Empires and their puppets including Israel will eventually fall: “Free Gaza Movement” co-founder Greta Berlin

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June 8, 2020 – 12:45
Berlin likens the situation in the occupied Palestinian lands to South Africa under the apartheid regime which will finally be a country for all citizens including Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
 “This kind of situation, like its predecessor in South Africa, will eventually fall apart, and the country will end up being a country for all citizens, Jews/Christians/Muslims,” Berlin, an author and activist, tells the Tehran Times in an exclusive interview:  
This is the text of the interview:
1: Madame Greta Berlin, please tell us what Israel has achieved after 72 years since its establishment. Has it succeeded to win legitimacy?
 A: Israel has achieved what all white/colonial/racist entities have achieved; subjugating, terrorizing, marginalizing, and stealing from the indigenous population to make an illicit country. It’s no different than the U.S. or Canada or South Africa or Australia. 
Israel has the biggest gorilla in the room on its side and that’s the U.S.It’s gotten its legitimacy from the very countries who have done the same thing to a population that was already there and perceived as, somehow, being “less human” than the invaders. After 72 years, it’s only legitimate claim to the land of Palestine has been through force, and all empires and their puppets eventually fall. Israel will as well.  
2: How do you analyze the situation inside Israel?
 A: There are three strata inside Israel; Ashkenazi Jews, the white Jews from Europe/Russia, and the U.S. who control power, politics, and money. The second tier is the Sephardic or Arab Jews who were often forced to immigrate to Israel immediately after Israel was founded on the backs of the Palestinians. Once the European Jews drove out 750,000 Palestinians, they needed workers to come and settle in the land they stole. What better place to find them than the Arab Jews of the Middle East and North Africa? If they didn’t want to come peacefully, Mossad made sure they changed their minds. 
After arriving in Israel, they even made up a name for themselves… Mizrahi… so they didn’t have to be called Arab Jews. They are becoming the largest segment of the population, but they have little power. You’ll often see them as members of the IOF, subjugating the third tier in Israel; the Palestinians, who have no power whether they are Israeli citizens or living in the Bantustans of the occupied West Bank and Gaza. 
Americans are beginning to wake up to the terrorism of the Israeli occupation This kind of situation, like its predecessor in South Africa, will eventually fall apart, and the country will end up being a country for all citizens, Jews/Christians/Muslims. 
 3: Israel plans to annex parts of the West Bank, and Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz are unanimous in this move. Netanyahu has confidently said that annexation will take place within “a few months,” or before the American presidential election in November. What has made Israel behave so unashamedly and intransigently? Don’t you think that an impotent international community or inaction by international bodies have made Tel Aviv so emboldened?
 A: Israel has the biggest gorilla in the room on its side and that’s the U.S. It makes no difference who is President in the U.S., Israel controls Congress, and most politicians will bow to its demands. However, watching what is happening in the U.S., everything is going to change over the next few years, as China emerges triumphant and the U.S. becomes another failed empire like Britain and France. 
Personally, I’m all for a one-state solution and have been for decades. And the sooner, the better for everyone living there. Palestinians already outnumber Jews, and those demographics are only going to improve for Palestinians, both Christian and Muslim.  
 4: You are internationally famous for advocating “justice” for Palestinians since early 1960. What prompted you to highlight the sufferings of the Palestinians?
 A: While in graduate school in 1963, I met and married a Palestinian and had two Palestinian/American children who couldn’t return to Safad, the city where their father was raised, while a Jew from New York City could immigrate there with no other credentials except religion. 
That sense of injustice has challenged me since then. The most outspoken advocate for the rights of marginalized people like Palestinians are often the people who learned the truth after being lied to as children. Like many Americans, I grew up thinking Israel was the victim and Jews had the right to settle in the Holy Land. When I met my husband, and he began telling me the truth of the violent takeover of his land by European terrorist Jews, I became an advocate for justice in Palestine for life.  
 5: You were a co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement and among those brave persons who broke the Gaza siege. Can you please explain your experiences and reactions?
 A: This is such a long story, encompassing two years of planning, buying the boats, sailing to Gaza and so much pain, laughter and delight at finally getting there. It’s a book and a movie and a webinar already. The best way of describing our journey to Gaza is to provide people with these three links.
 6: The U.S. has been blindly defending the illegal behavior of Israel toward Palestinians over the past seven decades. How can such support be justified by a country which proclaims leadership of the free world and defender of democracy and human rights?
 A: The U.S. has never been a defender of democracy and human rights. The country was founded on the genocide of the native population and got rich on the back of slavery. It has had, however, one of the most brilliant PR campaigns of any country in the world. Israel tries to emulate it with many of the same catchphrases such as, “the only democracy in the Middle East.” That’s as big a lie as the U.S. saying it stands for human rights.
However, there is a difference between government propaganda and the citizens of the U.S. Americans, once they wake up, are among the most outstanding advocates for justice for people seeking equal rights, and have put their lives on the line, from the martyrs of the civil rights movement, https://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/civil-rights-memorial/civil-rights-martyrs
to Rachel Corrie in Palestine. They are the one bright and hopeful beacons of light in the U.S., especially this younger generation. I have great hopes they will become like many of us out of the 1960s, advocates for a better world. 
 7: How is it possible that successive Congresses and to a lesser extent administrations remain so biased in favor of Israel? Does it show that the American people who vote for their representatives are indifferent or ignorant toward the situation of the Palestinians?
A: Bribery, Blackmail, and Benjamins. 
It is true, however, that Americans are beginning to wake up to the terrorism of the Israeli occupation. But to be honest, Americans can barely make it from one paycheck to the next and are overwhelmed with problems in their own back yards. 
And the country is huge, with 331 million people, only 20% who even own a passport. Very few of us travel outside the Northern Hemisphere. America and much of its population are isolated and not very well-educated about other countries.  
 8: And, why anybody who opposes the stealing of the Palestinian lands or criticizes suppression of Palestinians is easily being accused of ant-Semite?
 A: It’s become a badge of honor to be called anti-Semitic. Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Stephen Hawking, Roger Waters have all been called anti-Semites. I’m proud to be in their company.

في ذكرى اغتصاب فلسطين اقتراح للتفكير… ومبادرة سلام القدس عليكم وصباح القدس لكم

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بين ذكرى اغتصاب فلسطين، وعيد المقاومة والتحرير عشرة أيام، ليس من الصدفة أن يقطعهما هذا العام يوم القدس، الذي جاء بمبادرة من الإمام الخميني رحمه الله، قبل أربعين عاماً، ليحفظ القدس في الذاكرة، تاركاً مهمة التحرير مهمة منفصلة، تستقوي ببقاء القدس حيّة في الذاكرة الجمعيّة عندما تتوفر ظروف العمل.

عيد المقاومة تذكير بأن الأمل بتحرير فلسطين مؤسس على أسباب ومعطيات واقعية، وكما يقول سيد المقاومة دائماً، إن عظمة النصر في أيار، انه سحب من التداول السؤال حول إمكان التحرير، لأن دليل الإمكان هو الوقوع.

تأتي المناسبات وتحتشد هذه السنة وقد تكفّل إعلان كيان الاحتلال، عن هويته كدولة عنصرية يهودية، بإسقاط فرص الحديث عن أي تساكن مع الاحتلال تحت شعارات مموّهة كالدولة ذات القوميّتين، أو دولة المواطنة. كما تكفلت بالتوازي صفقة القرن، بإقفال كل طرق التسويات ومسارات التفاوض، التي لم تكن يوماً إلا لإلهاء شعوبنا وأمتنا، عن خيار المقاومة كخيار وحيد للتحرير، واسترددنا في طريق سقوط خيار التفاوض والبحث عن التسوية، وحدة نضال الشعب الفلسطيني، فما عاد هناك أربعة شعوب، شعب يقيم شبه دولة في غزة، وشعب يريد بناء نصف دولة في الضفة، وشعب ينتظر ربع عاصمة دولة في القدس، وشعب منسيّ تمت التضحية بحقوقه، كشرط للتسوية والتفاوض، هو أهلنا في المناطق المحتلة عام 48 الذين ترك لهم أن يناضلوا لتحسين شروط العيش في الكيان وتحت الاحتلال والطريق هو الانتخابات التي تشرعن الاحتلال والاغتصاب. فعاد الفلسطينيون اليوم شعباً موحداً وليس واحداً فقط، حيث الحق واحد والقضية واحدة والهوية واحدة والطريق واحد وهو المقاومة.

أن تبقى فلسطين بوصلتنا، هذا هو العهد، لكن أن نسعى نحوها، فذلك هو الطريق الذي يسلكه كل داعم للمقاومة ومساند لصمود سورية، وتعافي مصر، ورفض نظريات ومسارات الانعزال عن فلسطين، تحت عنوان مبتذل للوطنية في الكيانات العربية، مثل لبنان أولاً وسورية أولاً ومصر أولاً والأردن أولاً والعراق أولاً، فوطنية كل عربي لا تصان في بلده، ما بقيت فلسطين تحت الاحتلال، وبقيت يد كيان الاحتلال هي العليا في منطقتنا، ولا أمن وطني لدولنا الوطنية خارج مفهوم الأمن القومي كما صاغه الرئيس الراحل حافظ الأسد ويواصل تثبيته الرئيس بشار الأسد، وعنوانه مواجهة تغوّل المشروع الصهيوني وعدوانيّته ودعم نضال الشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته.

السؤال الذي يواجهنا كنخب ثقافية وإعلامية واجتماعية، حول نوع الدعم الذي يمكن تقديمه لفلسطين، يستدعي التفكير بمبادرة واقعية ومؤثرة في آن واحد، وقد استوقفتني قبل سنتين الفكرة العبقرية للإمام الخميني بإعلان يوم القدس، الذي كان يربط استقباله لقادة الدول بمدى قبولهم بتسهيل إحياء يوم القدس، فيما كان تشدّده موضع تساؤل حول جدوى إعلانه بالأصل. وها هو يوم القدس اليوم مناسبة تخرج فيها عشرات الملايين عبر عواصم العالم ترفع الشعارات وتهتف للقدس وفلسطين، وستبقى وتتعاظم وتزداد، حتى يحين موعد العمل العظيم، وتدق ساعة التحرير، ولو جيلاً بعد جيل، لأن الأصل هو الذاكرة، والأجيال، ومعركة الوعي وكي الوعي.

اختبرت خلال هاتين السنتين مبادرة عنوانها، التدرب على استبدال صباحاتنا التقليدية، والبلهاء بلا معنى أحياناً، مثلها مساءاتنا وسلاماتنا، بأن نقول صباح الخير ومساء الخير، أو نلقي السلام التقليديّ للمسلمين السلام عليكم، أو لدى المسيحيين، نهاركم سعيد، بصباح ومساء وسلام، تحمل كل المعاني النبيلة وتختصرها، فيكون سلامنا رمزاً للخير وللسلام والحب والحق، ويرمز لما يجب أن يبقى حياً في الذاكرة، ولا يرتب أعباء على مَن يتبنّاه، فهو ليس منشوراً سياسياً، ولا بندقية، ولا سلاحاً، إنه مجرد سلام وتحية.

صباح القدس عليكم وصباح القدس لكم، ومسّيناكم بأنوار القدس، وسلام القدس لكم ومنكم وعليكم وبكم، كلّها مفردات تصلح، وهي بسيطة وسهلة، وإذا انتشرت بين الملايين وصارت تقليداً شائعاً، فهي خير إسهام في معركة الحق نحو فلسطين، وفي الاختبار اكتشفت أنها ليست بالسهولة التي تبدو عليها، فهي سهلة من زاوية انعدام الخطر والتبعات من اعتمادها، لكنها ليست سهلة بتحويلها إلى عادة، ولا هي سهلة بتحمل بعض السخرية عندما نلقيها على بعض المتفذلكين الذي سيقولون حتى الصباح والسلام تقومون بتسييسه، ولا هي سهلة مع الأهل والأقارب والأصدقاء والأبناء، حتى تصبح عادة، ولا قيمة لها ما لم تصبح عادة، فوجدت أن تحدّي الصعوبة يحول هذا التحدّي إلى فرصة، حيث الشرح والبيان عن سبب الاختيار ومعانيه، وحجم المضمون الذي يختزنه، هو نشر للوعي، وخلال السنتين شاركني المئات من الأصدقاء والمتابعين الاختبار، وقد وجدنا فيه معاً خياراً، يؤكد هويتنا وبوصلتنا، واستنهاضاً لمعاني السمو والرقي في التخاطب، وقد صار أسهل بكثير من البداية وصارت شجاعتنا باعتماده أساساً في سلامنا وتحايانا أعلى بكثير، ولا زلنا نتدرب على المزيد ونسعى لامتلاك الشجاعة لتجاوز الإحراج، فاكتشفنا أنها معركة حقيقية ويومية.

أقترح مناقشة الفكرة، وإن شاركتموني تقدير قيمتها وأهميتها، فإن تعميم اعتماد القدس ركيزة سلاماتنا وصباحاتنا ومساءاتنا وتحايانا، تجسيد لمعنى مسؤوليتنا عن صناعة الوعي، وتجذير الذاكرة في أجيال يجب أن ترث من إلقاء الصباح وتحية المساء معنىً لا يتقادم عليه الزمن، تختصره القدس.

نكتشف كم كان الزعيم أنطون سعاده عبقرياً عندما وضع بنفسه وهو في الثانية والثلاثين من عمره نشيد الحزب السوري القومي الاجتماعي “سورية لك السلام” وصاغ تحية الحزب “تحيا سورية” قبلها بأعوام، ولا تزال هذه التحيّة وهذا النشيد يحفظان الذاكرة القومية من جيل إلى جيل، وما الضير أن تحيا سورية ويكون سلام القدس عليكم وصباح القدس لكم؟

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– يفضي أي تدقيق بالقرارات التي أصدرتها إدارة الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب خلال الشهور الأخيرة بأن ما يجمعها هو أنها لا تغير في الواقع الميداني أو القانوني أو السياسي، لكنها ترفع منسوب التوتر والاستفزاز، فالإعلان عن الاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة لكيان الاحتلال يتم فيما القدس تحت الاحتلال، وفيما الاعتراف الأميركي أعجز من التحول إلى قرار أممي وكيان الاحتلال أشد عجزاً عن ترجمة القرار تهجيراً للمقدسيين، وكذلك الحال بالنسبة للجولان المحتل. ويأتي تصنيف الحرس الثوري الإيراني على لوائح الإرهاب الأميركية تحصيل حاصل. فالعقوبات تطال كل شيء في إيران، وقادة الحرس والمؤسسات التابعة له وفيلق القدس الذي يشكل ذراعه العسكرية الفاعلة، كلهم على لوائح الإرهاب الأميركية، لكن هذه القرارات تشترك بكونها ترفع منسوب التصعيد وتشكل استفزازاً سيستدرج ردود أفعال، تشكل سبباً للانزلاق نحو مواجهات قد تخرج عن السيطرة بغياب السقوف السياسية التي كانت تتلقى المخاطر وتخفّف من وطأتها، ومشاريع التسويات التي تشكل آمالاً تحتوي مناخات التصعيد، ويتم إغلاق أبوابها بهذه القرارات.

– سيوصل التدقيق أيضاً إلى أن القرارات الأميركية محكومة بعنوان واحد بدأت طلائعه مع الانسحاب الأميركي من التفاهم النووي مع إيران، وهو إرضاء القيادة الإسرائيلية، وإنعاشها شعبياً، ومنحها مناخاً وهمياً بالقوة، يعوّض الإحباط السائد في كيان الاحتلال بفعل تآكل قدرة الردع والعجز عن خوض الحروب كما العجز عن الخوض في التسويات. وهذا الإفراط الأميركي بالدعم المعنوي لقيادة كيان الاحتلال تعويضاً عنا لعجز عن تقديم الدعم الذي يغيّر في موازين القوى، يصنع مناخاً من التوتر، ويستدرج موجات من العنف، فد لا تستطيع واشنطن احتواءها، فقد تنفع جرعات الدعم هذه بصناعة فرصة فوز لبنيامين نتنياهو انتخابياً وقد تساعده على الإفلات من الملاحقة القضائية، وتستجلب دعمه لدونالد ترامب في معركته الانتخابيّة المقبلة، كما تبدو الحسابات الساذجة التي تقود الرئيس الأميركي وفقاً للكثير من التحليلات التي تحفل بها الصحف الأميركية، لكن واشنطن وتل أبيب ستكونان أمام برميل بارود بلا وجود للمطافئ، وخطر الاشتعال والانفجار سيكون قائماً في كل وقت.

– الأوضاع في أفغانستان والعراق مرشحة للتصعيد، والوضع على جبهة الجولان كذلك، والوضع الداخلي في فلسطين سواء في الضفة الغربية أو القدس أو قطاع غزة، خصوصاً في الأراضي المحتلة العام 1948 في حال غليان، ووحدة مصير الأراضي المحتلة في عيون واشنطن وتل أبيب سيوحّد النضال ويزجّ قوى واسعة في معركة واحدة على جبهات مختلفة، ومثلها التصعيد الأميركي بوجه إيران، يشكل بمعزل عن نتائجه العملية مساساً بالكرامة الوطنية لن يكون سهلاً تمريرها من دون ردود أفعال، وحتى موعد الانتخابات الأميركية نهاية العام المقبل سنكون مع حرب ساخنة، على مساحة المنطقة الممتدة من أفغانستان إلى غرب أفريقيا، والحروب الصغيرة بغياب السقوف السياسية سرعان ما تهدد بالتحول إلى إحدى الحروب الكبرى في ظل فقدان القدرة على التقدير، والوقوع بسبب العنجهية والاستهتار، والاهتمام بالمعنويات الفارغة على حساب المصائر الحقيقية.

– يقول توماس فريدمان أحد أبرز كتاب النيويورك تايمز، في مقالته الأخيرة كلاماً يشاركه فيه السفير الأميركي الأسبق لدى كيان الاحتلال وأحد مهندسي السياسات الأميركية الداعمة لـ«إسرائيل»، ومضمون الكلام أن الحب الأميركي لـ«إسرائيل» الذي يتنافس عليه الجمهوريون والديمقراطيون حب قاتل، سرعان ما سيضع «إسرائيل» أمام خيارات صعبة، خيار دولة واحدة على الأراضي المحتلة العام 1948 والعام 1967 يشكل اليهود فيها أقلية، وبالتالي سقوط الدولة اليهودية واقعياً، أو انتفاضة فلسطينية عارمة تشارك فيها أعمال مقاومة تهدّد أمن «إسرائيل» جدياً كما أظهرت صواريخ تل ابيب، أو حرب تبدو مستحيلة مع جبهة الشمال، حيث تحتشد مصادر قوة إيران وسورية وحزب الله. ويكتفي الكاتبان بالحديث عن مجهول تذهب نحوه المنطقة، يمكن القول إنه بالغ الخطورة، بلا خارطة طريق وبلا خطة، ونضيف، سيكون هذا المجهول البالغ الخطورة عبثاً مجنوناً، خلافاً لما يعتقده المعجبون بالذكاء والقوة الأميركيين، الذين سيكتشفون أنهما ضعف وغباء فريدان.

