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The Palestine Papers

Posted on Jan 23, 2011
Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama looks on as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands at a summit in New York in 2009.

Thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records spanning a decade of peace negotiations have been obtained by The Guardian. The documents show a surprising history of concessions by Palestinian negotiators in trying to resolve the long-simmering conflict. —JCL

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The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel’s annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem. This unprecedented proposal was one of a string of concessions that will cause shockwaves among Palestinians and in the wider Arab world.

A cache of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records covering more than a decade of negotiations with Israel and the US has been obtained by al-Jazeera TV and shared exclusively with the Guardian. The papers provide an extraordinary and vivid insight into the disintegration of the 20-year peace process, which is now regarded as all but dead.

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By Arabian Sinbad, January 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

By Robert, January 25 at 12:40 am Link to this comment

January 13, 2011

What Kind of Country Attacks Its Own Human Rights Groups?
Israel is not a “country” per se! It is the most cancerous scheme ever devised by the savages of the 20th century, and continues to dangerously spread with the help and aid of the savages of the 21st century. And everyone can see that this cancer is spreading maliciously not only within the body of its intended victim, but hopefully it will consume those who planted it.

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By Peter Knopfler, January 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

Tomorrow is Holocaust Remembrance DAY, Abbas
Palestinian Authority Head guy, His Masters Thesis
was the Holocaust never happened You couldn´t kill
that many in that short of Time. So THIS IS THE CLOWN
military says it is very fluid situation in the
Theater, Ha Ha all this is an act, Jews will buy the
Temple mount, that Salidin took from the Jews 1000,
years ago and before this is the city of DAVID AND
SOLOMON, So give it back, no, How much we will buy it
back. Salidin himself said that He would build a
Mosque on the Temple Mount to Humiliate the Jews,
well they learnt this from Christians who have the
Rabbi hammered to cross, another tortured JEW. So
secretly the way the Arabs like it, they will
eventually sell out because there is no mention of
Jerusalem, in the Koran, rember Mohammed flew over
the Temple mount on a WHITE WINGED HORSE, YA RIGHT,

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By PatrickHenry, January 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

The current leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, should be sitting at that table as well.  Abbas is out of office May 25 and could flee to Switzerland with the loot as is the style in the mideast nowadays.

He would prove more legitimate in the eyes of the Palestinians who have suffered the most injustices over the years.

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By Robert, January 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

January 13, 2011

What Kind of Country Attacks Its Own Human Rights Groups?

Israel’s Assault on Human Rights


“Imagine a college student returning to her university after spending Christmas break at home. At the airport she logs on to the Internet to double check some of the sources she used in her final take-home exam for the course “Introduction to Human Rights.” She gets online and begins to surf the web; however, she soon realizes that the websites of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are blocked. She calls the service provider’s 800 number, only to find out that all human rights organizations’ websites have indeed been restricted and that they can no longer be accessed from the airport.

This, you are probably thinking, cannot happen in the United States. Such practices are common in China, North Korea and Syria, but not in liberal democracies that pride themselves on the basic right to freedom of expression.

In the United States students can of course access human rights websites, no matter where they surf from. But in Israel, which is also known as the only democracy in the Middle East, human rights websites as well as the websites of some extreme right-wing organizations cannot be accessed from Ben-Gurion, the country’s only international airport.

If this attack on freedom of expression was merely an isolated incident, one might be able to conclude that it was a mistake. Yet the restriction of human rights websites is actually part of a well-orchestrated assault carried out by the current government and legislature against Israel’s democratic institutions, procedures and practices. A spate of anti-democratic bills, now in the process of being ratified in the Israeli Knesset, render it a crime to support any ideology that poses alternatives to conservative interpretations of Zionism, such as support for the notion that Israel should be a democracy for all its citizens.


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{Neve Gordon is an Israeli activist and the author of and author of Israel’s Occupation (University of California Press, 2008)}

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By Blackspeare, January 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

The fact of the matter is that neither the Israeli nor Fatah want peace——they are doing just fine under the current conditions.  The economy in both the West Bank and Israel are actually on the rise almost booming.  Gaza, on the other hand, is in a dire situation and Fatah is quite pleased with Israel’s stance there——remember the enemy of my enemy is my friend!  As long as Hamas and Hezbollah remain politically viable, Fatah and Israel will remain friendly enemies.

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By babycatajesus, January 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Who would be genuinely surprised by this new disclosure?

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By diamond, January 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

Surprising to whom? No one who knows the truth about what’s been going on will be surprised. However, it’s a much needed corrective to the lies and spin that are Israel’s normal approach to the idea of peace and the setting of borders. To Israel the only good Palestinian is a dead Palestinian. It’s impossible to make peace with people who believe that. I actually saw a comment by one supporter of Israel on another site who claimed that the people of Gaza can’t be starving because babies are still being born and starvation causes ovulation to cease. That kind of hatred and desire to do harm is hard to reason with.

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By PatrickHenry, January 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

I guess this shoots a hole in Israels contention that the Pals were not willing to negotiate.

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