Robin Yassin-Kassab: Too late for two states

Reporting for Al Jazeera, writer and PULSE co-editor Robin Yassin-Kassab writes:

I saw Haneen al-Zoabi giving a lecture. She is the knesset member who sailed with the Gaza Flotilla and was so shabbily abused while attempting to give her account of events to Israel’s parliament. In Nablus, she spoke emotionally about the situation of Palestinian-Israelis, the descendants of those few who escaped ethnic cleansing in 1948.

Citizens but not nationals of the state (nationality is for Jews only), Palestinian-Israelis receive a fraction of the services offered to Jews, are forbidden from teaching Palestinian history in schools and are as likely to be victims of land confiscation as fellow Palestinians in the West Bank. Ninety-three per cent of Israel’s land is off-limits to non-Jews and half of Palestinian-Israeli families live below the poverty line.

I heard Jamal Hwayil speak. He was the leader of the Fatah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Jenin at the time of Israel’s 2002 massacre there and now he is an independent member of the Palestinian parliament. He took a clear position on Palestinian division: “Political arrests are wrong. Wrong in Gaza and wrong in the West Bank. Political arrests have no place in a liberation struggle.”

A little later he added: “There can be neither meaningful negotiations nor productive armed resistance so long as the political leadership is divided.”

Read all of Yassin-Kassab’s “Too late for two states” here.

4 thoughts on “Robin Yassin-Kassab: Too late for two states”

  1. I opened the Al Jazeera page & read the article, which I liked, good solid informative. I do agree with the argument that it is “too late for the Two State “solution”.

    Actually it’s been obvious for decades that trying to “negotiate” with the Zionists has been and is a deadend, a no-go proposition, but for various reasons Palestinian leaders have been slow to reach a consensus on it.

    But now that such a consensus seems be emerging, I find myself questioning the formulation of the Demands put forth in the Call for BDS.

    Perhaps for tactical reasons it is best to keep the Demands as they are now, but I think it would be helpful if somebody could supply a clear explanation why it is wise for the BDS campaigns to keep demanding a “two state solution” when everybody knows, or should know by now, that “there ain’t no such animal”.

    ??

  2. You say “Citizens but not nationals of the state (nationality is for Jews only), Palestinian-Israelis receive a fraction of the services offered to Jews, are forbidden from teaching Palestinian history in schools and are as likely to be victims of land confiscation as fellow Palestinians in the West Bank. Ninety-three per cent of Israel’s land is off-limits to non-Jews and half of Palestinian-Israeli families live below the poverty line.”

    The first claim I do not understand (not nationals) what does that mean?
    The one about receiving a fraction of the services is not true (give one example). Arabs get much larger fraction of their income from the state.
    Land confiscation is not true (was true 20 years ago). If you mean during building then jews also get the land taken for public reasons at a higher rate then arabs
    The land is 6% arab 3% jewish owned (even though there are only 20% arabs) and 92 to the state. This is a strange way of presenting it. State land is used by arabs as well. The village next to me, Shaab, is on state land.
    50% poor is true but due to two reasons – most Arab females do not work (ultra orthodox religious jews are even poorer as man do not work) and they pay a lot less tax due to black economy. If you walk in Sachnin you will see that the poor have nice houses and cars.

    Writing as someone who sent his kids to a mix school taught half in arabic and knows has been to many Arab houses in the gallillee (parents of children in my kids classes)

  3. “The one about receiving a fraction of the services is not true (give one example). Arabs get much larger fraction of their income from the state.
    Land confiscation is not true (was true 20 years ago).”

    What about Jews receiving 80% of potable water?
    Then zionists degrade Palestinians for not being as “clean” as themselves.

    The zionists will never win. The zionists are more of the nomadic bent than Palestinians who’ve stayed in their area for over 13 hundred years.
    It is easy to see why zionists think everyone likes to rip up their & their family’s roots, it is their culture.

    The zionists hate Palestinians because they are still ashamed of how their fellow religionists marched like sheep to the slaughter.
    How can the most intellectually advanced Z’s not comprehend people who look out for each other, EVEN if they can’t $$$$pay$. :o(

    If you cannot see the crimes of land theft, colonization and persecution, then you are morally dead.

  4. Also wanted to compliment you Robin, I look for your informative articles and am never disappointed in the quality & content of your posts.

    Keep up your good work & thanks for all you’ve written that I’ve read and never took a minute to thank you for your tireless efforts. KateB

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