All who, with the best intentions, but naively, applaud the recent trend of Western governments ”recognising” Palestine as a state – ( but crucially guaranteeing Israel’s survival in its present form within the 1948 boundaries ) – should read the important article by Joseph Massad, professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, (link below).
He points out ”….the UK House of Commons, the Spanish, French, Portuguese and Irish parliaments have all recognized Israel’s eternal “right” to be a racist state via a much-touted recognition of an alleged Palestinian state within the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the areas of Palestine Israel occupied in 1967…..
There is no Palestinian state to recognize within the 1967, or any other, borders. These political moves are engineered to undo the death of the two-state solution, the illusion of which has guaranteed Israel’s survival as a Jewish racist state for decades. These parliamentary resolutions in fact aim to impose a de facto arrangement that prevents Israel’s collapse”
Those (often well-meaning) liberals and progressives, inside Israel and outside, who advocate a ”Two-State” solution fail to recognize an alternative, based on the idea of equality for all, on the separation of state from religion, and on an end to discrimination and racial apartheid ;- a One-State solution : LIBERATED PALESTINE !
‘Recognizing Palestine, BDS and the survival of Israel’ – Joseph Massad (Electronic Intifada)
Those in solidarity with the Palestinian cause should insist that BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is implemented as a strategy to bring about an end to Israel’s racism and colonialism in all its forms inside and outside the 1948 boundaries.