 

The One Jewish State Solution

April 07, 2019  /  Gilad Atzmon

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By Gilad Atzmon

Some of the more advanced Israel/Palestine commentators have agreed amongst themselves that the ‘one-state solution’ amounts to empty talk for the simple reason that Palestine is ‘one-state’ already: It has natural borders, one electric grid and even one international pre-dial number (+972). But this beautiful and historic land, stretched from the river to the sea, is dominated by a foreign and hostile ideology that is racially supremacist and vile towards the indigenous people of the land.

Some of those perceptive analysts have been bewildered following a peculiar shift in Israeli politics: while the so-called Israeli ‘Left’ has been advocating racial and ethnic segregation between Jews and Palestinians by adopting the two-state solution, it is actually the Zionist ultra-right that has been pushing constantly for an integration of the ‘land’ by means of Israeli annexation.

While very few within the Israeli Left joined the call for a one-state solution, it seems as if PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the entire Israeli Right are thrilled by the idea.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday to extend Israeli sovereignty to the settlements of the West Bank if he is re-elected in Tuesday’s poll.

Netanyahu’s declaration shouldn’t take us by surprise. Two weeks ago, a Haaretz poll revealed that 42% of Israelis back West Bank annexation. Apparently, 16% of those polled support annexing the entire West Bank without giving any political rights to the Palestinians who live there. I guess that it is hard not to see the political reasoning behind PM Netanyahu’s promise to annex settlements. Netanyahu, who is likely to form the next Israeli government, is attempting to appeal to the Israeli ultra-right voters. He wants them to vote Likud on Tuesday rather than ‘wasting’ their vote on a small ultra-right party or another.

There is obviously a big difference between the one-state call that has been pushed by Palestinian solidarity activists and Netanyahu’s politics of annexation.  While Palestinian rights advocates are referring to one democratic state, Netanyahu is not committed to democracy at all. He is solely faithful to the Jewish population and what he offers in practice is a ‘One Jewish State Solution.’ After all, Israel defines itself as ‘the Jewish State’ and it is there to serve one people while denying others their most elementary rights. Israel, as we know, is not a state of its citizens, it is a state of its Jewish citizens. By the time Israel comes to term with its sin and transcends into a state of its citizens regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious belief it will be renamed. It may as well be called Palestine.

UAE to “Israel”: Sorry, We Were Wrong!

 

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Sorry “Israel” for not being with you when slaughtering Palestinians.

Sorry “Israel” for being wrong all over your long years of occupation.

Sorry “Israel” for not being your killing machine.

Sorry “Israel”, two words that summarize the surrender of some Arab leaders to the “Israeli” entity.

A top Emirati minister surprised no body by his country’s stance. It was blatant as his rulers’ decision to dance on the scattered bodies in Sanaa.  But history will not forgive and time will continue to draw the ugly faces of some Arab tyrants.

“The historical choice made by most Arab nations to freeze out ‘Israel’ was “very, very wrong,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash is quoted by the Abu Dhabi-based daily The National highlighting the importance of creating a divide between political issues and “lines of communication” with “Israel”.

“Many, many years ago, when there was an Arab decision not to have contact with “Israel”, that was a very, very wrong decision, looking back,” Gargash said.

“The strategic shift needs actually for us to progress on the peace front,” he added.

Alluding to a so-called “one-state solution”, he said: “What we are facing, if we continue on the current trajectory, I think the conversation in 15 years’ time will really be about equal rights in one state.”

“A two-state solution will no longer be feasible because a sort of reduced rump (Palestinian) state will no longer be practical,” Gargash concluded.

لن ينالوا من بندقية شعبنا ولا إسفين بينها وبين الشعب

مايو 31, 2018

صابرين دياب

ودائماً، كلّ شيء مُسخَّر لاجتثاث المقاومة المسلحة وبعديد الأساليب، بالسلاح، بالثقافة، بالسياسة، بالحرب النفسية، بالاختراق المخابراتي، بالصهاينة العرب، بالتطبيع الفلسطيني، بالأنجزة ، بالمقاومة «السلمية السلبية»، قل ما شئت، اطلب ما تشاء، وما نريده فقط هو… لا مقاومة! هذا هدف الأعداء أو إنْ شئتَ، «الثورة المضادة.»

لن نعود طويلاً ولا تفصيلاً إلى الوراء، يكفي فقط أن نعيد للذاكرة بعض المحطات من جانب العدو:

«مبادرة» بيريس عام 1976 لإقامة كيان سياسي في الضفة وغزة، وقد تمّ رفضه.

بعد خروج قيادة م.ت.ف. من لبنان 1982 باستثناء بعضها، قال «جورج شولتس»، وزير خارجية العدو الأميركي وقتذاك: حان الوقت لـ «تحسين شروط معيشة الفلسطينيين»، أيّ أنّ القضية مجرد مسألة إنسانية، وليست قضية وطنية قومية سياسية، لكن أتت لاحقاً الانتفاضة، لتنسف كلّ هذا اللغو والتشفي.

ما كتبه نائب رئيس بلدية القدس المحتلة «ميرون بنفنستي» قبل اشتعال الانتفاضة الأولى عام 1987 : «إننا في ربع الساعة الأخير من انتهاء المقاومة، وعلى إسرائيل ان تعمل على هذا الأساس تجاه الضفة وغزة»، أيّ الابتلاع، واندلعت الانتفاضة الأولى بعد أيام، إذ قلبت المعادلة تماماً، ولم تكن الانتفاضة نضالاً سلمياً على نهج الأنجزة التي تباركها وتدعمها «السلطة الفلسطينية»، لا سيما في ريف رام الله وبيت لحم، وتصنيع رموز لها، بل النضال الجماهيري الحقيقي لا الشكلاني، الذي حلّ مؤقتاً محلّ نضال النخبة المسلحة، ولعب دور رافعة للكفاح المسلح.

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كانت اتفاقات أوسلو تحت تسمية سلام الشجعان! وإنما هي «سلام المستجدّين»، ولكن الشعب ابتكر أساليب كفاحية عدة، سواء العمليات الاستشهادية، أو العمليات المسلحة الفنية الفردية الموجعة، أو الإضرابات المديدة عن الطعام في باستيلات الاحتلال، وجميعها كانت روافع للكفاح المسلح، إنه جدل الموقف الجمعي الشعبي مع نضال المفارز المسلحة، كطليعة.

ثم كانت الانتفاضة الثانية، والتي كُتب الكثير من الإدانة لممارستها الكفاح المسلح! وتمّت تسمية ذلك بـ «عسكرة الانتفاضة»، بغرض تقزيم النضال المسلح من قبل مثقفي الطابور السادس، وتنفير الناس منه وتكفيرهم به، لأنّ المطلوب دوماً، الذراع التي تطلق النار!

هذا إلى أن كان الخروج النسبي الصهيوني من قطاع غزة تحت ضغط المقاومة، او إعادة الانتشار الصهيوني على حواف القطاع، الأمر الذي حوّل غزة إلى بُندُقة يصعب كسر بندقيتها.

وأما التالي، فأطروحات متضادّة… بالضرورة :

منذ اتفاقات اوسلو على الأقلّ، والتي هي بمثابة ضمّ الضفة الغربية بالتدريج، مقابل رشى مالية ريعية، لشريحة من الفلسطينيين، أيّ ريع مالي مقابل مساومات سياسية. وهذا أحد المشروعات التصفوية، ثم تبع ذلك الضخ الإيديولوجي الهائل، في مديح «السلام العادل»! ولم تتورّط في هذا، قيادة م.ت.ف. وحدها، بل الكثير من المثقفين الفلسطينيين او الطابور السادس الثقافي، من ليبراليين وما بعد حداثيين ومتغربنين ومتخارجين، ناهيك عن كثير من المثقفين العرب وكثير من الحكام طبعاً، وتواصل تسويق الفلسطيني «كمؤدّب، ناعم، حضاري إلخ…»، وجرى ضخّ أموال كثيرة في الضفة الغربية، كي تُطفئ الشحنة الوطنية في الجماهير، لدفع المجتمع نحو الشره الاستهلاكي، ولو حتى بالوقوع تحت عبء القروض وفوائدها، وخاصة قروض الرفاه والاستعراض الاستهلاكي، وعامل تقليد الفقير للغني، والعالمثالثي للغربي!

زُرعت في رحم الوطن مئات منظمات الأنجزة، وتمتعت بإمكانيات هائلة، وامتصّت العديد من اليساريين الجذريين ليصبحوا دُعاة سلام! وينضمّوا إلى شريحة تعتمد على الريع الأجنبي كتحويلات من الخارج، لتصبح شريحة العائدات غير منظورة، وجرى تسويق أطروحة الحزب الشيوعي الإسرائيلي والجبهة الديمقراطية للسلام والمساواة المنبثقة عنه، عن «السلام العادل»، وحل الدولتين، واحدة سيدة استعمارية وأخرى مسودة وتابعة، وأطروحات لآخرين مثل «دولة لكلّ مواطنيها» لصاحبها عزمي بشارة وحزبه،

ووصل الأمر إلى طرح مشروع الدولة الواحدة بين المستعمِر والمستعمَر، وهي ليست سوى دولة لكلّ مستوطنيها! وترافق مع كلّ هذا الضخ الإعلامي لصالح ما تسمّى «المقاومة السلمية».

لكن المقاومة السلمية، لها مضمونان:

الاول.. المضمون الاستسلامي، الذي يرفض ويعاقب ويقمع أية مقاومة مسلحة، والذي يمكن تلخيصه في ما كتبه د. صائب عريقات «الحياة مفاوضات»،

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وردّ عليه أحد العروبيين «الحياة مقاومة»، ولا يُخفى، انّ المفاوضات لم تصل فقط إلى طريق مسدود، بل تمّ انتزاعها من أيدي الفلسطينيين لصالح الأنظمة العربية المعترفة بالكيان الصهيوني، بل بعضها متآمر على القضية. بإيجاز، وقف هذا النهج ضدّ أيّ كفاح مسلح فلسطيني في أيّ مكان كان، والتوجه حتى الآن، إلى أمم العالم للتضامن مع هذا النمط الاستسلامي من المقاومة! في محاولة للتبرّؤ، بل ونفي، الكفاح المسلح ليبدو كما لو كان إرهاباً!!

والثاني.. المضمون المقاوم، الذي يرفض المفاوضات، ويرفد الكفاح المسلح، ويضاد الأنجزة، ويتبادل الأدوار، طبقاً للتكتيك مع الكفاح المسلح، ويعتبر نفسه جزءاً من محور المقاومة، ويعمل على شق مسارات جديدة، سواء في تحشيد الشارع العربي أو التضامن الأممي، لتكريس حقيقة، أنّ التحرير هو الطريق للمقاومتين الرديفتين، الشعبية السلمية والكفاح المسلح.

يمكننا اعتبار معركة خلع البوابات الإلكترونية في القدس، التي هدفت الى أسر المسجد الأقصى، مثالاً على المقاومة الشعبية السلمية، ذات الطابع التضحوي والصدامي. وقد أخذت هذه المقاومة تجلّيها الأوضح والأوسع، في الحراك الشعبي السلمي في قطاع غزة منذ شهر ونصف الشهر، ولم تتوقف الا بتحقيق مطالبه، ولكن، بينما المقاومة الشعبية السلمية تبتكر أنماطاً جديدة لمواجهة العدو، يقوم دُعاة المقاومة السلمية السلبية، بتلغيم هذه المقاومة بشعاراتهم التصفوية مثل «السلام العادل»، و»حلّ الدولة الواحدة»، و»حلّ الدولتين» ويتظاهرون إعلامياً انتصاراً لغزة !!..

وعليه، فإنّ اللحظة الراهنة الساخنة، تشترط الوقوف في وجه تمييع المقاومة الشعبية السلمية الحقيقية والجذرية، ومحاولات امتطائها وتطويعها لصالح الاستسلام، وخاصة حيث أخذت تنجز هذه المقاومة الحقيقية تضامناً في العديد من بلدان العالم على المستوى الشعبي خاصة.

لقد أعاد حراك غزة، مسألة التحرير إلى الأجندة الكفاحية بعد أن تمّ خصي النضال الفلسطيني، في استعادة المحتلّ 1967، وتبني الاستدوال بدل التحرير، وفي تبني شعار العودة فقط تحت راية الكيان الصهيوني، وهي الخديعة التي تورط فيها الكثير منذ عام 1948.

وعود على بدء، فإن إطراء المستوى السلبي من المقاومة السلمية مقصود به، التكفير بالمنظمات المسلحة والتطاول عليها، ونفي اية إيجابية للكفاح المسلح، وإطراء المقاومة الناعمة ضد العدو، وهي جوهرياً، استجدائية إحباطية لا تخرج عن إيديولوجيا استدخال الهزيمة.

ما من شك، في أنّ ثمة شهوة وغاية للمحتلّ، بتشويه صورة الكفاح السلمي الحقيقي الذي يمقته ويبغضه هو وكثير من العرب وبعض الفلسطينيين للأسف، لأنه ظهر الكفاح المسلح القوي، ولعل ما اقترفه الاحتلال بحق سفينة الحرية امس الاول، يؤكد مدى خشيته من مسألة التضامن العالمي مع الشعب الفلسطيني، ومن ناحية أخرى، تجري محاولات لسرقة حراك غزة على أيدي الاستسلاميين والأنجزة، وتوجيه النقد للمنظمات المسلحة المقاومة، بيد أن ما حدث في اليومين الأخيرين، قد أكد أنّ الحراك السلمي في غزة وهو شعبي لا شك، في أنه رديف بل من اشتقاقات الكفاح المسلح، ولا سيما بعد رشقات الصواريخ ضد الجزء الجنوبي المحتل من فلسطين، وصولاً إلى عسقلان.

حتى كتابة هذه المقالة، راجت أخبار عن دور رسمي مصري «لإطفاء النار»! ليس هذا موضوع نقاشنا، ولكن هذا الدور، هو الشرح البليغ للحال الرسمي العربي، وهو ما يجدر أن يحفزنا لاستعادة الشارع العربي، الذي حُرم من التقاط واحتضان الانتفاضة الأولى، حيث تمّ الغدر بها قبل أن تكون بداية ربيع عربي حقيقي، فهل سينجحون في اغتيال حراك غزة؟ يجب أن تُفشِل غزة ذلك.

بقي أن نشير إلى أنّ المقاومة الشعبية السلمية الحقيقية، اللاشكلانية واللاتمييعية للنضال الوطني، هي رافد المقاومة المسلحة، وهما معاً جناحا حرب الشعب، ضمن محور المقاومة، وهكذا، لن يتمكنوا من كسر فوهة البندقية.

مناضلة وكاتبة فلسطينية في الأراضي المحتلة

الأنجزة – ngo مصدر الاشتقاق اللغوي – وهي منظمات مموَّلة من الغرب «أوروبا وأميركا»، باسم خبيث – منظمات غير حكومية – كي تخفي علاقتها بالغرب، وتدّعي التنمية كذباً وتبتلع الثوريين بالمال. وتسميتها الكاملة بالانجليزية:

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If Israel were a State

May 17, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

Background:  Yesterday I was  in San Diego having fun at the beach. For a while I sat on the shore with my feet in the water reading The Diary of a Young Girl. Then a miracle happened. A score of  little bottles reached land  and assembled in between my bare feet. I could see that each was sealed and contained a short note. I picked up the bottles carefully and moved them to safety. I collected the notes and tried to assemble the lines into a cohesive  message. I understand that this text, as put together by me, may be  offensive to some. If you can think of a different arrangement of the messages that offers an alternative meaning, please share it with me and I will consider publishing it.

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If Israel were a State

A poem assembled by Gilad Atzmon

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would have deployed policemen at the Gaza border instead of snipers with live ammunition.

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would invite the indigenous people of Palestine to return to their land.

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would apologize for making Gaza into the biggest open-air prison known to man.

If Israel were a state (and Jews a people like all other people) it would, by now, live in peace under the sun.

But Israel is a Jewish Ghetto (and Jews are somehow different…)

If they want to burn it, you want to read it!

Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto,

Amazon.co.uk , Amazon.com and  here (gilad.co.uk).

‘The Israeli Lobby dominates American, British and French foreign affairs’

December 04, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon on muslimpress.com

http://www.muslimpress.com/Section-opinion-72/106637-the-israeli-lobby-dominates-american-british-and-french-foreign-affairs

Muslim Press: Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has said that “the era of the Palestinian state is over.” What’s your take on this?

Gilad Atzmon: This idea is more than welcome. What we need is one state from the river to the sea and this state will be Palestine. I do not think that we are talking about a political shift but simply facts on the ground.

MP: How do you predict the fate of the two-state solution? How could Trump presidency affect the solution?

Gilad Atzmon: I do not engage in prophecy. The two-state solution is dead and if I am reading the map correctly, the US is not a key player in the Middle East anymore. Putin took their place and this fact may have a significant positive impact on the future of the conflict.

MP: How do you evaluate Donald Trump’s policies towards Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Gilad Atzmon: We are clueless in regard to Trump’s policies. In fact I do not even believe Trump has a Middle East policy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But as I mentioned above, the US is not a key player in the Middle East. Accordingly, America’s position is hardly relevant. This may change.

MP: Do you think the international community has failed to defend Palestinians rights against Israeli crimes?

Gilad Atzmon: Of course! The question is why. The answer has something to do with the total hegemony of the Jewish Lobby in the West. The Israeli Lobby dominates American, British and French foreign affairs. Even the Palestinian solidarity movement is shy of the topic. Why? Because the Palestinian solidarity movement is also dominated by similar Jewish institutions such as JVP, JFJFP etc. In other words, the voice of the oppressed is shaped by the oppressor and oppressor’s sensitivities.

MP: What role does the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Mahmoud Abbas play in the conflict? Do you see their role as positive?

Gilad Atzmon: I never take sides on Palestinians or Arab political matters. As far as I understand, Abbas believes that Palestine’s ultimate bomb is the demographic bomb. In other words, for the Palestinians to win, all they have to do is to survive. I guess that this explains a lot.

Trump May Kill Netanyahu With Kindness

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Photo by thierry ehrmann | CC BY 2.0

Nazareth.

