The red line on this topographical map of Israel/Palestine shows the so-called “pre-67 borders” between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The line gave almost all the best agricultural land (in green) to Israel while most of the Palestinian population was relegated to the desert areas or refugee camps.
According to Ali Abunimah, the “2 state solution” was probably never going to work from the beginning. It certainly wasn’t going to be “fair”.
But now, with 600,000 Israeli settlers living in over 150 colonies in the West Bank, almost everyone agrees that the “2 state solution” is dead. American Palestinian activist and writer Ali Abunimah thinks it’s time to think of a new way to bring justice and peace to the region. He is coming to Ottawa on March 11th to explain his proposal. Read more…
How long has the Israel/Palestine issue been festering? You can date it different ways…
- 51 years if you start in 1967, when Israel took over and occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Since then, Palestinians living in the West Bank have lived under military rule and for the last 10 years those in Gaza have faced a punishing blockade
- 71 years if you start from 1948, when 3/4 of a million Muslim and Christian Palestinians were pushed out of historic Palestine in order to make a new state with a Jewish majority. That caused an enormous refugee situation. Today nearly 5 million Palestinians are denied their right to return even though the land they came from is peaceful and prosperous – just because they are not Jewish.
- 101 years if you start counting when Britain made contradictory promises – freedom and independence to Arabs under Turkish control, and support for a “homeland” for persecuted European Jews.
However you count it, a VERY long time for almost 10 million Palestinians to wait for justice, equality and democracy.
The solution that was held out to Western audiences was the idea of 2 separate states – one for Jews and one for Palestinians. A whole industry of “negotiations” has taken place for over 50 years. And during that time, Israel has succeeded in taking over more and more land, and driving millions of Palestinians into poverty and desperation.
Over 150 Jewish settlement now dot the West Bank, joined by roads which are, or can easily be forbidden to Palestinians.
Ali Abunimah, Palestinian American author, lecturer and thinker will explain why he thinks the idea of a “2 state solution” is dead, and why its important to “reset” by considering how to bring about a solution based on equality, human rights and democracy.
Come to hear him speak on Monday, March 11th. 7:00 p.m. Free entry. Donations welcome.
Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) encourages a thoughtful discussion among Canadians on the Israel/Palestine issue, including a well informed and sensitive discussion of Zionism itself. CTIP encourages serious people who disagree with Abunimah’s thesis to come, listen and ask questions. All are welcome. To learn more about what CTIP does, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.