Briefing Papers

  1. Briefing Paper February 2017

    Yet we must not ignore the fact that the modern Hebrew language employs word laundering to mask an arrogant, violent and even racist attitude toward the Arab enemy. . . Israel’s word laundering is amongst the most advanced in the world. In part because the reality keeps changing and requires new words every time. . […]

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  2. Briefing Paper November 2016

    Israeli soldier shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl for failing to stop at roadblock IMEMC 21/09/16 A Palestinian child was shot and wounded by the Israeli military Wednesday morning when she allegedly failed to heed a soldier’s order to ‘stop’ as she approached a military roadblock. Israeli troops then locked down the roadblock and transported the wounded […]

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  3. Briefing Paper August 2016

    The late Palestinian national poet will continue to haunt Israel Gideon Levy Ha’aretz 23/7/16 And who will live in the house after us, my father? The house, my son, will remain as it was! Why did you leave the horse alone? To keep the house company, my son. When their residents go, the houses will […]

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  4. Briefing Paper October 2015

    It has come to our attention that a newly formed charity ‘Friends of Palestine’ has established itself in Scotland. Currently it operates a stall in Buchanan St., Glasgow on a Saturday. It claims to support the Palestinian people in Scotland and “internationally”. Given the broad similarity in names we ask you to note that this […]

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  5. Briefing Paper April 2014

    Netanyahu convenes ministers to discuss growing Israel economic boycott threats Barak Ravid Ha’aretz 9 Feb 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting Sunday evening to discuss how to cope with the growing threat of the economic boycott on Israel in light of continued occupation and settlement construction in the West Bank. Senior Israeli officials […]

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  6. Briefing Paper February 2014

    The Oslo Accords 20 years on: Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? Haim Bresheeth 20/09/13 The Oslo Accords accelerated the disappearance of Palestine, with disastrous results. Amidst the press and media brouhaha in July about the “amazing success” (now all but forgotten) of John Kerry in “restarting” the longest-lasting and the least productive “peace […]

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  7. Briefing Paper October 2013

    Seminar- University Links with Israel – a bonus for whom? Saturday 26 October 1 pm 2013 Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 9LE Opposite Glasgow University’s main building, access to the venue (Woodlands Hall) is from Southpark Avenue at the side of the Church. Public transport: use underground to Hillhead Station. Please note there is […]

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  8. Briefing Paper June 2013

    When Israeli denial of Palestinian existence becomes genocidal Ilan Pappe The Electronic Intifada 20/04/ 2013 Sixty-five years on, Israeli President Shimon Peres still denies the existence of the indigenous population of Palestine. In a regal interview he gave the Israeli press on the eve of the state’s ” Independence Day,” Shimon Peres, the current president […]

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  9. 9TH APRIL 1948 ————-NEVER FORGET

    NEVER FORGET THE MASSACRES OF DEIR YASSIN AND THE 100s OF OTHER MASSACRES THAT WERE PERPETRATED BY THE ZIONISTS BEFORE, DURING AND SINCE THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL This week, on the 65th anniversary of the NAKBA, Scottish Friends of Palestine will launch the first tranche of phase 1 of a website project […]

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  10. Briefing Paper March 2013

    Scottish Friends of Palestine AGM Sunday 14 April 2013 12.30pm to 2.00 pm STUC Centre 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6NG Thereafter to Deir Yassin commemoration plaque in Kelvingrove Park (to the rear of the Art Galleries) for a short ceremony of commemoration (commencing around 2.30pm) Motions for the AGM can be submitted to the […]

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  11. Briefing Paper December 2012

    I would say that most of the people that were hit in Gaza deserved it as they were just armed terrorists. Danny Ayalon (Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister) By the Last Day of the Offensive PCHR 22/11/12 – Palestinian Deaths Rise to 156, Including 103 Civilians, and 1,000 Others, Including 971 Civilians, Wounded – 33 Children […]

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  12. Briefing Paper October 2012

    Scottish Friends of Palestine Children in Chains Seminar In the West Bank the detention of Palestinian children and young people by the Israeli military occupation forces, their treatment in the military courts, all go largely unreported and unchallenged. From the minute the children are detained, blindfolded or hooded, the treatment by their gaolers and military […]

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  13. Briefing Paper August 2012

