One-state Palestinian thinktank says, We cannot wait for Israel to shape our future

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takamol2A few weeks back, our Jerusalem correspondent, Anees, reported that signs were popping up in Ramallah promoting the one-state solution– one of them is above. The group behind the signs was "Takamol," but Anees could get no fix on what the agenda is. Now he has:

I got an answer re: my inquiry about the Takamol people who put up the pro-one-state ads in the West Bank. Quote: Takamol are an think tank/advocacy group and not a political party or NGO. The coordinator for Takamol is Yasser al-Masri. I have seen an introductory text about the group, and it’s important to point out that [contrary to what I thought was a possibility] it is not related to the PA. Its message says basically: "The 2SS is over, Israel rejected and rejects the historical settlement criteria, thus it is our right and duty to re-engage a struggle covering all of Palestine and all the issues. It’s a mistake to wait for Israel to shape a solution, we must take the initiative to frame the solution that guarantees our rights."

Work is underway on the group’s website, a brochure detailing its vision/message/values/objectives/methods of operation, as well as on a future seminar.

12 Responses

  1. Citizen
    July 17, 2010, 8:50 am

    The western powers never backed a 2-state solution to S Africa’s troubles.

    • Jim Haygood
      July 17, 2010, 12:27 pm

      Bingo. And the discontiguous West Bank and Gaza, already politically split, are no more economically viable than the bantustans were.

      Apartheid asserted South Africa’s right to exist as a white-ruled state. Substitute ‘Israel’ and ‘Jewish’ — same result.

      • wondering jew
        July 17, 2010, 3:52 pm

        Admittedly the boundaries of 67 Israel are not the borders envisioned in the partition plan, but the partition plan explicitly envisioned two states. When the officially recognized representatives of the Palestinians give up on a two state solution things will be different, but until that time, the western powers really have no wiggle room in asserting anything other than a two state solution. The fact that the western powers do not see the right of return as part of the solution, since they assert the “Geneva Accords” vision with a severely limited right of return, is certainly much more of an argument rather than asserting any equivalence to the lack of a two state solution in the case of South Africa.

      • RoHa
        July 17, 2010, 11:02 pm

        The Partition plan is irrelevant. I was never more than a suggestion, and was never adopted. The majority of the people who would have been affected by it rejhected the plan.

        The Palestinians gave up their demand for a unified Palestine and, from sheer desparation, put the two-state solution on the table in the 1970s. And there it has been ever since. The western powers rather hope that Israel will pick it up, which is why they still support it.

      • RoHa
        July 17, 2010, 11:03 pm

        desperation .

      • RoHa
        July 17, 2010, 11:03 pm

        Why can’t we have an “edit” fucnction?

  2. Miss Dee Mena
    July 17, 2010, 8:59 am

    The PA might not have been behind it but if it had had any grievances with the poster being there in the first place it would have been pulled down fast. A friend of mine spoke with one of the people behind the ad and he confirmed the PA kind of supported the ad as a roundabout threat to Israel should direct talks not pan out. The PA is very quick to take action against anybody or organisation which it assumes might be considering providing credible opposition.

    Busloads of peaceful Hizb At Tahrir supporters were arrested and prevented from convening in Ramallah today by Palestinian security forces.

    • potsherd
      July 17, 2010, 10:27 am

      This is the government the Palestinians voted out of office because of its corruption and collaboration.

      The ad is certainly right about one thing: time is running out. Has probably already run out. This is the consequnce of Abbas’s delays. He acts like he has all the time in the world.

  3. annie
    July 17, 2010, 11:01 am

    sweet. why not say it?

  4. Psychopathic god
    July 17, 2010, 11:13 am

    Muzzlewatch email blast today: The Israel Project Pressures Fenton Group to Drop Gaza account

    Jeremy ben Ami had worked for Fenton. Fenton organized the Gaza flotilla.
    The Israel Project — most of you know who they are: run by Jennifer (?) Mizrahi out of Annapolis, Maryland, direct ties to Bibi Netanyahu, funding by Sheldon Adelson, work directed by people like Frank Luntz.

    • potsherd
      July 17, 2010, 11:28 am

      But they don’t control the media.

    • Jeffrey Blankfort
      July 17, 2010, 8:12 pm

      Fenton didn’t organize the Gaza flotilla. That was done by grass roots activists well before Fenton signed a contract with Qatar which called for him to promote a flotilla that has yet to sail or be organized for that matter..

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