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1967 oPt: Israeli occupied Palestinian territory, Jimmy Carter's book tour (2006-2007)

2007-03: interviews, news, events, comment, context

Tough Love: Jimmy Carter, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid


by Charles Judson Harwood Jr.


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< March 2007 >


The Israel Lobby
Blockade, reprisals
Bombing Iran
War Crimes Act
Iran uranium timeline
Iraq wmd war timeline: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008
Congress debates, votes

Kathleen and Bill Christison, “Does the Israeli Tail Wag the American Dog?{copy} (Adbusters: A Journal of the Mental Environment, issue number 70, Vancouver, March-April 2007, posted March 1 2007).

Editorial (anonymous), “Editorial: President Precedent{pf} (The Brandeis Hoot, Friday March 2 2007).


“ Recent rumblings made by the Office of Development have indicated that the very controversial and delayed appearance made at Brandeis University by former President Jimmy Carter is estimated to have cost the University a grand total of five million dollars.

Angry donors have attempted to, in the words of The Jewish Week, “exact revenge” on the University, for the President’s guest appearance, by withholding this money.

* * *

[A] strong message has been sent to students by “more than a handful” of donors, according to Stuart Eizenstat, a former aide to Carter during his presidency and a current trustee of Brandeis.

* * *

A precedent has thus been set that requires the University to consider the financial implications on an invitation and appearance of practically any guest speaker.

The constant worry of inviting a speaker that will please donors can only lead to more suppression.”


Abdullah II (king of Jordan), interviewed Tuesday March 6 2007 by Jim Lehrer, “King Abdullah Calls for U.S. Help with Mideast Peace Plan” (PBS: Public Broadcasting Service, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Washington D.C., Wednesday March 7 2007, 7:00 p.m. ET), video bb {12:32 bb}, audio {12:24, 5.12mb.mp3 rss rss rss source}, PBS transcript, the largest U.S. TV network, with 349 U.S. TV stations (336 listed here), and via satellites in the western hemisphere (PBS national feed to Dish Network, DirecTV, AMC-3, AMC-4), by Orbit News on satellites (Europe, Middle East, channel 27, Thursday, 4:05 a.m., 2:00 p.m. GMT), by SBS TV (Australia, 5:00 p.m.), by Triangle TV (New Zealand, 10:00 p.m.), by AFN TV: American Forces Network (schedule, next day, AFN News, 4:00 a.m. GMT), audio broadcast by some NPR radio stations (10 listed here), by satellite radio in North America (XMPR: XM Public Radio, XM channel 133, 11:00 p.m. ET), by WRN: World Radio Network in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia (schedule) (3:00-4:00 a.m. GMT), via 10 satellites (audio channel on TV tuners and feeds to cable radio) and via satellite radio (WRN, WorldSpace channel 305) (Afristar-1 east beam, parts of western Africa and Europe, footprint).


Abdullah II (king of Jordan), “Address By His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” (U.S. Congress, joint meeting {dd, 104kb.pdf} of the House {104kb.pdf} and Senate {56kb.pdf}, Hall of the House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol building, Washington D.C., Wednesday March 7 2007, 11:00-11:38 a.m. ET), 153 Congressional Record H2246-H2248 {pf} {16kb.txt, 81kb.pdf} (U.S. Congress 110-1, daily edition 153:39, March 7 2007) {SuDoc: X/A.110/1:153/39}, C-Span video smil {28:05, 10:55 a.m., 551172837, 196963-1, rss}, BBC video (bb) {27:07 bb} {BBC player bb}, reported, “Jordan's king urges US peace push{pf} (BBC News, March 7 2007, 6:25 p.m. GMT), George Gedda (AP: The Associated Press), “Abdullah Urges U.S.-Led Peace Process{pf} (The Washington Post, Wednesday March 7 2007), Helene Cooper, “Jordan's King Seeks Greater U.S. Role in Peace Effort{pf} (The New York Times, March 8 2007), not mentioned, on the local Washington D.C. TV news: ABC (WJLA-TV), CBS (WUSA-TV), Fox (WTTG-TV), NBC (WRC-TV).

