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Palestinians need justice before peace

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Soon after moving into the White House, US President Donald Trump vowed to do what his predecessors could not: broker a sustainable peace deal between Israel and Palestine. Three years into his presidency, however, the details of the political portion of his so-called "deal of the century" have still not been revealed, and peace remains as elusive for Palestine as ever.

Palestinians knew from the get-go that Trump's deal would not bring an end to their colonial reality. They were sceptical not only because the deal was being drafted by a spectacularly inexperienced and staunchly pro-Israel team, but also because in Palestine, "peace" itself is underpinned by a trail of betrayal.

Palestinians learned long ago that in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, "peace" takes a particularly twisted dimension. It is often associated with "solutions" to the Palestinian "problem" which fail to deliver justice or equality for the Palestinian people. This has been the case with the failed 1993 Oslo Peace Accords and this is undoubtedly going to be the case with Trump's "ultimate deal".

The attempts to bring "peace" to Palestine often focus on offering Palestinians "economic opportunities" to convince them to give up their struggle for a free and dignified existence in their homeland and to accept the conditions imposed on them by Israel. Trump already showed he is not going to break away from the fold in this regard when his team revealed the "economic part" of their........

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