Israel and Palestine – who does the ‘solving’

As demonstrated by David Hirsh’s recent paper, bad campaigning about Israel and Palestine diverts energy and attention away from positive campaigning on behalf of occupied Palestinians and onto ourselves.

At new blog Political Dynamite Israel and Palestine are already ominously high on the agenda, but Aled Dilwyn-Fisher is doing something different: he is writing about better campaigning. An anti-nationalist advocate of a no-state solution, he notes the strangeness of demanding that Israel and Palestine alone dissolve their borders. He also worries about the state of pro-Palestine campaigning:

“Many Palestine solidarity campaigners seem to believe that Israeli society is beyond improvement and change, and that therefore all effort must be placed elsewhere; indeed, this has led to prominent figures within the movement speaking out for surrounding Arab states to essentially invade and ‘save’ the Palestinians. I am amazed by the amount of times I have heard people say “the road to Jerusalem runs through Cairo”, to which they have received approving nods.

“Even putting aside the very important issue of the shocking treatment of Palestinians at the hands of the surrounding Arab states, I am truly appalled when I hear leftists supporting the ruling classes in any country in the name of ‘anti-imperialism’. Of course, the same people would argue that what they really mean is that the working-class in, say, Egypt should overthrow their government and then invade Israel as a working-class force. But would the same people argue that the emancipation of the working-class in Britain should be achieved through the Irish overthrowing their government and invading across the Irish Sea to do the same here, or vice versa? Such an assertion would be laughable, but I have heard surprisingly often in the movement.”

Read on for some insight into a kind of pro-Palestinian and wider anti-war campaigning which many Greens have embraced but which Aled identifies as harmful.

P.S. On no-state solutions, let’s begin with proofs of concept. Preventing stable countries like Canada and Belgium from splitting might be a start, followed by reversing Welsh and Scottish devolution.


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