP website are provided.

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