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Qumsiyeh: they once thought equality was impossible in the south

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What a discourse we have. The entire mainstream is dedicated to the idea of a two-state solution, which governments have failed to produce for nearly 20 years of peace process. And it is simply not clear how many Palestinians share belief in this answer. Mazin Qumsiyeh at the Huffington Post cites the reality in the West Bank and American history and ideals:

The Israeli government’s rampant settlement expansion has foreclosed on the two-state solution. Who will have the power to force these modern-day colonizers to comply with international law and depart their illegal colonies? It is not surprising that the talks between the most right-wing government in Israel’s history and the weakest and most divided Palestinian leadership will not advance international law or human rights. Palestinian Bantustans will be passed off as a state with US blessing.

Rejecting Israel’s imposition of apartheid, many have joined us in advocating for a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society with a constitution and a bill of rights. Nearly three decades in the US – much of it in the American South where such equality was once thought impossible – strengthens my resolve to challenge Israeli military personnel seizing Palestinian land and to press for one state with equal rights for all.

Israel wants West Bank land but does not want the people who come with it; a program established decades ago of maximizing geography and minimizing Palestinian demography….

We are willing to pay the price of popular resistance. Yet it is dismaying that the US government gives overwhelming support to a state adhering to supremacist ideologies long discredited by the successful American civil rights movement and anti-apartheid struggle. Governance based on ethnic or religious superiority should have no place in the 21st century.

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