•• Hussein I (king of Jordan, 1952-1999), “Address By His Majesty King Hussein I of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Before the Joint Meeting of the United States Congress” (U.S. Congress, joint meeting of the House and Senate, Hall of the House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol building, Washington D.C., July 26 1994, 11:00 a.m.-12:09 p.m.), 140 Congressional Record H6204-H6205 {pf} (U.S. Congress 103-2, daily edition 140:99, July 26 1994) {SuDoc: X/A.103/2:140/99}, C-Span video {1:17:00, 10:51 a.m., 146461997, 58998-1}.

•• Yitzhak Rabin (prime minister of Israel, 1974-1977, 1992-1995), “Address By His Excellency Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel” (speaking after Hussein I), 140 Congressional Record H6205-H6207 {pf} (he doesn’t speak any form of the word “Palestine”).


Ilan Pappé (senior lecturer in political science, University of Haifa, chair, Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa), speech, “The History of Israel Reconsidered” (Todai: University of Tokyo, NIHU Program, Department of Islamic Area Studies, Center for Evolving Humanities, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, Tokyo, Thursday March 8 2007), published, “The History of Israel Reconsidered: A Talk by Ilan Pappe{pf, copy} (Gyaku, March 11 2007). Ilan Pappé is author, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld Publications, Oxford England, published October 12-19 2006, U.S. November 1) {U.K., U.S., Germany}, forthcoming: Ilan Pappé, The Bureaucracy of Evil: The History of the Israeli Occupation (Oneworld, July 1 2010) {U.K., U.S.}.

Jimmy Carter, remarks (GWU: The George Washington University, ESIA: Elliott School of International Affairs, Middle East Policy Forum, Third Lecture, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street NW, Washington D.C., Thursday March 8 2007, 1:00-2:15 p.m. ET), “Peace in the Middle East” “Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Palestine Peace Not Apartheid (speech, Q&As), FNS transcript {text, Carter archive, GWU archive}, video {1:15:50, 35.09mb.rm, source, source, source} (“This event is sold out. This event will be broadcast live on GW-TV, Channel 11”), announcement {138kb.pdf}, GWU calendar, ESIA calender, previews, David Ceasar (senior news editor), Brandon Butler, “Jimmy Carter to speak on Middle East, controversial book at Lisner{pf} (The GW Hatchet Online, Washington D.C., March 1 2007), Eric Roper, Lizzie Wozobski, “Carter to have unfiltered Q-and-A session after speech{pf} (The GW Hatchet Online, Washington D.C., March 8 2007).


Barry Schweid (AP: The Associated Press), “Carter Defends Gaza Theory at GWU Speech{pf} (The Washington Post, Wednesday March 8 2007, 4:07 p.m.).

Jessica Calefati (campus news editor), Eric Roper, “Web Update: Former President Carter defends book on Israel{pf} (The GW Hatchet Online, Washington D.C., posted March 8 2007), revised, retitled,Former President Carter defends his controversial book{pf} (The GW Hatchet, Washington D.C., issue dated March 22 2007) (“the capacity-filled Lisner Auditorium” 1,490 seats).

Emma Zayer (editor-in-chief), “Former President Carter stands by his book{pf} (The Daily Colonial, posted March 10 2007) (“a packed house at GW’s Lisner Auditorium”).

Eric Fingerhut, “Carter evades issues, say GWU students: Former president viewed as defensive” {pf} (Washington Jewish Week, March 15 2007) (“while GWU pro-Israel students chose not to protest Carter, about 15 local Jewish activists, led by Ohev SholomThe National Synagogue's Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, stood outside the auditorium with signs such as "Carter Is A Liar"”).

Beth Schwartzapfel, “Hillel Director, Students Defend Tactics at Carter Speech” (The Forward, New York City, March 22 2007) (“One of the students involved in distributing the handout, Aviva Berman, said that four of the five questions came directly from a list prepared by Deborah Lipstadt and other professors at Emory University”).

Event not mentioned, on the local Washington D.C. TV news: ABC (WJLA-TV), CBS (WUSA-TV), Fox (WTTG-TV), NBC (WRC-TV).


Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 2004 I.C.J. 136 (U.N. I.C.J.: International Court of Justice, The Hague, Advisory Opinion, July 9 2004) {8.1mb.pdf, source}, ICJ summary {128.5kb.pdf, source}, U.N. Doc. A/ES-10/273 (July 16 2004) {469kb.pdf, UNBISnet, browse}.

Norman Finkelstein, remarks (speech, Q&As), “The Media Lynching of Jimmy Carter” (Cornell University, Goldwin Smith Hall, Philip E. Lewis Auditorium, Ithaca New York, Thursday March 8 2007, 8pm) (sponsors: Student Advocates of Palestine, Cornell departments of Near Eastern Studies, History, Anthropology, Alice Cook House, Peace Studies Program, Islamic Alliance for Justice, Amnesty International), poster {1021kb.jpg, source}, reported, Josh Goldman, “Prof: Middle East Controversy 'Contrived' (The Cornell Daily Sun, Tuesday March 13 2007) (“the oldest independent college daily in the United States”).

Joseph Lelyveld (executive editor, 1994-2001, The New York Times), “Jimmy Carter and Apartheid” (The New York Review of Books, volume 54 number 5, dated March 29 2007, posted on or before March 13 2007).

George Soros, “On Israel, America and AIPAC” (The New York Review of Books, volume 54 number 6, dated April 12 2007, posted Monday March 19 2007).

Gary Kamiya (executive editor), “Can American Jews unplug the Israel lobby?{pf} (Salon.com, Tuesday March 20 2007).


Norman Finkelstein, remarks (speech, Q&As), “Question of Justice: Historical Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and the Prospects for Peace” (SUNY: Binghamton University, State University of New York, Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, Watters Theater (558 seats), Binghamton New York, Thursday March 22 2007, 7pm) (sponsors: Middle Eastern Cultural Association, Palestine Solidarity Committee, GSO: Graduate Student Organization, graduate vice president for multicultural affairs), YouTube video (Wilton Vought), EssentialDissent), “Norman Finkelstein: A Question of Justice” {1:51:12, nf.link, search, search} (omits Q&As): 1/12 {9:52, 22.45mb.flv}, 2/12 {9:48, 22.71mb.flv}, 3/12 {9:35, 22.21mb.flv}, 4/12 {9:47, 22.68mb.flv}, 5/12 {9:47, 22.69mb.flv}, 6/12 {9:52, 22.90mb.flv}, 7/12 {9:24, 21.82mb.flv}, 8/12 {9:44, 22.58mb.flv}, 9/12 {9:55, 22.4mb.flv}, 10/12 {9:52, 22.4mb.flv}, 11/12 {9:58, 22.4mb.flv}, 12/12 {3:38, 22.4mb.flv}, single video (Wilton Vought), ‘Norman Finkelstein: A Question of Justice{blip.tv, 404mb.flv, rss}, broadcast (1-hour edit) (Time Warner Channel 4, public-access television, Wilton Vought, Reflections, Binghamton area, Tuesdays, 10-11pm) (Wilton Vought email: “Reflections is my public access TV show. I aired an edited version of the video twice, but have no record of the date. The theater was about 75% full, and many in the audience were somewhat hostile (but mostly civil). I videotaped the Q&A also, but I have not posted it. (The colors are way off.) I may post the audio only someday.”).


19th plenary meeting (conference room 27, Thursday afternoon March 22 2007, 3:05-6:05pm CET, UNHRC: U.N. Human Rights Council, 4th regular session, Palais des Nations, Geneva, March 12-30 2007).

•• Agenda (HRC 4th session, “Order of the Day: Thursday, 22 March 2007,” U.N. Doc. A/HRC/4/OD.9) {31kb.pdf, 92kb.doc}, “Presentation of reports followed by an interactive dialogue/Follow-up to HRC decisions,” agenda segment, “Reports of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967,” oral presentation by John Dugard (Special Rapporteur), and oral statements about, his two most recent reports to the Council, his annual report (timeline) (U.N. Doc. A/HRC/4/17, January 29 2007, 24 pages) {103kb.pdf, also via this, this, OHCHR, this, this, and ODS}, and his special report (timeline), on Israel blocking his fact-finding mission under HRC resolution 3/1 (U.N. Doc. A/HRC/4/116, December 20 2006, 3 pages) {14kb.pdf, also via this, this, OHCHR, this, this, and ODS}.

