Ben White, author of Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide (Pluto, 2009) and Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011) has written for aljazeera.com on the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, which established a framework for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations as well as the Palestinian Authority itself.
The following infographic and article can be found on aljazeera.com, here. We’ve reproduced an extract below. For information on how to buy Ben’s books click on the cover images below. Pluto is offering Ben’s first book, Israeli Apartheid for the special price of just £5 including free UK P&P. Click here to activate the offer. We are also extending this special offer to 40% off everything next week, so why not strike while the iron is hot and pick up either of his excellent works for under £10.
This Friday will mark 20 years to the day since Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chair Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, signing an agreement that established the Palestinian Authority (PA) and a framework for negotiations that has lasted to this day.
On the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, the infographic below demonstrates what these years of the US-led peace process have produced for Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip: an acceleration of Israeli colonisation and a cementing of an apartheid regime of control and discrimination. The infographic is far from comprehensive: The last two decades have also seen the siege and brutalisation of the Gaza Strip, the consolidation of the checkpoint and permit system, land confiscations, settler outposts expanding, and the detention and torture of thousands.
It is important to understand that such policies have been implemented not in spite of the peace process, but often thanks to the peace process. Oslo has served to provide Israel with the cover it needs to continue its systematic breaches of international law, acting as a shield to protect Israel from accountability and democratisation. In addition, the establishment of the PA has given Israel a valuable partner in administering (and subduing) the millions of Palestinians living under military occupation – as well as providing an “address” for a periodic disciplining of the colonised.
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