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Zionism's Existential Dilemma:
Subjugation of Palestinians or Expelling them
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 25, 2016
In 1895, the fledgling Zionist movement dispatched a number of
rabbis to Palestine to explore the possibility of establishing a homeland
for Jews in the predominantly Arab country, then under Ottoman rule.
After scouring the country, the rabbis sent back the following message: “The
bride (Land of Palestine) is beautiful but she is married to another man
(the Palestinian People)”.
Today, 120 years later the legitimate
husband (the Palestinian People) and the rapist turned-master of the house
(Israeli-Zionist invaders) continue the century-old fight for legitimacy and
possession of the land.
At one point, the arrogant and self-absorbed
(Zionist) rapist thought he achieved a final victory over the legitimate
husband who obviously lacked the wherewithal to defend, let alone repulse,
the powerful beast, the pugnacious settler and colonizer.
legitimate man of the house was not to be crushed. He survived despite his
weakness, vulnerability and poverty.
In a certain sense, he survived
in spite of logic and history.
Today, notwithstanding Israel’s
incessant efforts to obliterate the Palestinian and his memory, there are as
many Palestinians as there are Jews in the area between the River Jordan and
the Mediterranean, including Israel proper, the West Bank, East Jerusalem
and the Gaza Strip.
This is more than just another problem facing
the Zionist enterprise in Palestine. This is the ultimate nightmare haunting
Israel, rendering its future precarious.
Indeed, the fact that
Israel and the territories it occupied in 1967 are today populated by
approximately 6 million Palestinians (in addition to 6 million Jews) should
be viewed as the ultimate strategic failure of Zionism. Of course, this
failure was never intended to be. In fact, it was inadvertent as it was
The re-emergence of demographic realities in
Palestine-Israel reminds us of Albert Camus’s iconic words, appearing in his
famous play “Le Malentendu” or “In Cross purpose.”
“In a world where
everything can be denied there are forces undeniable, and on Earth where
nothing is sure we have our certainties.”
Thus it seems that
Palestinians have survived “in spite of logic” and “in spite of history”,
perhaps thanks to Camus’ “forces undeniable”
That is precisely the
Palestinian odyssey in a nutshell.
I have no doubt that history will
record that one of the main reasons for Israel’s ultimate demise is the
intensive proliferation of Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank which
rendered the establishment of a viable Palestinian state utterly
Yes, it is hard to thank someone for doing you a favor
he never intended to do in the first place. But perhaps we Palestinians
ought to thank Israel for building that many settlements in the West Bank.
I don’t know if Israel knew or not what she was doing.
net outcome is the same as the seemingly existential dilemma already facing
the Zionist enterprise is irreconcilable, irreversible and inescapable.
By definition, a dilemma is a situation where one has to choose between two
The dilemma facing Israel and Zionism today is
having to choose between a bi-national state where at least half of the
population is non-Jewish (and they are growing demographically at a faster
rate in comparison to Jews) or adopting perpetual occupation, repression,
and apartheid as outstanding policy pending the appearance of the Messiah,
irrespective of his religious affiliations and political orientations!!
Israel might very well be entertaining a third choice. After all, Israel is
Israel and can be expected to embark on the unthinkable.
“unthinkable”, however ghoulish it might be could boomerang on Israel and be
decidedly suicidal for Jews especially in the future.
because any foolish act against the Palestinians, such as mass expulsion,
which would be tantamount to an actual genocide, would really open the gates
of hell on Israel.
Because then every expelled man, woman and child
would, almost spontaneously and automatically, transform themselves into
bombs walking on two legs. And they would meet absolute approval and backing
from the 1,600 million followers of Islam and other supporters.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs
political commentator living in the town of Dura in the West Bank.
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