Relative Humanity: The Fundamental Obstacle
To a One-State Solution in Historic Palestine

by Omar Barghouti

January 13, 2004

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"[A] Conquest may be fraught with evil or with good for mankind, according to the comparative worth of the conquering and conquered peoples."

-- Theodore Roosevelt [1]


From the scandalous Nusseibeh-Ayalon agreement to the irreparably flawed Geneva Accords, the last true Zionists -- with the crucial help of acquiescent Palestinian officials -- have tried their best to resuscitate the two-state solution with the declared intention of saving Zionism. But it is arguably too little, too late.

The two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is really dead. Good riddance! But someone has to issue an official death certificate before the rotting corpse is given a proper burial and we can all move on and explore the more just, moral and therefore enduring alternative for peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Mandate Palestine: the one-state solution.









Endnotes & References

1. Theodore Roosevelt, The Winning of the West, reproduced in: Norman Finkelstein, "History's Verdict: The Cherokee Case," Journal of Palestine Studies, Volume XXIV, Number 4, Summer 1995, University of California Press.

5. Several archaeological studies have shown that most of the stories in the Bible used by Zionists to buttress their claim to Palestine were indeed not supported by the region's history, which is 'based on direct evidence from archaeology and historical geography and is supported by analogies that are primarily drawn from anthropology, sociology and linguistics,' as archaeologist Thomas L. Thompson has written. His findings are supported by the extensive, painstaking and authoritative research of distinguished Israeli archaeologists, including Ze'ev Herzog and Israel Finkelstein (see Aviva Lori, "Grounds for Disbelief, Ha'aretz," May 10, 2003).

Peace activists Gadi Algazi and Azmi Bdeir explain: Transfer isn't necessarily a dramatic moment, a moment when people are expelled and flee their towns or villages. It is not necessarily a planned and well-organized move with buses and trucks loaded with people... Transfer is a deeper process, a creeping process that is hidden from view... The main component of the process is the gradual undermining of the infrastructure of the civilian Palestinian population's lives in the territories: its continuing strangulation under closures and sieges that prevent people from getting to work or school, from receiving medical services, and from allowing the passage of water trucks and ambulances, which sends the Palestinians back to the age of donkey and cart. Taken together, these measures undermine the hold of the Palestinian population on its land.' Ran HaCohen, "Ethnic Cleansing: Past, Present, and Future," www.Antiwar.com, December 30, 2002.







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