Thursday, February 04, 2016

[ePalestine] Plain Dealer: Israel 'feeling heat' over settlement businesses (By Sam Bahour and Edward E. Thompson)

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Israel 'feeling heat' over settlement businesses

By Sam Bahour and Edward E. Thompson (Opinion)

February 04, 2016

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In this Nov. 22, 2010, photo, Palestinian women collect scrap timber in the Mishor Adumim industrial zone near the Jewish West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim. Palestinian advocates contend that multinational companies will need to face "clear legal and moral liabilities" for operating in Israeli settlements. (Associated Press)

The consequences of Israeli occupation and anti-Palestinian discrimination for Israel's economy are now coming faster than ever. Like so many previous military occupations, Israel is starting to feel the heat of the international community. However, this heat is not of the political kind that Israel has become accustomed to deflecting, but rather the economic kind that has a mystical way of invoking action from the political echelon. For everyone's sake, let's hope the message is arriving loud and clear: It's time for Israel to end its nearly 50-year occupation and allow Palestinians to live in freedom in an independent state.

The latest thoughtful criticism of Israel's actions is a 162-page report titled "Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel's Violations of Palestinian Rights." Issued by the reputable, international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), the report documents how settlement businesses facilitate the growth and operations of Israel's settlement enterprise, an enterprise deemed illegal by every country in the world, except Israel. These settlement businesses depend on and contribute to the Israeli authorities' unlawful confiscation of Palestinian land and other resources.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

[ePalestine] MEE: Layers of confusion choke internal Palestinian affairs (By Sam Bahour)

Middle East Eye

Friday, 29 January 2016

Layers of confusion choke internal Palestinian affairs

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The starting point to understand today's reality in Palestine is as crystal clear now as it always has been. Over 4 million Palestinians are approaching their 50th year of living under Israeli military occupation; it should be noted that these Palestinians comprise less than half of all Palestinians worldwide.

The Israeli occupation seeps into every aspect of life, including our internal affairs. This is not an excuse for our state of affairs, but rather a fact that has always been there and must be understood and taken into consideration as we plan our actions. It is these desired "actions," or lack thereof, where lack of clarity enters.

First, there is President Mahmoud Abbas. Positioned more as a king governing by presidential decree, than president of an operating political system, President Abbas is at a loss as to how to address the multiple fronts imposed upon him.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

[ePalestine] Al-Shabaka: Palestine-Israel: Europe Drowning in America’s Failures (by Sam Bahour, Mousa Jiryis)

Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network

Palestine-Israel: Europe Drowning in America's Failures

by Sam Bahour, Mousa Jiryis

January 14, 2016



On Monday, January 18, 2016, the monthly meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels is expected to discuss and decide on next steps to be adopted by the EU on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Policy-makers in Israel are worried as they fear an expansion of European efforts to isolate Israel's settlements

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

[ePalestine] Querencia + Al Jazeera America: Let Palestinians control their ICT resources

Dear ePalestine friends,

I'd like to use this opportunity of sharing my first 2016 published article by wishing you all a Happy New Year. Although we have much to be thankful for, times are far from happy.

I share in the attached my end of year and new year thought for reflection -- the word Querencia. It is a Spanish word I came across on New Year's eve while reading Barry Lopez's The Rediscovery of North America, which I recommend. The concept behind this word spoke volumes to me during these times as I think about life, struggle, Palestine, fleeing and resident refugees, and the present, before even the future.

Below is my latest article, co-written by my very capable friends and colleagues Nur Arafeh and Wassim Abdullah.

Onward and upward, despite all,
Sam

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Al Jazeera America

Let Palestinians control their ICT resources

Israeli restrictions on the telecom industry have hobbled Palestine's already beleaguered economy


by Nur Arafeh @NurArafeh , Sam Bahour @SamBahour & Wassim Abdullah

"Without full Palestinian control over the ICT infrastructure, any investment in the sector risks becoming a project to "manage" the occupation, rather than a catalyst for Palestinian economic growth."

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

[ePalestine] Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Dear friends,

In wishing you all a Merry Christmas, in these troubling times, and a Happy New Year, after yet another one of more death and destruction, I would like to share with you this profound Christmas message from Bethlehem by Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, President of the Lutheran World Federation.

Before viewing Bishop Munib and Reverend Mitri Raheb, whom also features in this service, as religious leaders, I view them as friends and colleagues in our struggle for freedom and independence.

Christmas message: https://youtu.be/eOes0DrFVH0?t=52m30s

Bethlehem Prayer Service: Saturday, December 19, 2015

This is from a the ninth annual joint simulcast Christmas service with the people of Bethlehem. Prayers, readings, and hymns alternate between Washington, D.C. (Washington National Cathedral), and Palestine ( The Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church) via the Internet, bringing together people of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

[ePalestine] This is what being drunk on power looks like.


This is what being drunk on power looks like.

The collapse of slavery in the U.S., Apartheid in South Africa, and the Berlin Wall in Germany is what it will ultimately feel like.

Israeli Embassy Trolls White House, Exclusively Gifts Settlement Goods

All of this year's presents were made in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights.

12/22/2015 01:47 pm ET
Jessica Schulberg Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

[ePalestine] The Hill: President Obama, recognize Palestine now!

The Hill - November 11, 2015

President Obama, recognize Palestine now!

By Sam Bahour, Geoffrey Lewis and Nomika Zion

 http://bit.ly/President-Obama-recognize-Palestine-now-theHill

"Where many are grasping at straws for new strategies to compensate for so many past diplomatic failures, the only real strategy left is the realization of the state of Palestine on the ground. This is the missing link to get negotiations back on track and to give Palestinians hope for the future, not to mention saving the two-state solution from total collapse. U.S. recognition of Palestine would be the first concrete political step that would open the way to an entirely new dynamic upon which the end game would no longer be an unknown, allowing all stakeholders to focus on state building instead of ideological debate."

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