Latin America is once again Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s diplomatic target, at a time when violence in the region fomented by US imperialism is once again rising to the fore. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan, Netanyahu is planning to visit Mexico and Argentina before addressing the UN General Assembly next month. Israeli media is reflecting on the historical processes of the Partition Plan, when several Latin American and Caribbean countries voted in favour, giving approval for Israel’s intended colonisation of Palestine. Six countries abstained and Cuba voted against the resolution, with Cuban delegate to … Continue reading The possibilities of challenging Netanyahu’s claims about L. America
Israeli security forces hurt Palestinians protesters with plastic bullets, stun grenades and tear gas in Jerusalem on 25 July, 2017 By Ramona Wadi In a speech last Saturday evening, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas evoked narratives of belonging with regard to Jerusalem, departing from the collective Palestinian mobilisation against Israeli oppression over Al-Aqsa Mosque. His spurious words, ostensibly celebrating Palestinian resistance, portray a political faction which navigates between two extremes. As the rhetoric expands in nostalgia, the PA’s political power dwindles further. Belatedly, Abbas lauded Palestinian resistance at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa, attempting to project the PA as an … Continue reading What is the PA doing for Jerusalem?
By Ramona Wadi Gaza continues to make headlines, to no avail. It has become a putrid metaphor of unsustainability and the political actors responsible for the deprivation are content to allow the enclave to fester. Three years since “Operation Protective Edge”, 4,000 homes are still awaiting reconstruction and 1,500 other dwellings are in need of construction work. Ma’an news agency has given an overview of the current situation, which indicates that there has barely been any progress since 2016, when half the dwellings were awaiting reconstruction. The report referred to Jamal Al-Khudari, head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege, … Continue reading The slow extermination of Gaza
Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on 24 May, 2017 By Ramona Wadi Choosing and implementing narratives according to circumstances continue to define Israel’s stance towards Palestinians. Recently, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi threatened Palestinians with a third Nakba in a Facebook post. Appropriating Palestinian remembrance to suit his brief rant, warned of impending ethnic cleansing against the backdrop of incited Israeli violence which has erupted about Al-Aqsa. The statements remained unchallenged by the Israeli government, reflecting lenience towards violence and also an endorsement of the policies which form the foundations of the Israeli … Continue reading Israel is continuing the Nakba
A recent poll carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has seen Palestinians reject the current political developments. A majority of respondents rejected the PA’s measure of cutting public sector employees’ salaries and power-sharing between Hamas and Mohammad Dahlan. The divide between the political statements offered as explanation by the PA and Hamas, and the people’s perception of the current crisis is indicative of a massive rift that can further fragment Palestinian society. The poll’s focus, which was summarized under ten separate headings, deal mainly with Palestinians’ perceptions of Palestine’s future and how this is being … Continue reading Palestinians fear fragmentation
Image of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (C) in New York, US on 16 May, 2017 By Ramona Wadi US Ambassador Nikki Haley is on another mission to block Palestinian visibility at the UN. In February, the US opposed the appointment of former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya. On Tuesday, Haley explained that the US position was based on the fact that the US does not recognise Palestinian statehood. “If we don’t recognise Palestine as a state, we need to acknowledge also that we could not sit there and put a … Continue reading Blocking Palestine and Palestinians at the UN
By Ramona Wadi Amnesty International’s latest warning about a “humanitarian catastrophe” if Israel’s illegal blockade on the enclave is not lifted is the latest in a series about the Gaza Strip. As the electricity supply is restricted even further, Palestinians in Gaza face not only domestic disruption, but also huge gaps in basic public services including healthcare, wastewater management and access to clean water, which is already hard to come by. Given that 10 years have passed since Israel imposed its stranglehold on Gaza, it is shameful that international organisations continue to warn of an “impending” untenable situation when the … Continue reading Warnings from international organisations are failing Gaza