By Richard Deaton, Stanley Bridge
Trump’s so-called “peace plan” for the Palestinians and Israel is blatantly one-sided: his farcical proposal allows Israel to make yet another massive land grab, as it has already done with Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories.
This so-called peace plan destroys any possibility of nationhood for the Palestinians.
Virtually every major international organization and media outlet has condemned the proposal, including the UN, the OIC, the European Union (EU), the British Guardian, the Independent, B’Tselem ( a group of decommissioned Israeli soldiers), our own Globe and Mail, and Haaretz, one of Israel’s leading newspapers. This so-called “Deal of the Century” has been rammed down the Palestinians throat. They were never consulted. Trump’s so-called “peace plan” is built on a series of crimes against humanity, and the Palestinians.
For example, the forcible transfer of people, called for by this proposal, is what the Nazis did to the Jews during WW II. Trump’s “Deal of the Century” includes relocating 200,000 to 400,000 Israeli-Arabs. This is expressly forbidden by the Geneva Accords and ignores Israel’s many violations of international law, as well as their defiance of over a hundred UN General Assembly resolutions.
Israel’s brutal policies in the Occupied Territories have continued unabated and have created an increasing schism between Israeli and North American Jews, resulting in increased support for the BDS movement. According to a US-based poll reported in Haaretz (Feb. 4, 2020), Israeli PM Natanyahu’s support for Trump’s policies is the main reason why North American Jews are increasingly disenchanted with Israel.
Importantly, Trudeau’s Liberal government and the federal NDP have remained silent on these recent developments, effectively making them complicit in this crime against humanity. Why the silence?