A proposed law awaiting consideration by the Italian parliament is set to punish those calling for a boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy — a country with historic sympathies for the Palestinian cause — has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, is that the Left is as implicated as the Right in the rush to please Israel, at the expense of Palestinian rights.
How many Israeli settlers – or settlement houses – until a two-state solution is impossible? That's the question we should be asking our politicians, who frequently refer to a "closing window of opportunity" for a Palestinian state in light of Israeli "facts on the ground".
PLO Department of Culture and Information have published a press release by PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi in which she condemns Israel’s confiscation of 50 dunams in Bethlehem to expand the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Rehavam and its recent plans to annex Palestinian land, including the displacement of about 300 Palestinians from their homes and agricultural lands in the Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal villages located in the northern Jordan Valley, the destruction of six buildings inhabited by hundreds of Palestinians in the town of Kufr ‘Aqab, and the demolition of residential buildings in the Occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya. She said,
The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives yesterday approved a law against Hamas movement on charges of practicing what it called “terrorist activities” and claiming that it used Palestinian civilians in Gaza as human shields.
10 Democratic members of Congress introduced legislation last Tuesday that would attempt to prohibit US military and financial aid to Israel from being used to detain and abuse Palestinian children in the West Bank.
The member of Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization, Taysir Khaled, said that the leaks which have been launched by political and media circles, about the US administration's intention to propose what it calls a " bargain of the age" that has nothing to do with the resolutions of international legitimacy, will face a Palestinian rejection. He stressed at the same time, on the need to go back to the decisions of Palestinian Central Council and the Executive Committee of PLO, and to rebuild the relationship with Israel as a colonial, settling, apartheid and racial discrimination state.