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One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

There is need now to build a mass non-violent movement toward a single democratic non-national state, a "politics from below" for a sustainable just future for Israelis and Palestinians, forging bonds of ta'ayush (togetherness) in common struggle, the return of refugees in massive numbers - and inside Israel moving beyond apartheid ethnocracy and its oligarchy.
One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

With the passing of Abu Ammar, heavy pressure will be brought to bear by the Israeli political and economic oligarchy, Washington and the EU to impose a bourgeois leadership on the Palestinians that can be 'controlled' by Israel and the Euro-Atlantic power axis. And for those installed 'compliant' leaders to agree to some kind of Israel-dominated Palestinian Bantustan, a hodgepodge of enclaves, behind a Great Wall and a high Gaza fence: the 0.5-state solution.The Palestinian refugees will continue to rot in their camps, half a nation in limbo with nowhere to go. Israel itself, through settlement policy, has destroyed the geographic basis for any viable two-state solution.

Some of us in the Association for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel are pressing for a mass non-violent movement toward a single democratic state, a "politics from below" for a sustainable just future for Israelis and Palestinians, forging bonds of ta'ayush (togetherness) in common struggle, the return of refugees in massive numbers - and inside Israel moving beyond apartheid ethnocracy and its oligarchy. The Association has a growing membership of Palestinians, Israeli Jews, Americans, Canadians. Antiauthoritarians, Greens and progressives of all persuasions in the states should get behind this as a longer-term radical democratic goal. Join the Association. See Sami Aldeeb's statement below.

Nonetheless, over the shorter term I would argue pragmatism, or a kind of utopian realism: press now for the 'best deal' option for a Palestinian statelet, even with rigged elections under Occupation and a puppet comprador leadership -- recognizing that such a Palestinian 0.5-state engineered by Israeli nationalists, international Capital and its oligarchies is a short-term compromise and not a lasting solution. Yet a desperately needed space for Palestinians in which to breathe from the Ihtilal (the Suffocation, the Palestinian term for the Occupation) and its orchestrated nightmare.

The primary aim over the longer haul is to build a popular non-violent movement in the puppet enclaves of Palestine and inside Israel, developing direct action to regain the commons (see  http://www.onestruggle.org ) and activate the populace, Palestinian and Israeli, for a totally transformed radically democratic, non-national and secular single state to come.

If we want to grow grassroots direct democracy, that path cannot run through conventional ballot-box electoralism. It will spring from mass and massive unity of purpose and action. Working in stages over say 15 years: from two (or 1.5) states to one state and on to 'no state' - - forward to a Cooperative Socialist Commonwealth of Canaan in federation with a radically democratized Jordan.

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Association for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel 12 November 2004

While the Palestinians mourn their leader Yasser Arafat, our Association invites all of you to work for peace and to end the sufferings in Palestine/Israel.

The only way to reach peace is to establish justice, for all, regardless of their religion. 2700 years ago, Prophet Isaiah said: "Peace will be the fruit of justice" (32:17).

The creation of two states in Palestine/Israel as proposed today means the negation of the right of the Palestinian refugees to return home. Besides the fact that such a negation is a violation of human rights, the proposed solution will never achieve peace. It will only encourage fundamentalism, provoke permanent conflict between the two peoples, and perpetuate sufferings.

Our Association is convinced that the only way to reach peace is to create One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel, with equal rights and duties for all the inhabitants of this region, including the Palestinian refugees who must have the right to return home. Our solution help resolving not only the refugees' problem, but also the Jewish settlements, as the Jews inside the proposed State will be able to live wherever they like.

Therefore, we invite you to bury once and for all the plans aiming to create two states, including the Geneva Initiative, the Road Map and the Oslo Accords, and to work for the creation of one democratic state in Palestine/Israel.

Sami Aldeeb
Chairman
Association for One Democratic State in Palestine/Israel
 http://www.one-democratic-state.org
Sounds good lets start with the Palestinians stop killing Jewish children? 13.Nov.2004 09:45

Joe

I mean this sounds very lovely, but wile there are certain people on both sides that could do this the extremists must be dealt with. How do you propose to do that? Israel is this tinny little state of Jews in an ocean of Arabs. Luckily for the Jews all the Arabs don't get along with each other. This suggestion is like you have a neighbor who lives next store with a giant family. They are beating up your kids throwing bombs and stuff at you and fighting with each other. You have a smaller family, the small familles solution is to put up a tall wall to stop the attacks. Your solution is to have this giant family that shows no ability to get along with each other or you to come over and who ever gets the most votes decides how things will be run. Thanks, but no thanks. When the Arabs- Palestinians had the run of the place we Jews were not aloud to visit our sacred places, were killed and generally treated very badly. Demonstrate your good intentions, that is the only way this will work
Joe

Israel Murders Twice as Many Palestinians.... 13.Nov.2004 12:18

Scotty B.

Joe,

If you look at actual data from the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, you'll find that the death tolls for Palestinian civilians is over twice the number of Israeli civilans killed. This is because when Israeli tanks go into Palestinian areas, they frequently shoot people without regards to whether or not they actually post a threat (sort of like the PPD). Israel has killed a couple hundred children in this manner.

The fact is, while suicide bombings are a terrible form of violence, they're a natural response to continued Israeli oppression. Palestinians don't have any other way to fight back against the occupation - and suicide bombings have become something of a tradition.

I'm split over the one-state solution. I suppose it all comes down to...can Israel/Palestine operate together as a non-racist society? It is possible to wipe out racism when it's existed so long? I guess a good point of reference would be post-Apartheid South Africa. A lot of progress has been made, but neighborhoods are still mostly segregated and there's still racial violence. My only concern with the one-state solution would be that the Israelis would continue to oppress the Palestinians politically, and true equality would not be achieved. On the other hand, I think dividing nations on the basis of race/religion is wrong...so, I don't know.

double extremism and the manipulated middle 13.Nov.2004 14:36

sigh

only small extremists on both sides want two states. The large portion of the whole Gaza/Israel population wants one state.

What keeps them apart so far is the ongoing Israeli Likudnik neofascist policy of illegal occupatoin, aparthied/ethnic based walls, etc. and of course the equal desires of others like Britain and the US to make sure that they are kept fighting each other to suit external imperialist designs and manipulations.

Sounds good lets start with the Palestinians stop killing Jewish children? 13.Nov.2004 15:03

Joe

Scotty B.

I would look at it the other way around, the tanks are a natural response to all the violence from the Arabs-Palestinians.
I was going to school in Safed up in the North in the late 70's. It was a peaceful town of scholars, mystics and artists. Camp David was in full bloom, there was a lot of hope. No, Israel tanks, still in the 2 month i was in that town nearly every night the Palestinians were lobbing missiles at us. I know at least 2 people were killed at night i think one was a child. The Semitic mind set of both of us, the Jews and Arabs (we are cousins) has difficult to reach an agreement on any thing. Hard to agree with someone when god talks to you and you know your right.

>The fact is, while suicide bombings are a terrible form of violence, they're >a natural response to continued Israeli oppression. Palestinians don't have >any other way to fight back against the occupation - and suicide bombings >have become something of a tradition.