While the United States presidential election bitterly divided the American public, most Israelis were sanguine about the race. Both candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – were keen to end eight years of icy mistrust between Barack Obama, the outgoing president, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister should – at least on paper – be happier with Trump.

Netanyahu, elected four times, has always faced off with Democratic incumbents. Now he has not only a right-wing Republican in the White House but a Republican-dominated Congress too.

Standing guard over the relationship will be Sheldon Adelson, a US casino magnate who is Netanyahu’s most vocal supporter. It will not be lost on Trump that the billionaire is one of the Republican Party’s main financiers.

Netanyahu was among the first to congratulate Trump by phone. The US president-elect reciprocated by inviting him for talks “at the first opportunity”. And yet Netanyahu is reported to be anxious about a Trump White House. Why?

It is certainly not because of Trump’s stated policies on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

He has backed moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a move that, if implemented, would make the US the first western state to recognise the city as Israel’s capital. It would effectively rubber-stamp Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, the expected capital of a Palestinian state.

Previous Republican candidates have made the same promise, but Trump looks like the first who might carry it through. A nervous Palestinian leadership warned at the weekend they would “make life miserable” for him if he did.

A Trump policy statement issued just before the election could have been written by Netanyahu himself.

It dismissed a two-state solution as “impossible”, blaming the Palestinian leadership for rewarding terrorism and educating children in “hatred of Israel and Jews”. It suggested that Israel would have a free hand to expand the settlements.

There were hints too that US military aid might be increased above the record $38 billion over 10 years recently agreed by Obama. And the statement proposed a crackdown on all boycott activities, even those targeting settlements. “The false notion that Israel is an occupier should be rejected,” it concluded.

So why the nerves in Tel Aviv?

However hawkish Netanyahu appears to outsiders, he is relatively moderate compared to the rest of his Likud party and his government coalition partners.

The prime minister has won favour at home by presenting himself as an embattled leader, but one best placed to look out for Israel’s interests against a hostile White House. Now with the battlefield gone, Netanyahu’s armour risks making him look both clumsy and surplus to requirements.

There is another danger. Trump’s advisers on the Israel-Palestine conflict are closer to settler leader Naftali Bennett, the education minister, than Netanyahu. After Trump’s victory, Bennett crowed: “The era of a Palestinian state is over.”

The Israeli prime minister could find himself outflanked by Bennett if the Trump administration approves settler demands to annex most or all of the West Bank.

Netanyahu’s realisation of his Greater Israel dream may prove pyrrhic.

Israel’s complete takeover of the West Bank could trigger an irreversible crisis with Europe; the collapse of the Palestinian Authority, forcing the military and financial burden of the occupation back on to Israel; and a full-blown intifada from Palestinians, battering Netanyahu’s security credentials.

The creation of a Greater Israel could also damage Israel by reframing the Palestinian struggle as a fight for equal rights in a single state. Comparisons with earlier struggles, against South African apartheid and Jim Crow in the US deep south, would be hard to counter.

But Netanyahu has an additional reason to fear an imminent Trump presidency.

There were few US politicians Netanyahu had a better measure of than Hillary Clinton. He knew her Middle East policy positions inside out and had spent years dealing with her closest advisers.

Trump, by contrast, is not only an unknown quantity on foreign policy but notoriously mercurial. His oft-stated isolationist impulses and his apparent desire to mend fences with Russia’s Vladimir Putin could have unpredictable implications for the Middle East and Israel.

He might tear up last year’s nuclear accord with Iran, as Netanyahu hopes, but he might just as equally disengage from the region, giving more leeway to Iran and Russia. The effect on the international inspections regime in Iran or the proxy wars raging in Israel’s backyard, in Syria and elsewhere, would be hard to predict.

In short, Trump could kill Netanyahu with kindness, turn Israel into a pariah state in western capitals and leave it exposed strategically.

In addition, becoming the poster child of a controversial and possibly short-lived Trump presidency could rapidly transform Israel into a deeply divisive issue in US politics.

The adage – be careful what you wish for – may yet come to haunt Netanyahu.

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is www.jkcook.net.

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Uri Avnery on Israel’s ‘Rapidly Approaching’ Civil War

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[ Ed. note – Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after attempting to break apart Syria and other countries as per the Yinon Plan, Israel ended up erupting into a civil war itself? ]

By Uri Avnery

SOMETHING STRANGE happens to retired chiefs of the Israeli internal Security Service, Shin Bet.

The service is by definition a central pillar of the Israeli occupation. It is admired by (Jewish) Israelis, feared by Palestinians, respected by security professionals everywhere. The occupation could not exist without it.

And here is the paradox: once the chiefs of the service leave their jobs, they become spokesmen for peace. How come?

Actually, there is a logical explanation. Shin Bet agents are the only part of the establishment which comes into real, direct, daily contact with the Palestinian reality. They interrogate Palestinian suspects, torture them, try to turn them into informers. They collect information, penetrate the most remote parts of Palestinian society. They know more about the Palestinians than anybody else in Israel (and perhaps in Palestine, too).

The intelligent among them (intelligence officers can indeed be intelligent, and often are) also think about what they become aware of. They come to conclusions that evade many politicians: that we are faced with a Palestinian nation, that this nation will not disappear, that the Palestinians want a state of their own, that the only solution to the conflict is a Palestinian state next to Israel.

And so we see a strange phenomenon: upon leaving the service, the Shin Bet chiefs, one after another, become outspoken advocates of the “two-state solution”.

The same is happening to the chiefs of the Mossad, Israel’s external intelligence service.

Their main job its to fight against the Arabs in general, and the Palestinians in particular. Yet the moment they leave the service, they become advocates of the two-state solution, in direct contradiction to the policy of the Prime Minister and his government.

ALL PERSONNEL of the two secret services are, well – secret. All except the chiefs.

(This is my achievement. When I was a member of the Knesset, I submitted a bill which stipulated that the name of the service chiefs be made public. The bill was rejected, of course, like all my proposals, but soon after the Prime Minister decreed that the names of the chiefs be indeed made public.)

Some time ago, Israeli TV showed a documentary called “The Doorkeepers”, in which all the living ex-chiefs of the Shin-Bet and the Mossad were asked about the solutions to the conflict.

All of them, with different levels of intensity, advocated peace based on the “two-state solution”. They expressed their opinion that there will be no peace unless the Palestinians achieve a national state of their own.

At the time, Tamir Pardo was the chief of the Mossad and could not express opinions. But since early 2016, he is again a private person. This week he opened his mouth in public for the first time.

As his name suggests, Pardo is a Sephardic Jew, born 63 years ago in Jerusalem. His family came from Turkey, where many Jews found refuge after the expulsion from Spain 525 years ago. So he does not belong to the “Ashkenazi elite” which is so detested by the “Oriental” part of Jewish-Israeli society.

Pardo’s main point was a warning: Israel is approaching a situation of civil war. We are not yet there, he said, but getting there rapidly.

This, according to him, is now the main threat facing Israel. Indeed, he asserted that this is the only menace left. This statement means that the recent chief of the Mossad sees no military threat to Israel – neither from Iran nor Daesh nor anybody else. This is a direct challenge to the main plank of Netanyahu’s policy: that Israel is surrounded by dangerous enemies and deadly threats.

But Pardo sees a menace that is far more dangerous: the split inside Israel’s Jewish society. We don’t have a civil ear – yet. But “we are rapidly approaching it”.

CIVIL WAR between whom? The usual answer is: between “Right” and “Left”.

As I have remarked before, Right and Left in Israel do not mean the same as in the rest of the world. In England, France and the US, the division between left and right concerns social and economic matters.

In Israel, we also have a lot of socio-economic problems, of course. But the division between “left’ and “right” in Israel almost solely concerns peace and the occupation. If one wants an end of the occupation and peace with the Palestinians, one is a “leftist”. If one wants the annexation of the occupied territories and the enlargement of the settlements, one is a “rightist”.

But I suspect that Pardo means a much deeper rift, without saying so explicitly: the rift between European (“Ashkenazim”) and “Oriental” (“Mizrahim”) Jews. The “Sephardic” (“Spanish”) community, to which Pardo belongs, is seen as part of the Orientals.

What makes this rift so potentially dangerous, and explains Pardo’s dire warning, is the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Orientals are “rightist”, nationalist and at least mildly religious, while the majority of the Ashkenazim are “leftist”, more peace-oriented and secular. Since the Ashkenazim are also in general socially and economically better situated than the Orientals, the rift is profound.

At the time Pardo was born (1953), those of us who were already aware of the beginning rift comforted themselves with the belief that it was a passing phase. Such a rift is understandable after a mass immigration, but the “melting pot” will do its job, intermarriage will help and after a generation or two the whole thing will disappear, never to be seen again.

Well, it did not happen. Quite the contrary, the rift is deepening swiftly. Signs of mutual hatred are becoming more obvious. Public discourse is full of them. Politicians, especially rightist ones, base their careers on sectarian incitement, led by the greatest inciter of all, Netanyahu.

Intermarriage does not help. What happens is that the sons and daughters of mixed couples generally choose one of the two sides – and become extremists on that side.

An almost comic symptom is that the Right, which has been in power (with brief interruptions) since 1977, is still behaving like an oppressed minority, blaming the “old elites” for all their ills. This is not entirely ridiculous because the “old elites” are still preponderant in the economy, the media, the courts and the arts.

The mutual antagonism is growing. Pardo himself provides an alarming example: his warning did not arouse any storm. It passed almost unnoticed: a short item on TV news, a short mention in the inner pages of the printed press, and that’s that. No use getting excited, is there?

ONE SYMPTOM that may have frightened Pardo is that the one unifying force for the Jews in the country – the army – is falling victim to the rift, too.

The Israeli army was born long before Israel itself in the pre-independence underground, which was based on the socialist, Ashkenazi kibbutzim. Traces of that past are still noticeable in the upper echelons. The generals are mostly Ashkenazim.

This may explain the strange fact that 43 years after the last real war (the Yom Kippur war, 1973), and 49 years after the army becoming mainly a colonial police force, the army command is still more moderate than the political establishment.

But from below there is growing another army – an army many of whose lower officers wear a kippah, an army whose new recruits grew up in homes like Elor Azariya’s and were educated in the nationalist Israeli school system that produced Azariya.

The military trial of Azariya continues to tear Israel apart, several months after it started and months before it will end in a verdict. Azariya, it will be remembered, is the sergeant who shot dead a severely wounded Arab attacker, who was already lying helplessly on the ground.

Day after day, this affair excites the country. The army command is menaced by what already comes close to a general mutiny. The new defense minister, the settler Avigdor Lieberman, quite openly supports the soldier against his Chief of Staff, while Binyamin Netanyahu, a political coward as usual, supports both sides.

This trial has long ago ceased to concern a moral or disciplinary issue, and has become a part of the deep fissure rending Israeli society. The picture of the childish-looking killer, with his mother sitting behind him in court and stroking his head, has become the symbol of the threatening civil war Pardo speaks about.

A LOT of Israelis have begun to talk of “two Jewish societies” in Israel, some even talk about “two Jewish peoples” within the Israeli Jewish nation.

What holds them together?

The conflict, of course. The occupation. The perpetual state of war.

Yitzhak Frankenthal, a bereaved parent and a pillar of the Israeli peace forces, has come up with an illuminating formula: it is not that the Israeli-Arab conflict has been forced on Israel. Rather, it’s the other way around:

Israel keeps up the conflict, because it needs the conflict for its very existence.

This could explain the endless occupation. It fits well into Pardo’s theory of the approaching civil war. Only the sense of unity created by the conflict can prevent one.

The conflict – or peace.

Ghassan’s Prediction and the Emerging New Palestinian Reality By James Zogby

Note to James Zogby:  
The cause of Ghassan Kanafani was Right of Return to Palestine Liberated from River to sea, not the so-called “equal rights”
His Cause was Beyond PALESTINE
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The title is often translated as Return to Haifa but that would be العودة إلى حيفا in Arabic. The actual title promises and describes the action of returning, and at the end Said tells Dov and Miriam they can keep the house for now, and admits or asserts that returning to it would mean war.

Ghassan’s Prediction and the Emerging New Palestinian Reality

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During the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of receiving visits from Ayman Odeh, logements PalestineAhmad Tibi, and most recently Basel Ghattas—as they passed through Washington. All are Palestinian citizens of Israel. And all are Members of the Israeli Knesset, part of the Joint Arab List that won a record 13 seats in the last Israeli election. It was a delight to sit with them and learn from them not only about the difficulties they face, but the progress they have made.

I have written about how I first became attached to the Arab community in Israel. It was the insightful Palestinian novelist, Ghassan Kanafani who caused me to divert my doctoral dissertation research from the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to the Palestinian Arabs who remained in their homes after Israel was created in 1948. He gave me two reasons. While much had already been written about the refugees, there was an absence of good literature about the Palestinians “inside” and, he said,

they are the most promising component group of the Palestinian people since they have been forged like steel in the hearth of Israel. Facing enormous difficulties, they have developed a uniquely progressive identity and, he believed, the day would come when they would be in a position to provide real visionary leadership for the entire Palestinian people.

My meetings with Odeh, Tibi, and Ghattas have given me the sense that Ghassan may have been right. These are remarkable individuals, part of a larger movement that has faced down the increasingly repressive, ultra-nationalist Israeli government while defending their rights and securing their political role.

For the first three decades, the Arabs in Israel couldn’t form political parties or join unions (these were reserved for Zionists or Jews). They lived under a draconian and discriminatory legal system. They lost their lands to widespread confiscation. The Israeli educational system forced them to study Hebrew and Jewish history instead of their own language and history. And those who resisted, were imprisoned or forcibly expelled from the country.

Like other civil rights movements, these Palestinian citizens of Israel used every available opening to win their rights, facing down arrests, expulsions, and lethal violence. While tremendous problems remain, Palestinian citizens in Israel now form political parties, join unions, and teach their language and history. They still face systemic racism in housing, employment, education, allocation of the state’s budget, and many other areas—and yet they have built and sustained a fighting force that continues to press their demands for justice and equality.

In creating their Joint List, the Palestinian citizens of Israel have forged a remarkable national unity bringing together diverse political currents: nationalists, traditionalists, and progressives—Muslims and Christians, alike. Netanyahu’s far-right governing coalition has stepped up its assault on the Arab community in an effort to divide them and break their resolve. Israel has created a fake new identity for Christians—in an effort to divide the Arabs on the basis of religion. They have charged some Arab Knesset Members with “incitement” for advocating on behalf of their Palestinian brethren living under the suffocating economic embargo imposed on Gaza. Israel has passed laws prohibiting Arabs and progressive Jews from supporting the non-violent boycott movement protesting Israel’s settlement policy and making it more difficult for them to receive grants from the EU to promote democracy and human rights. None of these repressive measures have broken their resolve or unity.

In addition to my earlier studies, I have, in recent years, polled the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel, as well as the Palestinians living under occupation and those in exile. Of all of the component parts of the Palestinian people, the Arabs in Israel are the most forward looking and the most committed to achieving justice for the entire Palestinian people. And as I have watched Odeh, Tibi, and Ghattas in action, I have been impressed by their political savvy. Unlike the divided and visionless leadership of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the members of the Joint list have vision, a sound political sense of tactics and strategy, and a demonstrated ability to connect with the people they serve. While it is correct to acknowledge that Israel has done everything it could to weaken, punish, discredit, divide, and tie-in-knots the Palestinian leadership under occupation, the Israelis have been no less harsh in the treatment meted out to their own Palestinian citizenry. In this context, it is significant to note that while the efforts of several Arab states have failed, it is fallen on the shoulders of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel (the collective leadership of the Arab community in Israel) to launch an initiative to bring about reconciliation between the Palestinian factions of Fateh and Hamas.

I have just finished reading a compelling Haaretz article

”Stop with the Nonsense that Palestinians Are a Minority In Israel”.

The writer Gideon Levy argues that since Israel has refused to separate from the occupied territories and continues to entrench its settler colonies deeper into the heart of the West Bank and the Arab areas of what they call “Greater Jerusalem”, the “era of the two state solution [is drawing] to a close” and has been replaced by a de facto “bi-national state” in which the numbers of Jews and Arabs are roughly equal. In this new reality, Arabs are not a minority, they are half of the population.

If this is to remain the case, and I see no evidence that the Netanyahu government will change direction or that any outside power will compel them to do so, then the Palestinian struggle will inevitably be transformed from one demanding independence into a movement demanding equal rights. This will merely be an extension of the fight that the “inside” Palestinians have been waging for seven decades. If this is to be the case, we may well see the day when the Palestinian citizens of Israel will emerge, as Kanafani predicted, as the new leadership of a unified Palestinian community fighting for justice and equality.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the position of the Arab American Institute. The Arab American Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization that does not endorse candidates. 

Shame for Fame: by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

I avoided writing about this topic, trying to give Palestine Chronicle and its chief editor Ramzy Baroud the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t think keeping silent is an option any more

In March 2011 I met Ramzy Baroud during his UK tour, I invited him to stay with us in my family home, where he was warmly welcomed. As we both were devoted to working for liberation of our homeland and advocating for justice for our people, I thought we had forged a mutually respectful friendship.

I continued to communicate with Baroud via email and Facebook, sharing my poems, thoughts, comments and articles with him, with hardly any response, if ever.  The communication was a one way street, but I kept giving him the benefit of the doubt and finding excuses, for he is such a busy journalist.

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In December 2013, I posted a series of  comments on Palestine Chronicle of which PC editor published only three while censoring the most crucial.

Being one of my Facebook friends, I wrote to Mr Baroud privately inquiring about the reason of censoring my comments, I never received a reply.

Today, April 12, 2016, I notice that he had deleted me from his list of friends (not sure when),  I contacted him again asking for an explanation, again no reply.

 

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Also today, I noticed that the Palestine Chronicle team, which consists of “professional journalists and respected writers and authors“, has published one of my photoswhich I took during my visit to Palestine in 2012, without asking permission or giving credit.

Furthermore, in the same edition of Palestine Chronicle two poems are published: One is eerily the same topic and same title as a poem I published three years ago and had sent to Mr Baroud.

The second poem also bears almost the same title and has the same topic as one of my prose/poems, written in 2012, and is illustrated by my photograph that I used for the same publication, a photo that is significant because it depicts the garden that triggered me to write the prose/poem in the first place. Mr Baroud also received it via email at the time.

This is irrefutably not a coincidence, and is irrefutably an act of unwarranted hostility, an attempt by a fellow Palestinian to dispossess the intellectual rights of a fellow Palestinian author.

Ramzy Baroud, I am asking you for an explanation. What is going on? What has gone so wrong with you that you engage in such unfathomable act?

Why does Palestine Chronicle participate in censoring Palestinian voices and obfuscating their work, bordering on plagiarism?

