(EDITOR’S NOTE: Truth be told, the statement of “Israeli” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman — a genocidal, Jewish supremacist maniac who once threatened to unleash the illegitimate Zionist entity’s nuclear weapons on the besieged Gaza Strip — regarding the hateful Talmudic enclave’s intention to never cease its expansionism is actually a breath of fresh air. Why? Because it should serve as a wake-up call to the so-called “solidarity” community that no matter many “Israeli” products they boycott and no matter how many companies that they may be able to put under the microscope, there will never come a day when “Israel” stops behaving like a demonic, expansionist, mass-murdering monster and starts complying with the sham that is “international law”. The objective of Palestine solidarity activists should be getting their governments to cut ties with the usurping Jewish entity, not hoping for the implementation of justice through such worthless institutions as the ICC and UN which have failed all peoples of the Global South for decades. Don’t get it twisted though… Mouqawamah Music absolutely supports the concept of BDS; anything and everything “Israeli” should be boycotted on humanitarian grounds alone. But it does not go far enough. Zionist products should be boycotted as well, as Zionism is not just a problem for our indigenous Arab brethren living between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, or even the Nile and Euphrates for that matter, but for the entire globe. We don’t call it *World* Zionism for nothing. And with the criminal “Tel Aviv” regime becoming more extreme with each passing year, it is quite possible that the successor to Benjamin “Mileikowsky” Netanyahu just might be Avigdor Lieberman, which is what the Jewish occupation’s Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch suggested last September. Such a development would entrench the occupying, colonizing Jews in Palestine even further. Verily, the Hizbullah-Algeria Option is the sole way that the Palestinian people will reclaim their rights, land and return, and the shaytanic Lieberman’s revealing words have only etched this truth deeper into stone. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)
Israel will never agree to limit its illegal settlement building in annexed East Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, a day after the PLO said in a statement on Independence Day that the “possibility of a two-state solution is quickly fading away” because of Israel’s settlement plans.
“One thing should be clear: we will never accept the definition of building in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem as settlement activity,” he said at a news conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
“We won’t accept any limitation on building in Jewish areas of (East) Jerusalem,” he said, referring to Israeli-occupied territories in Palestine.
His remarks came one day after thousands marched in the streets of Bethlehem to mark Palestinian Independence Day and the 10th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death.
Palestinians marched through the main streets of the holy city waving Palestinian and Fatah flags. The march went from the governmental compound near Duheisha refugee camp past the city’s central Fatah office and then onward to the Nativity Church in the historic center.
The celebrations came on the 26th anniversary of the Palestinian declaration of independence, signed by the Palestinian National Council on November 15, 1988.
The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous “Balfour Declaration,” called for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state – a move never recognized by the international community.
In November 1988, Palestinian leaders led by Arafat declared the existence of a State of Palestine inside the 1967 borders and the State’s belief “in the settlement of international and regional disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the charter and resolutions of the United Nations.”
Heralded as a “historic compromise,” the move implied that Palestinians would agree to accept only 22 percent of historic Palestine in exchange for peace with Israel.
Although some were optimistic that finally Palestinians would be represented on the world stage as an independent actor, many feared the move would endanger the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.
On the 26th anniversary of the treaty’s signing, the PLO said in a statement that despite the 1988 ‘“compromise,” Israel had since failed to be “a partner in peace,” adding that the Israeli expansion and colonization of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has dimmed the prospect of a two-state solution.
“Israel responded by colonizing more of our land and entrenching its control over the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. The possibility of a two-state solution is quickly fading away,” the statement read.
“The international community must now act decisively in order to salvage the two-state solution. The international community’s recognition of a State of Palestine on all of the territory occupied by Israel in 1967 would be an important first step.”
The PLO statement came two days after Israel announced, in violation of international law, plans to build 200 homes in Ramot in occupied East Jerusalem despite months of almost daily clashes between Israeli Occupation Forces and Palestinians, triggered in part by recent Israeli plans to build more than 3,660 settlement units across Jerusalem.
According to the PLO, between 1989 and 2014, the number of Israeli settlers on Palestinian land soared from 189,900 to nearly 600,000. These settlements, meanwhile, are located between and around Palestinians towns and villages, making a contiguous state next to impossible.
“Israel’s complete lack of accountability for its actions has led to a culture of impunity that threatens to destroy the last hope for a two-state solution,” the PLO said in the statement.
The declaration of independence — and the Oslo Accords that followed — did however pave the way for the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Palestinian leaders sought to create the institutions of statehood despite the lack of an actual state, leading to the development of a security apparatus under US tutelage and a Palestinian bureaucracy.
While major Palestinian cities have boomed in the 26 years since “independence,” Israeli confiscation of land in border regions has continued unabated.
Last year, the World Bank estimated that Israeli control over Area C — the 61 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control — costs the Palestinian economy around $3.4 billion annually, or more than one-third of the Palestinian Authority’s GDP.
In its Independence Day statement, however, the PLO struck an optimistic chord, reaching out for international solidarity to achieve the dream of a Palestinian state free of occupation denied since 1948.
“One effective step that the international community can take is to recognize the State of Palestine over the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital and support Palestine’s diplomatic initiatives such as the UNSC resolution to put an end to the Israeli occupation as well as our access to international treaties and organizations. This will provide additional support to the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine while nullifying any Israeli attempt to change the status quo of the occupied State of Palestine,” the PLO said.
“The international community must ban all Israeli settlement products, divest from all companies involved directly or indirectly in the Israeli occupation and take all possible measures in order to hold Israel, the occupying power, accountable for its daily violations to Palestinian rights and international law.”
The Palestinian Authority this year set November 2016 as the deadline for ending the Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967 and establishing a two-state solution.
It is worth noting that numerous pro-Palestine activists argue in favor of a one-state solution, arguing that the creation of a Palestinian state beside Israel would not be sustainable. They add that the two-state solution, which is the only option considered by international actors, won’t solve existing discrimination, nor erase economic and military tensions.
Source: Al-Akhbar English