ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Making Sense of the Arab Responses to Israeli War in Gaza

Responses by the Arab States to the war in Gaza give an indication of changing geopolitics in the region and its corresponding impact on their behaviour. If seen closely, there is a hint of a departure from the passivity vis-à-vis Palestine acquired in the last few decades to a stance marked by accommodation of popular will expressed in the protest mobilisations that oppose the war and demand strict actions against Israeli occupation.

Israel’s War on Gaza

Israel’s relentless bombing of Gaza has brought the Palestine question into the global consciousness. The reason for hope is the indefatigable Palestinian people and their resolve for freedom. The changing geopolitical environment of multipolarity and the possibility of independent diplomacy provide an opening.

Eyeless in Gaza

Israeli military actions in the narrow strip of land that is Gaza have deliberately created “human debris” of the people living in it. The significant aspects of the terrible conditions of Gaza are a denial of Palestinian statehood, continuing Israeli military occupation and, most importantly, refugee status that stretches back to the past of the Nakba.

 

Need for an Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

An unconditional establishment of peace must proceed further towards ensuring justice.

Violent Occupation, Unreasonable Restrictions, Collective Punishment: A Reading List on the Israel–Palestine Crisis in Gaza

Continued violence and non-recognition of basic rights have marked the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. The self-governed Gaza Strip has faced “collective punishment” and “retaliation” by Israel in response to Palestinian resistance to occupation. The international community’s failure to hold Israel to account is marked by the non-recognition of the Palestinian claims to justice.

Israel’s Aggression on Palestine

Global action is required to restore the rights of the Palestinian people.

 

Gaza, the Ruin

Gaza Unsilenced edited by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad, Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2015; pp 320, $21.

Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014; pp 422, Rs 2,722.98.

The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza by Max Blumenthal, New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2015; pp XXV +261, Rs 325.

Shell-Shocked: On the Ground under Israel's Gaza Assault by Mohammed Omer, New York: OR Books, 2015; pp 304, $20.

Palestine: Grace under Repression

In Palestine, the word "Occupation" hits you smack between the eyes, trips you up, ties you down. You can never get enough distance between it and yourself. It is hard, when 90% of your land is under the Israelis, and only 10% can be claimed as your own - with their permission. When the colour of your Identity Card - blue for Jerusalem, green for the West Bank, brown for Gaza - determines your mobility within your own country, when there are 570 checkpoints controlled by the Israeli Defence Forces in the tiny area of the West Bank. A reflection on land, the Wall and country on the occasion of a visit to Palestine for the Palestine Literary Festival that was held between 1 and 7 May.

Israel: The Torch Is Lit

Apartheid Israel depends on cheap Palestine labour and any attempt to 'box in' the Palestinian workforce would spark social outbursts throughout west Asia that would threaten not only Gulf oil supplies but the US-supported political structures of the Arab states as well.

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