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Israel: An achievable 3-point plan for peace.

The apartheid state of Israel has a racist constitution and judiciary and regularly commits state-sanctioned war crimes and murder and kidnapping and piracy and many other breaches of international law and human rights. Over many decades these actions have forced the disenfranchised and dispossessed and oppressed and victimised Palestinians to take up whatever forms of resistance they have left to them. While millions of us around the world can only express our anger and frustration and impotence about Israel’s actions in whatever ways we can – including Jewish communities and Israeli citizens.

To date, time and again, the increasingly right wing government of Israel has ignored or sabotaged any negotiations and continued with its  violent attacks on the Palestinians, its own citizens, and neighbouring countries. All with the support of the US, which has provided its attack dog with $bns of economic and military support each year.  

It’s never been about home-made rockets or tunnels. And no-one now takes seriously its spokespeople’s disinformation, black propaganda and accusations of anti-Semitism. Those debates are over.

But amidst our anger, it doesn’t do any harm to pause and consider what we want to achieve. Long term goals are still well out of reach and whatever we would like to see will always be compromised after real negotiations begin. But those negotiations will have to be the starting point – as long as they are genuinely committed to. By Israel.

 So as realistic and achievable medium term goals: 

  1. Israel must be forced into a situation where it has no choice but to negotiate.
  2. The $bns of economic and military support must end – this is the fundamental reason it has been able to ignore the many and constant calls to end its crimes. Along with the diplomatic veto the US wields in Israel’s defence after every massacre, every war crime, every violation.
  3. And we must continue to build worldwide condemnation of Israel’s actions to the point that its government - and the Western governments which support it – have become so isolated through boycotts, disinvestment and sanctions that they realise it has more to lose the longer it tries to maintain its stranglehold on the region.

The US is becoming increasingly isolated in its unconditional support, and its objectives elsewhere in the Middle East and elsewhere won’t withstand its guilt by association for ever. And unless Israel begins negotiations soon, it’ll find its starting point has deteriorated to the point where world opinion won’t even agree it has a right to exist. 

"And I see their mean, paltry little lives, which are as sour as their faces, their submissiveness towards anything that might represent ‘wealth’ or ‘class’, their swagger in the face of something helpless, their meanness in the face of strength."

— Joseph Roth, about the petit-bourgeoisie. ‘The White Cities’ (written 1925-39) 


There are an increasing number of occurrences in which the idea of “a global order” is starting to crop up. Just quietly and amongst some rather inoffensive commentary, often about the Middle East.

No call to strengthen the UN or to involve non-aligned nations better, just an ambiguous term which will gradually gain momentum until another undemocratic multinational corporate agenda sneaks in through the back door. Like the increasingly violent hi-tech suppression of popular dissent (domestically and internationally), through to the secretive TPP and the TTIP (both of which remove any democratic control over workers’ rights or consumer rights).

As Mark Steel said 20 years or so ago: “The trouble with the class war is that only one side know they’re fighting it.”

"The Tricycle have decided to punish Jewish people in the Diaspora"

Maureen Lipman.


Not true Maureen so get over it. The Tricycle refused to accept blood money from the apartheid state of Israel to sponsor the festival. If you really cared about the festival maybe you should use some of the fortune you made promoting the privatised BT monopoly while it ripped off British consumers.

"Ye shall know them by their fruits"

Matthew 7:16 (King James bible).

The US Senate has just approved an additional $225m in military aid to the apartheid state of Israel.On top of its continuing $3.1bn in military aid each year. It puts Obama’s hypocritical rhetoric into perspective.

"No one controls my day. If I waste it, so what, it was mine to waste."

— Joseph Roth, ‘The White Cities’.

"I think Israel in 2014 made a decision that it prefers to be a racist apartheid state and not a democracy."

 Israeli professor and historian Ilan Pappé.


"The Mission did not find any evidence to support the allegations that hospital facilities were used by the Gaza authorities or by Palestinian armed groups to shield military activities or that ambulances were used to transport combatants or for other military purposes."

Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, section 36, Oct 2009.