US president Donald Trump has declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and even “the eternal capital of the Jewish people.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invokes the bible in hailing Trump’s outrageous declaration. Politically, as pointed out by a prominent Lebanese academic, Dr. Amaal Saad, on her Facebook page, “Trump’s Jerusalem declaration will help shatter the myth of Israel’s invincibility; it exposes how dependent Israel’s existence is on the US: one declaration & the world acts as if Jerusalem really *is* Israel’s capital – as if US discourse has a constitutive effect on Israel’s very being.” History is nothing but a series of revolts against unacceptable facts. But any US president is beyond any recall to sense or decency.
For the information of readers, I am posting a brief item contributed by “DAVID,” one of our readers, which explains basic historical facts about Jerusalem (also known as al-Quds).Continue reading →
The Palestinian people have risen in a mighty storm, supported by the peoples of the world, against the declaration by U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. considers Jerusalem (Al Quds) to be the capital of Israel. We stand as one with the heroic Palestinian people and their resistance to the Zionist occupation and U.S. attempts to control the affairs of all peoples or destroy what they cannot control. Strikes and days of rage are underway across Palestine, with courageous men, women and youth confronting the Israeli Occupation forces. Solidarity protests are being held outside U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. Join In! Continue reading →
Seventeen years ago the Palestinian hero, Faris Awdah (Fares Udah), 13, was martyred while facing Israeli occupation tanks during an attack on the outskirts of Gaza City on 29 October 2000. The youth survived the encounter with the tank only to be assassinated by an Israeli sniper a week later on November 8th under the pretext the youth was a “terrorist”. Faris was memorialized on the front cover of the acclaimed Dossier on Palestine (Shunpiking Magazine, Halifax, 2002).
It was the second of November 1917 when Arthur Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, issued his infamous declaration in the form of a letter written to Lord Rothschild. It read:
“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people…, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.”
It is interesting to note that the four-letter word “Arab” occurs not once in this document. To refer to the Arabs who constituted, at the time, 92 per cent of the population of Palestine and owned 98 per cent of its land, as the non-Jewish communities is not merely preposterous but deliberately fraudulent. I do not need to tell you that this letter has no shred of legality, as Palestine did not belong to Balfour to assume such acts of generosity. Dr. Arnold Toynbee described the British role, in issuing this document, accurately:
“We were taking it upon ourselves to give away something that was not ours to give. We were promising rights of some kind in the Palestinian Arabs’ country to a third party.”
Similarly, the well-known Jewish writer, Arthur Koestler, summed it up aptly when he described the Balfour Declaration as a document in which “one nation promised a second the country of a third.” Continue reading →
Why Israelis are remaining silent about U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments about ‘many fine people’ taking part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville | Gideon Levy in Haaretz.
(Aug. 20) – Israel has no moral right to judge U.S. President Donald Trump over his forgiving remarks about the neo-Nazis in his country.First, Israel wasn’t really shocked by what he said. After all, it is willing to accept anything from anyone who supports the Israeli occupation. That’s axiomatic at this point. Whether it’s a Hungarian fascist or an American neo-Nazi, as long as they support the occupation – even if they secretly hate Jews – they are considered friends of Israel and moral people. Continue reading →
“The essay discusses one characteristic of colonial archives – how the ruling state plunders/loots the colonized archives and treasures and controls them in its colonial archives – erasing them from the public sphere by repressive means, censors and restricts their exposure and use, alters their original identity, regulates their contents and subjugates them to colonizer’s laws, rules and terminology. It focuses on two archives plundered by Israel in Beirut in 1980s: the Palestine Research Center and archive of Palestinian films. Continue reading →