Posts Tagged ‘Settlements’

Interview with Mustafa Barghouti

Donnerstag, Februar 3rd, 2011

On Thursday 27 January 2011 we held an interview with civil rights activist and President of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Dr. Mustafa Barghouti at his office in Ramallah. Limited capacity and a few mishaps prevented us from publishing the material any earlier.

Barghouti, together with the late Edward Said and others, is a co-founder of Palestinian National Initiative (Al-Mubadara) – a social democratic and reformist organization founded in 2002 which was incorporated into the Socialist International (SI) in 2008. The Al-Mubadara sees itself as a movement of the so-called Third Way, i.e. as an alternative to the PLO and Hamas. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is a critic of the PLO and is committed to a peaceful resistance against the Israeli occupation and the continuing settlement construction.

In 2005 Barghouti ran for the presidential elections and with almost 20 per cent of the votes came out second behind PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas. He received support from the PFLP for the election which decided against sending one of their own contestants into the race.

In contrast, the Independent list, comprised of Al-Mubadara and some independent candidates, was much less successful in the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006: only Barghouti and one other representative won a seat while Hamas emerged victorious.

Whether the Al-Mubadara will be able to benefit from the current weakness and failure of the PLO will become apparent in the next election.

In this interview Dr. Barghouti addresses the current economic situation in the West Bank, the failed peace process, the Palestine Papers and the responsibility of the international community for the continued occupation and situation of the Palestinians.

Part 1

Part 2

The Iron Wall (2006)

Freitag, März 19th, 2010

In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote:

„Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach.“

From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine.

After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of the settlement movement became clear – create facts on the ground and make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Thirty nine years of occupation and the policy started showing results. There are now more than 200 settlements and outposts scattered throughout the West Bank blocking the geographic possibility of a contiguous Palestinian territory.

The Iron Wall documentary exposes this phenomenon and follows the timeline, size, population of the settlements, and its impact on the peace process. This film also touches on the latest project to make the settlements a permanent fact on the ground – the wall that Israel is building in the West Bank and its impact on the Palestinian’s peoples.

Settlements and related infrastructures are impacting every aspect of life for all Palestinians from land confiscation, theft of natural resources, confiscation of the basic human rights, creation of an apartheid-like system, to the devastating impact in regards to the future of the region and the prospect of the peace process.

Palestinians and Israelis began the peace process based on a very simple principle: land for peace. Settlements destroy that principle and create a land with no peace.

Official Webside: The Iron Wall