Do we really need thought commissars in our movement of liberation?

Is it excommunication against untamed Palestinian voices whose narrative is not approved by anti-Zionist rabbis and lacking the kosher stamp?

 

This kind of subliminal attacks coming from a Palestinian, who brags of his father being a “freedom fighter” and who engages into yet another dispossession and attempted demoralization of a fellow Palestinian freedom fighter is beyond shameful

Is that the price of fame? Does Mr Baroud really think that it will not cost him discredit and shame?

Palestine Chronicle, Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Poetry for Palestine, July 8, 2011

 

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Palestine Chronicle, Saturday, April  9, 2016

As well as publishing one of Nahida’s photos without authorisation

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Poetry for Palestine, April 28, 2012

 

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ONLY THREE WORDS NEEDED ON THE 68TH NAKBA DAY: DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’

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Jonathan Azaziah

After 68 years of Nakba in Palestine; after 68 years of destruction, from the 531 villages, towns and cities eviscerated during the Zionist terror gangs’ Plan D to the ongoing IOF demolitions of homes and infrastructures in the West Bank and sacred Al-Quds; after 68 years of mass murder, from the 10,000 martyrs in 1947-1948 to the ritualistic slaughter of over 2,200 Palestinians including more than 500 children in Operation Mighty Cliff (Protective Edge); after 68 years of environmental ruination that didn’t make the “desert bloom” but rather made the God-blessed, green paradise that Palestine was into an industrialized nightmare, from the uprooting, burning and destroying of olive trees, to the poisoning of wells, to the drying up of bodies of water, to the contamination of soil and air from the illegal nuclear weapons program in Dimona; after 68 years of devilish destabilization through the arming and backing of ethno-sectarian proxies, from the Kurdish Barzani mafia in Iraq in the 1950s, to the Phalangists in Lebanon during the Zionist-engineered Lebanese “Civil” War, to the Takfiri terrorists wreaking havoc across our region today; after 68 years of ethnic cleansing and expansionism that have turned 7.5 million Palestinians into refugees; after 68 years of hateful Jewish supremacist aggression against the sanctities of Islam and Christianity; after 68 years of Zionism manifesting as a “state”, and after 132 some odd years of Jewish colonization in the Holy Land, there are only three words that properly encapsulate our pain, our sadness and our rage: DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

And yes, I say OUR, as in liberationist-minded Arabs and Muslims, not only our Falasteeni brethren, because ‘Israel’ isn’t merely a menace to the peoples living between the River and the Sea, but an existential threat to ALL OF US. Palestine isn’t a “social justice” issue, nor the hell is it a “civil rights” issue. Palestine is both regional as well as global and ANYONE who has suffered as a result of this putrefying, cancerous, terrorist, land-gobbling, demonic Zionist entity’s monstrous existence, from the resistant peoples of Lebanon’s mountains and valleys, to the steadfast people of Syria, to the incomparably heroic moujahideen of Yemen, to the unbroken people of Iraq, all the way east to the struggling souls of Kashmir, have a say in whether this tumor gets to stay or not. And the people have spoken overwhelmingly in defiance of the collaborators, the tyrants, the despots, the soulless ones, the cowards and the fake “solidarity activists” too: DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with these beasts who don’t recognize the humanity of the Palestinian people or any non-Jew for that matter. There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with these savages who burn children down to their bones and let women die in childbirth at checkpoints. There WILL never and CAN never be peace with these vampires who torturously imprison innocent little angels like Dima al-Wawi and lock up other youths in outdoor cages as if they were zoo animals. There WILL never and CAN never be peace with these leeches who send their Mossad death squads around the planet to assassinate the best and brightest of the Arab-Islamic world, from Palestine’s brilliant writers and poets like Ghassan Kanafani and Kamal Nasser, to Iraq’s intelligentsia, to Iran’s nuclear scientists, to Syria’s generals and Hizbullah’s commanders. There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with these psychopaths who carry out false flags across the globe in pursuit of their hegemonic agenda, from 9/11 to 7/7 to 26/11 to the downing of MH-17 and more. There WILL never and CAN never be “peace” with this entity that shouldn’t even exist to begin with. And any person speaking the language of “coexistence”, no matter how flowery their words happen to be or how seemingly well-intentioned they are… They are in fact an enemy of the Palestinian cause. For any person who thinks Palestine can be shared with the Zionists is as delusional as the Zionists themselves who think they’re “chosen”. DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

No “two state solution” and no “one state solution” either. No diplomacy and no negotiations. We’ve seen after 68 years of Nakba how fraudulent all of these models are. ONLY FULL LIBERATION through what’s been deemed the Hizbullah-Algeria option, i.e. unrelenting armed resistance until there are no more ‘Israelis’ in Palestine. Every squatter, colonizer, usurper, oppressor, aggressor, rapist, murderer and land thief–and let there be no doubt, EVERY ‘ISRAELI’ is a settler–must go. Whether it’s back to whatever rathole they emerged from or to Jahannam where they belong really makes no difference. They just have to go. Palestine belongs to its people, the undaunted Palestinians, who not only have the Right of (to) Return but the RIGHT TO EVERY SINGLE DAMN INCH OF PALESTINE, because, truly, it is theirs. It is theirs indeed and theirs alone. Bringing Zionism to a categorical end is the only solution rooted in justice for the Palestinian people. Anything and everything else is a mere facade meant to subvert decolonization and placate Jews who are too tribalistic, ethnocentric and cowardly to face the crimes of their occupying coreligionists, or, who are part and parcel of the Zionist project on a local and international level. DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’.

After 68 years of Nakba, there are of course 68 years of martyrs. Let us think of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi, of George Habash and Abou Ali Moustafa, of Fathi Shaqaqi, Dalal Mughrabi and most recently, the young, beautiful and lionhearted Ashraqat al-Qatanani. Let us think of Sayyed Hussein al-Houthi. Let us think of Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and Ayatollah Sayyed Ruhollah Khomeini. Let us think of IRGC Brigadier General Hussein Hamadani. Let us think of Sanaa Mehaidli. Let us think of Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Sayyed Abbas Moussawi, Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and of course, Hajj Moustafa “Sayyed Zulfiqar” Badreddine. What would they want?! A “one state solution” with the filthy Zionist creatures who aggressed against their lands and killed them (directly or by proxy)?! No! They’d want DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’! And after 68 years of Nakba, this is what we should want too. And make no mistake, this is exactly what we shall get. It’s not a matter of if, but when. “Ya Falasteen, I know that your fallen ones in Heaven are feeling me/Death to ‘Israel’ is not just something that is possible, Death to ‘Israel’ is an inevitability/” ‪#‎Nakba68‬ ‪#‎NextYearInAlQuds‬ ‪#‎FreeFalasteen‬

قراءة في كتاب تحت خط 48: عزمي بشارة وتخريب النخبة الثقافية

 

غلاف طبعة “منشورات مكتبة بيسان”، بيروت، لبنان 2016

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تحت خط 48 عزمي بشارة وتخريب دور"النخبة" الثقافيةكتب: خالد الفقيه

صدرت طبعتان من كتاب الدكتور عادل سمارة تحت خط 48 عزمي بشارة وتخريب دور “النخبة” الثقافية في أقل من شهر الأولى في بيروت عن مكتبة بيسان والثانية في أراضي العام 1948 عن منشورات شمس في جت بالمثلث في دلالة واضحة على مدى الاهتمام بالكتاب وما يحويه كونه خارج عن المألوف من كاتب إعتاد أن يكتب خارجاً عن النص وفق قناعاته التي لا تتبدل، جاء الكتاب بعد إصدار جهاد النكاح الذي لاقى صدىً على مستوى عربي وعالمي كونه نقش في المحرمات ووجه البوصلة وجهتها الحقيقية في حقل كان من المحرم ولوجه أو حتى الحراثة فيه.

في كتابه الجديد أرسى سمارة نموذجاً جديداً في الكتابة اللافتة للإنتباه من حيث الشكل والمضمون وربما متأثراً بصديقه الشهيد ناجي العلي الذي إستطاع في حياته المهنية أن يجذب القاريء للصحيفة التي تحمل على صفحتها الأخيرة رسوماتها فجعلها الأولى التي يبدأ قاريء الصحيفة بتناولها، وسمارة إختار صورة مقلوبة لعزمي بشارة عضو الكنيست الصهيوني السابق لدورات متعاقبة والمتواجد في أحضان أمراء قطر اليوم بالدوحة وبوقها الإعلامي “الجزيرة” الأخذ بالأفول بحسب إستطلاعات الرأي الفلسطينية والعربية حيث جاءت نسبة متابعتها عربياً وبحسب أخر إستطلاع للرأي مركز وطن للدراسات والبحوث في الربع الأول من العام الجاري 2016 بنسبة 5% في الضفة الغربية و5.3% في قطاع غزة، الصورة المقلوبة ووفق منهجية الإخراج الصحفي تعد من العناصر الفيزيائية والسيكولوجية الملفتة للإنتباه والدافعة للقراءة بعمق في طيات الكتاب لمعرفة ما يرمي إليه الكاتب وإن حاول تيسير المهمة على المتلقي من خلال العنوان البارز للكتاب أسفل الصورة: “تحت خط 48 عزمي بشارة وتخريب دور “النخبة” الثقافية”.

جاء في مقدمة الكتاب الواقع في 204 صفحات والمقسم على أربعة عشر فصلاً، أن عزمي بشارة إستطاع أن يبقي إسمه طبيعياً كمثقف وكاتب حزبي أبهر البعض لسنوات وعقود دون أن ينتبهوا بقصد أو بدون قصد أنه دخل البرلمان الصهيوني “الكنيست” مؤدياً يمين الولاء لدولة احتلال كولنيالي إحلالي متجاوزين أن ما يجري تطبيعاً يصل خارج حدود الوطن المحتل ويؤسس لمرحلة زمنية مقبلة تجتاح الوطن العربي وبنيته الثقافية القومية بدأت ملامحها تتبدى بعد ما بات يعرف “بالربيع العربي”، ويرى سمارة أن الإعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني من نظام حكم أو فكر أيدولوجي يفتح الباب أمام ثلاث ثغرات أولها غض الطرف عن عضوية العرب تحت الاحتلال في الكنيست وإظهار الأمر على أنه نضال وطني، وثانيها إغفال الطرف عن الإعتراف بهذا الاحتلال وكيانه كنقيض لحق العودة، وثالثها الخضوع للخطاب الدولي الإمبريالي بالتعاطي مع الكيان الصهيوني كبلد طبيعي. وكلها بحسب الكاتب تؤدي لإستدخال الهزيمة المصطلح الذي نحته في كتاب سابق له من باب الإستقواء بالضعف.

ويرى الكاتب أن بشارة إستطاع الاستمرار في تعمية وتغميم الحقائق عبر الترويج الهائل لطريقة خروجه من فلسطين المحتلة كمنفي أو هارب ليستقبل إستقبال الأبطال حتى في أحضان المقاومة والممانعة، ولكن الهجمة التي تعرضت لها سوريا ومن قبلها ليبيا والعراق وبعدها المقاومة في لبنان كشفت الكثير من الجيوب المتقيحة في السياسة والثقافة والأيدولوجيا وعرت دور دويلات ميكروسكوبية بحجم قطر وماكينتها الإعلامية.

ويطرح الكاتب التساؤل الكبير في مقدمته: هل بشارة عميل؟ بعد أن كان أطلق عليه في مقالة سابقة لقب فتى الموساد. ويجيب عليه بقراءة
تحليلية لمنحى العلاقة بالسلطة الحاكمة في الكيان والمنحى التاريخي ويقول: لأن بشارة بوزن كمال سليم (إيلي كوهين) وبوزن برنارد هنري ليفي ضد الأمة فالجواب يجب أن يشتقه القاريء بحصافته. فبشارة إلتقط الإنتماء القومي العربي للفلسطينيين داخل أراضي العام 1948 وإستثمره ونافس به جذوره في الحزب الشيوعي الإسرائيلي نحو قبة البرلمان الصهيوني ونجح في ذلك.

وفي تناوله للحزب السياسي الذي أسسه بشارة “التجمع الوطني الديمقراطي” كمنصة توصله للكنيست يؤكد الكاتب بأن الحزب مسجل بشكل رسمي لدى داخلية الكيان أي أنه معترف بهذا الكيان عدا عن أنه تنظيماً غير عقائدي.

بشارة بدأ بزيارت لدول عدوة كسوريا ولبنان بحسب التصنيفات الإسرائيلية وهو ما يعني أن الحكومات الإسرائيلية المتعاقبة كانت في الباطن تهيء للرجل الدور المناط به مستقبلاً ليقوم بدور الطابور السادس الثقافي.

وتتبع الكاتب بشذرات قصيرة حياة بشارة من المولد وحتى اليوم مروراً بعضوية الحزب الشيوعي فتأسيس التجمع وعضوية الكنيست وتمكنه من إختراق حركة أبناء البلد التي ترفض تسجيلها كحركة سياسية في داخلية الاحتلال مستقطباً بعض أنصارها، وينقد الكاتب الاستقبال الذي حظي به بشارة من الرئيس السوري حافظ الأسد ومن حزب الله وهو عضو في الكنيست واصفاً الأمر بالإنبهار بتسطيحات بشارة الثقافية وعنترياته السياسية ويستطرد قائلاً: “أو عرفوا أنهم يلتقون عميلاً للكيان لا بد من إستجلابه”. تاركاً لمستقبليه الإجابة. مستشهداً بما قاله الصحفي أمنون أبراموفيتش للقناة العبرية الأولى عام 2001،

” إن بشارة يقوم بتنفيذ مهمات لصالح الحكومة عند زيارته لسوريا، عزمي بشارة كان يلتقي مع رئيس الوزراء إيهود باراك قبل كل زيارة لدمشق، وكذلك مع رئيس جهاز الموساد داني ياتوم، وقد تعود أن يقوم بتقديم تقارير لياتوم عند كل زيارة لسوريا”.

بشارة وبحسب سمارة فتح علاقات مع قوى فلسطينية ومنها حركة فتح والسلطة الفلسطينية وحركة حماس والجبهة الشعبية منذ كان في الكنيست وحاول إستخدامها لدفع فلسطينيي العام 1948 للإنخراط في عمليات الانتخابات للكنيست وخاصةً عندما رشح نفسه لرئاسة كيان الاحتلال وهو ذاته حاول بعد خروجه من فلسطين المحتلة إيجاد بديل لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية ولكنه فشل في مسعاه.

فكرياً يرى الكاتب بأن ما ذهب إليه بشارة يعود لجذوره في الحزب الشيوعي الإسرائيلي الذي لا يرى بالكيان الصهيوني عدواً قومياً وبالتالي فإن قسم الولاء في الكنيست

“أفسم أن يكون ولائي فقط لدولة إسرائيل وأن أخدم وبولاء الكنيست الإسرائيلي، أقسم أن يكون إنتمائي وبكل أمانة لدولة إسرائيل وأن أقوم وبكل أمانة بواجباتي في الكنيست الإسرائيلي”

لم يكن مشكلةً أمام عزمي أو المهام الموكله إليه.

لماذا قطر؟

سؤال يطرحه الكاتب ويجيب عليه بأن إستقرار بشارة في قطر ليس بالأمر الصدفي رغم أن كل عوامل الجذب الثقافي لمثقف ليست موجودة فيها مثل النقابات والحياة البرلمانية وحتى الإعلام، فقطر مرتبطة بعلاقات سرية مع إسرائيل منذ زمن عبر مكتب تجاري وعلاقات أمنية أعطته الكثير من المرونة في الحركة وحتى القدرة على تحدي وزير خارجية الدوحة السابق حمد بن جاسم في بعض القرارات والمواقف والتي تبناها الأمير، ويبقى السؤال ماذا لو أراد الموساد رأس عزمي وهو الذي وصل إلى من هم أكثر تحصيناً وأمناً منه ويحتاطون في حركاتهم وسكناتهم؟

الفصل الأول من كتاب تحت خط 48 عزمي بشارة وتخريب دور “النخبة” الثقافية والذي عنونه الدكتور سمارة ب: إنتخابات سيادية…لا سياسية يقول بأن بشارة إستفاد من عجز إستراتيجية الكفاح المسلح ليبرر مخطط التسوية، عبر القبول بأشكال متعددة كالمساواة والمواطنة، وفي الفصل الثاني المعنون ب”محاورة إنتقادية مع التجمع الوطني الديمقراطي في مناطق 1948″، فالتجمع كان يسوق لفلسفة المساواة على أرضية التكيف مع المجتمع الصهيوني مع تأكيد الكاتب بأن إسرائيل غير مرشحة بحكم بنيتها لأن تكون دولةً لكل مواطنيها، أو أن تتخلى عن جوهرها اليهودي كدولة وهو ما ذهبت إليه إسرائيل علانيةً بعد خروج بشارة نفسه فباتت تطالب المفاوض الفلسطيني والعرب الإعتراف بيهوديتها، ولكن أخطر ما جاء في أسس وبنية حزب بشارة هو سلخ فلسطينيي العام 1948 عن إمتدادهم الفلسطيني وعمقهم العروبي من خلال إستخدام مفردات كالأقلية القومية وهو أمر سعى له الاحتلال منذ بدايته في تفسيخ العرب إلى أقليات وتجمعات (بدوية، درزية، عربية،…) فالقول وبحسب الكاتب أن فلسطينيي العام 1948 قد باتوا أقلية لا ينفي أن يصبحوا قادرين على الاستقلال.

قومية أبو الطاهر الجنابي قومية مؤسرلة، الفصل الثالث من الكتاب وفيه يتساءل الكاتب عن الرابط بين الذي يجمع بين المثقف الفلسطيني وقد أصبح عضواً في الكنيست وثقافة الطبقات الشعبية العربية الرافضة للتطبيع والمصرة على المقاطعة. وفي نقاشه لثنانئية القومية والحكم الذاتي ودولة لكل مواطنيها يؤشر الكاتب إلى توجهات من إسرائيليين نحو هذا الإتجاه حتى ما قبل طرح بشارة لذلك ولكن وفق رؤية الفصل لانه لا يوجد جوامع أخلاقية أو حتى عرقية أو عقلية، فبشارة ذاته كما يورد الكاتب اكد لصحيفة جيروزاليم بوست بتاريخ 28/2/1997 قال”إن هدفي دولة لكل مواطنيها. استقلال ذاتي ثقافي، وبدون هذا فإن الأمور سوف تؤول إلى المطالبة بتحرير المقاطعات ودمجها في وحدة طبيعية ستقود إلى صراعات..” وهذا يعني من وجهة نظر أخرى أن بشارة تطوع للحكام الإسرائيليين بتقديم المشورة والنصح والتحذير من إنفجار الأمور مؤكداً رفضه لكل أشكال الإنفصال الجغرافي للعرب الفلسطينيين داخل 1948.

