I’ll just jump in one more time to correct misinformation by a couple of previous posters. It’s always interesting when folks resort to ad hominem remarks rather than addressing the issues at hand.
For the record, as ‘echinococcus’ chose to selectively stress, I was indeed born outside Palestine. My family became refugees in 1948 after living for 7 generations in Jaffa. My mother’s nationality was Palestinian according to her ID card. My dad was an anti-Nazi/Anti-Zionist communist (too many ists) who had to flee Germany in 1936 after being tortured and incarcerated by the Nazis. After my brother was born in Palestine the family fled along with many other local Jews (an untold story) and ended up in Scotland where he had political allies.
I have a huge extended family in Palestine/Israel who stretch far back into the Ottoman period, so I came to visit them as a young man, fell in love with the country and have spent about half my time here since the 1970s. My Mom and I used to make trips to Gaza to find her old neighbors who had been kicked out of Jaffa in ’48. Until the post-Oslo period there were regular public buses from Tel Aviv to Gaza City. Now of course it’s impossible.
The Green Olive Collective is a unique bi-national organisation that has set aside claims of ‘ownership’ or sovereignty if favour of fighting injustice and building democracy. We conduct a mix of activism, education, and economic activity to put bread on our tables, and operate tours, Fair Trade merchandising, a volunteer program, and recently initiated a project to develop co-housing communities for Jews and non-Jews to live together. Most of us don’t give a damn who runs the country so long as justice comes for past crimes, and all of us have equal civil and human rights and can go about our lives in freedom and peace. – all of us. We don’t argue about who was here first or who has more rights because of ancestry or religion.
We have little time for Zionists who want an ethnically pure state, or for Anti-Zionists who want to punish ‘the Jews’ for past and present misdeeds. We just want to get on with building a future for ourselves and our children. Make no mistake, we will eventually bring about the demise of the present regime. You are welcome to help. We’re just trying to do it without the kind of slaughter that the US and Russia are now supporting in Syria.
BTW – you’ll note that I use my given name when posting on this forum or any other, despite the flak I often receive from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. I get on average a couple of death threats every month – some from nasty people in the anti-Zionist camp, and some from extreme Zionists. However I like to stand behind my words You all might think about coming out from under the cover of your assumed ‘handles’ when posting. I am happy to correspond privately with any of you. I am easy to find and pm on FaceBook.