    Water Torture Gideon Levy   Ha’aretz 08/07/2012 IDF confiscates water containers from Palestinians and Bedouins in Jordan Valley. Avi is an inspection coordinator for the “Civil Administration” – the occupation regime, to speak without euphemisms. Presumably Avi likes his job. Maybe he’s even proud of it. He doesn’t bother mentioning his last name in the forms […]

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  14. Briefing Paper June 2012

    How BBC views Gaza through a Zionist looking glass Amena Saleem The Electronic Intifada 11/04/12 According to the BBC, Palestinians in Gaza are accustomed to a state of constant siege. Watching, reading or listening to a BBC report on Israel’s occupation of Palestine is like stepping through the Zionist looking-glass and witnessing not the reality […]

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  15. Briefing Paper March 2012

    Scottish Friends of Palestine AGM Sunday 15 April 2012 12.30pm to 2.00 pm STUC Centre 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6NG Thereafter to Deir Yassin commemoration plaque in Kelvingrove Park (to the rear of the Art Galleries) for a short ceremony of commemoration (commencing around 2.30pm) Motions for the AGM can be submitted to the […]

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  16. Briefing Paper January 2012

    As well as enjoying absolute impunity regarding ongoing and historic crimes, Israel has recently enacted further legislation to shield itself from scrutiny. In July 2011, it passed the anti-democratic Boycott Law which prohibits its citizens from boycotting the State’s colonial and apartheid practices and subjects them to civil suits by its settler population, with no necessity […]

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  17. Briefing Paper October 2011

    The grumpy diplomats of the rogue state Ilan Pappe The Electronic Intifada 22/07/11 The real reason for Israeli diplomats’ headaches. The Israeli ambassador to Spain, Raphael Schutz, has just finished his term in Madrid. In an op-ed in Haaretz’s Hebrew edition he summarized what he termed as a very dismal stay and seemed genuinely relieved […]

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  18. Briefing Paper August 2011

    In the Israel of 2011, every manifestation of basic human empathy toward the Palestinian side, every disclosure of understanding for its aspirations and priorities hits a wall of hatred, distrust and the growing siege mentality.   Ha’aretz The truth behind another Israeli expulsion trick Amira Hass Ha’aretz 22/06/11 The artificial division between Areas A, B and […]

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  19. Briefing Paper June 2011

    Describing the distress of a young woman who tearfully pleaded to be allowed to pass through a Jenin checkpoint in order to sit an important exam, Arnon Degani (Golani brigade) concluded that the Israeli army’s intention was “to enforce tyranny on people who you know are regular civilians” and to “make it clear who’s in […]

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  20. Briefing Paper April 2011

    Scottish Friends of Palestine AGM Sunday 17 April 2011 12.30pm to 2.15pm STUC Centre 333 Woodlands Road Glasgow G3 6NG Thereafter to Deir Yassin commemoration plaque in Kelvingrove Park (to the rear of the Art Galleries) for a short ceremony of commemoration (commencing around 2.45pm) Motions for the AGM can be submitted to the Secretary […]

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  21. Briefing Paper January 2011

    Diary entry for 2011 With 2011 being the year of election to the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Friends of Palestine is keen to reinforce the argument as to why the next government at Holyrood should boycott the state of Israel. Why it should not use the taxpayer’s money, your money, on encouraging trade with the state […]

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  22. Briefing Paper July 2010

    Independent UN Rights Expert Warns Israeli Orders May Breach Geneva Convention New York, April 10 2010 UN News “The orders appear to enable Israel to detain, prosecute, imprison and/or deport any and all persons present in the West Bank,”. Two orders by the Israeli military relating to movement in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) may […]

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  23. Briefing Paper April 2010

    Justice cannot wait for peace to be secured. Rather no credible lasting peace can be built upon impunity and injustice.                                                                                                                                                                                                UN Fact Finding Mission, Beit Hanoun, 2008 . . . . if we stopped distracting ourselves with the Holy Grail of the two-state solution, we might channel our energies into something more useful: discrediting […]

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  24. Briefing Paper January 2010

    Palestine’s War of Independence Israel’s pretty face For more than a year, Israeli diplomats have been talking openly about their new strategy to counter growing global anger at Israel’s defiance of international law. It’s no longer enough, they argue, just to invoke Sderot every time someone raises Gaza. The task is also to change the […]

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  25. Briefing Paper September 2009

