Dissolve the Palestinian authority!

06.02.2015 - Pressenza Hong Kong

Dissolve the Palestinian authority!
Dissent in Al-Walaja (Image by Mazin Qumsiyeh)
Mazin Qumsiyeh writes: 
In my last email, I asked readers what should Palestinian leaders do now that the Pal Authority is clearly without authority and is becoming bankrupt and Oslo process was shown a scam and can never lead to peace. 112 individual readers responded and not one said to stay the course.Sumud (persistence on our land including education etc) is a given. All wanted change. Here are the seven most common answers (they add up to more than 112 because some individuals suggested more than one thing) followed by example specific answers.

1. Dissolve the Palestinian authority (incl. security coordination) 41 readers

2. Go for one state scenario 35

3. Develop and implement an effective media strategy locally and
internationally 27

4. Expand popular resistance actions 26

5. Expand and strengthen BDS (boycotts, divestments, sanction) 21

6. Develop the use of 12 million Palestinians by getting them involved 18

7. Pursue Israel legally in international and state courts around the world 12

Of course we could do all of the above. Notes and examples of specifics given on some the above by some of you readers:
1. One remark was “Maintain a PLO that functions as a real liberation
movement and do not negotiate with Israel until you build your
strength.” Another asked rhetorhically if the current crop of leaders
are able to change directions when they have basically put their own
narrow financial interests ahead of the Palestinian right to return
and self-determination. Several individuals used terms like “sell-out”
or “collaborate”.
2. The two state was a ruse developed as a modified plan of the plan
of General Allon Commission (1968) to create the illusion that Zionism
is compatible with peace
3. Hire research and media professionals who will be able to research
and then explain things in different languages and to different
communities. For example that Israel profits to the tune of tens of
billions of dollars every year from its occupation and persistence of
conflict in Western Asia
4. One reader asked bitterly “why is it that we let PA officials like
Abu Mazen get away with claiming they support such resistance when
they do everything to quash it and they never participate in it”. BTW,
such popular resistance must exact a price from the occupier and are
not free of consequences. Some also explained that armed resistance is
also a right and must not be abandoned.
5. BDS needs a principled stance and must be based on Palestinian
civil society call to action 2005: total BDS until the three
conditions are met (return of refugees, ending occupation of all Arab
lands, full equality.
6. This is counter to the Zionist attempts to fragment us,
fragmentation that was increased many fold by the Oslo process.
Another commentator mentioned that leaders of groups such as Fatah
must abandon the “my way or the highway” and accept multitudes of
ideas, create real democracy, and employ the best people regardless of
their political affiliation or lack thereof.
7. These legal procedures must not be bargaining chips. War criminals
cannot be let off the hook.

Action: Become a member of the Middle East Studies Association and vote yes to this resolution

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relationships with his children Abdullah and Laila]

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Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH)
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS)
Bethlehem University
Sustainability, Youth Education and Empowerment
Tel 970-22773553

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