Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Remi Kanazi: Bordering Autonomy

Bordering Autonomy


By Remi Kanazi

Last week Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brokered a deal between Israelis and Palestinians on the Rafah border crossing which connects the "disengaged" Gaza Strip with the outside world. Secretary Rice stepped in to help International Middle East envoy James Wolfensohn who lacked the political muscle and persuasion in the border talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Wolfensohn nearly quit due to a months long struggle for an agreement on the issue. The border crossing has been a hot button issue and opening it is considered a prerequisite to improve the quality of life of Gazan residents.

The border is tentatively scheduled to open on November 25. For the first time Palestinians will control the crossing. The European Union, however, will receive a feed of real time images in an office with an Israeli and Palestinian representative. According to the agreement, Gazans will be able to travel to the West Bank in bus convoys by December 15th and truck convoys by January 15th. Rice also urged Israel for further talks on the Gaza airport which was discussed in the negotiations. Time will tell if Rice's words are backed up by the US administration and if the agreement is implemented in its entirety. US President George W. Bush’s lagging domestic support for the Iraq quagmire, the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, and renewed claims of torture gives him more reason to try and reinvigorate the stalled peace process. But tough words have come from Washington before and fluttered after time.

These measures are crucial for the Palestinian people and are the first step to sustainability and rebuilding after 38 years of crippling occupation. The main issue still remains: will Israel continue its campaign of extrajudicial assassinations, missile strikes, mass arrests and restrictions without warning? The constant fear of incursions in the Gaza Strip still grips the minds of Palestinians and affects the prospects for future tourism as well as housing and business development. The Gazan economy cannot rely on being an export society, with the conditions of the state being interrupted on the whim of its neighbor. Israel used the guise of security frequently in the past to impose its invasive policy on the Palestinian people. While the borders will be under Palestinian control, one must fear the "punishment" given to the residents of Gaza if Israel becomes disgruntled with the border situation. Gazans felt Sharon’s iron fist after the "disengagement" through Operation First Rain and history tells us that the iron fist will make a comeback.

Remaining positive is great for those in the West who don’t have a vested interested in the progression of Palestinian society. For those more practical, we mustn’t forget the promises of Oslo: independence, an “honest broker,” reparations and a fair settlement for Palestinians. During the years of Oslo the Occupied Territories saw the biggest increase in settlements in Israeli history, the transferring of control to the Palestinian Authority came at snails pace, and “renegotiations,” restrictions, and separation strangled the Palestinian economy and workforce. Let us hope for the best in the border arrangement between, but let us also be wary, scrutinize and let Israel and the world know that this is just a first step in a long road to justice.

*************

**Remi Kanazi is the primary writer for the political website www.PoeticInjustice.net

He lives in New York City as a Palestinian American freelance writer and can reached via email at remroum@gmail.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news