Live-streamed coverage of the Bahrain “Peace to Prosperity” workshop, phase one in the Trump administration’s release of its peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians, brought to mind a dark, smoke-filled room from an earlier period where other powerful men, British and French, divvied up Arab land after World War I. This time, Arab governments and the U.S. co-hosted the dismemberment of the Palestinians’ national aspirations, while sitting in TED Talk-styled respectability. Just as before, ideas like human rights, self-determination and political and economic sovereignty were completely lost on the architects of this new effort.
The glitzy presentations and marketing materials largely repackage old, failed ideas about the potential for economic development, even while Israel keeps control over Palestinian land. There is no acknowledgment of the existence of an Israeli military occupation, no mention of the likely formal annexation of the West Bank following Israeli elections in September, nor of Israel’s intention to continue its twelve-year isolation and siege of Gaza. Instead, the plan assumes what ails Palestinians is not a lack of freedom and self-determination, but the poor management of their economy and a lack of knowledge about how to run basic municipal services.
'In Kushner's estimation, self-determination isn't a political concept but an economic one' writes Ruebner [Anadolu]
Date of publication: 22 May, 2019
At one of its properties, current and former residents alleged that the company deliberately subjected them "to extensive construction, with banging, drilling, dust, and leaking water that they believe were part of targeted harassment to get them to leave and clear the way for higher-paying renters."
Now, as a senior presidential advisor, Kushner has teamed up with Jason Greenblatt - Trump's former real estate lawyer - and US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman - Trump's former bankruptcy lawyer - to form another Kushner and Associates of sorts, to draft the Trump administration's "Deal of the Century" for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
This new incorporation of Kushner and Associates appears to be adopting its usual shady business practices in an attempt to force Palestinians into submission to perpetual Israeli dominance.
Thursday, April 25th at 7pm
Film Showing: Naila and the Uprising (76 min)
Directed by: Julia Bacha
Clinton Street Theater https://cstpdx.com/
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When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. Naila and the Uprising chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history – the First Intifada in the late 1980s.
UN officials call for an immediate halt to demolitions in East Jerusalem and respect for international law amidst rise