Yaniv Sagee, ‚Opinion‘, Ha’aretz, Feb 27, 2017
The only way to create an alternative to push back against 50 years of occupation and mounting inequalities is for the Zionist and Palestinian-Arab left to form a real partnership.
In four months, we will mark 50 years of Israel’s occupation of ‚the territories.‘ Fifty years, during which the State of Israel has changed from top to bottom.
From being a welfare state fulfilling the founding vision – both of a national homeland for the Jewish people and of an egalitarian state for the benefit of all its citizens – Israel has transformed into one of the worst of Western states in terms of social gaps. A state that discriminates against its Arab citizens and is incapable of connecting with world Jewry.
From a “pursuer of peace,” we have become a state that “manages the conflict” through wars and operations where we kill and are killed, because we have become convinced that “there is no partner” for peace. Our actions are directed by the vision of the Prime Minister who told us last year, “We shall forever live by the sword.”
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Yaniv Sagee is the Executive Director of Givat Haviva. A member of Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, he was previously a teacher, school principal, director of the Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and chairman of the National Council for Youth Movements in Israel.
Please find below a link to my recent oped in the Times of Israel which describes the mounting tensions at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade (Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif).
The tensions are particularly worrying as we are a month before Passover, two months before Ramadan and three months before commemorating 50 years to the 1967 War. And because they take place with the Obama-Trump transition and its uncertainties (West Bank annexation? Two states?) as backdrop.
Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian leadership and the US can and should act to quell the tensions. This will allow them to focus on the bigger political issues at hand.
Ofer Zalzberg, Times of Israel, 14 March
[Von Ofer Zalzberg ist eine Studie der International Crisis Group zur Zukunft von Jerusalems ‚Heiliger Esplanade‘ (‚Holy Basin‘) als Heft 1/2016 von israel&palästina erschienen.]
„Support for the Paris Peace Conference and Call To Recognize Palestine Now“
Tomorrow, Thursday 12.1.2017, a delegation of Israeli intellectuals and former ambassadors will meet with Helene Le Gal, Ambassador of France to Israel, in order to present a petition of support for the French initiative to organize a Peace Conference in Paris on Sunday, January 15.
In recent days, some 1200 Israeli citizens signed that petition in support of the French Initiative. The conference aims to provide a broad international base of support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The conference will convene on Sunday, 15 January 2017. Foreign ministers from approximately 70 countries are expected to attend. The conference will signal that the world expects to see an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on two states for two peoples – Israel and Palestine – that will maintain mutual relations based on peace and security.
The signatories congratulate the French Government on convening the conference, stress the critical need to renew the peace process, and call on the conference to adopt UNSC Resolution 2334 and the principles for a peace agreement laid out in Secretary of State John Kerry’s 28 December speech.
The signatories also call for the immediate end to the occupation, which is entering its 50th year; for the establishment of a sovereign, independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel; and for the acceptance of the State of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations.
Furthermore, the signatories call for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the two states and appeal to the international community to strengthen its support for Israel within the 1967 borders while, at the same time, differentiating in its dealings with Israel between the legitimate State of Israel and the settlements on occupied territory, which constitute a violation of international law and a key obstacle to peace.
Among the signatories are Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman, 20 Israel Prize laureates, five Israeli ambassadors, former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair, former Minister Yair Zaban, and five former Members of Knesset.
Ambassador Ilan Baruch
Policy Working Group
Peace NGO Forum
The email I expected to send would have talked about taking President-elect Hillary Clinton to task on human rights and human dignity in Israel/Palestine.
But today is a different day. It is a frightening time where our communities have only ourselves to hold onto. And even with President-elect Trump, propelled into office by a wave of racist, sexist, hateful, anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant sentiment, I am feeling more grateful than ever for the power and community of Jewish Voice for Peace.
I know that some of the wisest, most experienced, most determined people on earth are walking around today, feeling a similar way.
I know that in the next weeks and months we will link arms and build power and face this challenge here, while continuing our work alongside our Palestinian allies and friends facing death, detention, bombs, exile, apartheid, and demolition of their homes.
So, even though this is a bleak and uncertain time, you should know, as I do, that you aren’t alone and we haven’t lost because we are just starting to build and win.
With hope and determination,
(And all of us at Jewish Voice for Peace)