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Category Archives: One state/Two states
“Palestinians have to also recognize that there is going to be a transition period where the Israeli people cannot expect a replica of Gaza in the West Bank,” President Obama said at the Saban Forum in Washington this weekend (with Haim Saban, above). While Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that he envisions Palestinian “state institutions,” but not statehood. So once again, Israeli security concerns trump Palestinian sovereignty
The struggle for a just peace in Palestine/Israel, we find ourselves at a precarious crossroads. It is clear that the two-state solution is dead and gone, the victim of deliberate Israeli policies of settlement, territorial confiscation and Israel’s refusal to relinquish control over Palestinians’ lives. Yet the Palestinians, whose lead we must follow, have only just begun formulating alternatives, mainly around the notion of a single democratic state. Finding ourselves locked in a political struggle with no end-game for which to advocate is dangerous and self-defeating; it only invites other forces to step into the breach and impose their own agendas. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: ‘The Palestinian struggle is not about independence — it is about liberation’
David Letwin (Jews for Palestinian Right of Return) interviews Dr. Haidar Eid, Associate Professor, Department of English Literature, Al-Aqsa University, Gaza Strip, Palestine. Dr. Eid is also a one-state activist and a member of Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
What Comes Next: The struggle we are fighting for is the right to assert what our life will look like
Frank Barat talks with Leila Farsakh and Noura Erakat in a wide-ranging interview that took place during a conference in Brussels called “New paradigms for Israel/Palestine.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
The two-state solution was based on the idea that West Bank Palestinians would sell out Palestinian refugees to have sovereignty over a fragmented state. But Palestinians never accepted that deal, and of course neither did Israelis, and the continuing dispossession in the West Bank makes violence inevitable.
It’s barely 100 meters, but a fence Israel plans to build through four villages in the heart of the iconic hills of the West Bank shows how deep the occupation reaches into Palestinian life. Earlier this month, the Israeli military ordered the construction of a separation fence in the north central West Bank on agricultural land belonging to four Palestinian villages. This fence is not an extension of the famous separation barrier. Rather it will be a free-floating chain linked plank in the heart of the West Bank. A miniature version of the wall, it separates nothing and can easily be bypassed on foot. Still this fence is part of a patchwork of barriers in the Nablus district that trace the highway system. Allison Deger reports an exclusive.
Is it worth the one state in Israel/Palestine if Jewish and Palestinian particularity vanish into a universalism that carries its own demons? Of course, the One State solution doesn’t have to diminish Jewish and Palestinian particularity. Yet few who yearn for one state join this issue. It’s an issue worth considering.
Noam Sheizaf writes, “We are left with a one-state reality and a two-state political discourse. The Green Line is all but meaningless: the populations are totally mixed. A separation mechanism–a nationalistic debate in both societies and the Jewish de facto sovereignty over the entire land– is preventing the implementation of a just political mechanism, one which would be in sync with the geographic and demographic reality.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Mazin Qumsiyeh: “I am 100% sure that peace will come to this troubled land. I am equally sure that this will involve Palestinian refugees being finally allowed to implement their inalienable right to choose to return to their homes and lands. My certainty is based on the lessons of history in Palestine and lessons from similar struggles like South Africa, Vietnam, and Algeria.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
The debate about one state or two states masks something basic: the diplomatic dance around the two-state solution has been one long performance, a means to manage the zero-sum conflict between Israeli settler-capitalism and the Palestinian right to self-determination. The talk around a solution is Western circles is irrelevant, if not actively damaging. For it presumes, and thereby reinforces, the myth that either are on the table. They are not. What is on the table for the foreseeable future, especially in the absence of massive revolt in the region and especially amongst Palestinians, is sustained occupation, settlement expansion, and further Bantustanization.
Emily Schaeffer writes, “There is a wide gulf between what I envision as a just future for Israel/Palestine and what I view as the best possible outcome given the current reality – and the latter becomes increasingly bleak with every day’s new facts on the ground.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Dinna Omar: “before approving a state – a nation-state – one must also build an internal structure, must create a state of being built on equal footing. This means we need to build institutions, implement policies, and disseminate work that reverses the roles of oppressed and oppressor, the roles of those who are chosen and privileged over those who are un-chosen, beneath, and subjugated.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Uri Avnery has achieved many great things as a journalist and a peace activist. Nonetheless, it is important to challenge the many fallacious claims Avnery makes to bolster the arguments in his latest article, dismissing the growing comparisons being made between Israel and apartheid South Africa.
