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The international community has no right to determine Palestinian narratives

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There is a lot of unfortunate truth in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment of international diplomacy. Without having to make any concessions on settlement expansion or Jerusalem, Israel is enjoying a “diplomatic flourishing”. This renders all the previous hyperbole on Israel’s isolation, from Israeli officials and purported Palestinian supporters, invalid. It is also proof of a collective effort to exploit the Palestinian cause and marginalise its relevance to the business of human rights rhetoric.

Peace, according to Netanyahu, will be achieved through “Israel’s value as a technological, financial, defence and intelligence power house.” None of these attributes constitute peace; if anything, they are a reminder of how power is capable of corrupting terminology to create different meanings. The illusion of an international community purportedly concerned about human rights is a calculated attempt to deflect attention away from various countries’ active engagement in human rights violations.

Countries and regions, most recently in the Arab world, speak of normalising relations with........

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