Saturday, May 28, 2011

Palestine: Peace at Home

It has been a packed couple of weeks for Palestinians across the globe, from the 63rd Nakba Anniversary and the launch of the 3rd Intifada, to the Obama Middle East speech and then the AIPAC speech, followed by Natenyahu's visit to the White House and then the AIPAC and Congress Speech, following with all the world reactions to all those events...

When it came to the Nakba and 3rd Intifada, it was Palestinians and friends taking the lead in deciding to go to the streets, PEACEFULLY, to tell the world that we are still here, REFUGEES, after 63 years, still waiting to go back home... Palestinians planned, coordinated, promoted, organized, and took action in PEACEFUL events around the globe... Sadly on May 15th 2011, those PEACEFUL UNARMED protests and demonstrations were met by gunfire, death, and blood... And the world watched silently, no condemnations, no remarks, no words at all... Even the media chose to ignore covering those PEACEFUL events around the world, and instead chose to highlight that Palestinians attacked the Israeli borders, and attacked the Israeli soldiers inside Palestine!! Why? Because when it comes to Israel, maybe every non-Israeli or non-Jewish human has no value, totally and cheaply dispensable... What a shame to see the world reach to this level of humanity...

Moving on, the world was waiting for another major event that concerns Palestinians: The Obama Middle East Speech. It was an event to respond to the Palestinian political movement towards gaining Palestinian Statehood in September when a UN vote will take place. It was also a preparation and an outline for the Peace process that President Obama was laying down ahead of Natenyahu’s visit to the US...

To be fair and square, President Obama did cross the normal lines that a US president would stay behind when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He boldly told Israel what the Palestinian borders should be, which is the 1967 lines “with agreed swappable land” to compensate for the illegal Israeli settlements inside the 1967 lines... Of course there in the speech was emphasis about the unshakable relationship between Israel and the US, as well as a soft wanring about the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, and above all, sidelining the major two points of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: the future of Jerusalem, and the Right of Return for the Palestinian Refugees to their homes... Oh and let’s not forget his answer to the Palestinian move to declare a Palestinian State in September: NO WAY...

Although for most Palestinians, this was totally disappointing, it was even a more disappointing and outrageous for the Israeli’s that are not used to being told what to do!! All the attacks on President Obama after his speech, never mind those from Palestinians and Arabs, but those coming from Israeli’s and Jews were so fierce, that eventually Obama had to change and tweak a few words when he gave the AIPAC 2011 speech, gaining a few ovations and applauds here and there in his speech. Politically, as a US President running for re-election, this is what exactly had to be done... But as a Peace moderator, as an advocate for Justice and Equal Human Rights, this was far far from being right!!!

Non the less, the Israeli PM stood firm by his non-compromising attitude, bluntly rejecting Obama’s speech, sticking to his points: No Return to 1967 lines, no partitioning of Jerusalem, no Right of Return for Palestinians, no negotiations with Hamas... He was arrogantly slamming the door infront of any possible Peace negotiations, in a way, telling Palestinians to DROP DEAD as per one article recently published (MJ Rosenberg: Congress to Palestinians: Drop Dead http://huff.to/lgEp0g). And yet, the amount of ovations and support and and cheering that he received from the US Congress surpassed that given to a US figure!!! It was like a political showdown between the US President and the Israeli PM, pure politics and tactics...

It was pathetic, at least for me as a Palestinian, to see this reaction to a guy bluntly killing an hope for relaunching PeaceNegotiations. More pathetic was also the media coverage, which mostly headlined the only few positive yet tricky sentences of Natenyahu about his willingness to give up GENEROUSLY some land to Palestinians in return for Peace!!!

True these days it’s all about politics and money and power and connections, it’s all about playing it right, it’s all about allies and lobbies, it’s about winning your way and not about doing the RIGHT and JUST thing...

But for me as a Palestinian, a simple human being, I don’t care about Politics, I don’t care about Obama’s re-election, I don’t care about speeches and ovations and applauds, I don’t care about a UN recognition of Palestine... As a Palestinian, all I want is a place to call HOME, a place to live PEACEFULLY, a place to have my basic human rights, to live equal to others, to have the same rights as others, to be free to do what the law tells everyone to do...

All we are asking for is for the world to look at the Palestinian people as Humans, as people who are suffering, deprived of their dignity and human rights, deprived of their home...

Look at those people, read the laws, the international laws, the Human Rights laws, read history, and then take a stand, not a side, a stand to defend Israelis and Palestinians alike, to protect the right to exist for both Palestinians and Israelis, to secure PEACE and prosperity to both Israelis and Palestinians, to let both people live in a place they call HOME...

May we all find PEACE at HOME soon, always, and forever...

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