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Dispossessing East Jerusalem Palestinian Residents

 

Dispossessing East Jerusalem Palestinian Residents

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel plans Judaizing Jerusalem entirely. It wants it exclusively Jewish. It's an international city. It's under a UN trusteeship. It doesn't matter.

 

Ethnic cleansing is official Israeli policy. Palestinian owned land is seized. Homes are demolished. Dispossessions follow.

 

Sham Peace Talks Continue

 

Sham Peace Talks Resume

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Why bother. Talks are doomed to fail. So did multiple previous rounds. Israel wants things its way. Demands masquerade as give and take.

 

According to one PLO official, "Israel will dodge, evade and propose unachievable demands to promote a conclusion that negotiations are futile, and so Israel will continue to steal lands as they are doing now."

 

Spinning the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

 

Spinning the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

New York Times editors, correspondents and contributors do it as well as anyone. They deceive regular readers in the process.

 

Illusions substitute for facts. Pro-Israeli bias reflects longstanding Times policy. The worst of occupation harshness goes unreported. Settler violence is ignored. Palestinians are blamed for Israeli crimes.

 

Israeli Occupation Harshness Prevents Peace

 

Israeli Occupation Harshness Prevents Peace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is perhaps the longest one in modern times. It's festered for decades. Resolution's nowhere in sight. 

 

Multiple peace talk rounds don't work. They never did. They were orchestrated to fail. They're pretense. They're fake. Nothing's different this time.

 

Israeli Business As Usual

 

Israeli Business As Usual

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hardline extremists run Israel. Netanyahu's the worst. He's lawless. He's unprincipled. He's duplicitous. 

 

So are other coalition partner members. They say one thing. They do another. Same old, same old is policy.

 

Israeli Democracy: A Convenient Illusion

 

Israeli Democracy: A Convenient Illusion

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's more hypocrisy than democracy. Rhetoric belies longstanding policy. Nothing ahead suggests change.

 

Democracy exists in name only. Arundhati Roy calls India a "limbless, headless, soulless torso left bleeding under the butcher's cleaver with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart."

 

Palestinian Prisoners: Petitioning to Block Their Release

 

Palestinian Prisoners: Petitioning to Block Their Release

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Thousands of Palestinian political prisoners languish in Israel's gulag. Netanyahu got cabinet approval to release 104. They've been held longterm. They've been denied justice.

 

Release is meaningless. It's shameless. It's contemptuous of Palestinian rights. It falls short of freedom. They'll be ruthlessly harassed. They're denied a moment's peace.

 

Decades of Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks Failure: 50 Reasons Why

 

Decades of Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks Failure: 50 Reasons Why

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Paul Simon's 1975 "Still Crazy After All These Years" album featured the hit song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover." 

 

Subverting peace perhaps is simpler. Four decades of futile Israeli/Palestinian talks prove it. There never was a peace process. There's none now. 

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Rebooting Failure

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Rebooting Failure

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The so-called peace process is fake. It was stillborn at birth. Fools and liars pretend otherwise. Honest observers understand reality. 

 

According to the Molad Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy:

Israeli Referendum Measure Blocks Land for Peace

 

Israeli Referendum Measure Blocks Land for Peace

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Netanyahu heads Israel's worst government in history. It's hardline. It's extremist. It's fascist. It spurns Palestinian rights. It deplores peace. It enforces occupation harshness.

 

On August 1, Haaretz headlined "Bill requiring referendum on ceding land passes first Knesset reading."

Profile of a Rigged Peace Process

 

Profile of a Rigged Peace Process

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Count the ways. Tzipi Livni is Israel's chief negotiator. She's hardline. She supports occupation harshness. She deplores Palestinian sovereignty. 

 

She's a wolf in sheep's clothing. She's an unindicted war criminal. She favors Pax Israeliana. She does so in the worst sense. She doesn't negotiate. She demands.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Terms: Unconditional Surrender

 

Israeli/Washington Peace Terms: Unconditional Surrender

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

The charade began Monday night. It did so over a traditional Iftar dinner. It's the Ramadan period evening meal. It breaks the daily fast.

 

It was more like the last supper. According to Christian scripture, Christ shared his last meal with his Apostles. He did so before crucifixion. 

 

The Illusion of Israeli/Palestinian Peace for Our Time

 

The Illusion of Israeli/Palestinian Peace for Our Time

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Talks take place in Washington. Doing so alone assures betrayal and failure. It's certain. America one-sidedly favors Israel. It's duplicitous. It's no honest broker. It never was. It's not now. 

 

No legitimate Palestinian leader would permit Washington's involvement. Collaborators betray their people by doing so.

 

Palestinians Oppose Fake Peace Talks

 

Palestinians Oppose Fake Peace Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They begin Tuesday in Washington. They're orchestrated to fail. Israel and America don't negotiate. They demand unconditional surrender.

 

PA coup d'etat president Abbas is a longtime collaborator. Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat's a convenient stooge. 

