Sunday May 19, 2013
Does it Explode?Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com
"Once we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do is run around like drugged roaches in a bottle" - Israeli general
(BETHLEHEM) - Langston Hughes wrote a poem, "Lenox Avenue Mural" in the 1930s:
Our situation in Palestine is very dire indeed. Millions of Palestinians squeezed uinto concentration areas and money pours in to a few of them to keep the lid on the rest of us.
Among Palestinians and Israelis, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer (though the disparity of money allocation is still 10:1 in favor of Israeli Jews over the indigenous Palestinians). But it is also not just an economic issue: the issue is racism. Zionism, built on notions of privilege and choosiness cannot help but spread racism. The pogroms in Tel Aviv against Africans is just a small manifestation of the kind of pogroms and ethnic cleansing done against the native Palestinians. And it continues to be done.
Even as Zionists celebrated occupying Jerusalem, studies show Israeli policies succeeded in creating the highest levels of poverty among Palestinians of Jerusalem. And the disastrous affects of the Oslo agreements continue to be felt throughout the occupied areas. Settlement building and destruction of lives and livelihood continue.
There is a process of slow transfer from most of the West Bank to the ghettops otherwise designated area A. The Palestinian "Authority" continues to have a charade of a "government" (appointing new "ministers" recently) while under occupation. And while talking for years about "reconciliation" and the need to revive the "peace" process (it is a process so the quotes are correctly placed only on "peace"). No consultation with people and no strategy of liberation is presented.
An Israeli general once quipped to his fellow criminals, "once we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do is run around like drugged roaches in a bottle." Sharon used to call it with his thick English accent: the "piss process" and his right hand man Dov Weisglass correctly identified the purpose: to ensure there will never be a Palestinian state and to never discuss Palestinian rights.
The only efficiency worth noting today for the PA is its ability to suppress any "friction" via the security cooperation with the Israeli army. Acts of armed and non-violent resistance are both successfully suppressed. The PA meticulously adheres to its obligations under Oslo (as subcontractors for the occupation) while Israel regularly invades area A that is nominally under PA "control" (the 12% of the WB or 2% of historic Palestine).
Meanwhile, money and resources are taken from Palestinian lands and people to enrich the coffers of Israeli billionaires (including land developers) and the Israeli military. A profitable occupation indeed! The Palestinian dream of living in freedom and dignity is deferred yet again as the Zionist dominated media works feverishly to talk about Iran and other issues.
Israeli authorities continue to think of ways to direct anger towards anything and anyone other than Zionism (the primary cause of instability in this part of the world).
Millions of dollars keep moving and millions become poorer.
But back to Hughes question: does a dream deferred sag or does it explode?
Jerusalem Day 2012: Unprecedented Deterioration in East Jerusalem: The prolonged policies that created 78% poverty rates and a frail job market in East Jerusalem. http://www.acri.org.il/en/
How I survived a Tel Aviv mob attack http://972mag.com/how-i-
Israeli Kristallnacht: Africans attacked in Tel Aviv anti-migrant demo (PHOTOS) http://www.rt.com/news/israel-
Saturday (Tomorrow): Hosh Jasmin is a new organic farm and camping/hicking
Israel's Mabo - Israel/Palestine http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Nakba documentary on Aljazeerah http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Good news: "Art is a hammer to shape reality": PalFest breaks the siege of Gaza http://electronicintifada.net/
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine since 1999. He previously held a similar position at Duke University. Professor Qumsiyeh has authored over 110 scientific papers in areas of mammalogy, biology, and medicine including mammalian biology and evolution, clinical genetics, and cancer research. He has published over 100 letters to the editor and 30 op-ed pieces in International, national, regional and local papers on issues ranging from politics to environmental issues. His appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is the founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-President of the Middle East Genetics Association, and Prof. Qumsiyeh won the Jallow activism award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. He is author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and just published “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.” Visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more: qumsiyeh.org.
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