•• Prepared oral statements menu (HRC Extranet, via password login).

•• Video {3:01:57, 391mb.rm, source, archive}, segments: Luis Alfonso de Alba (Mexico, president of the U.N. Human Rights Council, presiding), introduction {1:31, 2.47mb.rm}, Special Rapporteur (John Dugard) {16:07, 29mb.rm}, Israel (Itzhak Levanon) {7:18}, Palestine (Mohammad Abu-Koash) {4:04}, Cuba (Juan Antonio Fernandez Palacios) {5:51}, Senegal (Moussa Bocar Ly) {3:36}, Russia (Sergey Kondratiev) {3:36}, Pakistan (Tehmina Janjua) (on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference) {4:23}, Indonesia (Mohammad Anshar) {4:20}, Malaysia (Hsu King Bee) {4:56}, Algeria (Idriss Jazairy) (on behalf of the Arab Group) {5:10}, Morocco (Mohammed Loulichki) {5:07}, Tunisia (Samir Labidi) {3:16}, China (Jiakun Guo) {3:32}, Bangladesh (Mustafizur Rahman) {3:34}, Germany (Anke Konrad) (on behalf of the European Union) {3:20}, Canada (Karim Amegan) {2:16}, Mali (Fatoumata Diall) {1:38}, Zambia (Love Mtesa) {2:45}, Jordan (Mussa Burazzat) {5:17}, League of Arab Nations (Saad Alfarargi) {4:02}, Egypt (Sameh Shoukry) {3:21}, Sudan (Igbal Elamin) {2:10}, Yemen (Sulaiman Tabrizi) {3:31}, Syria (Rania Al Rifai) {3:45}, Iran (Ali Reza Moaiyeri) {3:36}, UAE: United Arab Emirates (Najla Mohamed Bin Salem Al Qassimi) {2:40}, Libya (Fawzi Abusaa) {3:31}, Kuwait (Sadiq Marafi) {3:20}, U.S. (Warren W. Tichenor) {2:49, text}, Chile (Juan Martabit) {1:39}, Venezuela (Gabriel Salazar) {3:43}, Qatar (Nasser Rashid Al Nuaimi) {2:17}, South Africa (Samuel Kotane) {2:22}, Special Rapporteur (John Dugard, reply) {11:08}.

•• Summary Record of the 19th Meeting, Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, on Thursday, 22 March 2007, at 3 p.m. (HRC 4th session) (U.N. Doc. A/HRC/4/SR.19, 18 pages) {164kb.pdf (French), also via this, this, this, OHCHR, this, this, this, this, and ODS}.

•• Report, Mousa Burayzat (Jordan, HRC vice-president and rapporteur), Report to the General Assembly on the Fourth Session of the Human Rights Council (U.N. Doc. A/HRC/4/123, June 12 2007, 112 pages) {338kb.pdf, also via this, this, this, this, OHCHR, this, this, and ODS} (Palestine, at pages 10, 32-33, 44-46, 52, 61).

•• John Dugard, HRC video {16:07, 29mb.rm, source} (U.N. hrc4r19: Human Rights Council, 4th regular session, 19th plenary meeting, Geneva, Thursday March 22 2007, 3-6pm at 3:06-3:22pm CET):

“ John Dugard: My report does not make pleasant reading.

Gaza remains an imprisoned society.

Into which the prison guards have made frequent military incursions, killing hundreds of Palestinians and wounding thousands in the second half of 2006.

Most of those killed and wounded have been civilians, and many have been children.

Missiles, shells, and bulldozers have destroyed public buildingsm, and private homes, water pipelines, and electricity networks.

Agricultural land has been levelled by bulldozers.

The siege of Gaza has resulted in unemployment and poverty.

90% of Gazans rely on food aid from international agencies to survive.

Health, education and family life have suffered.

The situation in the West Bank is little better.

Military incursions have dramatically increased — as evidenced by the raid on Nablus in late February which confined 50,000 Palestinians to their homes for several days.