 

Israel Spurns Peace and Justice

 

Israel Spurns Peace and Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They're verboten. They're off the table. They always were. They are now. Upcoming peace process pretense masks reality. 

 

Initiatives were stillborn from inception. They remain so. Palestinians genuinely want peace. Israel categorically denies them.

 

Israel: Talking Peace, Waging War

 

Israel: Talking Peace, Waging War

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

No peace/peace talks convene next week in Washington. They're fake. They're subterfuge. They're meaningless. They never worked  before. They're rigged to fail now. 

 

Israeli and US orchestrators assure it. So do longtime Palestinian collaborators. They're Israeli enforcers. They're assigned that role. They're well compensated for doing so.

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Let the Charade Begin

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks: Let the Charade Begin

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

According to Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom, talks will begin next week in Washington. They'll start Tuesday.

 

Imagine one side going into the enemy camp's heartland. Imagine its legitimate government denied participation. 

 

Appalling Israeli Gulag Prison Conditions

 

Appalling Israeli Gulag Prison Conditions

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's gulag is one of the world's worst. On July 9, 16 human rights organizations headlined "RE: European Parliament Fact-Finding Mission on Palestinian Political Prisoners." They include:

 

Israel Terrorizes 5-Year-Old Palestinian Boy

 

Israel Terrorizes 5-Year-Old Palestinian Boy

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Societies are perhaps best judged by how they treat prisoners, the elderly, their most disadvantaged and children.

 

Israel fails on all counts. On July 9, perhaps it reached a new low. Seven IDF soldiers and an officer terrorized a 5-year old boy. They threatened him and his parents.

 

More Evidence of Fake Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks

 

More Evidence of Fake Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

There's plenty already. More builds a stronger case. Previous articles explained. Israeli/Palestinian peace talks were stillborn from inception. They began decades ago. This time's no different.

 

Managed news misinformation substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Facts trump propaganda. Palestinians are on their own. Their legitimate government's excluded from talks. 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace: Illusion Substitutes for Reality

 

Israeli/Palestinian Peace: Illusion Substitutes for Reality

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Haaretz editors, correspondents, and contributors know better. Maybe not. Maybe they don't history. 

 

Maybe they don't know it well enough. Maybe they forgot. Maybe they didn't check. Maybe they have other priorities. It shows in commentaries about announced Israeli/Palestinian peace talks. More on that below.

 

EU Shamelessly Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

 

EU Shamelessly Declares Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hezbollah's no terrorist organization. It never was one. It's not one now. It's a legitimate political party. It maintains a military wing. It's for defense, not offense.

 

EU nations know it. They bowed to pressure. They claimed otherwise. They disgraced themselves in the process. It didn't surprise. It's not the first time. It won't be the last. Rogue states operate that way.

Israel's Duplicitous Prisoner Release Offer

 

Israel's Duplicitous Prisoner Release Offer

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israeli agreements, offers, and other concessions aren't worth the paper they're written on. Pledges made are systematically broken. 

 

It happens virtually every time. Rogue states operate that way. Israel's one of the worst. It's a democracy in name only. It never was one. It's not now.

 

EU Guidelines on Israel: Part II

 

EU Guidelines on Israel: Part II

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed them in detail. They're largely old wine in new bottles. They're more bark than bite. They'll do virtually nothing to help long-suffering Palestinians.

 

New EU Guidelines on Israel

 

New EU Guidelines on Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

A previous article discussed them. They pertain to illegal Israeli West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Golan settlements. They leave besieged Gaza unaddressed. 

 

Targeting Free Expression in Israel

 

Targeting Free Expression in Israel

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

During previous Knesset session proceedings, MKs Ofir Akunis and Faina Kirshenbaum legislation to limit NGO funding was defeated.

 

Last week, MKs Ayelet Shaked and Robert Ilatov proposed their version. They call it a "softer version of the NGO bill."

 

Israel Governs Lawlessly

 

Israel Governs Lawlessly

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel reflects the worst of rogue state lawlessness. Netanyahu's a world class thug. Knesset members reflect fascist rule. Ethnic cleansing is official policy. So is slow-motion genocide.

 

Israelis are increasingly marginalized and denied. Neoliberal harshness harms millions. Israeli Arabs have virtually no rights. Praying to the wrong god is dangerous.

 

Vilifying Alice Walker Irresponsibly

 

Vilifying Alice Walker Irresponsibly

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Walker's a Georgia sharecropper family daughter. She's the youngest of eight children. At Atlanta's Spellman College, she was one of Howard Zinn's students.

 

He taught her and others:

 

"You can't be neutral on a moving train." 

 

The Fourth of July

On this, the anniversary of the  U.S.’s independence from Great Britain, some observations:

Richard Falk: Speaking Truth to Power

 

Richard Falk: Speaking Truth to Power

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Falk is Princeton University Professor Emeritus. For 40 years, he taught international law and relations. In 2008, he was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

 

He's outspoken about longstanding Israeli human rights abuses. They're too horrendous to ignore. On June 6, he addressed them. More on that below.

 

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