Former Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Avraham Burg writes, “So enough of the illusions. There are no longer two states between the Jordan River and the sea. We must consider how we can enter into the new Israeli discourse. It has intriguing potential. The next diplomatic formula that will replace the “two states for two peoples” will be a civilian formula.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Mouin Rabbani writes an entry for our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” Rabbani says it is insufficient for advocates of a one state solution to simply argue that one state is right and just and better than the alternatives. Rather, they need to present a credible strategy for achieving what would amount to the unconditional surrender of the Israeli state. Rabbani says, “the question in 2013 is therefore not whether a one or two state outcome is more just or right or fair. Rather it is what strategy Palestinians should pursue to achieve their inalienable rights, first and foremost the right to national self-determination.”
What Comes Next: The one state/two state debate is irrelevant as Israel and the US consolidate Greater Israel
We are excited to share Noam Chomsky’s addition to our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” Chomsky argues the one state/two state debate is crucially flawed because it ignores a third option that Israel is pursuing with constant US support – the consolidation of Greater Israel. This reality not only means Palestinians will continue to live under an ongoing occupation, but also that any hopes for a regional peace settlement with Iran is highly unlikely.
Abir Kopty writes: Those who oppose the farce of negotiations or the two state solution are often faced with the question: “what is your alternative?” The answer: Liberation. This may be the best time to envision liberation, the decolonization of Palestine. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
In a series of recent blog posts, MJ Rosenberg has unleashed a shocking stream of invective directed against Ali Abunimah, including: “I believe that Ali Abunimah would be ecstatic if Israel was destroyed, blown off the face of the earth, along with every one of its people because, after all, the Jews in Palestine are, by definition, Zionists, even the kids.” Rosenberg should take a step back and re-evaluate. He owes Abunimah and his readership an apology.
Norman Finkelstein says it is hard to conceive how the struggle to change U.S. foreign policy can be won in the face of determined Jewish opposition, and thus American Jewish opinion on a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be taken into account. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Udi Aloni writes, “Binationalism is not a new idea dreamed up by some fringe philosopher or other. It is the reality that we still refuse to recognize. Now, after one hundred years of conflict, with no solution in sight, the time has come to present binationalism in all its glory.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Our series “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm” returns today with entries from Omar Barghouti and Udi Aloni. Barghouti describes the process of decolonization in Israel/Palestine writing: “Decolonization should not be understood as a blunt and absolute reversal of colonization . . . [but] should be regarded as a negation of the aspects of colonialism that deny the rights of the colonized indigenous population and, as a byproduct, dehumanize the colonizers themselves.” Aloni makes the case for binationalism saying, “it is the reality that we still refuse to recognize. Now, after one hundred years of conflict, with no solution in sight, the time has come to present binationalism in all its glory.”
Is the Jewish Theological Seminary dreaming of a world where Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist?
This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Most people assume I was trained in the Reform movement. They’re wrong. I started my Hebrew School … Continue reading
What Comes Next: Once the one-state reality in Israel/Palestine is recognized, the basis for a comprehensive peace will be clear
Chris Toensing argues that advocates for the Palestinians do themselves no favors when they see Israel only as the oppressor of an occupied and dispossessed people. Rather, the world needs to know that the State of Israel is no ephemeral interlude, but the culmination of a project that has altered Palestine irrevocably and will be formative of Palestine’s future. The sooner the one-state reality is clear, the sooner the basis for a comprehensive peace can show its face. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Haidar Eid argues a rights-based movement isn’t enough to challenge Israel apartheid, there also needs to be a political framework to guide action. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Marc Ellis writes, “There are no easy answers but one possible framework to work on is the linkage between Jews and Palestinians in Israel/Palestine and Jews and Palestinians in their respective Diasporas.” This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”