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Some Thoughts on Self-Determination and Israel's "Right" to Exist

Started this discussion. Last reply by Omar Mohammed Apr 3, 2010. 11 Replies

The below is an interesting analysis.  I was always particularly struck by "rights" given to corporations that now supercede individual rights.  For example, corporations can move to any country and…Continue

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Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'The ethnic cleansing of Palestine: Adam Horowitz'
"530 villages and towns were depopulated (ethnically cleansed) between November 1947 and Spring 1950. Dozens more were destroyed later. It is important to put a stop to this but also to effect a return for the refugees and internally displaced people."
Aug 10, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Zionism and Democratic Erosion'
"The red warning lights came in 1840s with the movements to reinterpret the bible to suit a 'nationalist' ideology, in 1897 with the Zionist congress, in 1917 with the shameful deal done to get the Balfour Declaration from Britain, in…"
May 18, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Fayyad rolls up sleeves to build Palestinian state'
"‘We want to live': Salam Fayyad's plans for Palestine and the Palestinians are nought but a contrived folk festival where the occupied bow to their oppressors, writes Azmi Bishara http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/998/op3.htm"
May 18, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Peace needs a new beginning- A message from Gaza'
"I think Neri is closer to the truth here. But I also suggest far more variability than most people imagine. For some people, a home is territory enough, some a neighborhood, some a village, some a valley. The borders of nation states is actually a…"
Apr 4, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Fayyad rolls up sleeves to build Palestinian state'
"Yes indeed. But I may also add that the anti-Semitic Balfour and Churchil and company were politicians trading favors with a strong Zionist movement. The deal was that the World Zionist Organization would get the US into the war (WWI) in return for…"
Apr 4, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'One of the best of finklelstein --- if he thinks that we are close to a change then I think so too :)'
"History is written by people. People have biases. To my knowledge there is no more biased and distorted history on earth than that dealing with this land. For example while archeologists showed that just about every story in the bible is false (from…"
Apr 4, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Fayyad rolls up sleeves to build Palestinian state'
"Neri: The difference is the British where facilitating formation of a Jewish national home in fulfilment of their pledges (Balfour declaration). Also Britain did not consider the land British. The Israeli occupation has no interest in helping…"
Apr 4, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'One of the best of finklelstein --- if he thinks that we are close to a change then I think so too :)'
"Interesting video: Finkelstein on Crocodile tears from someone who wanted to divert attention from current issues of injustice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgzVE-PzCaY I actually felt sorry for the girl; perhaps she is so soaked in the history of…"
Apr 3, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Some Thoughts on Self-Determination and Israel's "Right" to Exist'
"Dear Ohad: I have no conflict with you. You are obviously intelligent, and compassionate human being. The system is what we both have problems with. Currently the system of oppression happens to be led by a government taht calls itself Jewish and…"
Apr 3, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Rwanda bearing witness retreat'
"I agree Ohad"
Apr 3, 2010
Ohad Bracha replied to the discussion 'Some Thoughts on Self-Determination and Israel's "Right" to Exist'
"I am happy living with Arabs, my life partner is christian, I am working hard to make sure that Israel will never be a Jewish state, I could not live in a Jewish state. but I am also not a Palestinian and I do not think that a bi national state is…"
Apr 3, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Rwanda bearing witness retreat'
"Great idea. I wish we had a "bearing witness retreat" like this here to deal with the Nakba. It could be a ground breaking event."
Apr 2, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'A Gulf experience / By GERSHON BASKIN'
"Ohad: Have you read Michael Sand's book (it was a bestseller in the Hebrew version in Israel before it was translated to other languages)? As for my solution: this land loved by its inhabitants (those who call themselves Palestinians and…"
Apr 2, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'America finally condemned our govrament'
"Thank you Ohad for stating what I believe to be obvious: Israeli Jews can really make a difference because Israel as the dominant power and a democracy for Jews!"
Apr 2, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Fayyad rolls up sleeves to build Palestinian state'
"Can anyone name another occupied people who gained their independence via building projects under occupation?"
Apr 2, 2010
Omar Mohammed replied to the discussion 'Some Thoughts on Self-Determination and Israel's "Right" to Exist'
"Ohad: The problem is that teh two states don't solve these contradictions (maybe even exaggerate them). I know many Israelis who are happier living with Palestinain Christians and Muslims than they are with the Ovadia Yosef types. Similarly, I…"
Apr 2, 2010

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At 9:02am on April 2, 2010, fesalk411 said…
A True Story By Faisal Al-kateep
I am a Palestinian Arab from Hizmeh, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah. When I was 15 years old I fought against the Israeli Occupation in search of freedom. At that time I thought every Jewish person, whether soldier or citizen, man or woman, young or old, should be killed. I rejected the right for any Jew to live and every Jew was a target. I was just a kid, believe me, and I didn’t understand anything about politics or the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was arrested and sat in jail for 12 years. This was during the first intifada from 1987. At that time nobody talked about peace but only of violence. I matured during my time in jail. I started studying and reading books on politics, literature, poetry, and about the Madrid Conference.

It gave me hope to live in peace and dignity. I learned that violence only breeds violence and that peace is the only solution for the two nations, the only way for both to have a respectful and beautiful future. We live on the same land. We are neighbors. We drink the same water and both pray to a monotheistic God. We must live in peace on the basis of religion for God and land for everyone.
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