WHAT NEXT FOR PALESTINE?
I have been reflecting for a couple of months on WHAT NEXT for us Palestinians?? I’d like to share my thoughts with you so I can benefit from your critique and input.
To start with, some quick perspective on recent events… events that we wasted yet another full year waiting for, hoping that someone will miraculously help us or will be “kind” to do something for us:
i- The platforms of the US Democratic and Republican parties do not mention two-state or Palestine. In fact, they regressed from past positions and are now pseudo-Likud positions.
ii- Candidate Trump said he wanted to be fair and impartial so he can make the “ultimate deal”. Zionists (Israeli and American) pounced on him and pushed him to take an extreme pro-Israel stand, as always happens with any US political figure. Then he said the reason there is no peace is that Palestinians were given too much. Imagine!
iii- President Trump is surrounding himself with Zionists that make Nutnyahoo look like a liberal lefty and AIPAC look like a Palestinian lobbyist! This includes his son-in-law who pays money for illegal settlements, his friend the new ambassador how lives in a settlement, and fanatic Graham who is chairing a committee to reform higher education.
iv- Nutnyahoo adds settlements and Trump says nothing. Trump will meet Nutnyahoo on Feb 15. Trump has NOT contacted any Palestinian and didn’t even answer any of the letters that the PA sent to him and his team.
v- UNSC resolution was just more words with no action plan, no timeline, and no consequences. Obama/Kerry weakened it. Even Israeli left was against it.
vi- The Paris meeting was a joke. Again, Obama/Kerry totally destroyed any of its initial potentially positive potential, cowering cowardly under Zionist pressure.
vii- The role and response of the US, Australia, Egypt, and Russia in the UNSC and Paris events clearly tell us that this path is a waste of time.
No more waiting for UN to issue yet another meaningless resolution, or hoping for some EU crumbs, or praying for USA to “ingratiate” us with convincing Zionists to delay settlement expansion by a few days, or expecting some Arab dictator will really do anything for us. All laughable actions with false hopes.
Instead, we must recognize that none of these actors did anything for us in decades. What does that mean? Quite simply it means this: THEY DO NOT WANT TO ESTABLISH A STATE OF PALESTINE! No other reason. Because if they really wanted to, Palestine would be celebrating its 30th or 40th independence anniversary.
We must also keep in mind that Zionists continue to connive and continue to be canny; they are not sitting on their laurels. They continue to paint us as terrorists, entice the fundamentalist Christians in USA against us, coerce Arab dictators to have side deals with them using Iran as the wedge, and sell their technology and oppression assets to world dictators so they side with them.
So no more illusions. No more dependency on others. We have to do it ourselves.
Here is what I believe our PATH FORWARD should be:
1- Declare that 2-state solution is no longer possible due to Zionist actions and that we will now pursue a 1S1P1V strategy with equality for all.
2- Annul all agreements with Israel and dissolve all PA institutions, returning total responsibility of Palestine to Israel.
3- Unite all Palestinian groups under one organization.
4- Develop a cohesive communication strategy founded on explaining in PLAIN language the “Day in a Life” of Palestinians under colonial occupation.
5- Mobilize the entire Palestinian population in Palestine for daily non-violent mass demonstrations demanding freedom, civil rights, and human rights.
This last point is THE CORNERSTONE of the strategy. It is ONLY through the continual daily involvement of ALL Palestinians under occupation that we can achieve our goal. So we have to ask ourselves: WHAT IS OUR GOAL? Do we want to do be free? Or are we happy with the current situation, living under military occupation?
That is the true moment of truth, the moment of clarity, for all of us Palestinians.
Time to decide. Time to act.