Palestine-Israel

Palestine-Israel

By Afro-Middle East Centre On 12 June 2014, three teenage boys were reported missing from Gush Etzion, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank near Hebron. The Israeli government quickly accused Hamas of kidnapping the boys and announced ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’ – the most extensive military deployment on the West Bank since the second intifada. Israeli officials said the operation had two objectives: to find the missing settlers; and to crack down on Hamas. Thus, the operation must be understood in the context of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s failed peace initiative, and the decision by Fatah and Hamas…
By Afro-Middle East Centre Indicating a shift in Israel’s foreign policy, foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, accompanied by a large delegation, will visit five African countries – Kenya, Angola, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Ghana – early next month. The visit underscores the significance Israel has placed on strengthening ties with African countries, and follows the recent establishment by the Israeli parliament of a lobby to advance Israel-Africa relations, the ‘Knesset Lobby for Strengthening the Relations Between Israel and African Countries’. The lobby’s first meeting was on 19 May, where Lieberman espoused Africa’s political and economic importance for Israel, and announced that…
By Afro-Middle East Centre Last Wednesday Fatah and Hamas announced a national unity deal to end seven years of division (actually, twenty-five years, since Hamas’s founding) between the largest Palestinian parties. In terms of the agreement, a unity government will formed within five weeks, and presidential and parliamentary elections will take place within six months. The Israeli government responded by ‘withdrawing’ from peace talks, ending the nine-month Kerry initiative. Palestinians responded cautiously; after all, this is not the first such agreement. It follows unfulfilled agreements from 2012 (in Cairo and Doha), 2011 (in Cairo), 2007 (in Makkah), and, before that,…
By Ramzy Baroud When late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was confined by Israeli soldiers to his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Mohammed Dahlan reigned supreme. As perhaps the most powerful and effective member of Fatah’s Gang of Five’, he managed the affairs of the organisation, coordinated with Israel regarding security matters, and negotiated and made deals on issues of regional and international affairs.
By Tariq Dana A Snapshot of Palestinian capital The presence of Palestinian businesspeople in the political sphere predates the establishment of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). After the PLO’s foundation, Palestinian capitalists played a variety of roles in the national liberation movement. Some PLO factions, particularly Fatah, saw the Palestinian capitalist class as a ‘national bourgeoisie’ and, as such, an indispensable part of the anti-colonial struggle and dealt with it accordingly.
By Na'eem Jeenah As the Tunisian uprising gained momentum after four weeks of protests and former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was spirited out of the country, questions were being asked about “who next” would face the “Tunisia effect” and whether the North African country was the first of a set of dominoes to fall across the Arab world. We now know that Egypt was next—even if that country’s president stubbornly refuses to go anywhere. But there is no set of dominoes that will result in despots fleeing their countries or being forced into early retirement.
United Nations International Meeting on the Question of Palestine, Addis Ababa, 29-30 April 2013, held under the auspices of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Plenary III | Mr. Naeem Jeenah, Executive Director, Afro-Middle East Centre, Johannesburg  
By Dr Mohsen Mohammad Saleh The existence of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is an achievement to be proud of. Its establishment expressed the spirit of the Palestinian people’s desire to liberate the land and not see their cause subsumed by the wider Arab political and social milieu. Nevertheless, an objective analysis shows that the PLO today is not the same as the PLO at the time it was established in 1964. It is suffering from five main
By Hedi-Jane Esakov and Na'eem Jeenah   An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel finally came into effect on Wednesday night, 21 November. As expected, both sides claimed victory. Gazans streamed elatedly onto the streets to celebrate the end of the eight-day long assault on the battered coastal strip. The response in Israel was more subdued.  Despite, or perhaps because of, a bus bombing in Tel Aviv that day that left seventeen people injured, a significant majority of the Israeli public wanted their government to push ahead with ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’.
By Heidi-Jane Esakov and Na'eem Jeenah If press releases issued by pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel lobby groups on the recent labelling notice are anything to go by, rarely has any singular issue dealing with the Palestine-Israel issue – especially a government initiative – been so welcomed by both.
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