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‘The two-state solution is starting to look impractical’

By Jonathan Cook
The National
December 31. 2009

NAZARETH // The biggest effect for Israel’s 1.3 million Palestinian citizens of its assault on Gaza last winter has been to smash any remaining illusions that there is a future for the minority in a Jewish state, the community’s leaders have agreed.

They say that minority voters have almost completely abandoned Zionist parties, even left-wing ones, believing that none is really interested in a peaceful solution to the country’s conflict with the Palestinians.

That was reflected in February, one month after Operation Cast Lead ended, in the lowest turnout ever posted by the Palestinian minority in an election. Only 53 per cent voted, down more than 25 percentage points since the mid-1990s, in the more optimistic Oslo period.

Haneen Zoubi, who was elected to the Israeli parliament for the first time in 2009, pointed out that the minority’s share of the vote for Jewish parties had fallen to an all-time low of 17 per cent. Back in the early 1990s half of Israel’s Palestinian voters supported such parties.

“More and more Palestinian citizens are understanding that Israel is not serious about negotiations for peace,” she said. “People are disillusioned with a leadership that is simply trying to buy time and manage the conflict rather than solve it.”

That view was shared by Mohammed Zeidan, director of the Arab Association for Human Rights, based in Nazareth. “We need a new way of dealing with Israel. The two-state solution is starting to look impractical and that has given a significant push to the idea that Palestinians inside Israel should be campaigning for a single state for both peoples.”

This new-found political confidence was manifest during the Gaza offensive, Mr Zeidan said, when Palestinian citizens held the biggest protests in their history. The largest, in the northern city of Sakhnin, drew a crowd of at least 100,000.

“There is much more certainty among the Palestinian public and leadership inside Israel that it has a right to speak out on pan-Palestinian issues,” he said.

“Once, we tended to remain on the sidelines, waiting to take our political cues from the Palestinian leadership outside Israel. Now, the Palestinian Authority is seen to be damaging the popular consensus among Palestinians and people here are looking for their own answers.”

One Palestinian party, the National Democratic Assembly, even went so far as to call for the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, during the attack on Gaza after his Palestinian Authority was seen to be suppressing dissent in the West Bank.

Ms Zoubi, a NDA member, said: “It was clear that Israel would have had a much harder time dealing with the fallout from Gaza, including the Goldstone report, were it not for the silence of Mahmoud Abbas. He is facing a lot of anger and criticism from Palestinians inside Israel.”

Jafar Farah, director of Mossawa, a Haifa-based advocacy group for the minority, said last year’s attack had led directly to the current government of Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the most right wing in Israel’s history.

“Ever since, we have seen an attack on freedoms and the rights of Palestinian citizens,” he said. “There have been at least 25 discriminatory laws proposed over the past six months. Most have yet to be approved but the implications of the legislative push are clear.”

January 1, 2010 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation

2 Comments »

  1. The Western Zionist want it all and are not interested in sharing anything with the Palestinian Arab people. It is not written in their plan because those handful of Zionist Fascists had trouble living amongst the Europeans and took their mad plan to Palestine in order to bring terror there.
    Monsters like these are not stopping for anything until the entire World is brought down with them.
    Wake up and learn it may save some lives in the future.

    Comment by B.Benhamid | January 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. There has never been any interest in this solution on the side of the Zionists. ANything they say in that direction is merely a sop to those interested that allows they to buy more time and make it more complicated. A few quotes.

    “It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and expropriation of their lands. The plan is to kill or drive out the Palestinian people using poverty, hunger and war and so allow the Zioists to expand into Greater Israel.” ~ Ariel Sharon, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998

    “The Partition of Palestine is illegal. It will never be recognized. Jerusalem was and will forever be our capital. Eretz Israel will be restored to the people of Israel. All of it. For Ever.” ~ Menachem Begin, the day after the U.N. vote to partition Palestine.

    “The past leaders of our movement left us a clear message to keep Eretz Israel from the Sea to the River Jordan for future generations, for the mass aliya (Jewish immigration), and for the Jewish people, all of whom will be gathered into this country.” ~ Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declares at a Tel Aviv memorial service for former Likud leaders, November 1990. Jerusalem Domestic Radio Service.

    There are many other such goodies but the next two really sum things up.

    “In fact, it matters little what you call it, so long as it is recognized that what Israel intends and is working toward is the erasure of the Palestinian people from the Palestine landscape. Israel most likely does not care about how systematic its efforts at erasure are, or how rapidly they proceed, and in these ways it differs from the Nazis. There are no gas chambers; there is no overriding urgency. Gas chambers are not needed. A round of rockets on a residential housing complex in the middle of the night here, a few million cluster bomblets or phosphorous weapons there can, given time, easily meet the UN definition above.” ~ Henry Klein

    “Jewish leaders want world power; nothing less will do. That they have many Jews believing that they are the ‘chosen’ people.’ Jews were chosen for destruction after their leaders caused Jesus to be executed. All Jews have suffered since. A large part of the so-called persecution is artificially created to keep Jews scared and to stimulate cash contributions. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been extracted from them in the past 25 years.” ~ Henry H. Klein, Jewish Leaders Are Crazy for Power (a Jewish writer disappeared by Google, which is now located in Israel)

    “We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai.” David Ben-Gurion

    When we in my part of the world were actively protesting the strip logging of our ancient arboreal forests we learned the way these oppressors work. And it never changes who is killing who. We called it “Talk and Log”. That meant they carry on and extend negotiations. Always extensions always. By the time consensus was agreed, the land was bare,trees were gone, and our island climate changed forever, hundreds of thousands of animals displaced!

    Note: When the homeless cougar began to infringe on our cities we were told there had been an influx of cougars because now that they could SEE their prey without all those trees, a population explosion. We were also told the bear liked it because they could see everything better. Sheer idiocy .. but that is Burston Marstellar for you. They used the divide and conquer (loggers vs environmentalists, city folk vs country folk) to also make it last. By the time it was too late, we had all banded together and the loggers, the less educated group, realized they had been had.

    These logging companies operated just as the Jews around the world do and currently do with Palestine.

    Comment by Noor al Haqiqa | January 1, 2010 | Reply


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