The YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative issues this bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories related to the Israeli occupation.
The Oslo Accords: An Excuse for War Crimes
Twenty-five years ago this month, the signing of the Oslo Accords ushered in a new paradigm in Israeli-Palestinian relations, with negotiations at the forefront. Over the course of several years, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held countless meetings replete with handshakes and photo-ops. At the same time, and less obvious to the public, they also fundamentally changed the Palestinian physical and legal landscape.
The changes in the legal landscape took a number of different forms: a multiplicity of laws due to the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA); a Palestinian legal system unable to confront the occupation; an Israeli system rubber-stamping the occupation; and a bending of international law to appease Israel.
Khan Al-Ahmar awaits its fate as Israel continues to 'go wild'
Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar last week, recreating a menacing scene that the residents of this small Palestinian village, located east of Jerusalem, are all too familiar with.
The strategic location of Khan Al-Ahmar makes the story behind the imminent Israeli demolition of the peaceful village unique amid the ongoing destruction of Palestinian homes and lives throughout besieged Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
As Trump destroys the two-state solution, one state is all that's left
Though US President Donald Trump's Middle East "deal of the century" hasn't been publicly announced, elements have dribbled out via leaks in the media and from Palestinian leaders.
In the latest bit of Chinese water torture, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said that when he met with Trump adviser Jared Kushner and envoy Jason Greenblatt, they asked whether he would consider creating a confederation with Jordan.
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