Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term "the one-state solution." It is the latest tool to thwart a Palestinian state and allow Israel to retain its huge settlement complexes and land seizures in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The idea of a single state was backed by Moshe Arens, a former defense minister and foreign minister from the Likud Party, in a column he wrote last month in the newspaper Haaretz asking "Is There Another Option?" Arens has been joined by several other Israeli politicians including Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin.
The Israeli vision, however, does not include a state with equal rights for Jewish and Palestinians citizens. The call for a single state appears to include pushing Gaza into the unwilling arms of Egypt and incorporating the West Bank and East Jerusalem into Israel. Palestinians within Israeli-controlled territory, however, will remain burdened with crippling travel, work and security restrictions already in place. Palestinians in the occupied territories, for example, cannot reclaim lost property or acquire Israeli citizenship, yet watch as Jews born outside of Israel and with no prior tie to the country become Israeli citizens and receive government-subsidized housing. Palestinians in the West Bank live in a series of roughly eight squalid, ringed ghettos and are governed by military courts. Jews living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, like all full Israeli citizens, are subject to Israeli civilian law and constitutional protection. Palestinians cannot serve in the armed forces or the security services, while Jewish settlers are issued automatic weapons and protected by the Israel Defense Force.
If Israel sheds Gaza, which has 1.5 million Palestinians, the Jewish state will be left with 5.8 million Jews and 3.8 million Arabs. And, at least in the near future, Jews will remain the majority. This seems to be the main attraction of the plan.
that's from chris hedges' 'formalizing israel's land grab' (ich). and i'm honestly a little bothered because hedges is usually a leader on this region but he's writing about palestinians and jews and there's also a tribal aspect to the land grab. from yesterday's snapshot:
The Iraq War continues. Except at one site where someone's spinng for Obama. Question for the day: What aging socialite is running the spin of a foreign agent? Did you guess Arianna? You guessed correctly. We're not linking to the crap but when you see his byline, remember he is an agent for a foreign power and remember that the Blueprint Negev Project -- which he takes money for -- is not a two-state solution. Make that: "It's not a three-state solution" because the project requires ripping off the land rights of the Bedouin tribes. You might ask again why Arianna's allowing herself to be a stooge and a puppet? And you might ask why, after the uprooting of the Palestinians is damn well know -- widely known and discussed, she's allowing a supporter of similar treatment to the Bedouins -- specifically the Negev Bedouins -- to publish at her site?
what was done before is about to be done again. we need to be supporting the palestinians but we also need to be saying 'NO!' on israelis expanding into the negev bedouins area.
okay, i told you to read ava and c.i.'s 'TV: Midnight Blue' and i hope you did. abc's rookie blues airs thursdays, 2nd hour of primetime and that's what they're tackling. reading the review, i was curious about the show.
okay, i was curious about this.
yeah, i watched to see the commando moment.
that's travis milne and he's the reason to watch the show. the only reason to.
he is hotter than hot in his role as chris. chris is a rookie cop. he's conflicted about any number of things - and bothered by right and wrong (which i think goes to parentals). he's just exposed his girlfriend's brother as a possible crooked cop. and he's more than surprised that his girlfriend chooses to walk out of the bar with her brother and not stay with him.
he's also sexy as hell but part of that is travis and part of that is the character chris. it's a perfect melding for the performer and the character.
if you haven't caught up with the show, check it out this thursday night.
there probably are many other reasons to watch; however, travis is the big 1 - and the only 1 for me.
tomorrow, i'll probably write about this.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'