Breathe Occupation…Be wary..they are not Nazis (it’s too sensitive)
Since we live in a world that common sense is also taken into context.
Let us look into this situation.
Israel was created on our land.
We are expelled, deprived, slain, An American, European whatever decides that this becomes his land. Oh.. of course, Jews.
It doesn’t matter what we think,
but it becomes their land…
on the part of the land that is not theirs…
they still decide to settle.
They terrorize locals, creep into lands, lynch bystanders, execute, destroy, and murder whatever …
It becomes their land.
We become the outlawed savages.
In a history of more than 65 years of occupation,
More than half of the Palestinian population is still dispelled in the diaspora.
Thousands of prisoners in Israeli jails.
Hundreds of murdered Palestinian children.
Thousands of murdered Palestinian men.
Hundreds of dispersed villages.
Thousands of demolished homes.
A homeland isolated, detached, dispersed.
Separated, divided, scattered between walls and checkpoints.
It was disseminated in roadblocks and highways.
A nation that continues each very day to fight for the breath it takes.
A nation that is becoming a nation of strangers in its very own home.
If we give our hands to peace, it is the deal of the inferior.
If we resist, we become terrorists.
We have to keep watching our humanity continue to be ripped away from us each very moment and thank the world that we are still breathing the air they claim they provide us.
They kill us … we have to bow down and continue our days.
They torment us … we have to thank them.
When they murder us, it is always self-defense.
When we kill them, it is always terror.
Our people are numbers.
Their people have names.
Yesterday. A 16 years old boy was killed in Jenin, and the word revenge was written in his blood on the soldier’s shirt … this is humanity.
This morning, 16 years old boy was found burnt in Jerusalem.
This is not Nazism!!!!!!!!
As shown in the essay “Common Lands, Common Ground: The indigenous agenda, Israel, Palestine and breaking the post-Oslo Peace Accords logjam,” the paradigm of indigeneity fully establishes the rights of both peoples to territorial sovereignty under international law and also the common history of their presence in the region. Rather than dividing Palestinians and Israelis, addressing their common concerns as indigenous peoples provides one of the few bridges to greater mutual understanding and, eventually, one of the few real if difficult paths to reconciliation–making the two-state solution not only viable but also critical for re-founding the world as a better place for both Palestinian and Israeli children.
What is lacking up to now in the discussions and debates is a clear understanding of the modern rights and needs of indigenous peoples, and how that knowledge can go a long way in eliminating what critics rightly deem the “vacuousness” of discussions about a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. To date, both publics have been left without real, practical building blocks leading to a shared understanding of what Arab American Institute President James Zogby correctly terms the “near-universally recognized need for a two-state solution.” Indigeneity also allows for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s underlying covenant, as recently expressed in a recent interview with Bloomberg, that “something must be done to prevent the collapse of Israel as a Jewish-majority democratic nation,” to be fully and fairly addressed.
The near-death breakdown of post-Oslo peace talks, a lack of meaningful programmatic follow up to Pope Francis’ peace mediation, and greater and more heart-wrenching polarization on the ground as neither side has achieved what each say they want — all mean that urgent action is key to drying up an extending swamp of popular discontent (those disaffected who join the ranks of lawless extremists), a problem closely paralleled by U.S. policymakers repeatedly making the wrong call on the meaning and importance of tribalism in Iraq.
there is so much hate that is happening … reconciliation needs justice… and justice seems so far away … israel is so conceited …one day things will turn against them
While Martin raises some valid political points, we must recognize and acknowledge that the majority of European descended people calling themselves Jewish now living in Israel, are not indigenous. True, I am sure, many may be able to trace their blood lines to Israel – but not nearly as many as the Palestinians who were living in Palestine when these “descendants” began to immigrate to Israel. If justice was ever meant to be, there would have been a limit to the number of Jewish descendants allowed into this small land. What has happened is a terrible, terrible case of colonialization and racism. The Western world allows these injustices, as they have many others around the world, because the rights of indigenous people, whether in North America, China, Africa, Russia or the Palestine have never been respected. But, as I know a universal justice does exist, and that we are living through the worst of times. A balance is coming.
