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Below is an interesting read from Haaretz premium edition arguing that “Israel has missed the opportunity for compromises [&] new generation of Palestinian activists will not play the game that led the older generation to the dead end it finds itself in”. . It is a worthy piece by Gideon Levy reporting on a debate between Afif Safieh and Ali Abunimah. I consider all three gentlemen to be good friends and I knew the latter two “protagonists” very well for about 20 years. Safieh said repeatedly that we need better leadership (alluding to his party of Fatah) and better opposition. He was removed from his ambassadorial positions for reasons we will not get into. Clearly he is much more articulate than 98% of those who defend the Oslo accords of 1993-4 (which were a second Nakba to us as Edward Said and I and many others described in many books and articles since then). If there are two camps as Gideon Levy argues, I would fall solidly in the camp of Ali Abunimah.
___Yet, I do not think that Afif Safieh is the same as Jibril Rjoub, Ahmed Azzam, Saeb Ereqat or Mahmoud Abbas (any way things not strictly binary!). There are some who supported Oslo who had second thoughts in the 1990 are now having second thoughts after what happened with Jerusalem. Yes, they should have had second thoughts earlier and they should be out openly saying “mea culpa”. Yet, we need to work with different people differently and push them to take rational decisions NOW. My friend Munther Amayra is from Fatah and he is now in an Israeli jail (taken three days ago), his views are certainly not in line with Mahmoud Abbas (and I would challenge Abbas to come with us to just one non-violent demonstration and inhale some tear gas)!! Many other Fatah people are delaying hoping the current shake-up about Jerusalem will go away and that they will not have to pay a price. However, history will not be kind to them who miss this opportunity to show backbone and go back to their people! [. . . .]
BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS (BDS)
Palestinian-led Movement for Freedom, Justice, and Equality
SABEEL ECUMENICAL LIBERATION THEOLOGY CENTER, JERUSALEM
Naim Ateek, Founder
REFLECTIONS FROM PALESTINE
Samia, Khoury, blogger
“A HOMELAND,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
When in my homeland
The sparrow dies of starvation,
In exile, without a shroud,
While the earthworm is satiated, devouring God’s food!
When the yellow fields
Yield no more to their tillers
Than memories of weariness,
While their rich harvest pours
Into the granaries of the usurper!
If the cement has diverted
The ancient springs
Causing them to forget their natural course,
When their owner calls,
They cry in his face: “Who are you?”
When the almond and the olive have turned to timber
Adorning tavern doorways,
Whose nude loveliness beautifies halls and bars,
And is carried by tourists
To the farthest corners of the earth,
While nothing remains before my eyes
But dry leaves and tinder!
When my people’s tragedy
Has turned to farce in others’ eyes,
And my face is a poor bargain
That even the slave-trader gleefully disdains!
When in barren space the satellites spin,
And in the streets walks a beggar, holding a hat,
And the song of autumn is heard!
Blow, East winds!
Our roots are still alive.
From THE PALESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.