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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Intifada consequence of relentless war crimes

Forty years dishonest brokering in Arab-Israeli-Palestinian affairs
Excerpt, minor editing by Carolyn Bennett

Naseer Aruri’s thoughts on “the Oslo Accords and the new Intifada”

THE U.S. ENDEAVOR TO IMPOSE ITS HEGEMONY ON THE MIDDLE EAST, which predates the 1967 [Six Day] War, reflects the consensus of U.S politicians on all sides of the spectrum. With the departure of the former colonial powers--the United Kingdom and France--U.S. planners decided the Middle East would have to be recolonized by the United States. In an era of decolonization, Arab nationalist ideas and concepts, such as Arab unity, Arab socialism, nonalignment, return and restitution for Palestinian refugees, and indeed Arab-Israeli parity, were considered anathema in Washington and Tel Aviv.

For four decades, U.S. administrations were able to hold tight to this consensus, but there were adaptations and stylistic changes along the way, meant as a sort of cosmetic surgery to make the policy less objectionable to conservative Arabs.

Oslo was the diplomatic equivalent of the military destruction of Iraq.

THE ROLE OF THE U.S. MEDIA BORDERS ON THAT OF AN INFORMATION OFFICE IN THE ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY AND THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT. They parrot the Israeli accusation that Palestinian parents send their children to the street to throw stones and get killed in order to score a propaganda victory.  

Such racist attitudes are based on the premise that Palestinians don't value human lives as do Israelis and Westerners-- a well-known and well-documented phenomenon in Western discourse about Third World societies challenging colonialism. 

… [T]he accusation, moreover, assumes that … the Palestinian people have no independent judgment or critical faculties.  

This isn’t the first time that the U.S. media have misunderstood the essence of a popular evolution among oppressed people. South Africans, the Vietnamese, Central Americans, and African American activists in the 1960s were portrayed as being driven by ‘external’ forces whenever they challenged the oppressive status quo. 

What the media fail to--or refuse to--understand is that all these struggles and the popular discontent throughout the Arab world are really a consequence of the efforts of the imperial powers and their regional collaborators to restructure and rearrange the political systems of the region to suit their interests. 

Second Intifada
Part of the
Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Image at Wikipedia
THE PEOPLE ARE ASSERTING THEIR LEGITIMATE RIGHT OF RESISTANCE. And they are paying an exceedingly high price for it--with their lives and children’s lives, with their homes and property, and with their livelihood.  

As long as this Intifada continues, the old rules of the division of labor between the PA, Israel, and the United States will be obsolete, discredited, and illegitimate.

 The Intifada has penetrated the conscience of the Arab masses, the Islamic community, and numerous constituencies around the world who came to recognize Israel’s acts as … war crimes.


Jerusalem-born Naseer Aruri is Chancellor Professor (Emeritus) of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and author of  Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History (2006); Dishonest Broker: America's Role in Israel and Palestine (2003); Palestinian Refugees: The Right of Return (Editor, 2001); Revising Culture, Reinventing Peace: The Influence of Edward W. Said (Co-editor, 2001); The Obstruction of Peace: The U.S., Israel, and the Palestinians (1995); Occupation: Israel Over Palestine (Editor, 1983). 

Sources and notes

Interview with Naseer Aruri (speaking with ISR's ANTHONY ARNOVE about the Oslo Accords and the new Intifada), International Socialist Review Issue 15, December 2000-January 2001, Oslo: Cover for Territorial Conquest

The Oslo Accords (officially, the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements or Declaration of Principles) were declared an attempt to resolve the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The Oslo Accords were a framework for the future relations between the two parties.  

Since the start of the al-Aqsa Intifada ─ the Second Intifada (Al-Aqsa Intifada or the Oslo War), the second Palestinian uprising, a period of intensified Palestinian–Israeli violence beginning in late September 2000 and ending roughly in 2005 leaving an estimated death toll of 5,500 Palestinians, 1,100 Israelis and 64 foreigners) ─ the Oslo Accords have come into increasing disfavor by Palestinians and Israelis. 

Amid incessant violence, brutal occupation, and continuous expansion of Israeli settlements, a report in late 2010 said, though there was no official statement, the Palestinian Authority no longer considers itself bound by the Oslo Accords. Wikipedia

Intifada:  the act of shaking off] (1985): uprising rebellion; specifically: an armed uprising of Palestinians against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Britannica

Image at Wikipedia
Second Intifada: Part of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Clockwise from above: A masked Palestinian militant, Palestinian children throwing rocks in Hebron, a soldier patrolling in front of the West Bank Barrier, aftermath of the Mercaz HaRav massacre, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Intifada

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