[News] On the current political situation in occupied Palestine

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02. Nov, 2010

by Khalid Amayreh

1- The overall situation in occupied Palestine 
has already reached (or is about to reach) the 
point of “no return.” This means that we have 
already passed the chances of peace by. This is 
mainly attributed to the unrelenting Israeli 
settlement-expansion policy all over the occupied 
territories, especially Occupied East 
Jerusalem.  This manifestly  illegal 
policy,  which flies in the face of international 
law,   has rendered the creation of a viable and 
territorially-contiguous Palestinian State on the 
territories occupied in 1967,  a virtually 
impossible  and  unrealistic goal.  In other 
words, Israel has effectively killed the chances 
for a viable Palestinian state. Therefore, one 
can safely claim that the current 
American-sponsored process has already been rendered more or less irrelevant.

The current Israeli government, which is 
indisputably the most hawkish and jingoistic in 
Israel ‘s history, is trying successfully to 
decapitate, once and for all,   any remaining 
chances for peace, mainly by building more 
settlements and further narrowing Palestinian 
horizons. This is also done through irreversibly 
altering the panoramic face of East of Jerusalem 
and obliterating the occupied town’s Arab-Islamic identity.

2- The present political process is doomed to 
failure, for it is none but a mere reproduction 
and repetition of the same past failed efforts, 
especially since the Oslo Accords. Hence, pining 
any real hope on the success of the current 
process is tantamount to indulging in self-deception.

3- The United States government, regardless of 
which administration is in office, is unable or 
unwilling (or both) to force Israel to end its 
enduring occupation of Palestinian land. This is 
mainly imputed to the disproportionate influence 
Israel’s supporters including the so-called 
Jewish Lobby exert on the American policy in this 
part of the world. Needless to say, this 
particular dimension has become well-known to 
many academics, politicians as well as ordinary people.

4- Israel is not really interested in 
any   genuine and durable peace with her 
Palestinian neighbors. Indeed, a country that 
keeps building settlements on occupied land and 
keeps transferring its own citizens to live on a 
land that belongs to another people, is obviously 
not interested in peace. And in order to divert 
the attention of the world from the hard reality 
in Occupied Palestine, Israel and her supporters 
constantly resort to campaigns of lie, 
otherwise  called hasbara, all for the purpose of 
laying the blame on  Palestinians for the 
political deadlock or dead-end which the situation in our region has reached.

5- The Israeli Jewish society is constantly 
drifting toward fascism and racism. For example, 
at least half of the cabinet ministers in the 
current Israeli government, openly and 
shamelessly call for the expulsion of 
Palestinians from Israel and the Occupied 
Territories. A few days ago, a major rabbi in 
Israel was quoted as telling his followers that 
“Non-Jews are very much like donkeys and other 
beasts of burden, created by God so that they 
will serve Jews, the master race.” Moreover, a 
growing number of Israeli officials keep 
referring to settlers as “real human beings” and 
non-Jews as inferior human 
beings.  Unfortunately, this ugly racism doesn’t 
raise many eyebrows in Israel, neither among 
intellectuals, nor among ordinary people.

6- A growing number of Israeli Jewish 
intellectuals are using the controversial issue 
of “the chosen people” to justify tormenting, 
savaging, dehumanizing and even murdering 
Palestinians. Just read the Israeli press and you 
will get a pretty good idea on what I am talking 
about. Unfortunately, fascism in Israel has 
reached such a level that even government 
ministers are sounding the alarm bells that 
fascism is already haunting the Israeli society, pure and simple.

7- As mentioned above, the ultimate collapse of 
the already feeble peace process is a foregone 
conclusion. Needless to say, this could or 
probably would generate waves of extremism and 
violence throughout the region. And extremist 
organizations, such al-Qaeda, would be able to 
double or triple their strength and influence at 
the expense of more moderate groups. The 
resulting radicalization would most certainly 
undermine, inter alia, the peace and stability of 
many countries as well a general radicalizing effect all over the Muslim world.

8- The Palestinian Authority (PA) is effectively 
a police state without a state, and Israel, the 
ultimate slave-master, views the PA as mainly a 
security sub-contractor whose main job is to 
persecute, repress, torture, harass and humiliate 
the Palestinian people on Israel’s behalf. The PA 
is a police state without a state, period. The PA 
is even viewed, at least by many Israelis, as a 
Palestinian Judenrat in the service of Israeli 
interests. A few years ago, Palestinians were 
tormented and brutalized by one oppressor: The 
Israeli occupation authorities. Now, the 
Palestinians are brutalized and savaged by two 
authorities: the Israeli masters and their 
Palestinian Authority slaves. The latter do what 
they do on behalf of the former, mainly to justify their very existence.

9- Israel uses Hamas’s relations with Iran as a 
red herring.  A few years ago, Israel justified 
its criminal blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is 
still in effect, by claiming that it was in 
response to projectiles fired from Gaza toward 
Israel. And after these projectiles came to a 
near total halt, Israel began looking for another 
red herring, claiming that Israel can’t live with 
Iran on its southern borders!!! God knows what 
other distractions and diversionary tactics 
Israel would invoke in order to justify its intransigence and aggression.

10- Finally, Israel is insisting that the 
Palestinians recognize her as a Jewish state. Do 
you know what Israel really means by “Jewish 
state”? Well it means that Israel is insisting 
that the Palestinians acknowledge, formally and 
solemnly, that Israel must obtain the right at 
some point in the future to expel most or all its 
non-Jewish citizens on the ground that Israel is 
Jewish and non-Jews, e.g.  Israel’s 1.8 million 
Palestinian citizens, have no permanent right to 
citizenship by virtue of being non-Jews.

Otherwise, what would make the Israeli government 
of approving a manifestly racist bill obliging 
non-Jews aspiring to obtain the Israeli 
citizenship to pledge an oath of loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state?

11- Israel is trying to blur or divert attention 
from the scandalous nature of this issue by 
constantly invoking the mendacious mantra of 
Israel being a Jewish and democratic 
state.  However, one doesn’t have to have a 
particularly high IQ to realize that whenever 
there is the slightest incompatibility or 
irreconcilability between Israel’s Jewish and 
democratic dimensions, which one will come first.

Finally, there is a widespread feeling that 
Europe is succumbing to American hegemony over 
the peace process, which prevents the Europeans 
from assuming a more pro-active role in the 
peace-making process. Even the PA, which lives 
off European tax-payers’ money, is flying the 
face of Europe and refusing to mitigate its human rights violations at home.

It is therefore time for EU parliament to exert 
pressure on national governments and EU as a 
whole to make sure that EU assistance to the PA 
is not used to encourage and enable the PA to 
torture and violate the basic human rights of 
Palestinians deemed political opponents to the PA regime.

The Palestinian people nearly completely depend 
on the good-will of the world, especially EU, to 
make sure that the PA put an end to its enduring 
reign of terror against its own people.

About the Author:  Khalid Amayreh is a Journalist 
living in Dura, Hebron District, West Bank, 
occupied Palestine . He  has BA in journalism: 
University of Oklahoma ,  1981 MA in journalism, 
University of Southern Illinois , 1983

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