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Opinion Editorials, November 2010
One Democratic State Solution for Palestine Gains Momentum
By Mazin QumsiyehAl-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 2, 2010
My book on "Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of hope and empowerment" will be out in two weeks from Pluto Press. We are looking for film-makers or aspiring film-makers to take existing large archives of photographs and video footage of popular and nonviolent resistance from the past 130 years to make a short documentary to accompany the book.
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So the circle is now complete, the Israel-first lobby had pushed for the war on Iraq to align US and Israeli interests and actions. The idea that Americans having to kill and torture Arabs in an illegal invasion and occupation might now understand better Israel's perpetual behavior of killing, displacing, and torturing Arabs. But I think this gamble is beginning to unravel.
The US public was of course against the war on Iraq and over 70% believe it was not in the US interest. But even elites in the US including military and industrial leaders have now started to see Israel and the US wars for Israel as a strategic liability rather than a strategic asset.
But much more needs to be done by civil society (including with the growing boycotts, divestments and sanctions movement) to drive home the point. In the meantime, Israeli government officials still engage are aggressively pursuing their racist policies from attacking demonstrators in Um Al-Faham (including Haneen Zoubi), to attacking Catholic Bishops correctly stating that notions of 'chosenness" should not be used to justify oppression and occupation, to attacking UNESCO (for a balanced report on Israel's attempts to change the character of Muslim and other religious sites under occupation).
Fanatical Zionists have also gone off the deep end by pairing with
racist rightwing politicians in Europe and America. They think the more
divisions the better. An already divided Arab world will be
fragmented even more if these demagogues get their way (whether splitting
South Sudan or reigniting a civil war in Lebanon). People with
common decency must stand against those sawing divisions and mayhem.
My speech delivered via YouTube to the conference for One Democratic
State held in Texas (http://onedemocraticstate.org/
which follows on similar conferences held around the world)"
-Watch what happens when two members of the Israeli war machine (AKA IDF) try to speak in an American campus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPDkq2JHfA0
-Watch how a stall for "Israeli products" is shut down by BDS activists in Brisbane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jkZ4HqMzyk
-Bishops at Meeting Urge Israel to End Its Occupation of Palestinian
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