Oslo is Vichy

Now that the farce stands exposed for what it is, we need to denounce the two-state “solution” à la Oslo for what it is: a repeat of Vichy France, only much, much more successful.

Update, 12-Dec-2013: And just to be clear, when I learned, around ten years ago, that many of the early Zionists were communists and favoured simple, shared living, that they had set up kibbutzim, I did recognise the affinity to Liebensraum and national-socialism – I mean kibbutzim on occupied land!! – but would not say it out of a sense of pity and compassion for Holocaust survivors. I mean, it is rather harsh to accuse Jews, even Zionist Jews, of Nazism. But it is a sentimentality that amounts to self-censorship, since it denies the immense tragedy of the Nakba and tends to de-legitimise the right of return as well as to reparations of its victims and survivors. It is a sentimentality that is mudddle-headed because there is no such thing as genetically transmissible guilt, because an entirely different set of people, German nationalists plus a sort of brotherhood of racist Europeans operating between the 1920s and the 1940s, were responsible for the crimes of the Holocaust as compared to contemporary Europeans who had nothing to do with it and cannot be blamed for it. Also, and most crucially, the Arabs who were ethnically cleansed from Palestine had not participated in the Holocaust and had in fact supported the Allies in both world wars – and hence opposed Germany – in the hope of getting more freedom, maybe their own country! Both Stéphane Hessel, a principled Jew and partisan I should have discovered ten years ago had I not been muddle-headed, as well as David Ben Gurion, an absolutely clear-headed and consistent Zionist, say as much. For example, Ben Gurion said in 1956:

If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generation’s time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it’s simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipe us out.

— Nahum Goldman, The Jewish Paradox, p 99

Again, like all analogies, this one too is open to questioning and refinement and like all models, it cannot be expected to explain all the observed phenomena, but it does seem to have some descriptive power.

Marwan Barghouti may not cut it as the Palestinian Mandela, but he is my Jean Moulin!

Free Marwan Barghouti

Free Marwan Barghouti

Time now for one democratic state. Which, in itself, is an unprecedented, historic, incredibly generous bailout from the Palestinians to the beleaguered, infantile, trigger-happy Israelis. They would be incredibly stupid not to take up the offer.

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