I was asked for some resources about the Palestine Papers, which were released by Al Jazeera on 23 January. These 1600 documents, dated from 1999 to 2010, including minutes, reports, emails, maps and presentations, constitute the largest leak and the deepest insight into the failed "peace process" ever.
I was one of several experts and analysts invited by Al Jazeera to take an early look at the documents and I wrote at least eight articles about them which are linked below. I've also included some key articles by other writers and links to the document archive itself. Scholars, historians and activists should take it onwards from here because there is still much exploring to be done of these valuable documents.
Short video clips of protest in downtown Amman, Jordan, 28 January 2011. Parties represented included Islamist and Leftist parties. Slogans included calls for resignation of the government of Samir Rifai; Free elections based on a fair election law; end to corruption and privatization; economic justice; cancelation of the peace treaty with Israel; an end to the withdrawal for citizenships from Jordanian citizens of Palestinian origin. Many slogans in solidarity with protests in Egypt today. Protest which began after Friday prayers at Al-Husseini mosque lasted about two hours and ended peacefully. Protests have now occurred on four successive Fridays in Amman and other parts of Jordan.
Protest in downtown Amman, Jordan, 28 January 2011. Parties represented included Islamist and Leftist parties. Slogans included calls for resignation of the government of Samir Rifai; Free elections based on a fair election law; end to corruption and privatization; economic justice; cancelation of the peace treaty with Israel; an end to the withdrawal for citizenships from Jordanian citizens of Palestinian origin. Many slogans in solidarity with protests in Egypt today. Protest which began after Friday prayers at Al-Husseini mosque lasted about two hours and ended peacefully. Protests have now occurred on four successive Fridays in Amman and other parts of Jordan.
Announcing a sit-in at the Palestinian Embassy, London, UK, in the name of the General Union of Palestine Students, and as part of a campaign for Palestinian national representation, calling for the holding of direct elections to the Palestine National Council. More details are attached in our English and Arabic press releases. We are currently talking with the ambassador.
General Union of Palestine Students, UK 27 January 2011
Subject: you sopund more and more not like ali but....
ali-baba.... ther will be on state....but not with arabs ya tembel.... say hi to your sharmota mom for me..... she had a good time with me and the army boys last night.... allah is a pig and muhamed a dog.... you on the other hand.... gonna get it right in the x: (.) X (.) i +++++++
As recently as January 5, Israeli defense minister and Gaza war criminal Ehud Barak was listed as Vice President of the Socialist International, bringing that organization into eternal disrepute and irrelevance. On January 17, Barak announced he was breaking away from Israel's ostensibly "socialist" Labor Party and forming his own "Centrist, democratic and Zionist" party called Atzmaut ("Independence"). Well Barak is no longer listed as a VP of the Socialist International as the pictures show. When did they have time to remove him?
Palestinians have already given up so much since 1948. It's up to Israel to end its campaign of ethnic cleansing for the peace process to move forward.
By Ali Abunimah
December 17, 2010
Israel's deputy minister of foreign affairs, Danny Ayalon, paints a picture of an innocent Israel yearning for peace, virtually begging the intransigent Palestinians to come negotiate so there can be a "two-states-for-two-peoples solution" ("Who's stopping the peace process?" Dec. 14). But it's one that bears no resemblance to the realities Palestinians experience and much of the world sees every day.
Ayalon claims that the settlements Israel refuses to stop building on occupied land are a "red herring" and present no obstacles to peace because in the "43 years since Israel gained control of the West Bank, the built-up areas of the settlements constitute less than 1.7% of the total area."But let us remind ourselves of a few facts that are not in dispute. Since the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel signed the Oslo peace agreement in 1993, the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has tripled to more than half a million. Ayalon's deceptive focus on the "built-up areas" ignores the reality that the settlements now control 42% of the West Bank, according to a report last July from the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.
Is the US losing its grip on the Middle East peace process?
Israeli-Palestinian talks have reached a deadlock following US failure to convince Israel to extend a freeze on illegal settlement-building in occupied Palestinan territories.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, says there can be no negotiations until there is a complete halt to the construction of Israeli settlements. Abbas has also been campaigning for international recognition of the Palestinian state, which so far has been accepted by Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Washington has condemned those actions as detrimental to the peace process.
Meanwhile, some former European leaders are pushing for a tougher stance against Israel, urging the European Union to impose sanctions.
On Monday's Riz Khan, we ask: Where exactly is this roadmap to peace going?
We will be joined by: Ali Abunimah, the co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a non-profit online publication that covers the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Brian Baird, a US congressman who has visited Gaza several times; and Jonathan Sacerdoti, an independent commentator on the Middle East.