U.S. hostility to the Palestinians shows the Trump administration just wants them to say “no” to its peace plan.
This third installment of the Current Issues In Depth series covers the historical and political background of the status of Jerusalem and places the Trump administration’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and its de facto recognition of Israeli sovereignty, in its proper context.
The use of economic means as a way to transition to political peace is neither new nor likely to succeed.
Tlaib’s critics are fundamentally misreading Palestinian history in three key ways.
On September 21, 1922, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a joint resolution endorsing the Balfour Declaration passed by the U.K. House of Commons five years prior. Akin to its British counterpart, the statement endorsed a Jewish homeland in Mandatory Palestine while sidestepping the matter of demography and national rights for the Palestinian people.
On 17 September 1948, Count Folke Bernadotte, member of the Swedish royal family and appointed by the United Nations as a mediator to seek a settlement of the Palestine conflict, was murdered in the Zionist controlled section of Jerusalem. His assassins belonged to a "dissident" group that had allegedly broken away from the Stern Gang.
Thirty-three years ago on 16 September 1982, the Lebanese Christian Phalange militia entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut. Israeli forces occupied the surrounding city and allowed the militia’s entry into the camp. Over the following three days, at least 800 civilians were massacred as Israeli-manned checkpoints turned back fleeing Palestinians and Israeli troops fired flares to illuminate the camp at night.
On September 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accords’ Declaration of Principles. To mark that anniversary, we recommend an interview conducted by Senior Fellow Mouin Rabbani with Edward Said on the DOP's consequences for Palestinians:
On 12 September 2005, Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. While erroneously presented as a peace offering to Palestinians, the unilateral withdrawal rebuffed any cooperation from the Palestinian Authority, enabled an indirect Israeli occupation with Gaza's population treated as dispensable, and served the purpose of entrenching Israeli occupation in the West Bank.
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Senior Fellow Nadia Hijab and Alaa Tartir, Program Director of Al-Shabaka, on the future of the Palestinian political leadership:
On September 3, 1947, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) submitted its report to the General Assembly recommending the partition of Palestine into an Arab and Jewish state. UNSCOP's report foreshadowed the Assembly's passage of Resolution 181 on November 29; the so-called partition resolution, an effective green light for the Yishuv to conquer Palestinian villages and "transfer" their inhabitants outside of the allotted Jewish state.
The present battle by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to scuttle the 14 July Iran nuclear agreement may prove to mark a pivotal moment in the history of the organization and its status as vanguard of the so-called “Israel lobby.” AIPAC is fully mobilized against the American president, and its success or defeat may very well determine its future clout on Capitol Hill.