Week In Review In Occupied Palestine
First, an inspiring photo:
A Palestinian protestor climbs up Israel’s Apartheid Wall after Palestinians started to knock part of it down. The Wall annexes a further 8% of Palestinian land, divides one Palestinian community from another, divides farmers from their land and has encircled the holy town of Bethlaham. The Apartheid Wall has been deemed illegal by the International Criminal Court.
And Israel will rebuild this part, but nothing will ever snap the will of the Palestinians. The Palestinians have resisted and as this photo makes clear will continue to until sovereignty is restored.
As is well-known throwing your shoes as someone is very disrespectful in the Arab world, and this is a peculiar Arab thing as the Western media likes to state. Here in the U.S., as is well-known, throwing your shoe at someone is a sign of great love and respect. Go ahead and throw your shoe at an America. They will respond with laughter:
Hamas took to hanging posters of Abbas throughout Gaza calling him a traitor and allowing people to throw their shoes at his image, a deep insult in the Arab world.
The Palestinian collaborator and puppet of Israel and the U.S. Mahmoud Abbas has recently announced that he will not seek reelection in January. He has suffered a great loss in credibility after he agreed to Israeli/U.S. demands that the Palestinian Authority oppose a UN report accusing Israel of war crimes – including deliberate killing of civilians – in Gaza. Abbas agreed, but then reversed himself after a public outcry. He now exists the stage to the joy of Palestinians and sadness for his colonial masters:
Never an appealing or charismatic figure, Abbas has been losing popular support since his first day in office five years ago (his term technically expired in January 2009). Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, in which he played a prominent role, the official Palestinian leadership has been pursuing a formula for peace — the two-state solution — that has yielded nothing more than the intensification of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Those 16 years have been characterized by the further immobilization and immiseration of the Palestinian people, and an ever-growing list of civilian casualties, most recently in Gaza. We are left with no other conclusion than this: that the so-called peace process with which Abbas has been indelibly associated, albeit as the Israelis’ junior assistant, was calculated to produce exactly these results. The very first step of the Oslo process, undertaken with Abbas’s assent in 1993, was to fragment and separate the occupied territories into shards of land, disconnected from each other and from the outside world, under total, institutionalized Israeli domination. Take one look at a map and you can’t miss the separation of Gaza from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the further internal splintering of the West Bank, all of which is the direct result of Oslo.
Another day, another Israeli-Zionist abuse:
A Palestinian Authority police report on Israeli violations in the West Bank overnight said a young man was detained and a teen struck in the head by a rock thrown by settlers.
And, finally, this is not Palestine-related, but the Angry Arab made such a funny observation I wanted to share it:
This anti-Semitic, right-wing Egyptian columnist, Anis Mansur, was a confidante and emissary of Sadat. His column is published daily in the mouthpiece of Prince Salman (Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat). He describes meeting King Fahd: “I saw his majesty among the people. I was not too far…He does not need words: his words are commands [This sentence is not logical, but let us proceed]. One words or two and the world around changes. He appeared awesome. On his face is a beautiful smile that does not appear much. People’s eyes were on him.” By the way, you may see the beautiful smile of King Fahd above.
Another review in time.