كما أن بشارة وفي حديثه للصحيفة المذكورة يسقط عن نفسه قناع الديمقراطية والعلمانية فينقل عنه لاري ديرفنر مراسل الصحيفة ما نصه

” إن مشروع الدولة الديمقراطية العلمانية لا تأخذ بالاعتبار وجود أمة يهودية هنا ذات ثقافة عبرية شكلت كيانها. هذه الأمة ليست حقيقة وحسب، إنها أمة لها حق الكيانية وتقرير المصير”

. فما يريده بشارة وبشر له حكم ذاتي ثقافي ليس إلا ولم تعد الصهيونية حركة رجعية إستعمارية في تحريفاته ويساريته الطفولية فبات مدافعاً عن تقرير مصير اليهود فقط مع شعوره بالنقص تجاه تفوق اليهودي الإشكنازي.

بشارة يفصل القومية لفلسطينيي 48 وفق مقاسات ضيقة تقطعهم عن تواصلهم ففي نقده للسلطة الفلسطينية يقول: “نقد السلطة الفلسطينية مسألة مبدأية لشخص يساري. وأيضاً لأننا نتحث هنا عن ديكتاتورية لها تأثير سياسي على الشعب المجاور، إن لها تأثيرها علينا أيضاً”. وهذا يدلل على مدى تعلقه بإسرائيليته مسقطاً كل حقوق الشعب الفلسطيني في محاولة لكي وطي الوعي الجمعي لأبناء شعبه ولا سيما عند مناداته اليهود لنسيان حساسيات الماضي،

“أريد من اليهود الذين يشاركونني الإعتقاد، ومن أصدقائي من اليهود، وحتى أولئك الذين لن يكونوا أصدقاء لي… أن ننسى حساسيات الماضي …. وعندما يفهمون ذلك سيشعرون أن ما يوحدنا أكثر بكثير مما يباعد بيننا”.

الفصل الخامس تناول فيه الدكتور سمارة إستثماره حزب الله وسوريا في حملاته الإنتخابية للكنيست وكيف قدمه الراحل محمد حسنين هيكل للرئيس حافظ الأسد ليتعرف الأسد من خلاله على المجتمع الصهيوني وذهاب بشارة لإستثمار صوره مع الأسد الأب والإبن والسيد نصر الله في تضليل الفلسطينيين والعرب ليقدم نفسه ثورياً معادياً للصهيونية في مفارقة قومية تجمع الممانعة مع الولاء للكيان عبر البرلمان.

مصالحة الاستعمار دون خروجه الفصل السابع من الكتاب تناول تسويق بشارة للحركة الصهيونية كحركة تحرر وطني مسوقاً ذلك بعد خروجه إلى الحضن القطري الذي وفر له الإطلالة عبر الجزيرة للجمهور العربي وبمباركة رجال الدين هناك وتغطيتهم له وحتى بعد إستقالته من الكنيست فإنه قدمها للسفير الصهيوني في القاهرة ما يدلل على أنه لم يقطع التواصل عبر الحبل السري مع حاضنته الطبيعية ولم يتحرر من قسم ولائه للكيان، وحاول من خلال مشيخة قطر أن يوسع قاعدة من يتزعمهم بعد إصابته بجنون العظمة فسوق ذاته مفكراً للعرب أجمعين من على منبر الجزيرة التي خاض من على شاشتها علناً حوارات مع عسكر وسياسيي الكيان.

تضليل الشباب 2010

الفصل السابع مما جاد به سماره وتطرق فيه إلى تواصله مع القوى الفلسطينية الرافضةلإتفاق أوسلو لإقناعها بخوض الإنتخابات التشريعية عام 2006 وتضليله لشباب أراضي العام 48 ومطالبتهم بقبول المساواة مع اليهود هناك مقابل دولة للفلسطينيين في أراضي العام 1967 مسلماً بما أحتل من فلسطين عام 1948 “… والأفق الوحيد لأي تحرر يحمله جيلنا والجيل القادم هو أن يعيش السكان في فلسطين كلها مواطنين متساوي الحقوق في دولة واحدة”.
وجاء الفصل الثامن من الكتاب مراجعة لملف الهيئة الوطنية وقراءة في مشروع الدفاع عن الحقوق الثابتة ومناهضة التطبيع.

فتى الموساد

يرى الدكتور عادل سمارة أن المذبحة والمؤامرة التي تتعرض لها سوريا ورغم وجعها إلا أنها عرت بشارة وسرعت في كشف مهامه وبينت حقيقة تموضعه في الفصل التاسع من كتابه فهو إمتطى القومية في تسويق بضاعته وتحالف مع قوى الدين المتوافقه معه وهو الذي كان يناصبها العداء، فبشارة وكما ينحو الكاتب تم تجنيده مخابراتياً بالإستفادة من درس إيلي كوهين فخرج “بمجده” فتم إختيار قطر له للإقامة في مكان مأمون وبحماية القواعد الأمريكية الحليف الوثيق والاستراتيجي للاحتلال الإسرائيلي ليواصل دوره التخريبي على نطاق أوسع ولكن تحت الملاحظة اللصيقة، فبقائه في لبنان أو سوريا كان سيعني إفتضاح أمره وربما وصوله لمصير كوهين نفسه،

وفي قطر حيث المال والإعلام والتوجيه متاح له تجنيد المثقفين وأشباههم لتفتيت الدولة السورية وتخريب لبنان وفلسطين وربما لاحقاً الجزائر  من خلال المؤتمرات التي يديرها أو الإستضافات المرئية التي يرتبها عبر الجزيرة، – وقد يكون التسريب الذي نقل عن إجتماعه مع كادر الفضائية التي أسسها في لندن بالمال القطري “العربي الجديد” لتكون وريثاً للجزيرة التي تشير العديد من الملاحظات والتحليلات أنها ستغلق قريباً لتحلل نظام الإمارة القطرية من متاعبها، ومطالبته بشراء الذمم لمواطنين في مصر وسوريا وفلسطين مؤشر على نياته القادمة.

هل روسيا والصين إمبرياليتان؟

عنوان الفصل العاشر يلخصه الكاتب بتساؤل بشاره نفسه ومثقفوا الناتو والنفط، ويرى به سؤالاً خبيثاً.

مرحلة الأوغاد وأوغاد المرحلة- عزمي وحمد- وصف إستعاره الكاتب من الشاعر أحمد حسين ومستشهداً بكتاب فرنسي “ما خفي من صفقات وعمولات “حمد بن جاسم” أغنى رجل في قطر، ليبدأ فصل كتابه الحادي عشر وفيه يوضح كيف بات عزمي مقرراً في شؤون الإدارة لإمارة لطالما تعاملت مع الفلسطينيين والوافدين على أنهم طبقات دونية تخدم فقط، فقد جاء في الكتاب الفرنسي:

” وكما حدث في ليبيا، فإن رجلاً واحداً لعب دوراً محورياً في هذا التحرك، هذا الرجل هو عزمي بشارة،…. إن عزمي بشارة المقرب من الأمير تميم، منخرط مع المعارضة السورية

منذ بداية الأزمة، لكنه إضطر لاحقاً إلى أن يتراجع أمام رئيس الوزراء حمد بن جاسم الذي إنتزع ملف الأزمة السورية وأحكم قبضته عليها”. ولكن بعد فشل إسقاط الدولة السورية كما كان مبرمجاً دفع ببشارة لتكثير الأميبيات حوله بإغداق المال عليها.

الفصول الثلاثة الأخيرة من كتاب سمارة حاول فيها الكاتب أن يوضح الدور الذي قام به بشارة في تونس وإفتتاحه لمركز دراسات بمباركة حركة النهضة الذي جرم محاربة التطبيع مع إسرائيل، ومن ثم يتسائل عن مصير التجمع الذي أسسه بشارة وبات يشرف عليه من الخارج وهل من الممكن أن يعود عناصره لقواعدهم وقيمهم الرافضة للكيان الصهيوني قبل أن يوضح العلاقة بين المشروع التصفوي للقومية العربية من احتلال الإسلام العربي إلى إحتلال العروبة.

وبعد القراءة المتأنية للكتاب نجد أن فيه من العمق والجرأة ما لم يعهد من قبل في كاتب عودنا أن يركب الصعاب ولا يجعل من قلمه يراعاً للإيجار وقد يكون في إعادة طباعة الكتاب بعد فترة وجيزة من صدوره للمرة الثانية دلالة واضحة على التعطش لدى المتلقين في جلاء الحقائق وسقوط الأقنعة.

تحت خط 48: عزمي بشارة وتخريب النخبة الثقافية

تأليف: د. عادل سمارة

بقلم: مريم الأشعل

طالبة ماجستير، الجامعة اللبنانية، بيروت

غلاف طبعة الأرض المحتلة 48

منشورات شمس (بلدة جت منطقة المثلث)، 2016.

قراءة في كتاب: تحت خط 48: عزمي بشارة وتخريب النخبة الثقافية

تأليف: د. عادل سمارة

منشورات مكتبة بيسان، بيروت، لبنان 2016

بقلم: مريم الأشعل

لقد جاء كتاب “تحت خط 48 عزمي بشارة وتخريب دور النخبة الثقافية ” لمؤلفه الدكتور عادل سماره , من أجل إزالة الغشاوة عن أعيننا وإظهار الحقيقة أمام الراي العام العربي، بأن عزمي بشارة عميل لصالح الكيان الصهيوني . والمغزى ليس في شخص السيد بشارة بل بما هو أعمق من  هذا أي بدوره في “استدخال الهزيمة ” و نشر ثقافة  الاستسلام أمام العدو الصهيوني بين العرب .

والهدف من الكتاب هو إنارة الطريق امام أصحاب الحق والارض في العودة الى وطنهم فلسطين –كل فلسطين. وهذه العودة لن تكون الا بالمقاومة المسلحة وليس بالمساومة والحفاظ على الوضع الراهن كما فعل ويفعل السيد بشارة ومن على  شاكلته .

واذا كان الشارع العربي غير مهتم أو ملم بالاحداث السياسية لانشغاله في توفير لقمة عيشه من جهة وإخضاعه لقمع يطال العقل والموقفمعا من جهة ثانية، فماذا عن الساسة و المثقفين القوميين وحركات المقاومة ؟ لماذا ظل عزمي بشارة اسما طبيعيا وهو عضو في الكنسيت منذ عام 1996 ! علما بان عضوية الكنيست هي قسم الولاء للدولة اليهودية.  لكن يبدو للبعض ان الوصول الى عضو كنيست هو  نضال، هو تكتيك للوصول الى مركز يمكن فيه تحسين شروط حياة الفلسطينيين.

  ولكن كيف لهذا أن يحصل ويكون مقنعاً؟  فاذا كان اعضاء البرلمانات في البلدان الطبيعية، أي التي ليست تحت الاستعمار لا يخدمون مصالح شعبهم، فكيف لعضو عربي داخل برلمان  مؤسسة الكيان الصهيونية أن يحقق لشعبه شيئاً بالمعنى القومي وليس الفردي او الفئوي، علماً بأن من يراجع تاريخها يعرف بانها “تسمح لاعضاء الكنيست العرب  أن يكسبوا فرديا ، لا أن يدافعوا عن وطنهم  ويحققوا مكاسب قومية “.

إن مناخ تحقيق اي شعب لحقوقه من سلطته او من الاستعمار يقول الدكتور عادل “يتم بمراكمة مختلف انواع النضال والتي ليست البرلمانية الا جانبها السلبي  والمخصي”.

 ”بدأ عزمي بشارة حياته السياسية بعضويته في الحزب الشيوعي راكاح الذي تشرب منه أفكاره بأن الكيان الصهيوني كيان طبيعي وليس  حتى مجرد امر واقع, وهذا ما دفع لتبرير الترشح لعضوية الكنيست الصهيوني، وتمهيدا لذلك زار الاردن ثلاث مرات قبل اتفاقية وادي عربه، التي يرفضها الشعب العربي في الأردن يومياً ويكرسها النظام التابع يومياً بالمقابل، بمعنى أنه اندرج في سياق العلاقات القديمة جدا بين النظام الأردني والكيان الصهيوني وكرسها بما هو فلسطيني.  ثم غادر الحزب الشيوعي ليصبح “قومياً ناصرياً” في الشكل ولكنه ضد الامة العربية عمليا. بل كان تبنيه للفكر القومي من اجل كسب دعم الشارع الفلسطيني في المحتل 48 لدخول الكنيست. لقد استثمر الشعور القومي لفلسطينيي المحتل 48 ليدخل الكنيست، ومن ثم استخدم تلك العضوية لتسويق نفسه لدى سوريا وحزب الله .

في سياق إعداده صهيونيا، شغل بشارة منصب نائب رئيس معهد فان لير ( في القدس من سنة 1990 حتى سنة 1996) وهو معهد متخصص في الواقع الصهيوني . لقد ورد في ديباجة المعهد ما يلي :

“  العمل على زرع ونشر التطرف الديني والطائفي والعرفي , والقضاء  على فكرتي القومية العربية والتضامن الاسلامي , واحلالهما بفكرة التعاون الاقليمي الشرق اوسطي , وتوظيف الاصولية الاسلامية وايديولوجيات الاقليات في المنطقة لصالح اسرائيل “.

غني عن الشرح بأن توظيف الأصولية الإسلامية هو اليوم على أشُده من جهة وبأن بشارة في مقدمة من يقومون بتكريس هذه الاصولية ضد الأمة العربية عبر دوره في قطر. بل إن التطبيق العملي لأفكار معهد فان لير كان من جانب بشارة على خطوتين:

الأولى: إدعاء تبني الفكر القومي والمقاوِم للدخول إلى سوريا ولبنان

والثانية: الارتداد بالمطلق ضد سوريا وحزب الله فورا مع بدء المؤامرةعلى سوريا حيث اصبح في مقدمة داعمي الإرهاب التكفيري ضد سوريا.

في فترة وجوده في هذا المعهد طرح فكرة “الحكم الذاتي الثقافي ” لفلسطيني 48  . وهي فكرة تقوم على حق الاقلية الفلسطينية في المحتل 48 في حكم ذاتي ثقافي لا يقاتل ولا ينازع على الارض . اذاً الصراع بحسب هذا المنظِّر ليس على الوطن بل في نطاق الحقوق المدنية وبالتالي فهو يسلم ان فلسطين  هي ارض الكيان الصهيوني .

–        أقام عزمي بشارة حزب برلماني جديد هو ” التجمع الوطني الديمقراطي ” الذي خرج من تحت ابط “عقلية راكاح” . يطرح هذا الحزب ان” الفلسطينيين في منطقة “48 هم “أقلية قومية “  فينظِّر لهم بحكم ذاتي “ثقافي “! كحل  نهائي لهم عازلا حقيقة كونهم جزء من الشعب الفلسطيني ولا يعتبر مطالب هذا الشعب قومية حقيقية ولا سيما في نطاق حق تقرير المصير والاستقلال والسيادة على الارض . كما انه تجاهل تماما حق عودة اللاجئين الفلسطينيين متناغما بذلك مع الموقف الاسرائيلي . والحكم الذاتي طلب ملطف للاجواء لا يطمح الى   الاستقلال او الانفصال . بل بقاء الفلسطينيين  تابعين للحكومة المركزية , التي تحتكر بيدها كل وسائل القوة وبالتالي تقود الشعب الفلسطيني  الى الاندامج السلبي وجعل اقتصاده مجرد اقتصاد تحت الطلب  .

–        ان الحكم الذاتي وحتى اعلان دولة فلسطينية , لن تكون مستقلة حقيقة ولا باي حال من الاحوال , انما هو طبعة اولية من الدولة ثنائية القومية التي تعني ان يعيش الفلسطينيون في دولة اليهود كأقلية قومية إلى جانب أكثرية استيطانية تزعم أنها قومية رغم انها تجميع من العديد من الأمم والقوميات! وبالطبع حتى هذه الدولة الثنائية هي للفلسطينيين الموجودين داخل فلسطين  اي لا تشمل اللاجئين وهم الأكثرية من الشعب الفلسطيني.

–         المثير للغثيان ايضا هو اهتمام السيد بشارة بالمطلب الثقافي للفلسطينيين ,وهذا المعيار في بلدان التبعية والفقر والتخلف يعني ويهدف اساسا الى تغييب صورة التبعية والتخلف والاستغلال .تغييب الاقتصادي والطبقي ليتورط البلد في التكيف مع النظام العالمي . والمعيار الثقافي يفصل بين الطبقات الشعبية التي تؤمن بالوحدة العربية وبين الطبقات الحاكمة التي تربط مصالحها بالاجنبي وتاليا تعمل له ولمصالحه .

–        يطرح الحزب الجديد الذي انحدر جزء منه من حركة” ابناء البلد ” التي كانت ترفض الاعتراف “بدولة اسرائيل” على أرضية انها طردت الشعب الفلسطيني من بلاده وان له حق العودة . ( وهذا الحق ليس هبة من الكيان او وعد من  الأمم المتحدة التي اشترطت بل ربطت قبول الكيان كعضو فيها بعودة اللاجئين الفلسطيننين منذ 1948 وهي لم تفعل شيء سوى خدمة الكيان  .

فكيف نصدق أن يوافق كيان إجلائي على حق العودة وهم الذين طردونا، لو كان ذلك كذلك لما طردونا من الاساس .

حق العودة حق وكل السبل مشروعة امام تحقيقه . وعليه،  فإن ما هو قائم اما المقاومة واما التسوية , اما التطبيع واما التفريط)  .

اما وبعد ان اغوى عزمي بشارة حركة ابناء البلد تخلت هذه الاخيرة عن مبادئها وقلصت المشكلة لتصبح مسالة مساواة و دولة لكل مواطنيها وهذا ما يريده عزمي بشارة لان فيه فرصا واسعة للمناورة واللعب السياسي. إلا أن حركة ابناء البلد عادت ونقدت نفسها وتوقفت عن المشاركة في انتخابات برلمان الكيان.

 لكن ما معنى “مساواة ” ودولة لكل مواطنيها” ؟ يتساءل الدكتور عادل سماره، بل وحتى بعيدا عن كون الكيان دولة استيطانية، هل هناك أية دولة راسمالية لكل مواطنيها ؟

–        المساواة بين المستعمرين المغتصبين وبين اهل البلاد أمر  لم يكن له نظير في التاريخ ! كيف تكون المساواة هذه طالما الارض لا تزال بيد اليهود والجيش والقمم الاقتصادية ؟

–        ان عزمي بشارة يرى من خلال معايشته للكيان انه يشكل نهضة تحررية وانه هو صاحب الارض وما على الفلسطيني سوى التكيف والاندماج وهو يكتفي بالمطالبة بالحقوق المدنية لفسطينيي 48 فقط. وحسب تصريحاته للصحف العبرية، يعارض السيد بشارة الكفاح المسلح بشدة،  لا بل يتسهزىء بالمقاومة ويرى فيها  “كالنملة التي تصارع فيل ”لذلك فهو يستقوي بالضعف باستدخال الهزيمة ولا يحتفظ بهذا لنفسه فقط بل اخذ يدور في ارجاء الوطن العربي ناشرا افكاره   الصهيونية امام الاجيال الشابة التي  يعرف كيف يغسل ادمغتها.

