The Palestinian revolution / Op-ed: Palestinianism a political idea developed as part of a terror agenda, not a national identity (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Moshe Dann Published: 05.01.12, 18:01)
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Pushing a "peace process" that requires Palestinian Arabs to give up
their opposition to a Jewish state, the international community can´t
figure out why it doesn´t work. The answer is that the dispute is not
over territory, but ideology -Palestinianism, the basis of their
nearly 100-year war against Zionism, the State of Israel as the
national historic homeland of the Jewish People.
For Arabs, Palestinians, and most Muslims, it is part of a Jihad,
permanent revolution against the infidel.
More than 100 years ago, Leon Trotsky, brilliant strategist of the
Russian Revolution, wrote a seminal work that has guided Marxist
revolutionaries ever since: Permanent Revolution. Adapted from Marx
and Engels´ Address to the General Council of the Communist League in
1850, Trotsky´s theory outlined the principles by which a local,
national revolution could expand to become a worldwide revolution.
The idea of Permanent Revolution is based on the belief that
revolutionary leaders must not only heed local conditions, but must
carry the principles and goals of the revolution beyond local
struggles, until the entire world is transformed. The revolution
cannot end with achievements in one country, but must be exported and
become the basis for international upheaval, overturning decadent
regimes and establishing a new order.
The danger of compromise was that it diminished the revolution
itself, weakened its ethos, and, in the end, abandoned the principles
which gave it strength and purpose. The idea of Permanent Revolution,
therefore, was a guarantee of integrity, protector of the grand
vision, a guiding light; it has been adopted by most national
revolutionary movements since.
Without understanding this concept, it is impossible to understand
Palestinianism, its historic mission and its leaders. It explains not
only why "the peace process" will fail, but why it must fail.
Efforts to impose a Palestinian state (the "two-state" proposal) are
doomed, therefore, for one simple reason: Palestinians don´t want
such a state. The primary goal of Palestinian nationalism is to wipe
out the State of Israel, not permit its existence. Any form of
Palestinian statehood that accepts Israeli sovereignty in what they
believe is Muslim land stolen by Jews is, by their definition,
heretical. That is clearly evident in the PLO Covenant and Hamas
Metaphor for defeat
Palestinianism is not a national identity, but a political construct
developed as part of a terrorist agenda when the PLO was formed in
1964. It was a way of distinguishing between Arabs and Jews, and
between Arabs who lived in Israel before 1948 and other Arabs. The
terms "Palestinian Arabs" or "Arab Palestinians" are not foreign or
colonial descriptions; they appear in their own official documents.
Palestinian identity means the struggle to "liberate Palestine from
the Zionists;" it became an international cause that bound Muslims
together, as part of Jihad, with much broader implications - a
Permanent Islamic Revolution.
Palestinianism was an excuse and explanation for this Jihad. But
historically, Arabs who lived in Palestine considered themselves part
of the "greater Arab nation," as reflected in PLO documents. They
rallied to the pro-Nazi Palestinian Mufti, Haj Amin Hussein, not
because of a national identity, but because of Jew-hatred. Their
struggle today is not to achieve statehood alongside Israel, but to
replace Israel with an Arab Muslim state.
"Two-state" proposals, therefore, with Palestinian statehood as a
territorial goal, in fact contradict Palestinianism, as that means an
end to their struggle to eradicate Israel.
This explains why no Palestinian leader will agree to surrender to
Western and Zionist interests, and why making compromises is
anathema. Statehood means a denial of the Nakba (catastrophe,) the
establishment of the State of Israel in 1948; it means admitting that
everything for which they fought and sacrificed was in vain.
Statehood means abandoning five million Arabs who live in 58 UNRWA-
sponsored "refugee camps" in Judea, Samaria, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and
Jordan, and hundreds of thousands living throughout the world; they
will no longer be considered "refugees." That means a loss of over a
billion dollars per year that UNRWA receives.
Statehood means giving up "the armed struggle," the crux of
Palestinian identity. It means that the concept of Palestinianism
created by the PLO, accepted by the UN and the media, and even by
Israeli politicians is a hoax, a fake identity with a false purpose.
It means that their suffering was for naught.
Statehood involves taking responsibility and ending incitement and
violence, confronting the myths of "Palestinian archeology,"
and "Palestinian society and culture;" it requires building authentic
nationalism, with just and transparent institutions.
It also means, of course, ending the conflict, ending terrorism and
incitement, ending the civil war between Islamists and secularists,
between tribes and clans, ending corruption and lawlessness, and the
establishment of a truly democratic government. Accepting Israel
means an end to the Palestinian Revolution, a national betrayal, and
an Islamic heresy.
In this context, for Palestinians and most Muslims, the "Peace
Process" is a metaphor for defeat. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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