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Our Wednesday News Analysis | How Do Israeli and Palestinian Youth View the Prospects for Peace?
Source: United States Institute of Peace
By Robert Barron
Published January 31, 2023
Nearly 30 years after Oslo, Israeli and Palestinian young people are distrustful and disenchanted.
"In contrast to the broadly negative opinion trends regarding the conflict,
a majority of respondents on both sides expressed the view
that peace is possible between the two peoples,
and the conflict is mostly about leaders fighting for their own interests."
Amid this year’s rising tide of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a new poll released last week by Khalil Shikaki and Dahlia Scheindlin brings more sobering news. In the study, pollsters found that in Israel, for the first time, support for a nondemocratic regime (unequal rights between Israelis and Palestinians) is stronger than a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Trends among young people are especially striking — only 20 percent of Israeli Jews aged 18-34 are in favor a two-state solution to the conflict.
In Israel and the Palestinian Territories, burgeoning youth populations are increasingly making their presence felt in the news and in larger socio-political trends. Israeli and Palestinian youth constitute a swelling portion of both societies: Israel’s median age is 30, while the median age in the Palestinian Territories is 21. And in the escalating clashes, young people have been highly represented in the victims and perpetrators of violence...
By Ramona Wadi
Published May 31, 2023
Book Club: One State: Ghada Karmi’s latest book, One State: The Only Democratic Future for Palestine-Israel advocates for the one-state solution as the only possibility – a vision that is faced with many political impediments.
"The one-state envisages a possibility
in the face of Israel’s colonial exclusionary politics
and the Palestinian people’s anti-colonial resistance.
… the book points out many stumbling blocks to its achievement,
despite its vision."
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is fond of stating “There is no Plan B” to emphasise the refusal to veer away from the two-state paradigm, over which there is international consensus. Yet Israeli colonialism in Palestine has rendered the two-state framework defunct.
“Israel was established against a historical trend of mass decolonisation that ran through the second half of the twentieth century"
Ghada Karmi’s latest book, One State: The Only Democratic Future for Palestine-Israel advocates for the one-state solution as the only possibility – a vision that is faced with many political impediments.
In the introduction, Karmi notes, “Israel was established against a historical trend of mass decolonisation that ran through the second half of the twentieth century.”...
Source: Progressive International
By Palestinian Youth Movement
Published May 18, 2023
For too long, the global solidarity movement has only understood Palestinians as victims of Israeli violence. The current moment calls us to question the invincibility of the Zionist project and reassess our struggle.
Editor’s Note | A SALUTE TO YOUTH! The never-ending tug of war in Israel-Palestine — seemingly a prayer without end — will bulldoze the region toward greener pastures.
"Advocates of Palestine must never forget the truth that this reveals:
gone are the days of the Zionist entity’s invincibility,
and it is the persistence and accumulation of Palestinian resistance
that have brought this about."
Over the past months, significant events have been unfolding across historic Palestine.
January 7, 2023, marked the start of Zionist protests in response to proposed Israeli judicial reforms.
In parallel, we have also seen an intensification of the ongoing settler colonial violence perpetrated by the Zionist entity against Palestinians – January was the West Bank’s deadliest month in nearly a decade, and more recently we have seen heightened violence towards Palestinians in Al-Aqsa.
In response to these assaults, we have seen increased resistance efforts from groups across historic Palestine, as well as Lebanon and Syria...
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