Why I am against the bid for Palestinian statehood at the U.N

Sep 21, 2011

Why I am against the bid for Palestinian statehood at the U.N

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Why I am against the bid for Palestinian statehood at the U.N

Ever since I have been an anarchist, I have been against the idea of a two state solution for Palestine/ Israel; I believe society as a whole needs to work toward a classless and stateless society and by adding another state, I feel we are going in the wrong direction. With that being said, I do believe in the idea of self-determination and I do realize that at the end of the day, it is up to the Palestinians to decide. However, I think it is important for Palestinians to get ideas from outside the region and outside the Palestinian diaspora in order to help them move towards a strategic and effective way forward.


As long as there is no unity between Hamas and Fatah, there can be no legitimate bid to the U.N for statehood. No one Palestinian faction that claims to represent the Palestinian people, has the moral authority to decide for all Palestinian when a large section of the Palestinian population (Gaza Strip) has elected another faction to represent them.


As long as the question of statehood is not first taken to the people of Palestine in the form of a referendum, then any bid to the U.N is, in my opinion, illegitimate. If a people are to be free then they need to be free to choose how to move towards freedom as a whole group. When factions, who claim to represent a people, do not allow the will of all their people to be heard, then those factions are guilty of oppressing their own people.


If Fatah (P. A) makes a bid to the U.N  based on the 1967 borders, such a bid makes a De Facto recognition of not just Israel as a state, but Israel as a "Jewish" state . Such a bid would deny the right to return and put non -Jewish citizens, who are on the wrong side of the 1967 boarders, at risk of being expelled from their homes. If any faction or representative body in Palestine is going to protect the right of return and protect non-Jewish citizens living on the Israeli side of the 1967 boarders, then they must demand that Israel define itself as a nation for all its citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. If  Israel were to make such a declaration for all the citizens of the region they occupy, including  occupied Gaza (as long as Gaza is still controlled by Israel, it is still occupied) and occupied west bank, then such a declaration will end the conflict by creating a secularized one state for all people in that region where church and state are separate.


 If a U.N bid is made without demanding that Israel end it’s apartheid, racists and Zionist character by defining itself as a nation for all its citizens, then such a bid would not only be recognizing that Israel’s declaration of independence was legal but also that all of the actions against Palestinians by zionists up to that point and beyond were legal. Such a bid would doom any declared Palestinian state to a short life.

If Palestine or factions within Palestine make a bid for statehood before Israel declares itself a nation for all its people, then all Palestinians are at risk of being expelled from Palestine/Israel . The only way that I can see all Palestinians in Palestine/Israel being free is if Israel defines itself as a nation for all its citizens.


Contrary to popular belief, the one state solution is not dead; it is alive and well and is the only viable solution!!