RE: Netanyahu says peace is needed to prevent Israel becoming a ‘binational state’
In 1948 United Nations Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte pointed out that
"It would be an offence against the
principles of justice if those innocent victims [of Zionist terror]
could not return to their homes while [Zionist] immigrants flowed into
Palestine to take their place."
United Nations Mediator Count Folke
Bernadotte was later assassinated by Zionists. But that does not
change the fact that United
Nations Resolution 194 from 1948 makes it clear that Israel was- and
is- expected to fully respect the Palestinian refugees very real right
to return to their original homes and lands to live in peace.
Resolution 194 from 1948 : The refugees
wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their
neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable
date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those
choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which,
under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good
by the Governments or authorities responsible
The “demographic argument” inspires bigotry and injustice. It is a bad
argument that has already led to some really cruel practices and
polices. A fully secular two state solution to once and for all end
the Israel-Palestine conflict is the best way forward.
Anne Selden Annab
RE: A Middle East Twofer By Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas Friedman says that "The Iron Law of the peace process is that
whoever makes the Israeli silent majority feel morally insecure about
occupation but strategically secure in Israel wins." If that were true
Oslo would have ushered in peace years ago.
There is nothing moral about Israel's ongoing institutionalized bigotry
and its refusal to respect the Palestinians' basic human rights
including but not limited to the Palestinian refugees inalienable right
to return to original homes and lands. There is nothing moral about
Israel's Jews-preferred policies and investments in the settlement
projects. There is nothing moral in Israel's ongoing campaigns to
persecute, impoverish and displace the native non-Jewish population of
the Holy Land.
All through out both Israeli and Palestinian populations there are
good, bad and indifferent people- human beings of all different types.
Fair and just laws and a fully secular two state solution would go a
long way towards ending the conflict and actually building a good role
model as well as a just and lasting peace.
Anne Selden Annab