    Palestine’s War of Independence The Israelis neither want us in their state or want to give us our own state. They want to kill us off, or keep us in pens.                Palestinian spokesman Sunday Herald 2/08/09 Letting this cesspit of legitimate Palestinian grievance ferment further by wringing small concessions out of Israel is woefully inadequate. […]

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  26. Briefing Paper July 2009

    Palestine’s War of Independence We are negotiating about dividing the pizza, and in the meantime Israel is eating it. Senior Palestinian spokesperson IDF ceased long ago being ‘most moral army in the world’ Gideon Levy Ha’aretz 22/03/2009 What shock, what consternation. Haaretz revealed grave accounts by officers and soldiers describing the killing of innocent Palestinian […]

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  27. Briefing Paper April 2009

    Palestine’s War of Independence And if a people and its government have calloused their hearts to the extent that the images of roaring grief, slaughtered children, screaming, maimed and soul-torn people, leave them with a shrug and a pat political response, then that surely is the very definition of a failed state. Muriel Gray Sunday […]

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  28. Briefing Paper December 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence I have seen an old Palestinian watch while the Israeli Army bulldozed his olive trees, pushed his wife into the dirt, clubbed his sons, and drove him out of his house “for security reasons.” Armed only with his anger and his helpless tears, he faced down their guns by shouting “Who […]

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  29. Briefing Paper September 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence Where shall we go after the last frontier, where will birds fly after the last sky? -Mahmoud Darwish- EU unanimously upgrades Israel ties, turning aside PA objections Ha’aretz 17/06/08 The European Union, turning aside Palestinian objections, has announced upgraded relations with Israel in the form of a range of steps involving […]

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  30. Briefing Paper June 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights [also for the Palestinians in the territories] then, as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished.” Ehud Olmert First-hand report on current conditions in the “Holy Land” Ed […]

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  31. Briefing Paper March 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence Uri Avneri 18/01/08 In the meantime, the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip gets worse and worse. The number of Palestinians killed every day has doubled. The Chief of Staff boasts about it. The Palestinian organizations, on their part, have doubled the number of Qassam rockets launched at Israel, and this […]

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  32. Briefing Paper – January 2008

    Palestine’s War of Independence Nadim Rouhana,   The Nation, 12 December 2007 The Palestinian Authority (PA) is under intense pressure to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. This is not a matter of semantics. If Israel’s demand is granted, the inequality that we face as Palestinians — roughly 20 percent of Israel’s population — will become […]

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  33. Briefing Paper November 2007

    First it was the refugees, the majority of the Palestinian people; absurdly, the main victims of the conflict were denied respect, involvement, and participation in peace. Next came the elimination of an entire sector of Palestinian representation under occupation: some assassinated, others now languishing in Israeli jails in their thousands, most of whom want peace […]

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  34. Briefing Paper July 2007

    Palestine’s War of Independence What freedom am I being offered while the organisation of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts (Nelson Mandela’s response when offered his freedom in response to renouncing the armed struggle) Sparks 1994 Bushra`s final exam Gideon Levy Haaretz Magazine, May 03, 2007 […]

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  35. Briefing Paper May 2007

    Palestine’s War of Independence Return Review Jan 2007 Today the chickens hatched by the international sanctions are coming home to roost. They are witnessed in the complete paralysis that has grounded the Palestinian economy, the attendant political confusion and declining social security. For the first time in living memory an Occupied [Protected] People have been […]

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  36. Briefing Paper February 2007

    Palestine’s War of Independence Editorial Return Review Nov 2006 A mere 5 months after the Palestinian parliamentary elections Israel’s prime minister Ehud Olmert confirmed that he approved the transfer of arms and ammunition to Mahmud Abbass’ Presidential Guard in the West Bank in order to strengthen him against Hamas (Ha’aretz 14/6/06) Additional arms shipments were […]

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  37. Briefing Paper September 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence We will make all life impossible in South Lebanon Moshe Dayan Le Monde 14/4/74 As one who knows that all the Hamas activists deported by Yitzhak Rabin returned to leadership and command positions in the organisation, Olmert should know that arresting leaders only strengthens them and their supporters. But this is […]

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  38. Briefing Paper July 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence Half an hour from here it is Hell, and nobody knows about it The Other Israel May 2006 Separation is now the byword in Israel. Declaring that “there is no (Palestinian) partner”, politicians embark on ever new programmes and projects of unilateral actions, and the Separation Wall/Fence/ Barrier grows ever higher […]

