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Palestinian/ Israeli update 11/03/2016.. Israel destroys Bedouin village for 105th time

Thursday, November 3, 2016 21:15
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Israel destroys Bedouin village for 105th time

Washington slams Israeli plans for new settler units

Israelis arrest 30 Palestinians in in pre-dawn raids

Israel Detains 22 Palestinians, 9 Members of One Family

Israeli forces detained at least 22 Palestinians, including nine members of one family, during overnight raids across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem, local sources said Thursday. In Ramallah, Israeli army units raided Amari refugee camp and detained an entire family of nine, including the mother and father. The father was identified as Mahran Abu Shousheh, WAFA reported. The soldiers also ransacked a shop located beneath Abu Shouseh’s house and confiscated a number of vehicles. The soldiers also clashed with Palestinians during the raid before they pulled out from the camp. Meanwhile in Hebron, Israeli troops detained nine Palestinians from the city and the nearby town of Dora. In Jerusalem, Israeli police broke into Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood where they raided and searched two homes before they detained four Palestinians from Ewesat family, including three brothers.

Black November

……Despite the historical injustice done to the Palestinian Arab people in its displacement and in being deprived of the right to self-determination following the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 181 (II) of 1947, which partitioned Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish State, that resolution nevertheless continues to set preconditions to international legitimacy that guarantee the Palestinian Arab people the right to sovereignty and national independence.

This might have worked had partition been a genuine strategy or vision of the settler state of Israel. However, conceding demographic exclusivity and total geographical ownership is an unthinkable scenario for any settler colonial project. The aim is to displace the natives and replace them; or, as Edward Said put it so well, substituting presence with absence.

From the Israeli/Zionist perspective, partition can only be a means of completing the project of settler colonialism; it can never be used for limiting or forsaking the project.

Thus, the Declaration of Independence did not affect the reality on the ground, and neither did all the next international, regional or local attempts to resell the idea of partition as a “two states solution”.

The discourse on partition continued, while the reality of settler colonialism covered now almost every inch of historical Palestine.

November is a good month to ponder why partition, described in American parlance as the best way of keeping neighbours happy, equates occupation, colonisation and ethnic cleansing.

The seeds were sown in 1917, reaped in 1947 and poisoned the country ever since. It is time to adopt a fresh moral and political view on this history for the sake of a better future.

Ilan Pappe


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