Below are a selection of Jamal’s writings.
It Will Take More Than a Wall To Silence Us
My friend and fellow organizer Mohammad Othman, a 34-year-old Palestinian human rights advocate, was detained by Israel on September 22 while returning home from meetings with Norwegian government officials. I suspect he was not surprised. A few months earlier, Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint within the West Bank had taken him aside and threatened him with arrest. “We’re going to arrest you,” one said, “but it’s difficult with you because all you do is talk.”
Coming into Israel’s crosshairs
As Israel turns to South America to save its non-existent economy, the people of that subcontinent have a chance to reject racism and oppression and strike a victory for the global south.
Is South American politics moving forward in constructing a new continental and global order based on democracy, human rights and mutual solidarity, or will it fall pray to Israeli strategies that undermine the emancipation of Latin America and the global south?
What next for the Palestinians?
The presidential term of Mahmoud Abbas will soon expire, but a new election seems unlikely
In less than three months, the mandate of the president of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), Mahmoud Abbas, legally ends. With the Palestinian Legislative Council frozen since 2006 and the administrations of Salam Fayyad in the West Bank and Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza both lacking democratic legitimacy, his is the last elected position in the PNA.
Cementing Israeli Apartheid: The Role of World Bank
Through the violent occupation of Iraq, the US is laying the foundations to further open the economy of the Middle East for their corporate interests. Countries once protected by oil revenues are lining up to sign bilateral agreements leading to a Middle East Free Trade Agreement. MEFTA would impose free market policies that have enslaved other regions of the global south to global capital. In Palestine, the World Bank has played a key role in facilitating the cooperation of global capital and occupation.
The World Bank, the apartheid wall and the ghettoisation of Palestine
After the facade of ‘disengagement’, 1.4 million Gazans continue life in the world’s largest open-air prison. Denied access to the outside world, they lack sovereignty over water, borders and air space. In the West Bank, the 700 km long apartheid wall and its gates strip Palestinians of 47 per cent of their lands, sealing them inside disparate ghettos. Israeli settlements and road systems expand on Palestinian land in a new wave of the Zionist colonization that began in 1948.
Between Resistance and Deception – The Palestinian Struggle 30 Years After UN Sanctions Against Apartheid
The Israeli regime unleashes racist brutality that by far outstands the crimes of the previous apartheid regime in South Africa. It imprisons an entire people behind ghetto walls, kills them and submits them to an economic blockade that has brought communities to the verge of starvation. Yet, while exactly 30 years ago the UN General Assembly called for comprehensive sanctions against apartheid in South Africa, Palestinians are reminded on a daily basis that the Zionist Occupation can still count on the blindness of the world to its atrocities and crimes. Until when?
International Powers Failing Palestine, Again – Globalizing the Occupation
This year the 9th of July is a bitter day for Palestinians. The Occupation Army besieges Gaza, massacres its people and attacks its infrastructure. The ghettos of the West Bank take shape as the Apartheid Wall edges closer to completion and the Palestinian exodus from Jerusalem has begun. Over 9000 Palestinians sit in Israeli prison cells whilst Palestinians who remain on their 1948 lands do so under the subjugation of the most vicious and discriminatory Apartheid system.
The Palestine that we struggle for
Last Tuesday’s demonstrations, which brought thousands onto the streets of Ramallah, Hebron, Tulkarem, Nablus and Gaza in defiance of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) attempt to silence the peoples’ voice, represented a crucial moment for Palestine.
Palestine is not for sale!
Following the reports of Palestinian resistance during February and March, one cannot help but notice two striking features:
Firstly, that there has been wide-scale escalation of popular resistance confronting the ever intensifying Israeli Occupation and Apartheid, which has come to encompass all areas of the West Bank. Hebron, Beit Surik, Saffa, Ni’lein and Budrus in particular, have been the scene of intense resistance over recent weeks. Moreover, the Ramallah demonstration on March 14th reflected the highpoint of mobilization against the Apartheid Wall currently happening across the West Bank.
Legitimizing Palestinian Bantustans
The Occupation has a “new” scheme to ensure Palestinian rights continue to be negated and violated: the “Convergence Plan.” Offering the media as much excitement as the “Disengagement Plan,” it aims to legitimize the annexation of all territories and resources west of the apartheid wall, including Jerusalem. Palestinians are to be left under siege in Bantustans, sealed in from the east and dissected by settler highways. Meanwhile, the refugees are supposed to vanish from political discourse.
Making the Forum Truly Global
The existence of the World Social Forum is already a historic achievement. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the crisis of the alternative movements and theories that opposed the current system, the fact that there was again a place stating that there is an alternative was an important step.