–        لقد قام الكيان بخداع العرب ببطل وهمي و اوهمنا انه معارض للحكومة الاسرائيلية حيث زعمت المؤسسة الصهيونية انها ستحاكمه واستجوبه الشاباك مرات عديدة  “كما زعم هو وهم ” ولكن لم تتم المحاكمة وبقى الامر بين شد وجذب اعلامي الى ان هرب الرجل.

–         ‍في فترة الزعم بمحاكمته كان يتنقل عزمي بشارة بين عمان والشام وتل ابيب ورام الله وهو عضو كنيست .  لقد تحدثت  الصحف الاسرائلية ان عزمي بشارة   كان يلتقي مع رئيس الوزراء الاسرائيلي ايهود باراك  قبل كل زيارة الى دمشق .  ومع الجنرال الاحتياطي داني ياتوم رئيس جهاز الموساد السابق . وتعود على تقديم تقارير الى ياتوم عن زياراته الى سوريا .لقد كثرت زياراته الى هناك وهو حسب مصادر اسرائيلية يعتبر مبعوثا اسرائيليا غير رسمي الى سوريا .  ولتكتمل المسرحية خرج عزمي بشارة من اسرائيل وهو في مجده   مدعيا انه منفي او هارب من الكيان . وهذا كذب عالمكشوف . فالكيان الضالع في الجاسوسية وضبط حدود الارض المحتلة الكترونيا يحول دون هروب الفيروسات. فما بالك بالحجم المحترم لعزمي بشارة الذي ذهب بموقف احتفالي علني ليسلم جواز سفره الصهيوني  الى سفارة الكيان في مصر كامب ديفيد . وهي خطوة لا يفعلها هارب ولا منفي .بل  شخص يحفظ خط الرجعة ذات يوم بعد انتهاء مهمته. لو كانت حدود فلسطين سهلة بما يسمح لجثة بشارة بالتسلل غير المرئي لتمكن الفدائيون من الدخول !!  في الحقيقة خرج من اجل مهمة تطبيعية بهدف ان يعود بعدها وقد ساهم في تطبيع الكثير من العرب تمهيدا لتطبيعهم جميعا . اختار قطر بالذات بلد مامون المناخ الثقافي والسياسي والفكري  وهي  محمية اميركية حيث لن يطوله احد ..وهذا المكان الطبيعي ليواصل دوره في تخريب الوعي السياسي للشارع العربي باسم القومية .

–          كانت صداقة عزمي بشارة مع سوريا صداقة مسمومة .اتضح انها لقراءة البيت السوري من داخله وتفجيره. وهذا ما اتضح فور بدء المؤامرة على سوريا.

«المفكر العربي» الموظف الجوّال ـ الرحالة، يتنقل من بلدٍ إلى آخر وفق الأجندة الصهيونية، فحيثما تكون مصلحة هذه الأجندة تراه يظهر في قطر أم في تونس. لا يظهر وحيداً بل محاطاً بألوان مختلفة منها الأخواني ومنها الليبرالي ومنها اليساري ومنها القومي… ولكن الجميع في المحصلة يتحرك وفق خطة واحدة عُهِدَ «المفكر العربي» العربي بتنفيذها.

في هذا العدد يتكلم الدكتور سمارة عن دور عزمي بشارة في تخريب المثقفين وشرائهم بالمال القطري والخليجي بشكل عام. وكذلك عن مسعى العقل المافياوي الصهيو ـ إنغلوسكسوني في خلق التناقضات والتوترات والصراعات بين أتباع الولايات المتحدة وذلك لتسهيل قيادتها لهم.

في علاقات الثورة المضادة لا توجد رفاقية لأن جوهرها البحث عن مال لا محدود وهذا عقل مافيوي صهيو-أنجلو ساكسون بروتستانت. لذا، ورغم علاقة التبعية من أنظمة الخليج للولايات المتحدة فهي حريصة على أن يتناكف هؤلاء في ما بينهم لتبقى قيادتهم أسهل. وعليه، لا غرابة أن تدور الاشتباكات السياسية بين داعش مكة وداعش الدوحة وقاعدة الإمارات ولكن هذه المرة في أرض الجزيرة.

ولكن غبار الاشتباك لا يحول دون رؤية أميركا والكيان ما يريدان. فلديهما نظارات الرؤية الليلية في الحرب والرؤية في الغبار السياسي والدبلوماسي. بالمناسبة النرويج وهي حكومة غير حكومية زودت الجيش الأميركي بنظارات رؤية ليلية أثناء احتلال العراق ومولت منحاً «أكاديمية» لدراسة سوريا من الداخل وخاصة مخيم اليرموك!

في خضم هذا الغبار قررت الولايات المتحدة إخضاع العدوان القطري ضد سوريا للعدوان السعودي بمعزل عن طي عنق بندر مؤخراً وإبراز نايف.

لكن المناكفات والمناوشات بين التوابع لا تعني ضياع الرؤية الأميركية ودقة توزيع أدوار هؤلاء. فقد كتبت في هذه الصفحة مرات بأن قطر يتم تحويلها لتقود حرب تخريب الثقافة القومية العربية. وآمل أن لا يتخيل أحد أن هذا الدور بسيط التأثير. فالثورة المضادة بمجموعها تعتبر القومية العربية هي العدو الرئيسي وربما الوحيد في الوطن العربي. ولذا، فالدور القطري في هذا الاتجاه شديد الخطورة والأهمية. وهو دور شراء المثقفين بالمال.

تصوروا مثلاً وضع مليار دولار تحت تصرف عزمي بشارة للتخريب الثقافي! كم مركز أبحاث سوف يتمفصل عن ذلك؟ وكم جامعة؟ وكم جريدة؟ بالمناسبة هناك مشروع شراء صحافيين في رام الله لجريدة لبشارة والمعروض عليهم ذلك يتنافسون على الثمن وكم صحافي وكم مثقف؟!…الخ.

ضمن هذا المخطط كان مؤتمر الدوحة عن فلسطين في قطر في 13 ديسمبر 2013، حيث جرى الحديث فيه عن كافة السيناريوهات لحل الصراع العربي ـ الصهيوني طبعاً تقزم إلى فلسطيني ـ إسرائيلي بينما السيناريو الوحيد الذي أُغفل هو تحرير فلسطين، مما يعني أن الكيان الصهيوني الأشكنازي طبيعي وعلى «أرضه».

كان على رأس قائمة حضور هذا المؤتمر رئيس وزراء تونس حمادي الجبالي.

ومؤخراً، كان عزمي بشارة يفتتح مقراً لمركز دراسات في العاصمة تونس بتبريك حزب النهضة ورئيس تونس المنصف المرزوقي. اللافت طبعاً أن المرزوقي كان يعيش في فرنسا وكان على علاقة حميمة بالحكم الفرنسي وهو من قادة منظمات الأنجزة قبل سقوط بن علي، وهو مع النهضة، مع عدم إدراج مناهضة التطبيع في تونس، وفي حكومة بلاده اليوم وزيرة السياحة التي تفاخرت بالتطبيع وبقيت في منصبها رغم معارضة القوى الوطنية والقومية في تونس. أما اليسار المهذب بقيادة حمة الهمامي فلم يعترض على التطبيع.

… في تبرير حزب النهضة للتطبيع : «… ادعى أحد قادة الإخوان في تونس أن حماس طلبت منهم عدم إدراج تجريم التطبيع في الدستور» الصحبي عتيق، رئيس كتلة نواب «النهضة» تشرين الثاني/اكتوبر 2012 .

كشف هذا مرهون بما تقوله حماس بالطبع.

«…وتتالت في عهد الإسلام السياسي خطوات التطبيع في الميدان الثقافي والرياضي والسياحي والاقتصادي، ما يغني الصهاينة، حالياً، عن التطبيع المعلن أو عن فتح سفارة… وللمفارقة، منعت حكومة تونس الإخوانية في بداية سنة 2014 مناضلين فلسطينيين ولبنانيين وعرباً من دخول البلاد، لحضور مؤتمر عن مقاومة الصهيونية، رغم حصول بعضهم على تأشيرات من سفارات تونس في بلدانهم عن صحيفة «الخليج» 17/01/2014 ، كما منعت وفوداً عربية من المشاركة في نشاط تضامني للمحامين التونسيين مع فلسطين في ذكرى يوم الأرض 2013 ، رغم الحصول على تأشيرة مسبقة من السفارات التونسية…».

«…وزير حكومة الإخوان طارق ذياب ، أصبح مدافعاً عنيداً عن التطبيع وأعلن أن الحكومة تقبل المساعدة «الإسرائيلية» إذا عرض عليها الكيان الصهيوني ذلك نيسان/أبريل 2012 ».

«…أما في حزب «نداء تونس»، الذي يترأسه «الباجي قايد السبسي»، أحد أقطاب نظام بورقيبة وبن علي، فقد دافع أحد اقطابه، وهو رجل أعمال، عن زيارة وفد من اتحاد رجال ونساء الأعمال في تونس إلى فلسطين المحتلة، وكانت أخته ضمن الوفد، وهي عضوة قيادية في الحزب المذكور قناة «حنبعل» 09/03/2013 ».

ملاحظة: جميع المقتطفات من مقالة الرفيق الطاهر المعز 20/03/2014 في باريس. هل يمكن عدم رؤية الخيط بل الحبل الناظم بين تورط حكومة الإخوان المسلين في تونس وعلى هامشها ليبراليون ويسار لا قومي وبين نشاطات مركز عزمي بشارة هناك؟ وهل تمكن رؤية هذه الأدوار خارج خدمتها للكيان الصهيوني؟

فتى الموساد في تونس فنزويلا… مصر وسوريا وأحفاد تروتسكي

اشتهر التروتسكيون بالجملة الثورية، من المحال أن تجد حزباً أو نظاماً أو حتى شخصاً يسارياً من خارج أُطرهم لم يهاجموه بكل الأسلحة. أما تهمة ستاليني فجاهزة على الدوام. منذ أن بدأ الحراك في سوريا، وبالمناسبة الأيام تُثبت أكثر وأكثر أن الحراك كان مخروقاً بالسلاح وحتى تم تحريكه بمسلحين وقناصة يطلقون على الناس والأمن معاً. منذ أن بدأ الحرك اصطف التروتسكيون في سوريا مع الثورة المضادة. ولا أقصد هنا تروتسكيي سوريا بل كل العالم. وقفوا مع أميركا والإخوان والوهابيين. وليس هذا بغريب إذا ما عرفنا حدود تغلغل الصهيونية في منظماتهم. وحينما انشقت مصر بين الإخوان والخليط وقف التروتسكيون مع الإخوان. وقد تكون فكرة الأصابع الأربعة مأخوذة من «الأممية الرابعة» وليس من ميدان رابعة العدوية. ولكن، دعنا نقول بأن التروتسكيين بما هم مخروقون بتمفصلات صهيونية، ولا شك أن للدين اليهودي دوره في تلوينهم أيضاً، فما الذي دفعهم للتصدي للدولة الفنزويلية؟ لنقل هنا يخدمون الكيان الصهيوني الأشكنازي. فمن يخدمون في فنزويلا؟ أليسوا في خدمة الولايات المتحدة؟ في المقتطف أدناه يبين الصحافي المعروف تيري ميسان، أن التروتسكيين من أبناء العائلات الثرية المحاطين بعصابات البلطجية هم الذين يتصدرون العمل التخريبي ضد الرئيس مادورو في فنزويلا معللين بذلك أنه ستاليني. مكررين ومرددين الخطاب الرأسمالي الغربي الممرور ضد ستالين، وتفجعاتهم على الشيخ القتيل ليون تروتسكي في معزوفة اقرب إلى ثأر البداوة. وقد يكون هذا الشعور هو ما يقربهم من حكام الخليج.

معرفة المواقف من اليرموك وسوريا

كل هذا شديد الأهمية لأنه يعبر عن مواقف وتعبئة لا قومية منذ عقود، وها نحن ندفع الثمن ليكون هذا أو ذاك قائداً يعيش على كرهه الشخصي لقادة آخرين. لعل أخطر ما حصل هو ذلك الالتباس بين «أمجاد» شكلانية شخصية وحماية سوريا. هنا نضع الإصبع على المسألة الأساس: في الأصل أن تبدأ وطنياً. هناك كثير من قيادات اليسار التي تكلست لتصبح أمراء طوائف وربما أمراء حرب. تورطوا ضد سوريا منذ البداية ليقينهم أنها ستنهار. وحينما صمدت سوريا وقعوا في المنطقة الرمادية. طبعاً الآن يقضمون أظافرهم . المهم لا شك أنهم يرون الآن بأن أدوات الثورة المضادة كانت ستحصد أعناقهم. كيف لا وداعش حتى تقتل بعضها. أعتقد أن كتابة معمقة عن مسألة مهمة جداً وهي: الوقوف مع سوريا منذ البداية رغم الاعتقاد بأنها قد لا تنتصر. هذا أمر مهم لفرز المواقف والانتماءات. أعتقد أن الانتماء العروبي القومي الأصلاني هو المعيار بغض النظر عن النتائج. هذا ما يجب أن يُبرز الآن في مواجهة مخاليط الدين السياسي والكمبرادور واللبراليين والتروتسكيين الحاقدين كالبدو والمرتبطين بالصهيونية، ويسار أيتام التحريفية الموسكوفية وليس أيتام لينين. وأيتام القُطريات وليس أيتام عبد الناصر.

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Roger Tucker-Thinking the Unthinkable: A Lamentation for the State of Israel – Well, Not Exactly

  Introduction by Gilad Atzmon:

The following text was posted by Roger Tucker on the One Democratic State web page. I tend to agree with Roger that reconciliation and the ‘One State’ are not exactly viable options anymore. However, unlike Roger I do not think that Zionism is necessarily the problem. As far as I am concerned, Zionism and Israeli politics are symptoms of Jewish tribal ideology and not at all different from Jewish anti Zionism, which is also exclusive and racially oriented. At the end of the day, Israel is as Judeo-centric as its Jewish ‘opponents’ at JVP.  Both Israel and the anti Zionist Zionists (AZZ) insist to distinguish between the ‘Jew’ and the ‘Goy’. I guess that by the time Jews ‘get over’ this corrosive tribal inclination towards political and cultural hegemony, they simply stop being Jews.

Thinking the Unthinkable: A Lamentation for the State of Israel – Well, Not Exactly 

By Roger Tucker  

The following essay was inspired by a recent article in the Jewish magazine ‘The Tablet’ entitled “Thinking the Unthinkable: A Lamentation for the State of Israel.” A good, well written example of what is fast becoming a genre bemoaning the rapidly disappearing notion held by liberal Zionist Jews that a Jewish State in Palestine could be ‘both Jewish and Democratic.’ Mr. Rosenbaum’s strained but passionate elegy to what was never more than a wish-fulfillment fantasy provides an opening for a more penetrating look at the prevailing debate between One State and Two States. The former proposal has been slowly but surely gaining adherents over the years, as can be seen here.

I posted the following comment on the site (they actually published it, to my great surprise):

I am the publisher/editor of the “ One Democratic State “ website, which I have been maintaining for 15 years. For the last year or so I have realized that I no longer believe in the One State Solution as it is generally understood. I no longer believe that the Israelis and the Palestinians could co-exist peacefully in the same polity. It would be no problem for the great majority of Palestinians, but there is a problem with at least 90% of the Jewish Israelis. Three or four generations of ZioNazi[see Zionism and Nazism: Is there a difference that makes a difference?] brainwashing have rendered them unfit for sharing the land with others. The attachment to national and/or ethnic and/or religious fascism – all three in many cases [see ‘Us vs. Them: On the Meaning of Fascism’] is too deeply embedded in their consciousness.

It would take a further 3 to 4 generations to reeducate them in the fundamental guidelines– starting with the grandaddy of them all, the Golden Rule – accepted as the lodestone of political wisdom by the (relatively) sane, great majority of human beings. Yes, Israelis could learn how to live in peace with others, but long before this process could work itself out, they – fervently assisted by the Zionists in the diaspora – would have started the next world war and there would be nothing left to fight over. Therefore I conclude that the only viable solution to the problem is for the Jews to leave Palestine, voluntarily or involuntarily. A small minority, less than 5%, might be able to successfully petition to stay, but such details would be up to the new Palestinian administration to work out – and they would be preoccupied with the far more urgent task of resettling the millions of returning Palestinians who choose to come. The reconstruction and recovery of Gaza itself would be a monumental task.

Furthermore, this would not only finally solve the “Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” – it would provide at least a glimmer of hope that sanity and justice might eventually prevail and even that the spiraling of the biosphere into oblivion could be turned around. I remain an optimist. Anything’s possible. But I must admit that the odds are against us.

As there was a 400 word limit on comments, much had to be left unsaid, so I’m fleshing it out a bit more here..

The Two State notion has been the conventional wisdom ever since Yasser Arafat adopted it as part of the US led “Peace Process” in 1993. It has been accepted by all nation states since then as the optimal outcome, even Israel until Netanyahu’s withdrawal of what was merely rhetorical assent anyway, in his infamous last electioneering campaign. Israeli politicians have from time to time pretended to endorse the idea, but only on condition that the Palestinian “State” be constituted in such an emasculated and dependent form that it would in reality be nothing more than a disconnected archipelago of small, helpless Bantustans subject to the whims of a surrounding and all-powerful Israel. In addition, the Right of Return, a right enshrined in international law (for what that’s worth), would not have applied in the now uncontested Jewish State consisting of about 80% of historic Palestine. This was what Arafat had no choice but to reject at the famous Camp David meeting in 2000.

All serious, impartial observers since then have declared the Two State Solution dead. The principal argument against it has been that the Israelis would never accept the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, which is certainly true – not to mention the other argument, what Jeff Halper referred to as the construction of an overwhelming Matrix of Control,’ by now a fait accompli. What is so interesting though is that it is also the principal argument against the One State Solution as well. A naïve observer, similar to the boy who imprudently pointed out that the Emperor was naked, might say “So what!” So what indeed. That observer might well be ignorant of the immense power wielded by organized Jewry in the West, particularly in the US, without which there would have been no Jewish State in the first place nor could it remain viable even now for more than a month or two without such tenacious support. Anyone doubting this phenomenon need only look at the candidates for US President of both political parties groveling at the feet of a few Jewish billionaires. It leads one to wonder which country these people intend to serve once they have taken the oath. For further background one should read ‘The Israel Lobby,’ the classic essay by Mearsheimer and Walt.

