re Mooser: "Yes! A dual citizenship which gives them all the rights of an American without in any way compromising or eclipsing their Palestinian identity and citizenship.
Just like so many Israelis have."
Thanks, Mooser, for making an excellent point. The drawback of my suggestion (to offer Palestinians the opportunity to come here and become citizens) is that they should not be obliged to leave their own land to gain the dignity of a decent life and citizenship in a state that accords them equal rights.
My suggestion, from that perspective, would compound our complicity in the crimes of theft and ethnic cleansing. It could complete the process of eliminating Palestinian identity. For that reason, I didn't start to put forward the idea of offering refuge to the refugees of Palestine until I gave up hope that Israel would accord a decent life and equal rights to them. That also meant that I gave up hope that U.S. politicians would persuade Israel to do so.
I had some hope such a thing might happen in 2005, when RAND released its proposal for "The Arc." https://www.wrmea.org/005-july/special-report-rands-blueprint-for-palestine-fairy-tale-or-nightmare.html To me, it seemed less than perfect, but still a plausible way forward that U.S. politicians could support and finance. Responses in Israel and in Washington quickly showed how far removed from reality my understanding was.
Despite that disillusionment, I had some hope again during Obama's first campaign. He clearly knew the facts, and seemed to be well intentioned. My second disillusionment came more gradually, but was largely complete by the time his second term began.
I don't pretend to be an expert on the Middle East. I've read a few books, several articles, heard some lectures, and followed some websites like this one . . . but I've never been there. I don't speak any of the languages of the region. And I can't predict the future. But I've given up hope for a decent resolution there. Given that, the most I could hope for, during Obama's second term, was a generous refugee policy toward the Palestinians. This might be second best compared with some fantasy alternative, but it was one I could imagine Obama actually implementing, and Congress permitting. Under Trump, even that is not conceivable, but I still hope some future administration might do it.
So the issue you raise is valid and important. I don't want the U.S. to compromise or eclipse whatever Palestinian identity remains. But I don't want to us to force them to live under their current conditions either.
So thanks again for your comment.
As for dual-citizenship, I actually have reservations when it comes to people in positions of high public trust. But that's another subject. It isn't necessary to go there now, especially since our courts seem to have largely mooted any issue there. It's a reality in today's world. I have reservations about unlimited immigration as well, given the projections for world population growth. But a few million Palestinians should not be a problem for us, and I think we owe it to them. Their plight may not be worse than that of many in the world, e.g., the Rohingya, but we didn't contribute to the problems of the Rohingya in the way we did regarding the Palestinians.
re: JohnNeill, "it may be fun to invent positions, but i’ve never seen boomer go anywhere near the corollary of ‘gas the arabs’ as was graffiti’d a long while ago in hebron – yet to be erased or investigated."
Thanks, John. I was taken aback, and baffled, by the comment posted in response to mine, which I had perceived as supportive of Phil and inoffensive to any group. I had intended only to mention a book that some may find relevant, coupled with a general comment about human nature, and about the disparity between rational analysis and emotional reaction. Either I was somehow unclear, or someone was looking to express ideas not really related to my comment. I wasn't sure that I wanted to engage, nor sure how to do so constructively.