Trump “peace” deal is Israel’s apartheid blueprint

Trump “peace” deal is Israel’s apartheid blueprint

By Maureen Clare Murphy
Feb, 1, 2020
US media have treated Trump’s launch of his Middle East “peace” plan as a sideshow to impeachment hearings in Washington.
But the plan, if imposed on the Palestinians by Israel, which worked with the Trump administration to develop it, would violate the rights of millions of people.
Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups say that the plan amounts to a permanent state of military occupation, apartheid and Palestinian suffering.
As Adalah, a group that advocates for the rights of Palestinians in Israel, puts it, the plan is “no more than an attempt to bypass international legal barriers and to ignore Palestinians’ right to self-determination.”
It attempts this by substituting the Palestinian goal of national liberation with economic prosperity. (No creativity points awarded on this count; we’ve seen this show before.)
Read more at https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/trump-peace-deal-israels-apartheid-blueprint

Arab League rejects Trump’s Middle East plan

Arab leaders say US initiative does not meet ‘minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people’.
Feb. 1, 2020
The Arab League has completely rejected US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan during an emergency meeting in Egypt’s capital, saying it would not lead to a just peace deal.
In a statement on Saturday, the pan-Arab bloc said it “rejects the US-Israeli ‘deal of the century’ considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people.”
Arab states also agreed “not to … cooperate with the US administration to implement this plan,” adding that Israel should not implement the initiative by force. They insisted on a two-state solution that includes a Palestinian state based on borders before the 1967 war, when Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. They also called for East Jerusalem to be the capital of the future Palestinian state.
Read more at https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/

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Turkish president meets Hamas political chief

Closed-door meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ismail Haniyeh held in Istanbul
Feb. 1, 2020
Turkey’s president received in Istanbul the political chief of Hamas on Saturday.
The closed-door meeting was held between Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hamas’s Ismail Haniyeh at the Vahdettin Pavilion, lasting one hour and 15 minutes.
Erdogan had held a phone call with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, on Friday, when he reiterated Ankara’s support for Palestine in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s so-called peace plan for the Middle East.
The two leaders had also discussed the latest developments and issues in the region.
Read more at https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkish-president-meets-hamas-political-chief/1721331