The Wall — now recognized by Israel as an instrument for the annexation of settlements — continues to disrupt lives and prevent access to agricultural land.

In Jerusalem the Wall divides communities and families in its pursuit of the Judaization of the city.

Checkpoints, now numbering over 500, make travel in the West Bank a nightmare.

Road apartheid intensifies.

The status of the Jordan Valley increasingly resembles the closed zone between the Wall and the Green Line and Israel excludes all but registered residents from the Valley.

Settlements increase in size and population.

There are over 460,000 settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Settlers, largely unrestrained by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), subject many Palestinians to a reign of terror — particularly in Hebron.

There are over 9,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. There are serious complaints about the treatment of prisoners.

Since 2000, over 500 persons have been killed by targeted assassinations, including a substantial number of innocent civilians.

Israel prides itself on its abolitionist stance on the death penalty,

But, in effect, targeted assassinations constitute the implementation of the death penalty, without trial.

Israel shows little respect for Palestinian family life.

Thousands of Palestinian families are separated by Israeli laws.

In my report, I state that Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory contains elements of colonialism and apartheid.

That Israel’s settlements, with a population of nearly half a million, constitute a form of colonialism cannot seriously be disputed.

Settlements violate both Article 49(6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention and numerous resolutions of the General Assembly, condemning colonialism.

In previous reports, I have carefully refrained from likening Israel’s practices, in the OPT, to apartheid, on account of the sensitivity of this issue.

The uproar over Jimmy Carter’s book Palestine Peace not Apartheid (2006) — and the serious attempts to impugn his integrity, particularly in the United States — has led me to reconsider this decision.

Of course there are similarities,

Between the OPT, and apartheid South Africa.

Anyone who experienced apartheid has a sense of déjà vu, when visiting the OPT.

Laws, and practices, discriminate against Palestinians.

Restrictions on movement, within the West Bank and Jordan Valley, resemble the “pass laws” of apartheid, both in their discriminatory nature and brutal application.

There is a system of “separate but unequal” roads, for settlers and Palestinians.

Which was never even contemplated, in apartheid South Africa.

Jews may travel freely, within the closed zone, between the Wall the Green Line.

But Palestinians require permits.

Which are frequently denied.

The separate residential areas, for Jews and Palestinians, in Hebron, remind one of the “group areas” for different races, under apartheid.

Palestinians are prohibited, from living with their Arab Israeli spouses.

But no such restrictions apply to foreigners, living with Israeli Jewish spouses.

House demolitions are carried out in a discriminatory manner.

Over 9,000 Palestinian political prisoners are held in Israeli jails.

Can it seriously be denied?

That such acts are:—

“committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over another racial group of persons.”

to use the language of the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid {article II}.

Israel takes care, not to announce its apartheid practices.

There are no signs, on the roads, or in the closed zone, saying,

“No Palestinians Allowed”


“Settlers Only.”

And there are no laws, providing that only Palestinian houses, built without a permit, may be demolished.

In this respect, Israel has learnt the lesson, of apartheid.

But the result is the same:—

Oppressive discrimination.

I can do no better, than quote a recent article, by a former Israeli cabinet minister, Shulamit Aloni (“Indeed there is Apartheid in Israel,” 31 December 2006) {Yedioth Ahronoth, Tel Aviv}:

“The US Jewish Establishment’s onslaught on former President Jimmy Carter is based on him daring to tell the truth.

Which is known to all.

Through its army, the government of Israel practices a brutal form of apartheid, in the territory it occupies....

For example, Jewish-only roads have been built.

Wonderful roads, wide roads, well-paved roads, brightly lit at night,

All that, on stolen land.

When a Palestinian drives on such a road, his vehicle is confiscated....”

She then tells the story of an occasion, when she questioned an Israeli soldier, who was confiscating a vehicle, belonging to a Palestinian, for driving on a road that he described as “a Jews-only road.”

In response to her question, whether — and if so, where — there was a sign, indicating, that the road was for Jews only, he replied:

“It is (the Palestinian’s) responsibility to know it.

What do you want us to do?

Put up a sign here?

And let some anti-Semitic journalist?

Take a photo?

So that he can show the world?

That Apartheid exists here?”

