Issue 106, November/December 2007
Far from Annapolis
S WE go to print, the Annapolis meeting is a few weeks away. The First Imperative should be to the stronger: Israel must cease to exploit Palestinian weakness in order to wring concessions. Only on that basis can the other conditions for peace have a chance: the building of a Palestinian economy and the renewal of independent Palestinian institutions.
A few days before the Annapolis meeting, Lebanon is to elect a new president. But the decision is caught in a Witch's Brew, with the US and Israel stirring in one direction, Syria and Iran in another. The same forces will be stirring at Annapolis.
Peace will depend on the division of Jerusalem, but Jerusalem has become a Gordian Knot because of the facts that Israel has established there in the last 40 years. All the sailors of Annapolis will not untie this one.
Post-Zionist Israel, enmeshed in the global economy, is torn between a colonialist yesteryear and the drive of capital to maximize growth. Since 1985 the Rules Have Changed—and likewise the rules of counter-struggle. We present an in-depth analysis.
A photograph from 1989 turned up at a recent exhibit called Act of State. The photographer, Ruchama Marton of Physicians for Human Rights, describes the situation behind it, from a time of Sight without Insight.
On November 11, Bamat Etgar hosted Bread and Roses II: an art sale featuring 350 works. The purpose was to benefit Arab women seeking jobs in agriculture. The one-day exhibit attracted 1200 visitors and raised $50,000.