Emboldened by the Republican sweep of last week’s American elections, right-wing members of the Israeli government have called anew for the abandonment of a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians.
Mr. Bennett, who advocates annexing 60 percent of the occupied West Bank to Israel, exulted on the morning after Donald J. Trump’s victory: “The era of a Palestinian state is over.”
Some of us have known that the two state solution is a proverbial Anas Mortuus for some time, but at last they’ve said it.
The reason we have known that the possibility of a two state solution is dead is the purposely created ‘facts on the ground.’ made by
colonial outposts illegal settlements in the West Bank as part of the road map to annexation. There is now between 400,000 to 500,000 people living in these colonial outposts illegal settlements.
So as the prospect of a two state solution is null and void, the debate on the plight of the Palestinians must move to the question of if the one state should be a democratic state or an apartheid state.
At present the one state made up of Israel and Israeli annexed Palestine, is an apartheid state. All Israeli citizens are entitled to live in the
colonial outposts illegal settlements unless they are Arabs. Not as if anyone living in Tel Aviv or Nazareth would want to live in one of them. They are unlikely to want to due to the extreme, ideological madness adhered to by the colonialists settlers. The ideology leads them to burning down olive groves and attacking Palestinian children on their way to school. Because the one state is an apartheid state, the colonialists settlers have their own roads that Palestinians are not allowed to use. In Israeli hospitals, Jews and Arabs have separate maternity wards. The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. But Arabic is marginalised.
Following the 1948 war, several hundred thousand Palestinian Arabs found themselves in the State of Israel. The arrival of nearly a million Mizrahi Jews, from Arab countries, also grew the Arabic-speaking population. Arabic became an official language of the Israeli state. Today Arabic is the native tongue of a fifth of the population. Most Arabic-natives can also speak Hebrew. Switching between the two is not too hard: both Arabic and Hebrew are Semitic languages with many common features. Yet until 2002, Arabic was rarely found in official settings. New laws widened its use, but Israelis still downplay its importance. In 2014 MPs tried to retract Arabic’s special status.
This tension is rooted in the centrality of Hebrew to the Zionist project. Before the 1880s, no one had spoken Hebrew colloquially for two thousand years. Zionists thought resurrecting Hebrew was a way of fostering a shared identity among Jews from different backgrounds. Hebrew was therefore aggressively promoted by the young Israeli state. Languages traditionally spoken by Jews, like Arabic and Yiddish, were discouraged. Arabic songs were seldom heard on Israeli radio. Even now, more money is budgeted for Hebrew schools than Arabic ones. And when Arabic is found, it is often misused. For Arabs, Jerusalem is known as “Al Quds”, or the Holy Sanctuary. But Israeli road signs transliterate Jerusalem directly from Hebrew as “Yerushalayim”. Acknowledging the religious importance of Jerusalem to Muslims is awkward given Zionist claims over the whole city.
All this has led to claims that the government wants to sweep away the region’s rich Arab heritage. At any rate, it makes Arabic speakers reluctant to integrate into Israeli society. Fully 70% think they are treated as second-class citizens, even though they speak Hebrew every day.
Another aspect of the Apartheid state is the fact that people living in the the
colonial outposts illegal settlements are allowed to vote in Israeli elections while Palestinians living in the West Bank are not.
So as the possibility of a two state solution is mashugana, the cause of the Palestinians must move to the aspiration of Palestinians living in freedom from Aparthied, or as it is called in Hebrew, Hafrada.