Apartheid, and colonialism, are contrary to international law.

Occupation is a lawful regime, tolerated by the international community, but not approved.

What are the legal consequences of a regime of occupation that has continued for 40 years?

A regime that has acquired characteristics of apartheid and colonialism?

Is it a lawful regime?

If not, what are the legal consequences for the occupied people, the occupying Power, and third States?

Should the International Court of Justice not be asked for an Advisory Opinion on this matter?

It is true, that the Advisory Opinion on the Wall has had little impact.

Thanks to the Quartet.

But it must be remembered, that the United Nations requested four advisory opinions, on South West Africa/Namibia, to guide it in its handling of South Africa.

There is a desperate need for consensus, on the part of the international community, towards Palestine.

The developing world sees Palestine as human rights issue, worthy of special attention because, since the end of apartheid, it has become the only case in which a developing people are brutally subjugated by a Western-affiliated regime.

The West, on the other hand, acting through the Quartet, prefers to pursue a policy of appeasement, towards Israel, coupled with economic sanctions on the Palestinians.

An Advisory Opinion, from the International Court of Justice, might possibly serve to change the attitude of the West, and promote a common policy towards the OPT, premised on respect for human rights.

Failure, on the part of the international community, to find and pursue such a common policy has serious implications, for the future of human rights.

The West cannot expect the developing world to share its concern for human rights violations, in situations such as Darfur, Zimbabwe, and Burma, if it refuses to demonstrate a concern for human rights in the OPT.

This places in danger the whole international human rights enterprise.

I fear that this Council will not succeed, in its basic task of promoting and protecting human rights throughout the world, until consensus is reached, on the human rights situation, in the Palestinian Territory.”


The crime of apartheid

International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, article II (“the crime of apartheid” defined) (adopted November 39 1973, entered into force July 18 1976), 1015 U.N.T.S. 243 {402kb.pdf} (t.reg. 14861), status {31kb.pdf, 21kb.xml} (mtgsc) (107 parties).
Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I) (Geneva, adopted June 8 1977, entered into force December 7 1978), 1125 U.N.T.S. 3 (t.reg. 17512), volume 1125 {11mb.pdf} and in segments, Protocol I in English {2mb.pdf}, French {2.07mb.pdf}, and the 4 other official languages, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish {7.47mb.pdf}, depositary gvapr1 webpage, with pdf links to Protocol I in all 6 official languages and, in French, German, Italian, both pdf and html copies, article 85(4)(c) (“Repression of breaches of this Protocol”) (ICRC commentary).
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (adopted July 17 1998, entered into force January 7 2002), article 7 (“crimes against humanity”), section 2(h) (“the crime of apartheid”), 2187 U.N.T.S. 3 {1.02mb.pdf, cod, 218kb.pdf, icc} (t.reg. 38544), status {126kb.pdf, 101kb.xml} (mtgsc) (108 parties) (ICC, The Hague).  CJHjr


Map of Security Fence Project (“Revised route of the security fence according to the government decision of April 30, 2006”) {2.6mb.jpg, source} (“Revised route of the security fence, updated map as of April 30th 2006”) (IDFMU, map scale 1:200,000).
Map of Security Fence Project (“Revised route of the security fence as of April 2007”) {7.25mb.jpg, source} (Israel Ministry of Defense, IDFMU: Israel Defense Forces, Aman: Military Intelligence Directorate, MU: Mapping Unit, map scale 1:250,000).


