The American people are far ahead of their cowed politicians in this regard. A growing number of them—particularly young people, people of color, and progressives—oppose unconditional U.S. support for Israel.
The ongoing escalation in Jerusalem has resulted once again in Israel changing the status quo in its favor. On Friday, July 14, a deadly shooting in the Old City that ended at the Haram al-Sharif left three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen dead. This month’s Special Focus offers eight Journal of Palestine Studies articles* that, together, shed light on the status of Jerusalem and on the consequences of Israel’s heightened repression of Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.
Under cover of the Oslo agreements, Israel has during the past two decades consolidated and intensified its control of the occupied Palestinian territories to an unprecedented degree. Simultaneously, the Palestinian people are today more isolated and fragmented than at any point since their initial dispossession and dispersal in 1948.
From Nasser’s championing of the Palestinian cause to Sadat’s willful neglect of Palestinian interests and, lastly, Sisi’s all-but-declared support for an Israeli war that devastated an already destitute Gaza, the arc of Egyptian-Palestinian relations has been remarkable.
On 28 September 2000, Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visited the Haram al-Sharif escorted by 1,000 Israeli riot police and a police helicopter guard. The visit served to demonstrate Israel’s imposed authority over occupied East Jerusalem and inevitably provoked Palestinian protests.
On September 25, 2003, Edward Said passed away after a lifetime of fighting for the Palestinians' "permission to narrate."
In the Journal of Palestine Studies (Vol. 33, No. 3), Senior Fellow Joseph Massad on "The Intellectual Life of Edward Said."
On September 21, 1922, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a joint resolution endorsing the Balfour Declaration passed by the U.K. House of Commons five years prior. Akin to its British counterpart, the statement endorsed a Jewish homeland in Mandatory Palestine while sidestepping the matter of demography and national rights for the Palestinian people.
On 17 September 1948, Count Folke Bernadotte, member of the Swedish royal family and appointed by the United Nations as a mediator to seek a settlement of the Palestine conflict, was murdered in the Zionist controlled section of Jerusalem. His assassins belonged to a "dissident" group that had allegedly broken away from the Stern Gang.
Thirty-three years ago on 16 September 1982, the Lebanese Christian Phalange militia entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut. Israeli forces occupied the surrounding city and allowed the militia’s entry into the camp. Over the following three days, at least 800 civilians were massacred as Israeli-manned checkpoints turned back fleeing Palestinians and Israeli troops fired flares to illuminate the camp at night.
On September 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo Accords’ Declaration of Principles. To mark that anniversary, we recommend an interview conducted by Senior Fellow Mouin Rabbani with Edward Said on the DOP's consequences for Palestinians: