Maryknoll: 2018, a year of continued deterioration of Israeli/Palestinians relationships

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

2018 was a year of continued deterioration of Israeli/Palestinians relationships. These two peoples continue to live side by side in the same small piece of land as their numbers increase; these are the “on the ground” realities. Another reality is that the preferred Israeli solution to these deteriorating relationships is continued settlement expansion and increasing repression of the Palestinians.

This is the “status quo” solution. Other realities are that Israel has become as de-facto apartheid State for Israelis only, and that the two democratic States solution has been rejected by successive Israel governments. Will 2019 bring more violence? Or will the present State of Israel with control of all the people and territory from the Sea to the River find a way to respect and creatively respond to all the people, all the images of God in the land that has been called holy?

The five featured articles and the related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes contain the Kairos Palestine 9th Anniversary Statement; a tribute to Amos Oz, a literary giant, a beacon of morality and humanity, and a founder of Israel’s peace movement; a U.S. Senate bill aiming to punish those who boycott Israel over its settlement policy which is testing America’s bedrock principles of freedom of speech and political dissent; the developing one-state solution which means Israel will no longer be a Jewish state; the role of Netanyahu in the demise of the two state solution; and links to CMEP Bulletins.

  • Kairos Palestine 9th Anniversary Statement: On December 6 and 7, more than 300 people, consisting of Palestinian Christian church and organization leaders, Kairos Palestine leaders, people of faith, representatives of the Palestinian civil society, and around 100 international Christians representing the global Kairos for Justice movement and different church bodies, met in Bethlehem. 
  • Ori Nir of Americans for Peace Now (APN) sends its condolences to the Oz family and to the people of Israel, who today lost Amos Oz, a literary giant, a beacon of morality and humanity, and a founder of Israel’s peace movement. 
  • Curbing Speech in the Name of Helping Israel: The Editorial Board of the New York Times states that a Senate bill aims to punish those who boycott Israel over its settlement policy. This is one of the more contentious issues involving Israel which is now before Congress, testing America’s bedrock principles of freedom of speech and political dissent. 
  • Amir Tibon writes in Haaretz that ‘We have a big challenge on our hands, because the one-state solution basically means Israel will no longer be a Jewish state,’ warns one U.S. activist. 
  • Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz that Netanyahu was the one-state visionary. The struggle for its character lies with those who will follow him. 
  • Churches for Middle Peace (CMEP) Bulletins

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