inside me , there is something that believes in that balance. that it should be coming somehow sometime . this morning when my daughter was hearing the news , she was screaming telling me ,where is God.. and i was thinking ..it is not God .. it is just poisoned humanity
Although indigeneity remains largely sidelined in the debate on questions of contemporary Israeli and Palestinian interests, irresponsible partisans on each side claim exclusive indigenous identity for only one or the other peoples involved. (Please just Google “Israel,” “Palestine” and “indigenous” and you will see what I mean.) An important point was made by a recently-retired special U.S. envoy to the region when he noted, “(Prime Minister) Netanyahu once said that if the Palestinians and Arabs could formally accept Israel as a Jewish state, his government’s ability to negotiate all the other issues surrounding the conflict would be greatly simplified.” The indigeneity perspective in “Common Lands, Common Ground,” he added, was an “interesting insight … novel approach [and] potential help.”
Israeli belonging to the world community of indigenous peoples is fully warranted given their determination to preserve, develop and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, thus ensuring their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural mores, social institutions and legal system.
And yet, following on the authoritative definition of indigenous peoples in the famous “Study on the Problem of Discrimination against Indigenous Populations” by José R. Martínez-Cobo, an anthropologist and then the United Nations Special Rapporteur of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, a historically correct interpretation shows that both are in fact native peoples. Unfortunately, the zero-sum gaming of arguments sustains one of the globe’s most difficult human rights challenges.
(The zero-sum arguments coming from more extreme factions on both sides focus on just how ancient –and thus, in their eyes, legitimate, to the Other’s expense–is the link between their people and land. Yet it should be pointed out that in the American southwest, the largest and arguably one of the most successful Indian tribes is the Navaho, whose Athabaskan ancestors entered the region from the north around 1400 AD, about a century before Christopher Colombus “discovered” the Americas. Yet no one seriously questions their rights to sacred territories in Arizona, even if tribes such as the Hopi were there much before.)
The admittance of Israel in the indigenous community is in keeping with the criteria set down by Martínez-Cobo. In favor of the Jewish state’s membership, about which you may know more than I, are the following facts: Its lands were occupied first by the Romans, then by the Arabs; it shares common ancestry with previous occupants; its “Jewish culture” can be traced directly to the Levant, while even though various communities have slightly different traditions, they all share the same unique root culture; its traditional language, Hebrew, has been resurrected as its primary language; it has spiritual ties to the land, which play an unquestionably important role in their traditions as a people, and archaeological evidence of the Tabernacle exists in the modern Jewish city of Shilo.
As noted in “Common Lands, Common Ground” (published months before ISIS’s brutal emergence as a force to be reckoned with in an Iraq now falling apart amidst tribal fractioning): “Increasingly, the still-yawning international vacuum on the rights of indigenous peoples has redounded negatively on Middle East development and security policies, with the fight between Israelis and Palestinians quickly growing into a verbal trench warfare reminiscent in style to the tragedy of World War I.”
Into that vacuum is an unhealthy if still backbench politicization of a common indigenous agenda, leading to a two-way dead end, an blind and banal debate about “who was there first” eons ago in the Holy Land. “In both the Israeli and the Palestinian cases,” the essay pointed out, “their unique self identity ratifies de Vos’s dictum that what is believed, not what objectively was, is the operative principle in the reconstruction of identity.”
Turning the current acrimonious debate on its head, reality-based indigenous approaches offer the prospect of badly-needed and currently scarce confidence building measures—on core issues such as borders, Jerusalem, security and refugees—unfolding in a timely fashion. An indigenous perspective can foster, unite and sanctify the dispirited apostles for peace in both Israel and in Palestine, including those of respective diasporas clamoring for understanding and participation.