Today, September 13, marks 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.
This week we cover the anniversary extensively, from opinion pieces to interactives, looking at the impact of these 20 years.
On Al Jazeera World, The Price of Oslo traces the secret road to the Oslo Accords and asks why, 20 years on, peace remains elusive.
What happens next is jaw dropping in is audacity. Warmbrunn reveals that the walls around Israel (which in real life are apartheid walls), were actually re-designed to create a fortress to protect humanity from the coming zombie threat. Not just a fortress for Israelis, but for everyone. He shows Gerry an open checkpoint where the benevolent Israelis are allowing Arabs to immigrate into Israel for safety. We see Arabs passing through an open border, warmly greeted in brotherhood by Israelis. Israeli flags and Palestinian flags fly in harmony. This is pure liberal fantasy, and one that erases the Palestinian struggle. In this film, real-life walls of apartheid are shown to be not only necessary, but an act of tremendous benevolence, enabling racial harmony
This transformation of the indigenous into an invader or a “Palestinian settler” - to borrow the phrase recently used by Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon - is key to understanding not only the Prawer Plan, but also the very logic of the State of Israel. In a context in which Palestinians have been systematically alienated and elided from history and geography, the constitution of the Palestinian native as an illegal subject or foreign invader serves as the condition of possibility for “Judiazing” the land.
New pictures have emerged in the Occupied West Bank of Israeli soldiers detaining a five-year-old boy for throwing a stone.
According to human rights groups, it is the latest in a number of similar detentions.
Al Jazeera’s Simon McGregor-Wood reports from the Occupied West Bank.
The Promised City
High on a hill in the West Bank, between Ramallah and Nablus, an extraordinary Palestinian city is being built: Rawabi - meaning hills. It will be the first planned city in the history of Palestine and will become home to some 40,000 Palestinians by the end of 2013, or so it is planned. This project is the brainchild and passion of Palestinian businessman and multibillionaire Bashar Masri.