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  39. Briefing Paper May 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence Human Rights Violations, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified Prof.Norman Finkelstein Furthermore, Amnesty International reports that “many” Palestinians have not been accidentally killed but “deliberately targeted,” while the award-winning New York Times journalist Chris Hedges reports that Israeli soldiers “entice children like mice […]

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  40. Briefing Paper March 2006

    Palestine’s War of Independence A promise by Israeli leaders to ‘punish’ Palestinians for electing the Islamic Resistance party, Hamas, in Jan. 25th legislative elections, appears to be coming to fruition as ongoing invasions and aerial attacks on Palestinian areas have resulted in the deaths of 31 Palestinians, and 74 Palestinians injured since the elections. Still, […]

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  41. Briefing Paper January 2006

    This was the absolute bane of our life and now . . . . now it’s a castle in the sand. Haytham Abu Tukiya (16 years) comments while standing atop Netzarim settlement’s broken watchtower MEI 16/9/05 Joy because the bulldozers that had destroyed our homes and our fields to secure the settlements ended up by […]

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  42. Briefing Paper September 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence Abbas knows that the prospect of a “calm, clean and respectful withdrawal” now rests on him alone bringing order at home, summarised by the Palestinians as a war against the four Fs – fasad (corruption), fawda (chaos), falatan (lawlessness) and fitna (civil strife). Ehud Olmert, Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Middle East […]

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  43. Briefing Paper June 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence 622 km is the full length of the planned Wall. this will be twice the length of Israel’s boundary, the Green Line. 85% 0f this Wall will encroach into occupied West Bank territory 93 200 Palestinians live in areas between the Wall and the Green Line. 32.7% of the West Bank […]

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  44. Briefing Paper April 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence It is as though the campaign against Sharon by the settlers and their allies, the rebellion inside Likud and the rallying of the Zionist peace camp behind the prime minister have turned Sharon into a courageous peacemaker. They certainly increase the burden on Mahmoud Abbas to prove that he is a […]

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  45. Briefing Paper – Palestine’s War of Independence

    It is as though the campaign against Sharon by the settlers and their allies, the rebellion inside Likud and the rallying of the Zionist peace camp behind the prime minister have turned Sharon into a courageous peace- maker. They certainly increase the burden on Mahmoud Abbas to prove that he is a worthy partner in […]

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  46. Briefing Paper February 2005

    Palestine’s War of Independence No one,apart from the Palestinians, mentions UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions any more, the Oslo process is dead and buried, the road-map has proved a non-starter, even Sharon’s Gaza “disengagement” plan is plagued by uncertainties, as much about the Israeli prime minister’s sincerity as the plan’s opponents’ campaign against […]

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  47. Briefing Paper November 2004

    Palestine’s War of Independence Yasser Arafat (24.8.29 – 11.11.04) Sumud: to stay put, to cling to your own home and land by all means available Sumud is watching your home turned into a prison. You, samid, choose to stay in that prison, because it is your home, and because you fear that if you leave, […]

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  48. Briefing Paper September 2004

    Palestine’s War of Independence Human life holds less value for us Israelis than it used to, simply because we’ve grown accustomed to violent death happening in our midst. Naturally, inevitably, we’ve grown fairly callous to it.. ..Once the collateral damage killing of a Palestinian infant by the IDF was shocking, front-page stuff; now we can […]

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  49. Briefing Paper July 2004

    New Palestinian elections – and now, before any Israeli pull-out from Gaza – would allow the PA and Fatah the space to regain some of their lost political will and get their acts together. Second, they would help Hamas integrate into the Palestinian political system, allowing it pause to reconsider the role of its militia […]

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  50. Briefing Paper May 2004

    Palestine’s War of Independence In the thirties we restrained the emotions of revenge and we educated the public to consider revenge as an absolutely negative impulse. Now, on the contrary, we justify the system of reprisal out of pragmatic considerations . . . we have eliminated the mental and moral brakes on this instinct and […]

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  51. Briefing Paper February 2004

    80% of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are dependent on international agencies for survival. Middle East International 5/12/03 Earlier in November, former Swiss Socialist MSP Jean Ziegler, special rapporteur of the Human Rights Commission on the “right to food”, reported that 22% of Palestinian children under five were suffering from grave malnutrition, a threefold increase […]

