Self determination, Ethical De-colonization and Equality
By Omar Barghouti | ZNet, July 29, 2009
[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]
With Yassir Arafat’s departure, the doubling of the population of Jewish-Israeli colonial settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory, the latest Israeli slow genocide in Gaza and the fast disintegration of the last vestiges of Israeli “democracy,” the two-state “solution” for the Palestinian-Israeli colonial conflict is finally dead. Good riddance! This was never a moral or practical solution to start with, as its main objective has always been to win official Palestinian legitimization of Israel’s colonial and apartheid existence on top of most of the area of historic Palestine. It is high time to move on to the most just, morally sound and sustainable solution: the secular, democratic unitary state.
Tags: British Mandate Palestine, colonial settlers, Israel, Jewish community, occupied Palestinian, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, racial discrimination, right to self-determination, two-state solution