Aug 18 2010

Why Are Palestinians Still In Refugee Camps?

Throw out your first answer, give your head a shake and read this insightful piece in The Propagandist from a refugee from Arab lands:

My thoughts turn to those savage days when my family fled Libya in 1967. We narrowly escaped death at the hands of a bus driver who, instead of taking us to the airport, tried to burn us alive inside the bus.

I am one of nearly one million Jews indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa who were forced to flee their ancestral homes in the last 60 years. I am now the voice of an Arab minority culture that has been ethnically cleansed…

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  1. ervinon 24 Aug 2010 at 11:33 am

    May I inform you, that there is a peace plan , which received the blessings of both Y.Rabin and Y.Arafat (1994 ), that can be applied as the guidelines for the upcoming peace negotiation between the Israelis and Palestinians.
    Here are the outines.It will be my pleasure to provide you with signed documents and more information.
    Preface
    This document summarizes a research project that proposes a solution to the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    The research which ,was carried out by a joint American/Palestinian/Israeli/Jordanian/Egytian professors, is based on the following assumptions:

    Any reasonable political solution must:

    1) Ensure, Israeli’s and Palstinian’s Independence and security

    2) Be acceptable by the majority of Israelis and Palestinians

    3) Be democratic

    4) Create a socio-economic integration between the two peoples

    5) Defuse the Iranian danger.

    This plan calls for the establishment of two political entity west of the Jordan River, which will include the State of Israel and the State of Palestine, two separated governments and parliaments, and a joint sovereignty over the whole Holy Land , from the sea to the Jordan river,without internal borders, for the sake of mutual coexistence in one homeland. This new plan replaces policies of territorial partitioning the “Two States …plan” with a model of a “Political Condominium “ a functional compromise. The entire country should be open to both Israelis and Palestinians, enjoying equal rights and rejecting any discrimination. This political entity should be a Condominium, i.e. joint sovereignty and be titled :.

    USIP – The United States of Israel and Palestine ,

    and

    Jerusalem a mutual capital.

    The Political Goal
    To ensure a plan that is acceptable by the majority of Israelis and Palestinians, based on democratic principles and leading to a socio-economic integration of both nations, not segregation ,in the framework of a functional compromise that will create a new Israeli/Palestinian Mutual National Charter.

    The Nature of the Condominium
    1) Citizenship

    The Israelis will keep their Israeli citizenship and ID cards, while the Palestinians, who will vote for their own house of representatives, will be Palestinian citizens and carry their own ID’s, obeying the Palestinian Law;

    2) Governmental Departments

    Both governments will have their autonomous: treasury, interior, agriculture, police, religion, labor, welfare, education and other departments and a joint foreign and defence department – as desired.

    3) The Law of Return

    Since the territory of USIP is extremely poor in natural resources, and the only valuable resource is the human one, immigration of people to USIP will be encouraged, and the Palestinians in exile will be welcomed back to their homeland, without any restrictions.

    4) The Judicial System

    Each citizen will be handled by his or her national court, or by a local or district court, as decided by the USIP Condominium Council.

    5) Language and National Symbols

    The USIP will be a bi-national condominium, thus Hebrew and Arabic will be its official languages. Both peoples will keep their national anthems until a mutual anthem is accepted by the USIP.

    6) Settlements and Community Life

    The whole territory of the USIP is recognized as the legitimate homeland of both the Israeli and the Palestinian nations. Coexistence is the law of the land. Accordingly, all individuals will be allowed to build their homes wherever desired, without any limitations, providing all settlements and buildings are built with a legal permit, issued by the legal authorities of the USIP.

    7) Water and Land Resources

    Each citizen of the USIP will have equal rights to use these resources, based on purely economic considerations. Economic feasibility will be the only basis for water and land development. Resources owned by Jewish Israelis will remain their property, and those which belong to Arab-Palestinians will be kept by them. Transfer of ownership will be based on the free market principles of purchase and sale.

    8) National Guard

    In addition to separate Israeli and Palestinian police forces, whose task will be to enforce law and order inside each community, A joint Israeli-Palestinian National Guard will enforce the policies of the USIP Condominium Council.

    Establishing The Condominium (Timetable)
    1) Israel’s’ Prime-minister and the Palestinian President will sign a declaration to establish the USIP Condominium at the Peace Talks.

    2) A joint council, with equal representation for both sides (5 Israeli ministers and 5 Palestinian ministers ), will be headed by the USIP chairman . The Council’s role will be to coordinate the needs of both peoples.

    3) The USIP Condominium Council will be established at the Peace Talks.

    Peace Steps Following The Establishment of the USIP .

    1) A USIP combat brigade will be established in the USIP Armed Forces, with the task of defending the Condominium.

    2) The USA, the EU, Japan , Jordan ,Egypt and the Arab states will prepare plans for the rebuilding of the Condominium, allowing for massive construction work for the rehabilitation of the refugees.

    3) Both nations’ ministers of finance, agriculture and industry will start building an infrastructure of defense and hi-tech industries. Markets will be developed throughout the neighboring Arab countries, with the Condominium serving as the economic, industrial, social and cultural center of the Middle East and Northern Africa (UMENA).

    Your help in bringing peace in this area will be appreciated.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ervin Kedar ,(Ph.D.)

    Professor of Geopolitics (UCLA/UCBerkeley/SUNY and US National Academy of Sciences,Senior Research Associate at NASA, Houston ,TX -retired).

    kear2@012.net.il

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