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Labour antisemitism: Why it has become impossible to criticise Israel (Middle East Eye) 

Chris Mullin writes: "What is Corbyn’s offence? To be sure, he has over the years been unwise in some of the platforms he has shared and some of the company he has kept, but his principal offence is that he was the first leader of any major British political party not to be an unequivocal supporter of Israel." 

"For the avoidance of doubt, I repeat: no one is saying that there isn’t a problem - only that it has been wildly and wilfully exaggerated. Corbyn is not alone in believing this."

"As it happens, I am not a Corbyn supporter. I did not vote for him in either of the Labour leadership elections. I cannot claim to know him well, but I have been acquainted with him for almost 40 years, and I believe he is a thoroughly decent human being who has led a life according to his principles and it pains me greatly to see him traduced." 

"The question arises as to what, if anything, can any mainstream British politician say about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, without the risk of being sucked into the vast, toxic sludge that surrounds the issue of antisemitism?"    

Gantz tells Saudi paper: There’s room for a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem (Times of Israel) 

Aaron Boxerman writes "In a rare interview with an Arabic daily, Defense Minister Benny Gantz shied away from supporting a Palestinian state, saying that the Palestinians deserved an “entity” and that Jerusalem “must remain united.”

"But the centrist politician, the leader of the Blue and White party, said that while Israel’s capital will remain undivided, “there’s room” for the Palestinians to also establish their capital in the holy city."

“The Palestinians want and deserve an entity in which they can live independently,” Gantz, a former IDF chief of staff, told the Saudi daily al-Sharq al-Awsat, one of the Arab world’s better-known broadsheets."

"It was unclear whether or not Gantz was referring to Abu Dis, a small city outside of Jerusalem that outgoing US President Donald Trump’s controversial peace plan designated as the capital of the future Palestinian state."
Egypt, Jordan work to thaw Israeli-Palestinian negotiations (Al Monitor)

Mohammad Hanafi writes: "Officials from Egypt, Jordan and Palestine are meeting in intense efforts to end the stalemate over the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations."

"They also agreed to hold an international peace conference next year bringing together Israel, Palestine and other international parties as well as to advance the Palestinian reconciliation process sponsored by Cairo. Hamas’ political bureau welcomed the announcement."

"Salah Abdullah is a leader of the Arab Popular Conference, which supports Arab nationalism and the Palestinian cause. He told Al-Monitor that Egypt is spearheading Arab efforts to convince the incoming US administration of the importance of reviving peace negotiations for stability in the region." 

"Egypt is also promoting reconciliation among the different Palestinian factions so they can negotiate as a united front."
On Witnessing Fires, One at a Time (Sinking City, University of Miami)

Hasheema Afaneh writes: "Al-dunya hamya,”  my grandmother, of whom I am the namesake, would comment matter-of-factly. The world is heated."

"Al-dunya hamya, or the world is heated is, in the literal sense, used to describe weather events. However, it has a metaphorical spin: the world is heated with struggle and strife. I reflect on how the United States has witnessed its share of moments this year depict-ing both the literal and metaphorical meanings of this phrase."

"Whereas in a small neighborhood in Palestine, the wildfires were extremely small, the fires that raged through the lands across the West Coast were on the other end of extremities."

"The world is also hot, so to speak, with struggle and protest in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the many others we have and have not heard of. From Palestine to the U.S., we are collective witnesses to the changing environmental and political climates."

GO DEEPER

20 in 2020: For Ahed Tamimi, a journey from prison to pandemic (Al Jazeera) 

'Ahed Tamimi was just 16 when she slapped an Israeli soldier in her village in the Occupied West Bank. She served eight months in Israeli prison and became an icon of Palestinian resistance to some, and a troublemaker and provocateur to others. Now she is almost 20, and rather than being out at university or protesting with her village, she’s been stuck inside four walls at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. And outside Palestine, a lot has changed, as Arab countries continue to normalize relations with Israel."

Ahed Tamimi: "My grandmother wasn't telling us fairy tales like the Little Red Riding Hood. She was telling us stories about how my father got detained from the house.'

"I am telling the whole world you are the occupied ones, not just us. We're occupied but at least we reject the occupation. We're occupied but we confront the occupation. The occupation is on our land completely, but it didn't control our minds and our humanity." 


"So to the whole world, we're sorry but we are not going to be like how you want us to be." 
 

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