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  52. Briefing Paper December 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence Edward W Said About 10 years ago, the then Secretary of SfoP, Gerry Forsyth, together with Palestinian student, Jahed Khawaja, attended a conference in Edinburgh where the guest speaker was Prof Edward W Said. At the end of the conference the professor was immediately surrounded by his admirers, of which there […]

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  53. Briefing Paper September 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence The Palestinian struggle must not move from condemning Israeli aggression to condemning [Palestinian] resistance… Any plan or steps not designed to end occupation or aggression are destined to fail. Muhammad Al-Hindi, Islamic Jihad (The Jerusalem Times 16/5/03) The Road Map is unlikely to progress. Ariel Sharon is (surprise,surprise) making no effort […]

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  54. Briefing Paper July 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence … at Aqaba, Abbas duly rehearsed the script dictated to him by the Americans. That he did so was a measure of his weakness and inexperience as a politician; that the Americans believed they could get away with it was an indicator of their ignorance of the realities, sensibilities and balance […]

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  55. Briefing Paper May 2003

    Palestine’s War of Independence . . . any four year old child who examined the pattern of events would conclude that this government, whether consciously or not, is simply not interested in the cessation of terrorist attacks for they constitute its raison d’etre. Doran Rosenblum, Ha’aretz (2/08/02) Political talks with Palestinians will not begin before […]

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  56. Briefing Paper October 2002

    All we did was remove a few jeeps from the streets of Bethlehem. Our forces are encircling the city tightly. So spoke Ariel Sharon, at one stroke demolishing any optimism that the “Gaza-Bethlehem First” agreement was of any significance while, at the same time, appeasing the adherents to the pro-settler National Religious Party which threatened […]

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  57. Briefing Paper August 2002

    Palestine’s War of Independence Once again, it is impossible to relate the occupation experience in all its stark reality and brutality. Essentially the Palestinians under occupation are being starved, shot at, shot dead, bombed, humiliated and deprived of any shred of humanity by an occupier determined to impose its will. The following is composed of […]

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  58. Briefing Paper July 2002

    Palestine’s War of Independence Right now , I’ve seen no evidence of mass graves [in Jenin] and I’ve seen no evidence that would suggest that a massacre took place. Clearly, people died in Jenin, people who were terrorists died in Jenin and in the prosecution of that battle innocent lives may well have been lost […]

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  59. Briefing Paper April 2002

    Palestine’s war of Independence The regular readers of the Briefing Papers will notice a change in the nature of the content. No attempt has been made to cover in any detail the actions of an Israeli democratic state, turned rogue. The impact of these actions has been well covered in the media. Of concern is […]

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  60. Briefing Paper April 2001

    The election of Ariel Sharon was the logical conclusion of a creeping coup d’etat he started in September 2000. In a normal healthy society he would have been consigned to political oblivion many years ago. But because Israel is a society where army generals are revered, extolled, and recycled, it was quite natural for Sharon […]

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  61. Briefing Paper February 2001

    For a conflict that’s been going on for a hundred years, it seems rather perplexing that suddenly, everyone is in one great mad rush to finish it. – – – – Since the whole world seems to be in a terrible rush to quickly brush under the carpet all the searing wounds of a long, […]

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  62. Briefing Paper September 2000

    Camp David (At Camp David) Barak’s red lines are Israel’s red lines – those of Rabin, Netanyahu, Shamir and Begin before him. They are no different in substance from those enunciated by Yitzhak Shamir’s cabinet in 1989 . . . It takes little scrutiny to see what Barak’s red lines mean: disdain for international law; […]

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  63. Briefing Paper July 2000

    Palestinian Autonomy-A Palestinian State in the making We may have been the righteous victims in 1948, but on the road to realising our claim to justice we perpetrated a terrible wrong on another people who had absolutely no connection with our calamity. That wrong continues to bleed in the refugee camps, in the occupied territories […]

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  64. Briefing Paper April 2000

    Has the world become so determined to humiliate and look down at us? Where is the people’s right of self-determination? Where is our right of return to our land? Personally, I neither want to go to Jordan, Iraq, Canada nor to Norway. I have a land and a country and I have a right to […]

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  65. Briefing Paper March 2000

    The Palestinians “have locked themselves into an entirely Israeli-driven process, in which Israel holds all the cards and the Palestinians can only respond to them” Khalil Shiqaqi, Palestinian political analyst During the month of December there was no progress in the negotiating front between the PLO and the government of Ehud Barak with the main […]

