Friday, February 09, 2007

Consternation Over Consensual Democracy

If the Palestinians want to prevent Israel from taking more of their land and to eventually live prosperously in peace in the middle east, they would do well to make arguments like those below, rather than try to kill Israelis.

Obviously, Israelis would be a lot better off if Palestinians stopped tring to kill them, so it is a win-win.

A group of prominent Israeli Arabs has called on Israel to stop defining itself as a Jewish state and become a “consensual democracy for both Arabs and Jews,” prompting consternation and debate across the country. [Consensual democracy causing consternation?!!]


They call on the state to recognize Israeli Arab citizens as an indigenous group with collective rights, saying Israel inherently discriminates against non-Jewish citizens in its symbols of state, some core laws, and budget and land allocations.

Actions like this are far more scary to the hard core Zionist than any suicide bomb or home made missile. It goes to the core of the moral conflict that is the religious state of Israel. They also are less scary to the Israeli on the street, as they won't fear death.

Palestinians would obtain far better results for themselves, while also making true peace more likely for everyone, if they use Gandhi like techniques for their protests. They could ever pursue the one state solution, which sends shivers down the spine of the Foxman-Dershowitz types.

It might also take the pressure off US foreign policy in the Middle East, leaving us time to take care of our own internal problems, of which we have many.

Global Paradigms



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is an idea whose time has come: the demand for one democratic secular state for ALL its people, a Jewish and Palestinian democratic state.

One State Online Bibliography Project: or

Jewish Friends of Palestine

Shalom / Salaam

2/10/2007 07:04:00 PM  

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