This brings us to the crux of the matter. If we look at the power wielded by tribal Jewry in the Western democracies, not only in the English speaking Old Testament besotten cultures, but in France, Germany etc., we are always impressed that a mere 2% of the population, more or less – in some cases considerably less – has managed to wrest de facto control of the political, economic, media and educational spheres. All of this power is focusedon fanatical support of the State of Israel. It is not that the majority of Jews wield this sword – most of them just go along to get along, particularly as they are constantly being bombarded with tribal propaganda and it so psychologically satisfying to seem to be, at least, part of an exclusive club. But the small number of wealthy, influential, dedicated Zionist Jews and the rest of the ZPC (Zionist Power Configuration) who actually run the show may finally be losing their grip, albeit just a little bit. The traditional progressivism of young Jews has begun to surface again, and they are flocking to Palestinian support groups and the BDS movement.

In the context of the struggle in Palestine itself the indigenous people have nothing left, seemingly no hope whatsoever. This is the ground of the current Intifada. But, to haul out an old saw, it’s always darkest just before dawn. The stench that emanates from the malignant tumor called Israel is beginning to arouse revulsion from the majority of people all over the world. Gradually, Israel’s impunity from the norms of civilized behavior will be challenged more and more. This is inevitable – recently several writers have referred to Israel as “beyond redemption.” This is an ersatz “country” that is morally, ethically and spiritually bankrupt.

Soon the Palestinians are going to have pull themselves together and decide as a group how to move forward.

When the day comes that Sumud is rewarded by a major swing of the pendulum, it is my hope that they will be cognizant of how a few Jews in the West can control the whole extended USraeli Empire, which includes all of the Western democracies. If they give in to the pressure that will be applied, as it was in South Africa, to accept their new status – nominally at least – as equal partners in the new, half-Jewish Palestine while leaving the colonizers, by default, in de facto control, then I guarantee that they will wind up screwed, blued and tattooed. There would be seductive calls for “peace and reconciliation,” for moving forward shoulder to shoulder, etc. ad nauseum. It is of the utmost importance that they allow only Israeli Jews who can clearly demonstrate their long-standing anti-Zionist credentials to remain. Even so, as we have discussed, 5% might be far too much. It will be for the Palestinians to decide, but I would advise extreme caution.

As to where the Israelis could go, those with the means would head for the States or another Western country. No problem – they already have passports. For those for whom this would be difficult I’m sure the Russians could be persuaded to allow them to settle in Birobidzhan, already designated as the Autonomous Jewish Region. With the construction of the New Silk Road this area will be booming.The Rothschild family by themselves could easily and painlessly fund the whole project (they are reputed to be worth upwards of 30 trillion dollars), and there are more trillions in the hands of other Jewish billionaires..

We should not fool ourselves into thinking that such a fortuitous outcome would solve all the fundamental problems bedeviling the Middle East. After all, the Empire has other motivations for continuing to inflict chaos and destabilization in this resource rich area – fossil fuels will remain the principal source of the world’s energy supplies well into the foreseeable future and the temptation to apply the tried and true strategy of divide and rule isn’t going away. Furthermore, the Empire is dying, in much the same way that the Roman Empire flamed out. But this time it won’t just be a gradual decay as the lights are turned out one by one. No, Amerika is acting like an enraged, blinded Cyclops, confusedly striking out in each and every direction, its political elites hell bent on starting the next world war. The Israelis have their Samson Option, while there are numerous American good old boys who would dearly love to reprise the end of Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb,’ ready to lasso and mount a nuclear warhead aimed at Moscow. Hoo Yah! These are parlous times, my friends, and I ain’t a-lyin.

And, not to forget, the ZPC would remain essentially intact, albeit with some of the wind let out of their sails – the ancient but still very potent “Jewish Problem” isn’t going away any time soon. For the best introduction to and concise analysis of this subject I highly recommend Gilad Atzmon’s short book “The Wandering Who?

N.B.: All departing Israelis should be cautioned not to look back, lest they turn into a pillar of frozen cottage cheese..

Why Israel Should Not Exist

An Illegitimate Consequence of Western Imperialism

by GARRY LEECH

MAY 19, 2015

By suggesting that the state of Israel should not exist, I am not being anti-Semitic. I am, however, being anti-Zionist. There is a distinct difference. An anti-Semite is someone who is prejudiced against Jews. An anti-Zionist, on the other hand, is opposed to that sector of the Jewish population who see it as their God-given right to establish a Jewish state in the Holy Land at the expense of the Palestinian people who have lived there for two thousand years.

The creation of a Jewish state in the middle of the Arab world not only represents the continuation of European colonialism in Palestine, it has also consisted of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the establishment of an apartheid system by a rogue nation that has repeatedly violated international law. Given this reality, and the fact that Palestine is the Holy Land of three religions, the only just solution to the Zionist project of the Israeli state and its Western backers is the establishment of a single country: a democratic secular state of Palestine in which Jews, Arabs and Christians all have equal rights.

The Rise of the Zionist Movement

The Zionist movement emerged in Europe in the late 19th century and encouraged European Jews to escape anti-Semitism by migrating to Palestine, which was ruled by the Ottoman Turks at the time, with the goal of creating a Jewish state in the Holy Land. This migration saw the Jewish population in Palestine increase from 4 percent in 1850 to 11 percent in 1917, the year that the British government’s Balfour Declaration stated: “His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object.”

Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War One, the countries of the region were ruled by Britain and France under mandates from the League of Nations (predecessor of the United Nations). But World War Two brought about the downfall of the European empires as colonies throughout the world gained independence. Accordingly, Lebanon (1943) and Syria (1946) gained independence from France while Jordan (1946) was liberated from British rule. The exception was Palestine, which had been ruled by Britain since 1922.

By all rights, Palestine, like its neighbors, should have become an independent nation following World War Two, but the Western-backed Zionist project prevented this from happening. In accordance with the Balfour Declaration, Britain and the United States sought to ensure the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. Under British rule, the Jewish population in Palestine had increased from 11 percent in 1922 to 32 percent in 1948, with many having arrived following the end of the war.

In 1947, the newly-established United Nations adopted the Partition Plan for Palestine without any consultation with the Palestinian people. The plan called for 56 percent of Palestine to become the Jewish state of Israel with 43 percent of the territory turned into a Palestinian state. Despite a large Arab majority in Palestine, Israel’s share of the territory was larger in order to accommodate the anticipated increased migration of European Jews. The remaining 1 percent of Palestine, consisting of the Holy City of Jerusalem, was to be an international territory administered by the United Nations.

Jewish groups supported the partition plan but Palestinians and the surrounding Arab states opposed it on the grounds that it violated the principles of national self-determination in the UN charter under which Palestinians should have the right to decide their own destiny. The plan was not implemented. Nevertheless, the Jewish population in Palestine unilaterally announced the creation of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.

The New European Colonialism

By the end of 1949, according to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, Israel had destroyed more than 400 Palestinian villages, massacred thousands of civilians and forcibly displaced almost a million Palestinians, who ended up in refugee camps in neighboring Arab countries. In other words, with the Jewish people having just endured the horrors of the Holocaust, the Zionists were now carrying out, according to Pappe, the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

This process of ethnic cleansing allowed Israel to expand and encompass 77 percent of Palestinian territory, all but East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Over the next three years, 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel, mostly from Europe. This Jewish Leech_Capitalism_Cover-191x300colonization of Palestine represented a continuation of European colonialism as the wielding of power over the Palestinian people shifted from the British government to European Jews in the form of the new Israeli state.

Following the 1967 war with several Arab states (Syria, Jordan and Egypt), Israel militarily occupied the remaining 23 percent of Palestine (East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza). The UN Security Council responded by passing Resolution 242 demanding the “Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.” The United States has since used its veto power in the Security Council on 41 occasions to ensure that the numerous UN resolutions condemning Israel’s illegal occupation have never been enforced.

It wasn’t until after the Palestinians were forced to exist under Israel’s illegal military occupation following the 1967 war that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) decided to make armed struggle the centerpiece of its campaign to achieve a Palestinian state. And it wasn’t until after 20 years of enduring an oppressive military occupation and the unwillingness of the international community to enforce UN resolutions that sectors of Palestinian society became increasingly radicalized and the Islamic group Hamas was formed. Hamas began using suicide bombing as a tactic in the early 1990s because it could not combat the vastly superior US-backed Israeli military through conventional warfare. Beginning in 2001, it also began launching primitive and inaccurate rockets into Israel from its Gaza strongholds.

Even though Israel withdrew its military from Gaza in 2005, it implemented a military blockade of the tiny territory the following year through which it strictly controls all access of people, food, medicines and other materials. Some analysts claim that Israel’s ongoing blockade of Gaza’s 1.8 million inhabitants has created the world’s largest prison camp.

Meanwhile, Israel has not only continued its illegal occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, it has further violated international law by forcibly displacing Palestinian communities and encouraging Jews to move into the Occupied Territories. It is now estimated that almost half a million Jews live in illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem despite UN resolutions demanding that they be dismantled.

Israel has also constructed a giant wall known as the separation barrier throughout the West Bank in order to segregate the illegal settlements from Palestinian communities and to restrict the movement of Palestinians. Meanwhile, in addition to establishing the illegal settlements, Israel has also constructed industrial zones in the West Bank in which Palestinian laborers are forced to endure low wages and poor working conditions.

The flagrant discrepancy in rights afforded to the Jewish settlers in comparison to Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories constitutes a system of apartheid. In fact, as John Dugard, a South African human rights lawyer and former UN Special Rapporteur, has noted, “I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa.”

In 1947, the year before Israel declared itself a sovereign state, Palestinians lived in 94 percent of Palestine. Today, they inhabit a mere 15 percent with some five million living in refugee camps in the West Bank and surrounding countries. The population densities in Palestinian refugee camps are among the highest of any place on earth. For example, more than 10,000 refugees live in the one square kilometer al-Amari camp in the West Bank, which amounts to five times the population density of New York City. As one third-generation refugee in the al-Amari camp told me, “We have a dream to return to our lands. How long it will take and what generation it will be, we don’t know.”

The disproportionate number of Palestinians killed in the long-running conflict is a reality hidden from many in the West. Over the past 15 years, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, 8,701 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis compared to 1,138 Israelis killed by Palestinians. The disparity in the number of Palestinian children killed is even greater with a total of 1,772 killed during that period compared to 93 Israeli children.

Given this history, the repeated claim made by the United States and other Western nations that Israel’s military actions are merely acts of self-defense contradicts the reality on the ground. Surely it is the violence carried out by people forced to live under a violent illegal military occupation and blockade that should be considered an act of self-defense. After all, the French Resistance to the Nazi occupation of France during World War Two is viewed as a heroic struggle for national liberation. In stark contrast, Palestinian resisters are labelled ‘terrorists.’

Despite the best efforts of the United States and other Western governments as well as the mainstream media to portray Israel as the victim in this conflict, the numbers make evident who is doing most of the killing and who is doing most of the dying. The fact that a people forced to live under an illegal foreign military occupation are portrayed as the aggressors constitutes a stunning example of Orwellian doublespeak.

Collaborating with the Colonizers

This violent expansion of Israeli control over all of Palestine fulfils the European Zionist dream initiated in the late 19th century. Sadly, over the past couple of decades, some Palestinian leaders have been complicit in the Zionist project. The Oslo peace process during the 1990s saw the PLO recognize the state of Israel and in return Israel permitted the Palestinians limited self-governance in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. However, the so-called peace process postponed addressing the crucial issue of ‘the right of return’ for Palestinian refugees.

The first Palestinian parliamentary elections under the Oslo Accords were held in 1996 and were won by Fatah, the PLO’s political party, which then headed the new Palestinian Authority government. The Palestinian Authority began receiving significant aid from Western governments. In return, the Palestinian Authority has policed the Palestinian population on Israel’s behalf in the areas of the Occupied Territories that it governs. In other words, in the same way that Indian administrators and police oversaw the day-to-day governing of colonial India on behalf of the British colonizers, the Palestinian Authority has served the Israeli colonizers of the Occupied Territories in return for Western aid and a reduced Israeli military presence.

The infusion of foreign aid, especially funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is intended to achieve ‘economic peace’ by allowing sectors of the Palestinian population to attain a certain material comfort without challenging the ongoing Israeli occupation and the continued expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which violate both the Oslo Accords and international law. In reference to the long-running, oft-stalled peace talks, former UN Special Rapporteur Dugard recently stated, “I think the strategy of Israel and also of the United States is simply to allow talks to go on forever and ever, while Israel annexes more land and takes over Palestinian territory.”

Meanwhile, the economic model emerging in the West Bank is not sustainable because it is almost entirely dependent on foreign aid and international NGOs. Furthermore, the benefits from the economic model are largely restricted to Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government, creating what is known in the West Bank as the ‘Ramallah bubble.’ As Dr. Hanan Chehata, a professor of law and former correspondent for the Middle East Monitor, explains,

… while those in Ramallah may currently travel throughout that small city relatively unimpeded, Palestinians in the rest of the region are subjected to daily humiliation at Israeli road blocks and military checkpoints; they also have to endure indiscriminate arrests and unjustified interrogations leading frequently to torture and sometimes to death. While the residents of Ramallah can go to work in the day reasonably secure in the knowledge that they will return home in the evening to a hot meal and well-rested family members, other Palestinians leave their homes not knowing if their houses will still be standing when they return or if they will have been demolished by Israeli Caterpillar bulldozers in order to make room for new Israeli settlements.

In other words, if the Palestinian Authority and its supporters cooperate with the Israeli colonizers they will receive economic rewards and be spared the excessive brutality wielded by the Israeli military. But those who insist on actively resisting the colonizers will bear the full force of Israeli aggression. Not surprisingly, in the eyes of many Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority has sold out to the colonizers by colluding with Israel and the United States to achieve ‘economic peace’ at the expense of national liberation.

The growing discontent with the Palestinian Authority became evident in the 2006 general elections when Fatah was handily defeated by Hamas. Following the election, Fatah refused to hand over power in the West Bank and, with the support of Israel and Western nations, has continued to rule for the past nine years as an un-elected government—while Hamas has governed Gaza.

The one place that elections have been allowed to take place is in universities and these are seen as a barometer that reflects the political views of the broader Palestinian population. In the student council elections at Birzeit University in Ramallah last month, the Hamas-affiliated Islamic Wafaa’ Bloc defeated Fatah’s student party, winning a majority of the seats. Nadine Suleiman, a fourth-year public administration student, explained why she voted for Hamas: “I detest the corruption of the PA [Palestinian Authority], their security coordination with Israel which involves arresting and killing Palestinians who are on Israel’s wanted list while Palestinians get nothing in return. The PA is only interested in keeping its wealth and privilege.”

The Palestinian Authority’s US-funded security forces quickly responded to the Birzeit University election results by arresting four students belonging to the winning party and then interrogating and beating them. In total, 25 students throughout the West Bank were arrested and scheduled elections in An-Najah National University and Hebron University were postponed. According to Human Rights Watch, “It is deeply worrying that students are being held by Palestinian forces for no apparent reason other than their connection to Hamas or their opinions.”

So while on the international front the Palestinian Authority has challenged Israel by gaining membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), on the ground in the West Bank it regularly arrests, interrogates, imprisons and tortures Palestinians who are viewed as sympathetic to Hamas or who aggressively challenge the Israeli occupation in their quest for liberation. As a result of its failure to call new elections, its corruption with regard to handling foreign aid and its collusion with the illegal Israeli occupation, many Palestinians no longer view the Palestinian Authority government as legitimate.

In contrast, Hamas is seen by many Palestinians as actively resisting Israel, and it is this perception—and its relative lack of corruption—that lies at the root of its popular support. This resistance has also led Israel to launch three large-scale military assaults against Gaza during the past seven years (2008, 2012 and 2014). According to the United Nations, the Israeli military’s seven-week invasion of Gaza last year resulted in the deaths of 2,025 Palestinians, including 1,483 civilians, of whom 521 were children. Meanwhile, 71 Israelis died, of which 66 were soldiers. Additionally, more than half a million Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes by the assault.

The One-State Solution

The Palestinian Authority has accepted the two-state solution proposed as part of the Oslo peace process. The basic idea being that the West Bank and Gaza would constitute a Palestinian state (only 23 percent of Palestine) with the remainder being Israel. But the Palestinian Authority’s support for a two-state solution is at odds with the wishes of the majority of Palestinians. In a poll conducted last year, 60 percent of Palestinians believed in a one-state solution while only 27 percent supported the two-state option.

The two-state solution constantly being touted by the United States and other Western nations, and backed by the Palestinian Authority, is completely out of touch with the reality in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. According to Tariq Dana, a professor at Birzeit University in Ramallah, “A two-state solution is not possible. It is not viable given the reality on the ground.”

The reality that Dana is referring to is the constantly expanding illegal Jewish settlements that are now home to almost half a million Jews. The settlements now cover more than 40 percent of the West Bank, dominating the best agricultural land and access to the region’s principal water supply. As Daniella Weiss, a Zionist former mayor of a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, admitted a few years ago, “I think the settlements prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state in the land of Israel. This is the goal. And this is the reality.” Clearly, any two-state solution that creates a viable Palestinian state would require the dismantling of these settlements and removal of the settlers from what the Zionists consider to be their Holy Land.

Far from dismantling the settlements, Israel’s policies are further entrenching them. With its building of the separation barrier, the Israeli government is seeking to annex the settlements into the state of Israel, which would leave the Palestinians with three small, unconnected chunks of arid and rocky land that lack access to essential water supplies. Such an outcome would not constitute a viable Palestinian state.

Many Palestinians support the establishment of a single state of Palestine in which Arabs and Jews would have equal rights. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the second largest member of the PLO after Fatah and a terrorist group in the eyes of the United States, Canada and the European Union because it advocates armed struggle, is opposed both to the Palestinian Authority government and the two-state solution. According to the PFLP,

The Palestinian liberation movement is not a racial movement with aggressive intentions against the Jews. It is not directed against the Jews. … The aim of the Palestinian liberation movement is to establish a democratic national state in Palestine in which both Arabs and Jews will live as citizens with equal rights and obligations and which will constitute an integral part of the progressive democratic Arab national presence living peacefully with all forces of progress in the world.

