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The Palestinian State:
Does a Dream
Deferred Sag or Does it Explode?
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 30, 2012
Langston Hughes wrote a poem, "Lenox Avenue Mural" in the 1930s:
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore-
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over-
like a syrupy
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Our situation in Palestine is very dire indeed. Millions of
Palestinians squeezed unto concentration areas and money pours in to a few
of them to keep the lid on the rest of us. Among
Palestinians and Israelis, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer
(though the disparity of money allocation is still 10:1 in favor of Israeli
Jews over the indigenous Palestinians). But it is also not just an
economic issue: the issue is racism. Zionism, built on notions of
privilege and chosenness cannot help but spread racism. The pogroms in
Tel Aviv against Africans is just a small manifestation of the kind of
pogroms and ethnic cleansing done against the native Palestinians. And it
continues to be done. Even as Zionists celebrated occupying Jerusalem,
studies show Israeli policies succeeded in creating the highest levels of
poverty among Palestinians of Jerusalem. And the disastrous affects of the
Oslo agreements continue to be felt throughout the occupied areas.
Settlement building and destruction of lives and livelihood continue.
There is a process of slow transfer from most of the West Bank to the
ghettops otherwise designated area A. The Palestinian "Authority"
continues to have a charade of a "government" (appointing new "ministers"
recently) while under occupation. And while talking for years about
"reconciliation" and the need to revive the "peace" process (it is a process
so the quotes are correctly placed only on "peace"). No consultation with
people and no strategy of liberation is presented. An Israeli general
once quipped to his fellow criminals" "once we have settled the land, all
the Arabs will be able to do is run around like drugged roaches in a
bottle." Sharon used to call it with his thick English accent: the
"piss process" and his right hand man Dov Weisglass correctly identified the
purpose: to ensure there will never be a Palestinian
state and to never discuss Palestinian rights.
The only efficiency worth noting today for the PA is its ability to
suppress any "friction" via the security cooperation with the Israeli army.
Acts of armed and non-violent resistance are both successfully suppressed.
The PA meticulously adheres to its obligations under Oslo (as subcontractors
for the occupation) while Israel regularly invades area A that is nominally
under PA "control" (the 12% of the WB or 2% of historic Palestine).
Meanwhile, money and resources are taken from Palestinian lands and people
to enrich the coffers of Israeli billionaires (including land developers)
and the Israeli military. A profitable occupation indeed! The Palestinian
dream of living in freedom and dignity is deferred yet again as the Zionist
dominated media works feverishly to talk about Iran and other issues.
Israeli authorities continue to think of ways to direct anger towards
anything and anyone other than Zionism (the primary cause of instability in
this part of the world).
Billions of dollars keep moving and millions become poorer.
back to Hughes question: does a dream deferred sag or does it explode?
Jerusalem Day 2012: Unprecedented Deterioration in East Jerusalem: The
prolonged policies that created 78% poverty rates and a frail job market in
(for Europeans who came here illegally and expelled the indiginous peopel to
make a Khazar State, this turn of events is ironic)
How I survived a
Tel Aviv mob attack
Israeli Kristallnacht: Africans attacked in Tel Aviv anti-migrant demo
reading. Note: title usually chosen by editors not author) Not All Israeli
Citizens Are Equal
(Tomorrow): Hosh Jasmin is a new organic farm and camping/hicking facility
in Bethlehem area (Al-Makhrour). Their first event is a hiking trip to
Battir. For more info call 0599868914,
Israel's Mabo - Israel/Palestine
documentary on Aljazeerah
Good news: "Art is a
hammer to shape reality": PalFest breaks the siege of Gaza
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspave, a
villager at home