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Endgame Apartheid: The US-Sponsored "Peace Process"

For more than two decades, the United States has maintained a monopoly on mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. During this time, the situation of most Palestinians living in the occupied territories has deteriorated steadily while Israel's domination over their lives has become ever more entrenched. More than 20 years after the US-sponsored “peace process” began, the creation of an independent Palestinian state – the ostensible endgame of negotiations – is more distant than ever, and Israel's nearly 47-year-old discriminatory occupation regime becomes more permanent by the day. The following fact sheet provides an overview of the US role in the “peace process” and the consequences it has had for the Palestinians 

Chronology Leading to Current Impasse In Talks

Between July 2013 when negotiations resumed and March/April 2014 when they reached the current impasse, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu carried out repeated provocations that reinforced the belief  held by most Palestinians that Israel isn’t negotiating in good faith, including: Announcing more than 10,000 new settlement units to be built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of both international law and official US government policy. 

Facts on the Ground Peace Index: Volume VIII

(Covering Period: March 3, 2014 to April 3, 2014)
The Peace Index is focused on the actions of the Israeli government and military, and statements of Israeli officials. It does not include frequent attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property and other non-official provocations and incitement, nor is it comprehensive in nature. 

Policing Apartheid: Israel's Imprisonment of Palestinians

According to Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, there were 4881 Palestinian security detainees and prisoners in Israeli prisons as of January 31, 2014. An additional 1415 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel for entering the country illegally.

According to Defence for Children International - Palestine, as of January 2014 there were 183 Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel. Of those, 20 were between the ages of 12 and 15. According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, more than 8000 Palestinian children have been detained since 2000. 

Peace Process in Focus: Making Painful Compromises for Peace: A Comparison

The IMEU's latest fact sheet provides an overview of actions taken by the PLO and successive Israeli governments since the start of US-sponsored peace negotiations more than 20 years ago. 

Facts on the Ground Peace Index, Volume VII

(Covering Period: February 2, 2014 to March 3, 2014) The Peace Index is focused on the actions of the Israeli government and military, and statements of Israeli officials. It does not include frequent attacks carried out by Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their property and other non-official provocations and incitement, nor is it comprehensive in nature. 

Talking Peace While Making War: Benjamin Netanyahu & The Peace Process

In the approximately seven months since negotiations restarted between Palestinians and Israelis in late July 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has approved plans for 11,700 new settlement units to be built on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law. As each unit represents one house or apartment, most if not all of which will likely be home to more than one person, this means once these plans have been realized the settler population will increase by well over 20,000 people.
 

The Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre: 20 Years Later

Early on the morning of February 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, wearing his army uniform and carrying his army-issued assault rifle, walked past Israeli soldiers manning a checkpoint and into the Ibrahimi Mosque. It was the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims and there were 400 or 500 Palestinian men worshipping. According to reports, once inside, Goldstein observed the scene and waited until those present turned towards Mecca and knelt to pray before opening fire. 

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