Source: (for those below): U.N. OCHA-oPt: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, occupied Palestinian territory {maps: barriers, closures}, copy: OCHA, ReliefWeb, Complex Emergency: Occupied Palestinian Territory (CE)) {maps}.
West Bank Barrier Route (map, June 2007) {464kb.pdf, barriers, copy, source}.
West Bank Barrier Update (map, April 2007) {293kb.pdf, source}, “on 30 April 2006, the Israeli cabinet approved a revised route ... the revisions include ...”
West Bank Barrier Route Projections (map, April 2007) {with the previous map, separate earlier versions: 436kb.pdf, 547kb.pdf, barriers}, 712 km, 80% of it seizing 10.17% of the West Bank and East Jerusalem (142,130 acres, 57,518 hectares), isolating 200,000 Palestinians in guarded ghettos.
The next maps depict additional confiscations: barricaded settlements, networks of barricaded roads (which double as internal “barriers”), right of free passage, access rights to extensive “closed areas.”
West Bank & Gaza Strip Closure Maps (April 2007) {7.20mb.pdf, closures}, inside the occupied territories: “a 17 pages booklet with in-detail maps of all governorates, key figures, and barrier projections. Detailed maps of Hebron's old city and East Jerusalem.”
West Bank Closure Photo Album (May 2 2007) {9.62mb.pdf, closures}, inside the occupied territories: photos of tools, erected by the occupying power, to block access and restrict movement, inside the occupied territories, by the occupied population, and to alter and control their behavior, marked on maps by symbols, with these names: “checkpoint, earthmound, road block, road gate, earth wall, trench, road barrier, passage, observation tower.”
West Bank: Effect of closure and permit regime on Palestinian movement (map, November 2006) {308kb.pdf, closures, copy, source}, inside the occupied territories: “permit required for all 'closed areas' ... effective partitions due to closure policy.”
Fragmentation of the West Bank (map, May 7 2007) {508kb.pdf, closures, copy, source}, inside the occupied territories: “Israeli settlements, roads primarily for settler use, closed military zones ... checkpoints, underpasses.”
West Bank: Access and Closures (map, April 19 2007) {8.27mb.pdf, closures, summary}.
South Qalqiliya (map, July 2 2007) {367kb.pdf, barriers, copy, source}.
North Tulkarm (map, July 2 2007) {508kb.pdf, barriers, copy, source}.

Nathan Guttman, “Soros and Media Heavyweights Attack Pro-Israel Lobby’s Influence on U.S. Policy” (The Forward, New York City, Friday March 23 2007).

Larry Cohler-Esses (editor at large), “Soros Won't Take On AIPAC (Yet){pf} (The Jewish Week, New York City, Friday March 23 2007).

Norman Finkelstein, interviewed by Sherif Fam (radio WZBC, “Boston College Radio,” blog, Truth and Justice Radio, segment, TWiP: “This Week in Palestine,” Newton Massachusetts, Sunday March 25 2007, 6-10am at 9am) (“If you want peace, work for justice.” Pope Paul VI), audio {25:57, 20:12 at 4:45-25:57 11.8mb.mp3, source, rss, menu} (PalCast, “Podcasting the Occupation of Palestine”), audio copy {11.8mb.mp3, source, source, rss, rss, TWiP archive} (A-Infos Radio Project, radio4all, Watkins Glen New York), transcript (introduction and questions).

“ Sherif Fam: 1. Do you agree with the findings of Professor Dugard’s report and its conclusions?

2. What is the significance of the Special Rapporteur’s use of the term apartheid — and colonialism — to refer to Israel’s policies, instead of just talking of occupation?

* * *”

Dennis Ross (WINEP), “A plan for calm, hope and reform in the Middle East:” {pf} (Financial Times, London, Wednesday March 28 2007), reply, Scott MacLeod (Time, Cairo bureau chief), “Dennis Ross's Mythology (5)” (Time, The Middle East Blog, Friday April 6 2007) (“Mythology (1-3), (4)).


Debate, “This House believes the Palestinians should give up their full right of return” (The Doha Debates, Third Series, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, headquarters building atrium, Education City, Doha Qatar, Wednesday March 28 2007), speakers: Bassem Eid, Yossi Beilin, Ilan Pappe, Ali Abunimah, moderated by Tim Sebastian (chairman), DD transcript, video (nb, bb) {46:09, 11.4mb.wmv, 78.8mb.wmv}, podcast video {76.2mb.mp4, rss}, audience vote: 81.6/18.4% against/for the motion (DD video at 45:28), broadcast (not in the U.K.) (BBC World, The Doha Debates, Saturday/Sunday April 14/15 2007), Google video {46:09, 92.5mb.flv, search: google, youtube} (“The Doha Debates on the Right of Return for Palestinians”), reported, “Overwhelming Majority Support Palestine's Right To Return Despite Consensus That Israel Will Never Concede” (Qatar Foundation News, March 29 2007), “Doha Debates backs Palestinian refugees' right to return” (The Peninsula, “Qatar’s Leading English Daily,” Doha, March 29 2007), not reported, by the BBC {search, search}.

