"HOW CAN THE PALESTINIAN QUESTION BE RESOLVED?"


The question mentioned above doesn’t come from anyone else but Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss who is the spokesperson for the Neturei Karta International – Jews against Zionism. He attended the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban (2001) as part of the Islamic Human Rights Commission delegation and helped the NGO conference adopt the historic declaration condemning Zionism as racism and Israel for genocide which resulted in a US/Israel walkout.

It was as well him who made the following statement: Judaism is a religion of spirituality, to serve God … Zionism is an apostasy, it is a rebellion against God, and a rebellion against the Torah, it is blasphemous…”

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss is descended from Hungarian Jewry, his grandparents were exterminated by the Nazis at Auschwitz. He lives with his family in New York.

Let’s hear what suggestion he offers …

Based on the principles of toleration and moderation we have outlined above, it is possible to solve the Palestinian question, which has caused so much bloodshed in the Middle East over the last 50 years. In our view, the establishment of peace depends on these two conditions:

1) Israel must immediately withdraw from all the territories it occupied during the 1967 war including East Jerusalem. The occupation that has existed since must come to an end. That is an obligation under international law, U.N. Security Council resolutions and the concept of justice. All of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip must be recognized as belonging to an independent State of Palestine.


2) East Jerusalem, which is home to the important temples of all three theistic religions must be administered by the Palestinian administration, yet this city should have an exclusive status. Jerusalem must be made a free city in which members of all three religions can carry out their obligations in peace.When these conditions are brought about, Israelis and Palestinians will have recognized each others’ right to exist, shared the Palestinian lands, and resolved the status of Jerusalem, the subject of a great argument, in a manner satisfactory to the members of all three religions.

Our hope is that the constant hostility of the last 50 years or so, the prejudice, killing and slaughter will come to an end, that the innocent Palestinian people can secure a homeland that can provide them with the peace, security and well-being they deserve, and that Israel will abandon its policy of aggression and occupation, that wrongs its own people as well as the Palestinians, thus allowing it to live in peace with its neighbours within its legal pre-1967 borders.


Allow me to try to develop these ideas …

While these thoughts are of course a fantastic start, they can be considered sufficient. There is first of all the most sensitive issue of ROR or the right of – whoever wishes or at least “de jure” – the Palestinians to return to their homeland. There won’t ever be REAL peace without! Resolution 194 on the UN General Assembly of 1948 says … “that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return…”

together with the issue of prisoners WITHOUT blood on their hands (so-called security-prisoners who are illegaly held for months and sometimes years in a row without ever having been allowed to see an attorney nor a courtroom from inside), this terrible wall … and yes, the Golan and Shebaa Farms. Then I want to believe, peace – even a cold peace – would have a chance! The new neighbours won’t need to become best friends, but then nobody would expect that – though at least live side by side without threatening nor killing one other.

There are many more details to be considered like water, electricity ect … but with the big ones solved, I assume there would be a way to solve the smaller ones too.

Then there is Hamas you will say, as well as the other radical groups – they are not willing to recognize Israel … yes, I am aware. Well, they would not be left with any another option but to respect what Rabbi Weiss refered to – the 1967 boarders, which they, de jure, declared readiness for in April of this year. Political and ideological deadlock won’t feed people, won’t give them a future! They would have to put down their arms, accept and respect the new status quo. As the people gave Hamas and with that PM Ismael Haneyyeh their votes, they gave him tremendous responsibility and I dare to hope, he would ultimately live up to it. They are HIS people – and with their current condition being nothing less than horrible, he would have a LOT of work ahead of him!

People are starving, terrified, lost hope. I was frequently told in no uncertain terms, they brought it upon themselves through “suicide-bombings” and Qassams ect. I understand this argument and there is certainly something to it.
THE FACT THAT I UNDERSTAND THE MOTIVES, DOES NOT(!) MEAN I FIND THIS ACTIONS RIGHT … IN MY EYES THEY ARE UTTERLY UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE THEY KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE!!

I would ask the distinguished reader though to – for one moment – forget all he/she knows and try to put him/herslf into the shoes of people who lost everything through ongoing occupation, lost siblings/spouse/parent(s), have other family members in prison being tortured, have no perspective for any future, unable to feed the family, no education, live in a 24-hour fear of being killed or mamed … this breaks people after a while and leads to a situation in which one can not but snap as there is nothing anymore he/she could lose and the pain and despair are simply overwhelming! It is plain psychology, nothing else … and fairly easy to understand. Once this 24/7 horror is eliminated and ANY kind of light at the end of the tunnel would be spotted – people would have what to live for, something to lose what they till now can only dream about … freedom!

I HAVE A DREAM as well … to see JUST peace in the Middle East. To see the Palestinian people and Israelis live side by side, with realistic boarders and NOT a land-proposal which looks more like Swiss Cheese than anything else (I am talking about the so-called “generous offer” of ex-PM Ehud Barak). NOBODY will get the WHOLE cake … let that be abundantly clear! The more peace there will be – the more Zionism as ideology will crumble … inevitably. Whoever is realistic, must understand that.

BRIEF ADDENDUM: I know these issues are very controversial and cause to countless different opinions and occasinally heated outbreaks of emotions. I have no problem whatsoever respecting them … as much as I expect from others to respect mine.

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