Hamas also sees the one-state solution as the only answer, albeit an Islamic state in which the rights of Jews are protected. But creating an Islamic Palestine would simply replace one religious state (Israel) with another. Given that Palestine is the Holy Land of three religions (Islam, Judaism and Christianity) and the fact that a significant portion of the Palestinian population supports a secular state, the solution to this seemingly intractable conflict could be the replacement of a Zionist state with a secular democratic nation in which all citizens—Jewish, Christian and Muslim—have equal rights and responsibilities.

Conclusion

The establishment of a Zionist state in the middle of the Arab world for Jewish migrants from Europe was only possible due to the support of Western imperialist powers including the United States, Britain and Canada. And Israel’s existence and ongoing expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem constitutes the continuation of European colonialism into the 21st century at the expense of the Palestinian people who have lived there for two thousand years.

Given this reality, the Jewish state of Israel should be viewed as both illegitimate and yet another catastrophic consequence of Western imperialism. The only just solution to this entrenched conflict is to finally allow Palestinians to establish the independent state they should have attained following World War Two and to allow for the return of all refugees. In other words, a single, secular Palestinian state in which Jews, Christians and Muslims all share equal rights. Such a one-state solution is not anti-Semitic, it is sensible.

Garry Leech is an independent journalist and author of numerous books including Capitalism: A Structural Genocide (Zed Books, 2012); Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon Press, 2009); and Crude Interventions: The United States Oil and the New World Disorder (Zed Books, 2006). ). He is also a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University in Canada.

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Shameless Dershowitz Campaigns For Israel

Shameless Dershowitz  Campaigns For Israel

January 31, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon

Alan Dershowitz, recently implicated in a sex scandal, is campaigning for Israel. The shameless Harvard Professor is begging for Jewish support following recent Zionist leaders calls to dissociate from him and his acts.

Interestingly enough, Dershowitz is correct – the West Bank Settlements are not an obstacle as far as peace is concerned. If anything they make the One State Solution into the only viable resolution of the conflict. The real and only obstacle to peace is the embarrassing fact that the word ‘peace’ doesn’t even exist in the modern Hebrew language. The word shalom, usually translated into peace doesn’t really mean peace, harmony or reconciliation. Shalom actually means ‘security for the Jews.’ As such, Shalom is a non empathic judeo-centric notion sustained by blindness to otherness. The only obstacle to peace in the Middle East is the lack of the notion of peace within the Israeli and modern Hebraic culture. Once again, it is the comprehension of Jewish culture that enlighten us on the conflict and the prospect of its resolution.

A Message of Hope and Defiance

Posted on  by Nahida Exiled Palestinian

Palestinians, my Beloved

I call upon you, my Palestinian brothers and sister to speak up, to raise your voices, to write, to comment, to make videos, to share your suppressed narrative.

For many years, Palestinians had no voice, except through Zionized media. When, finally some of them tried to make their voices heard, their narrative was snipped (censored) by the scissors of “antisemitism” accusations on the one hand and “terrorism” on the other, by no other than those who allegedly “stand by them”

NO

LEGITIMATE RESISTANCE and self-defense of one’s family, children, and homeland is NOT “terrorism”, OCCUPYING the Land of others is.

Calling for FULL LIBERATION of our STOLEN Homeland, PROSECUTION of CRIMINALS, REPARATION and COMPENSATION is NOT “antisemitism”

Refusal of the raped to marry her rapist (coexist with her rapist) is NOT hateful

Refusal of Palestinians to accept “coexistence” with those who GENOCIDED them for seven decades is NOT inhumane, NOT injustice, NOT hateful and NOT immoral

Yes we are commanded to strive for peace and coexistence, but we are NOT commanded to maintain “peaceful coexistence” with dangerous Criminals and mass-murderers.

Jewish “israeli” Criminals are dealt with by bringing to justice to be prosecuted; either to be deported or locked up, just like any other criminals in the world
My Beloved

Do not let Zionist hasbara and their hypnotic “perception management” control you

Do not allow them to censor your legitimate aspirations of LIBERATION

Do not self-censor your thought for fear of offending those whose heart is dwelling in the camp of the USURPERS, because of tribal loyalties and conflict of interest

Stand up tall

Speak up for your rights

Fear NOT their slander or accusations

Don’t let your courageous children down

Make them a promise to stand by them under all circumstances

A promise to live up to their dignity and heroism

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THE PERPETUITY OF ZIONIST LIES: ICONIC MIDEAST PHOTO IS A FAKE

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DECEMBER 21, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Even in the midst of supposedly exposing a deception, another deception is engaged in simultaneously. Such is the schizophrenic nature of Jewishness. Instead of sticking to journalistic professionalism and focusing squarely on the fact that one of the most popular photos in the history of the criminal Zionist usurpation of Palestine is a gargantuan fraud, the piece below too often wades into what is tantamount to a nostalgic eulogy for the prospects of “peace” and a Jewish-Palestinian regime of friendship and coexistence governed by “Liberal” Zionism, which, for the record, never existed to begin with, as the most murderous, expansionist “Israeli” regimes came from “The Left”. A fantastical scenario in which Palestinians and “Israeli” occupiers sit around a campfire and sing songs of brotherhood, espoused by “Liberal” Zionists and their ilk to this moment, isn’t the only thing laid to rest with the following revelation, it is also the solutions of those seemingly good-intentioned  “solidarity activists” who just can’t shut up about a “one state” or “two states”. Jewish-Zionist usurpers and indigenous Palestinians cannot coexist;  the very suggestion of it is an affront to justice.

Why should the aboriginal people of Palestine, ethnically cleansed from their homeland in the Nakba and Jewish colonial purges before it going all the way back to the 1880s, have to throw away the keys to their homes they’ve been holding for decades and share their homes with squatting Jewish thieves?

Why should the aboriginal people of Palestine, made refugees by deranged Jewish terrorists decades ago, return to their homeland and be inconvenienced with the criminal, shaytanic presence of their tormentors? Because colonized Arab “solidarity activists” in the West are scared stiff of the vengeful replies of their Jewish “allies” who are more concerned with Jewish matters than the Palestinian cause they claim to be fighting for? No. Absolutely not.

What this story shows is that the liberation of Palestine isn’t going to come from scores of cutesy-wootsy photographs coupled with ultra-liberal tweets.

Al-Aqsa, Qoubbat al-Sakhrah and Holy Al-Quds as a whole aren’t going to be cleansed of colonizer filth through “solidarity” events with Jews who really haven’t disconnected their identities from the supremacy of their decadent culture. Al-Jalil isn’t going to be made pure again through write-ups on the “peace” and “security” that could commence via the implementation of a “one state solution” that sees Zionists maintaining their Jewish privilege as inhabitants of the Holy Land but insists they will be “sharing” it with Palestinians, the actual natives. Palestine will only be liberated through the righteousness of the Palestinian Resistance’s arms, and it is our job on the outside, especially those of us who have direct ethnic, national and religious ties to the Arab-Islamic region, to back this righteousness, and do all we can in the mean time to expose the Jewish Power Configuration in all its manifestations, whether it is presenting itself as a genocidal neocon, or, more subversively, a Jewish “anti-Zionist” activist. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)

by Naomi Zeveloff, The Jewish Daily Forward

One week into Israel’s war with Gaza this past summer, superstar Rihanna tweeted a photo of an Israeli boy and a Palestinian boy with their arms around each other facing away from the camera: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict!” she wrote. “Is there any hope?….”

The photo was posted as damage control after the pop star tweeted — and then eight minutes later deleted — the hashtag #FreePalestine. That initial tweet provoked an immediate barrage from Israel advocates on Twitter asking if she supported Hamas. It’s not clear to what degree the photo mollified her critics. But what Rihanna didn’t know was that the photo is actually a fake.

The boys in the picture aren’t an Israeli and a Palestinian, but two Israeli Jews.

The 1993 photo, taken three months after the signing of the Oslo Accords, is one of the most iconic pictures from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In it, a boy in a red shirt with a yarmulke and a boy in a black shirt and a keffiyeh walk with their arms slung over each other’s shoulders. Though the background is blurry, they are clearly in the white and green environs of Jerusalem, meandering on a dirt path to an unknown destination. They appear to be lost in conversation, oblivious to the photographer behind them.

In addition to Rihanna’s tweet — which was retweeted by 46,000 people — the photograph has been reproduced hundreds of times on the Internet, appearing in the American Jewish magazine Tikkun, on the web site of the Israel advocacy group Jerusalem Institute of Justice, on various American and Israeli news sites and Facebook pages, and even on the blog belonging to Jack Kornfield, one of the most prominent Buddhists in America.

Yet unlike the other famous pictures documenting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — such as the 1967 photo of three Israeli soldiers at the Western Wall, or the 1993 shot of Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shaking hands on the White House lawn — the photo of the two boys is purely allegorical. With their backs to the camera, the boys are anonymous stand-ins for all Israelis and Palestinians. Set against the backdrop of one of the oldest cities on earth, the picture has a timeless quality. It’s a depiction of what might have been, and what could be in the future, in spite of today’s moribund peace process.

It’s also completely staged.

“I think I felt awkward about it,” said the boy in the yarmulke, speaking now some 21 years later as an adult.

The Israeli boy in the yarmulke is Zvi Shapiro, the son of two secular American-Israelis. The Palestinian boy is Zemer Aloni, an Israeli Jew. The only real aspect of the photo is that the boys were indeed friends and that the picture was taken in their Jerusalem neighborhood ofAbu Tor, which straddles the 1949 armistice line and contains both a Jewish and an Arab section. The boys grew up on the Jewish side of the neighborhood, and while they both recall interactions with Palestinians, neither counted close friends on the other side of the line.

The picture was taken by Ricki Rosen, an American photojournalist who has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for 26 years. Rosen snapped the photo on assignment for Maclean’s, the national news magazine of Canada, for a cover story about the Oslo Peace Accords. Rosen said that the magazine’s art director was so specific in what he wanted that he even drew her a picture — one boy in a yarmulke, the other in a keffiyeh shot from the back walking down a long road, which was supposed to symbolize the road to peace. He didn’t care whether the boys were actually Israelis or Palestinians, nor did it occur to him that the Palestinian’s keffiyeh would be styled in a way more typical for elderly Palestinian men than for young boys.

“It was a symbolic illustration,” said Rosen. “It was never supposed to be a documentary photo.” She also took other real-life photos for the same article.

Rosen, who also lived in Abu Tor, asked her neighbor Haim Shapiro, then a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, if he would be willing to volunteer his young son for the Jewish boy in the assignment. “If there was any place to find a Palestinian kid who would agree to do this, it would have been Abu Tor,” said Rosen. “But I didn’t look because I thought it would be a very difficult thing. The relations had completely broken down after the first intifada, and Palestinians were very fearful of being seen as collaborating with Israelis because collaborators were being killed.” Instead, Zvi Shapiro’s best friend Zemer Aloni, who lived a block away, would wear the keffiyeh. Aloni said that the fact that he has “Eastern roots” — his father is an Iranian Jew — made him an appropriate choice for the job.

On the day of the shoot, Rosen brought a keffiyeh that she used to leave on her dashboard on reporting trips to the West Bank during the first intifada — a safeguard against her vehicle being pelted by stones and Molotov cocktails — and dressed 12-year-old Aloni in it. Zvi Shapiro, then 11, donned a yarmulke, and the two went for a walk on the nearby Sherover Promenade.

“Ricki told us to just talk to each other,” said Shaprio. “It’s also funny because I don’t think we would have necessarily put our arms around each other the way we are.” Rosen shot several images of the pair that day, including one from the front that is rarely reproduced.

In 2002, the photo was digitized as part of Rosen’s collection on Corbis Images, a Seattle-based company that manages licensing for editorial and creative photographs. On the Corbis web site, there is no indication that the photograph is fake; it is categorized as a stock image under “News.” Yet even though the photo is copyrighted, the vast majority of the reproductions online — Rihanna’s included — have occurred without Rosen’s or Corbis’s knowledge or permission. On some sites, such as that of Tikkun, the photograph is credited as Creative Commons, meaning anyone can use it — a categorization to which Rosen never agreed. Without control over where the image appears, Rosen said, she is unable to explain to those who would use it that the photo is staged. Nor has she been properly compensated for her work.

It wasn’t until after Rihanna tweeted the photo and Zvi Shapiro’s mother brought it to Rosen’s attention that she realized how many people were posting the image without her consent. She said that Corbis is looking into Rihanna’s usage on her behalf. If Rosen is not financially compensated, she said. “I want her to retweet it with my credit and say, ‘I am sorry for stealing the intellectual property of another artist.’” She would also like Rihanna to explain that the photo isn’t really of a Palestinian and an Israeli kid, but is meant to represent “the hopes then for peace down the road.”

After the photo shoot, Shapiro and Aloni remained close friends for a few years but began to drift apart in middle school. Shapiro said that the last time he saw Aloni was when they were both in the army and they ran into each other at a coffee shop, a meeting Aloni did not recall. Shapiro, now 32, said that his experience in the army — he was stationed in Jerusalem during the Palestinian suicide bombing campaign in the second intifada — left him wanting to go to a “place that was the least like Israel as I could find.” Rather than travel to India or South America, like many Israelis do after the army, he enrolled in Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He is now completing a doctoral program in child clinical psychology at Pennsylvania State University. Married to a woman who does not speak Hebrew, he does not know if or when he will return to Israel.

After Aloni’s army service, he was trained as an architect at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Now 33, he is working as an architect in Nahalal, near Haifa, where he lives with his wife. Aloni said that looking back on the photo, he had no qualms about appearing as a Palestinian. “I don’t see Arabs as the enemy,” he said. “If someone told me I looked like an Arab, I wouldn’t care. It’s not something to be ashamed of.” When asked whether some Palestinians might consider the outfit degrading — akin to blackface in America — he said he had never considered the issue in that light. “America is much more politically correct about stuff than here.”

Shapiro, on the other hand, said that the racial aspect of the photo now strikes him as “really, really strange.”

“I think it’s probably less acceptable today than it was then,” he said. Because he’s not religious, he also felt like a bit of an imposter wearing a yarmulke. “It’s really not me in the picture, but it’s even less him,” he said of Aloni.

“One of the things I feel about it is just kind of sad,” said Shapiro. “There was a brief period where it didn’t seem as far-fetched as it does now. And it could have just been my naivete as a child, but I felt it almost symbolizes something that we have lost and that I hope we can regain. I think there is a genuine belief that if there is a peaceful solution there can be not only peace but camaraderie and real friendship.”

Aloni called the image a “wishful thinking picture.” He added, “Then it was almost a reality, and now it is like a vision.”

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EU: Court decision to remove Hamas from terror list “legal” not “political”

Palestinian militants of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, take part in a parade marking the 27th anniversary of the resistance movement's creation on December 14, 2014 in Gaza City. AFP / Mahmoud Hams

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Updated at 3:24 pm (GMT +2): Palestinian resistance group Hamas must be removed from the EU’s terrorism blacklist, but its assets will stay frozen, a European court ruled on Wednesday, hours before the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders “in principle.”

The original listing of Hamas in 2001 was based not on sound legal judgements but on conclusions derived from the media and the Internet, the General Court of the European Union said in a statement.

But it stressed that Wednesday’s decision to remove Hamas was based on technical grounds and does “not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group.”

The freeze on Hamas’s funds will also temporarily remain in place for three months pending any appeal by the EU, the Luxembourg-based court said.

Hamas, which has been in power in the Gaza Strip since 2007, had appealed against its inclusion on the blacklist on several grounds.

Hamas’s military wing was added to the European Union’s first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

The EU blacklisted the political wing of Hamas in 2003 after the group claimed responsibility for a spate of attacks on Israeli targets during the Second Intifada, a popular uprising that erupted in 2000 against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

Hamas was founded in 1987 shortly after the start of the first Palestinian Intifada.

Reactions

The European Union said Hamas is still on its terror list despite Wednesday’s ruling.

“The EU continues to consider Hamas a terrorist organization,” European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic confirmed, saying the EU General Court’s decision “is a legal ruling, and not a political decision taken by EU governments.”

Hamas, meanwhile, hailed the decision, describing the move as a “victory for justice.”

“We thank the European Court for its decision. This is a victory for all advocates of liberation from all forms of occupation,” senior Hamas member Moussa Abu Marzouq said.

A lawyer for Hamas, Liliane Glock, told AFP she was “satisfied with the decision.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded the EU immediately restore Hamas to its terrorism blacklist.

“We are not satisfied with the European explanation by which Hamas has been withdrawn from this list. We expect the Europeans to puts Hamas back on the list immediately,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

Palestinian state “in principle”

Meanwhile, the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed the recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders “in principle” on Wednesday, following a series of votes on the issue in EU nations which have enraged Israel.

Lawmakers approved the non-binding motion by 498 votes to 88 with 111 abstentions, although it was a watered down version of an original motion which had urged EU member states to recognize a Palestinian state unconditionally.

The motion said the parliament “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.”

The socialist, greens and radical left groups in the European Parliament had wanted an outright call for the recognition of Palestinian statehood.

But the center-right European People’s Party of European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, the leading group in parliament, forced them into a compromise motion linking it to peace talks.

“There is no immediate unconditional recognition (of statehood),” EPP chief Manfred Weber said.

But his socialist counterpart Gianni Pittella insisted it was a “historic decision” and a “victory for the whole parliament.”

European politicians have become more active in pushing for a sovereign Palestine since the collapse of US-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in April, and ensuing conflict in Gaza, where more than 2,000 Palestinians, at least 70 percent of them civilians, and on the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians were killed this summer.

EU’s vote follows Sweden’s decision in October to recognize Palestine and non-binding votes since then by parliaments in Britain, France, Ireland, and Spain in favor of recognition demonstrated growing European impatience with the stalled peace process.

The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-infamous “Balfour Declaration,” called for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state – a move never recognized by the international community.

In 1988, Palestinian leaders led by Yasser Arafat declared the existence of a state of Palestine inside the 1967 borders and the state’s belief “in the settlement of international and regional disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the charter and resolutions of the United Nations.”

Heralded as a “historic compromise,” the move implied that Palestinians would agree to accept only 22 percent of historic Palestine in exchange for peace with Israel. It is now believed that only 17 percent of historic Palestine is under Palestinian control following the continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) this year set November 2016 as the deadline for ending the Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967 and establishing a two-state solution.

It is worth noting that numerous Palestinian factions, including Hamas, as well as pro-Palestine advocates support a one-state solution in which Israelis and Palestinians would be treated equally, arguing that the creation of a Palestinian state beside Israel would not be sustainable and that it would mean recognizing a state of Israel on territories seized forcefully by Zionists before 1967.

They also believe that the two-state solution, which is the only option considered by international actors, won’t solve existing discrimination, nor erase economic and military tensions.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar, Anadolu)

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