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  66. Briefing Paper December 1999

    It seems that Israeli Prime Minister Barak is determined to follow the legacy of his predecessor Netanyahu . . . His message is: take it or leave it. That was the exact message of Netanyahu, but Barak realises he can get away with it . . because many countries were happy he was prime minster […]

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  67. Briefing Paper August 1999

    Barak is promising to strive for a peace treaty with the Palestinians, but he has little to offer them. He is no Peace Now man. I doubt whether he will demolish any settlements. He wants the Palestinians to give up any idea of establishing their capital in East Jerusalem and is therefore very unlikely to […]

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  68. Breifing Paper January 1998

    A long history of mutual hostility can only be aggravated by efforts to shove the Palestinians into Bantustans, “autonomous” regions which are little more than glorified labour camps. Middle East International, 24 Oct 1997 In mid October, Arafat and Israel’s defence minister met at Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip.The U.S mediator or facilitator, Dennis Ross […]

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  69. Palestinian Autonomy A Palestinian state in the making

    We say to the Israeli side you must give Palestinians their full freedom to achieve peace. If you do so, violence will be stopped. The absence of peace has been motivating all phenomenon of violence in the Palestinian street. Michael Sabbah, Jerusalem Patriarch On 12 December Palestinian delegates of groups opposed to the the current developments […]

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  70. Palestinian Autonomy – A Palestinian state in the making

    …in a new political era, when the international community is bent on prosecuting war criminals – – – Ariel Sharon’s continued presence in power is an affront to the civilised world. Editorial, Middle East International 11/12/98 On 4 October 1992 El Al Flight 1862 from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv via Schipol Airport, Amsterdam ploughed […]

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  71. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    …in a new political era, when the international community is bent on prosecuting war criminals – – – Ariel Sharon’s continued presence in power is an affront to the civilised world. Editorial, Middle East International 11/12/98 On 4 October 1992 El Al Flight 1862 from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv via Schipol Airport, Amsterdam ploughed […]

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  72. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    When they look back in a hundred years’ time at the short and violent history of Israel how will the historians . . explain what went wrong. What they will surely ask, could have induced so talented a people to put their fate into the hands of a jack-in-the-box politician like Netanyahu; or to allow […]

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  73. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian State in the making

    It is . . . worth remembering that Oslo was the brainchild of the dovish wing of the Israeli Labour Party, that all but one of the relevant agreements were concluded prior to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995. the Netanyahu administration’s manner is certainly more aggressive and provocative than that of the suave […]

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  74. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian State in the making

    There is only one map of Palestine, the one registered at the United Nations. Yasser Arafat So commented Yasser Arafat in rejecting all of the maps drawn up by Israeli ministers Ariel Sharon and Yitzhak Mordechai “The maps divide the West Bank. We refuse to discuss them.” It was clear that Netanyahu was prepared, on […]

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  75. Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    A long history of mutual hostility can only be aggravated by efforts to shove the Palestinians into Bantustans, “autonomous” regions which are little more than glorified labour camps. Middle East International, 24 Oct 1997 In mid October, Arafat and Israel’s defence minister met at Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip.The U.S mediator or facilitator, Dennis […]

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  76. Extended Palestinian Autonomy: A Palestinian state in the making

    As long as it persists in trying to squeeze the Palestinians out of Jerusalem and to install Israeli settlers in their place, the government of Benyamin Netanyahu will only encourage the bombers of Hamas. Albright would do well to point out that neither she nor Yasser Arafat can guarantee the security of Israel if that […]

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  77. Palestinian Autonomy A Palestinian State in the Making – Briefing Paper

    …the Israeli leader has ridden the storm with his coalition intact and his popularity, if anything, enhanced. Arafat, meanwhile, has seen his diplomatic coalition fracture, his domestic standing plummet and the political control he can exert over his forces and his people fray Middle East International 13 June 1977 By the end of April Netanyahu, […]

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  78. Palestinian Autonomy A Palestinian State in the Making

    …the Israeli leader has ridden the storm with his coalition intact and his popularity, if anything, enhanced. Arafat, meanwhile, has seen his diplomatic coalition fracture, his domestic standing plummet and the political control he can exert over his forces and his people fray Middle East International 13 June 1977 By the end of April Netanyahu, […]

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