Middle East Notes
Reports on the life and legacy of Shimon Peres and what was said by leaders of the U.S., Israel, and the Palestinian People at the recent meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Read about Netanyahu’s attempt to legalize settlements; accusations of “ethnic cleansing”; calls for an Israeli referendum on the future of the occupation; growing divisions among Israelis on the continuation of the occupation, U.S. financial aid to Israel, and much more.
Read about the on praise and criticism of Elie Wiesel, the possibility of imprisoned Marwan Barghouti becoming the next leader of the Palestinians, and much more.
Read about the goals of the BDS movement, the detention and indiscriminate killing of Palestinians, support for murdered Jo Cox, an British Labor Party politician and advocate for Palestinians, and an Icon of Mary as a symbol of Christian Resistance painted along the Separation wall.
Read about the the connection between hate crimes as in Orlando, Florida, electioneering exclusionary programs in the U.S, and the drift in Israel away from representative democracy towards fascism.
Read about new concerns that Israel is moving from occupation to annexation of the West Bank and much more.
Read about the on the Israel/Palestine conflict as both peoples remember the establishment of the state of Israel on the one hand and the Nakba (catastrophe) on the other.
The six featured articles and the many related links in this issue of the Middle East Notes focus on the suffering of the Palestinian people due to the Israeli occupation; two book recommendations; one stating that the U.S. has undermined peace in the Middle East, and the other describing the path of an Israeli Jew to belief in peace between two peoples in the same land; Israeli rejection of the French initiative to convene an international peace conference, ahead of a foreign ministers' summit France has initiated and planned for May 30 in Paris; conflicting reports about the killing of a pregnant Palestinian young woman and her brother as they walked the wrong route while heading to the Qalandia terminal, and links to other articles of interest.