Ilan Pappé (senior lecturer in political science, University of Haifa, chair, Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa), interviewed by Mohammed Iqbal, “Academic slams Israel for land grab” (The Peninsula, “Qatar’s Leading English Daily,” Doha, March 29 2007), reported, Jonny Paul, “Controversial historian to quit Israel for UK{pf, copy} (The Jerusalem Post, Sunday April 1 2007). Ilan Pappé is author, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld Publications, Oxford England, published October 12-19 2006, U.S. November 1) {U.K., U.S., Germany}, forthcoming: Ilan Pappé, The Bureaucracy of Evil: The History of the Israeli Occupation (Oneworld, July 1 2010) {U.K., U.S.}.

Pappé bullied, threatened, out of Israel

“ Dr Ilan Pappe is the only Jewish academic in Israel who is vehemently critical of Zionism and the formation of the Israeli state in the land of Palestine.

A senior lecturer of political science at Haifa University, Pappe says that he is now planning to migrate to the UK with his family, as he has found it increasingly difficult to live in Israel with his “unwelcome” views and convictions.

“I was boycotted in my university and there had been attempts to expel me from my job. I am getting threatening calls from people every day. I am not being viewed as a threat to the Israeli society but my people think that I am either insane or my views are irrelevant. Many Israelis also believe that I am working as a mercenary for the Arabs,” said Pappe in an interview with The Peninsula yesterday.

On his first-ever visit to a Gulf state, Pappe was in Doha yesterday at the invitation of the Qatar Foundation to speak at the Doha Debates. He believes that two independent states cannot co-exist in the land of Palestine and the only lasting solution to the issue is formation of one state, shared by Jews, Arabs and other communities living there. He also feels that there is no immediate solution to the crisis and only international pressure can force Israel to end the occupation and the continuing atrocities against the Palestinians.

“Over the past six years, the Israeli government has become more oppressive, thanks to the strong support from the Bush administration. They now feel that they can do anything they want,” said Pappe.

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A bit surprisingly, he said: “I support Hamas in its resistance against the Israeli occupation though I disagree with their political ideology. I am for separating state from religion,” said Pappe.

He feels that Israeli democracy is meant only for Jews and there is no space for other communities. “Any state that perpetrates occupation cannot be called a democratic state,” he commented.”

Subsequently: Ilan Pappé (professor of history, “20th Century ethno-politics,” Exon: University of Exeter, England, Penryn Cornwall Campus (Tremough).



New York Times Bestsellers, “Hardcover Nonfiction.” Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, published Wednesday November 15 2006) (Sunday editions, week:rank): December 3 2006 (1:11), December 10 (2:17), December 17 (3:7), December 24 (4:5), December 31 (5:5), January 7 2007 (6:5), January 14 (7:5), January 21 (8:6), January 28 (9:5), February 4 (10:6*), February 11 (11:2), February 18 (12:3), February 25 (13:3), March 4 (14:9*), March 11 (15:11), March 18 (16:11), March 25 (17:17), April 1 (18:22), April 8 (19:35). Notes: “An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above”. “The exact methodology used in creating the list is classified as a trade secret.”

In New York Times speak, “bestsellers” are the 15 top-selling books of the 35 it lists, the remaining 20 it labels “also selling.”

Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, was on the “New York Times Bestsellers” list for 19 consecutive weeks and was a “New York Times Bestseller” for 15 weeks. His book “debuted” at 11, dropped out of the top-15 the second week (at 17), rejoined the “bestsellers” for the next 14 consecutive weeks, and then remained on the list afterwards, “also selling,” for the next 3 weeks.

April 2007



By CJHjr: Transcribing TV/radio audio (paragraphed/punctuated for speech, the speaker’s rhythm, stress, pace), bold-face, text {in braces}, quotes from printed sources: some added paragraphing, commas.

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Charles Judson Harwood Jr.

Posted Dec. 1 2006. Updated June 1 2009.


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