Al Jazeera Publishes Confidential ‘Palestine Papers’

Palestine PapersFrom Al Jazeera’s own introduction:

Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There are nearly 1,700 files, thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. These documents – memos, e-mails, maps, minutes from private meetings, accounts of high level exchanges, strategy papers and even power point presentations – date from 1999 to 2010.

The material is voluminous and detailed; it provides an unprecedented look inside the continuing negotiations involving high-level American, Israeli, and Palestinian Authority officials.

Al Jazeera will release the documents between January 23-26th, 2011. They will reveal new details about:

  • the Palestinian Authority’s willingness to concede illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, and to be “creative” about the status of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount;
  • the compromises the Palestinian Authority was prepared to make on refugees and the right of return;
  • details of the PA’s security cooperation with Israel;
  • and private exchanges between Palestinian and American negotiators in late 2009, when the Goldstone Report was being discussed at the United Nations.

Because of the sensitive nature of these documents, Al Jazeera will not reveal the source(s) or detail how they came into our possession. We have taken great care over an extended period of time to assure ourselves of their authenticity.

Read more, including links to full documents, here.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    That should be enlightening…in the sense that maybe the rest of the world will finally get a glimpse of how many ways in which the Palestinians have offered almost everything imaginable to Israel…and have gotten nothing in return (except domination, brutality and starvation…they got plenty of those.)

    • Synapse

      I can tell by your comments that you’ve never even been to the west bank where domination, brutality, and starvation are hardly true for anyone, save Christian Arabs and non-observant Muslims (much like the recent blogger imprisoned for being atheist). Are we forgetting how Israel already offered 90% of the west bank to Arafat and was met with total rejection? They can’t keep refusing to play ball, then complain when Israel gets aggressive with the negotiations.

      If anything, Al-Jazeera is making a big mistake releasing these documents now. Arab culture does not look kindly on concessions (part of why these negotiations were not open before), and this will most likely serve to weaken the power of the current PA and cause it to lose respect in the eyes of the Palestinians, further harming the peace process.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        And I can tell by your comments that that makes two of us…since apparently on planet neo-con fantasy camp, suffering is only distributed among the noble and wise (read that as non-Muslim) peoples…and is solely dished out by the evils of Muslims as they attack themselves in stereotypic (as well as largely fictional) blind frenzy. Sell the apologist strategy elsewhere…the truth in those documents may lead to chaos…but its a chaos fueled by rage at the truths that are buried. A truth worth being afraid of needs to be heard all the more…especially to counter the clamor of simplistic lies doled out by Israel and the zombie-like allies of America’s most beloved rogue state.

        • Synapse

          Considering that I have been abroad, traveled to Israel several times, and walked through Palestinian towns (In the west bank, I have never been to Gaza) and spoken with inhabitants, I’d say I have a much better grasp on the situation than what I can only assume is the information you have gotten through pre-filtered news supporting your predetermined opinion.

          I don’t need an “apologist strategy” as I have visited these places and interacted with them first hand, rather than some tertiary source out to bend the facts in the first place. Life in the west bank is overall very good for most of the inhabitants, Jewish and Arab, but I’d be lying to deny the anti-Christian sentiment that exists both there and in many other places in the Arab world (see the constant attacks going on in neighboring Egypt against coptic Christians).

          I guess it’s easier for your already decided position to close your eyes and pretend they are simply abused underdogs with no mind of their own being taken advantage of by western powers, validating any wrong doing.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    That should be enlightening…in the sense that maybe the rest of the world will finally get a glimpse of how many ways in which the Palestinians have offered almost everything imaginable to Israel…and have gotten nothing in return (except domination, brutality and starvation…they got plenty of those.)

  • Synapse

    I can tell by your comments that you’ve never even been to the west bank where domination, brutality, and starvation are hardly true for anyone, save Christian Arabs and non-observant Muslims (much like the recent blogger imprisoned for being atheist). Are we forgetting how Israel already offered 90% of the west bank to Arafat and was met with total rejection? They can’t keep refusing to play ball, then complain when Israel gets aggressive with the negotiations.

    If anything, Al-Jazeera is making a big mistake releasing these documents now. Arab culture does not look kindly on concessions (part of why these negotiations were not open before), and this will most likely serve to weaken the power of the current PA and cause it to lose respect in the eyes of the Palestinians, further harming the peace process.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And I can tell by your comments that that makes two of us…since apparently on planet neo-con fantasy camp, suffering is only distributed among the noble and wise (read that as non-Muslim) peoples…and is solely dished out by the evils of Muslims as they attack themselves in stereotypic (as well as largely fictional) blind frenzy. Sell the apologist strategy elsewhere…the truth in those documents may lead to chaos…but its a chaos fueled by rage at the truths that are buried. A truth worth being afraid of needs to be heard all the more…especially to counter the clamor of simplistic lies doled out by Israel and the zombie-like allies of America’s most beloved rogue state.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And I can tell by your comments that that makes two of us…since apparently on planet neo-con fantasy camp, suffering is only distributed among the noble and wise (read that as non-Muslim) peoples…and is solely dished out by the evils of Muslims as they attack themselves in stereotypic (as well as largely fictional) blind frenzy. Sell the apologist strategy elsewhere…the truth in those documents may lead to chaos…but its a chaos fueled by rage at the truths that are buried. A truth worth being afraid of needs to be heard all the more…especially to counter the clamor of simplistic lies doled out by Israel and the zombie-like allies of America’s most beloved rogue state.

  • Synapse

    Considering that I have been abroad, traveled to Israel several times, and walked through Palestinian towns (In the west bank, I have never been to Gaza) and spoken with inhabitants, I’d say I have a much better grasp on the situation than what I can only assume is the information you have gotten through pre-filtered news supporting your predetermined opinion.

    I don’t need an “apologist strategy” as I have visited these places and interacted with them first hand, rather than some tertiary source out to bend the facts in the first place. Life in the west bank is overall very good for most of the inhabitants, Jewish and Arab, but I’d be lying to deny the anti-Christian sentiment that exists both there and in many other places in the Arab world (see the constant attacks going on in neighboring Egypt against coptic Christians).

    I guess it’s easier for your already decided position to close your eyes and pretend they are simply abused underdogs with no mind of their own being taken advantage of by western powers, validating any wrong doing.

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