Posted by: Harold Knight | 04/29/2014

Pause? Mr. Obama, Pause? A message from Samia in Jerusalem

"Feed my sheep." (See explanation below)

“Feed my sheep.”
(See explanation below)

Pause!!!!
April 26, 2014
Samia Khoury

Unable to admit the failure of US diplomacy, Mr. Obama suggests a pause in the peace negotiations because “Israeli and Palestinian leaders are unwilling to make hard choices.” Really Mr. Obama!! You cannot be joking after all the compromises that the Palestinians have made since Oslo, when you were still maybe in college or working your way through your career. Just to remind you of but a few of those hard choices that the Palestinians did take for the sake of peace and only peace:

1) As early as 1988 The PLO, the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinians passed a major resolution in its Palestinian National Council in Algiers to recognize the State of Israel.
2) In 1993 the PLO representatives at a special meeting in Gaza for the PNC and in the presence of Mr. Clinton, amended the charter of the PLO to abandon armed struggle.
3) With the signing of the Oslo agreement, the PLO acknowledged the State of Israel on 78% of historic Palestine

I am not going to delve into the absurdity of the Oslo agreement. But it was signed and the Palestinian National Authority that came out of this agreement could not have been more compromising on all issues regarding Israel. The hard choices that Israel has been asked to take are to return to the Palestinians only the 22% of Palestine which it captured in 1967, and to stop grabbing more and more land for settlement building and expansion during the years of negotiations.  At the same time the hard core issues of borders, Jerusalem, refugees and the right of return were all deferred, and eventually shuffled under the carpet.

We are all keeping our fingers crossed regarding the reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas. Against the ongoing onslaught of Israel supported by the US administration, and the inability of the Arab world to stand up against what is happening, and especially in Jerusalem, all the Palestinians are hoping that this reconciliation will be a hopeful step in the right direction. It is no surprise to see how supportive the US administration is of Israel’s reaction towards this reconciliation. After all it is the US that put pressure on the Palestinian Authority when Hamas won a democratic election in 2006, and which was the beginning of this long era of in-fighting. Yet how ironic it is that while the US and Israel were trying to prolong the period of negotiations beyond April 29 despite the failure of Israel to meet its commitments, and especially regarding the prisoners, Mr. Netanyahu so arrogantly announces the end of the negotiations, once the news of the reconciliation was announced. And trying to be a little diplomatic, Mr. Obama is suggesting a “Pause” because “both leaders refuse to make hard choices.”  I think it is Mr. Obama himself who needs to made a hard choice, and stand up for international law and for the implementation of United Nations resolutions, and try for a change, and before the end of his term to be an honest broker and truly earn the peace prize which he won a priori.
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THE WEEKLY MESSAGE ANNOUNCING THE PUBLICATION OF THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE (forwarded by Samia)

Dear all,

I am pleased to inform you that the Web version of the May 2014 issue of TWIP is online on www.thisweekinpalestine.com. Distribution of the print edition will start end of tomorrow.

We took the challenge to talk about Palestinian “Oral History” in our current May 2014 issue, and I dare say it was a challenge indeed. However, the issue is rich in content and contains a number of personal stories and testimonies which would melt a stone. Having researched the topic, it is evident that Palestinians are no doubt passing their stories on to the next generations orally and otherwise. Projects like the Wall Museum in Bethlehem initiated by the Arab Educational Institute, and The Fabric of Our Lives run by the YWCA are but examples of national projects which aim not only to honour the stories of refugees, but also to present oral history to a non-academic audience. Another example is the Memories of Tell Balata which is a cross-generational record of native stories by people living around the historical site of Tell Balata. Children and Gaza are also covered in this issue in relation to oral history, in addition to a more technical piece on what oral history is and how it should be handled by one authority on the topic, Dr. Sharif Kanaana. This is a synopsis of the current May issue of This Week in Palestine which in fact has more than what I already mentioned. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
Warmly,
Sani P. Meo / GM

While "settlements"(?) take land, Palestinian homes are destroyed in East Jerusalem

While “settlements”(?) take land, Palestinian homes are destroyed in East Jerusalem

NOTE: About the pictures. I was going through travel pictures and came across these pictures I took in 2006. From Wikipedia, descriptions:
The Church of the Primacy of Peter in Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, contains a projection of limestone rock in front of the present altar which is venerated as a “Mensa Christi”, Latin for table of Christ. According to tradition this is the spot where Jesus is said to have laid out a breakfast of bread and fish for the Apostles, and told Peter to “Feed my sheep” (John 21:1-24).
The Cremisan Valley is a valley located on the seam line between the West Bank and Jerusalem. The Cremisan monastery is within Jerusalem municipal limits, while the storeroom on the other side of the parking lot is in the West Bank. The valley is one of the last green areas in the Bethlehem district, with vast stretches of agricultural lands and recreational grounds. The Salesian Sisters Convent and School, the Salesian Monastery and Cremisan Cellars are located in the valley.

Israeli "settlements"(?) taking over Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley

Israeli “settlements”(?) taking over Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley

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