How should Palestinians and Israelis think?

by: Dr. Asghar Dashti:

(This column was written in the context of the events of 2021. Events keep changing but the foundations of the conflict remain in place.)
The Israeli cruelty and brutality on Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the area of ​​Sheikh Jarrah has once again made the issue of Palestine a topic of discussion around the world. Mass demonstrations in London, Manchester and other countries in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against Israel’s colonial apartheid regime also increased pressure on Arab governments that had signed peace agreements with Israel. At this time, other Arab allies of the United States, including the United States, especially Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, etc., are afraid that the current wave of Palestinian resistance will not spread in the region, because unlike the Arab governments, the hearts and sympathies of the common people are with the Palestinians. are together As Israel is the most important ally of US imperialism in the Middle East and continues to play the role of watch dog to protect US interests in the region.
America has spent billions of dollars to increase Israel’s dominance in the region and its military power. Regarding the resistance of the Palestinians, it is necessary to understand that this resistance is not only harmful to personal monarchies and dictatorships in the entire region of the Middle East, but the success of this resistance is also a great threat to the US imperialist policies in the future. Can be a challenge.
It is generally seen that many Palestinians have traditionally relied on policies such as small armed groups, political or financial support from various Arab countries, or moral and diplomatic support from some European countries and the United Nations for their struggle. . The aforementioned policies actually serve to diminish the political role of the Palestinian people in their own struggle.
In the absence or weakening of any popular movement in Palestine, various countries in the region use and control various armed groups as proxies for their own interests under their own terms and conditions and political agenda. There is no doubt that groups associated with the liberation or resistance movements in Palestine are more interested in fundraising activities at the global and regional levels. Not only is there a great lack of joint action, communication, common strategy among the various armed groups in Palestine, but these groups work against each other.
Whenever there is a public uprising against Israeli policies in Palestine, armed groups try to cash in on the situation and take political advantage because armed groups also have political wings that hold political sway over various areas in terms of electoral politics. are The outside world is just captivated by rocket fire without understanding the internal political and social situation of Palestine and the conflicts of the Palestinian leadership.
The way the Islamic world in particular falls for the glamor of rocketry is proof that they are shown what is needed to win their sympathies with regard to Palestine. The rocket fire on Israel by Hamas is just a way to place itself at the center of the conflict and stay in the limelight so that it can gain political and financial benefits by proving itself to be the only resistance force.
The leadership of Hamas knows very well that their rockets cannot do any harm to Israel, but in return, the kind of airstrikes and carpet bombings that Israel inflicts on innocent Palestinians destroys cities and towns. Hamas does not care at all. As a result of the Israeli bombardment, the political protests, demonstrations, rallies and sit-ins of the ordinary Palestinian people are met with death. It seems to go. There are reports of “fierce fighting” between Hamas and Israel. In this way, the atrocities committed by Israel before rocket fire and bombardment are hidden and go into the background.
Generally, the Palestine issue is presented in a religious color. The different religious identities of Arabs and Jews are considered the cause of conflict. While the Palestine issue is not a purely religious issue but a national issue. The problem of Palestine is actually to demand the right of its land and homeland from the colonial, Zionist and imperialist occupying state of Israel. The problem of Palestine is the denial of the basic human and democratic rights of the Palestinians by the Israeli state.
Their political, economic and social rights are to be denied. To evict Palestinians from their land and stop the resettlement of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinians should be supported by everyone who is against apartheid, war and imperialism. Ordinary Israeli citizens (the Israeli working class) will have to understand that the futile war of the Israeli state will not bring about any improvement in their economic and social life, except in the form of further poverty and economic and social marginalization.
Poor Israelis who are silent on the policies of their state will also become victims of Israel’s colonial occupation. At this time, it is necessary that an effective voice should be raised from within Israel against the ongoing persecution of Palestinians. The day the Israeli people will express their solidarity with the Palestinians apart from the policies of their state, that day will be the starting point for the end of the ongoing persecution of the Palestinians.
In hindsight, both periods of Intifada in Palestine were undoubtedly clear examples of mass uprisings that took even the leadership of the PLO and Hamas by surprise. For the liberation of Palestine, it is necessary that the struggle be carried out on revolutionary lines from the grass-root level to the people’s base, and this struggle should be carried out by democratically elected popular committees.
Palestinians should understand that the current Palestinian leadership, Arab leadership, American leadership, Israeli leadership and Islamic leadership have completely failed in solving the Palestinian problem. It has completely failed to resolve the Palestinian issue, but has also become indifferent to some extent. There is no external solution to the Palestinian issue.
The solution to the Palestinian problem lies in the establishment of a single secular democratic state where Muslims and Jews can live as equal and equal citizens with full rights. The idea of ​​a single state or the establishment of a single state would guarantee that Palestine would not be divided along ethnic, linguistic or religious lines. If the Palestinians continue their struggle on the same lines, then hopefully they will reach their destination.