‘Supporting peace as a means of settling international disputes’
MPG’s slogan ‘supporting peace as a means of settling international disputes’ is depicted in the website’s header. ‘Peace’ is represented by Bansky’s peace dove in MPG’s logo while the image of Israel’s illegal annexation wall which forms the background of the header represents one ongoing international conflict which could be resolved through peaceful means.
With respect to the annexation wall’s illegality, note that on July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice, found that the “construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated régime, are contrary to international law.”
The annexation wall’s real purpose was clearly expressed by Noam Chomsky in the 5th Edward Said Memorial Lecture at Columbia University entitled ‘The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism’ on December 3, 2009:
“Like any State action, this annexation wall, as it should be called, is justified in terms of security … As is commonly the case, the claim lacks any credibility at all. If security were the concern, the wall would be built along the border and it could be made completely impregnable. The purpose of this illegal monstrosity, constructed with decisive US support and European complicity, is to allow Israel to take over valuable Palestinian land and the main water resources of the region.
That’s one part of a much larger annexation project which the US funds and supports, otherwise it couldn’t continue. The highest Israeli authorities recognised from the outset, that these programs were in direct violation of international law … But as Defence Minister Moshe Dayan commented in late 1967 “settling Israel’s occupied territories contravenes, as is known, international conventions, but there is nothing essentially new about that”2 – so the issue can be dismissed. At least it can be dismissed so long as the global hegemon [the United States] provides diplomatic cover and the needed material and ideological support and therefore is a co-partner in crime.”
1. The story behind Banksy’s peace dove can be read here. More images of Banksy street art can be found here.
2. See Israeli State Archives 153.8/7920/7A, Document 60, dated October 15, 1968, cited on page 173 of Gershom Gorenberg’s The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, New York Times Books, 2007.