Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Palestine: Moving beyond collective denial

By Arjan El Fassed, The Electronic Intifada, 4 December 2007

Contributed by Lucia in Spain

"......It was shocking to see Mahmoud Abbas, the designated head of the US-sponsored Palestinian Authority, warmly applaud the acknowledgement of Israel as a "Jewish state" and "homeland for the Jewish people" in Bush's inaugural speech at Annapolis. With his clapping hands, Abbas supported the denial of his people's history, in particular the 1948 mass expulsion that included the destruction of 531 villages and has been followed by the forced removal of Palestinians ever since. With his smile and embrace, Abbas implied just like his partners, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the US president, that the conflict started in 1967, instead of 1948 and even beforehand, and that the main problem is Palestinian terror rather than Israeli colonialization and oppression. With the US president and the Israeli prime minister demanding Palestinians to recognize Israel as "Jewish state," Palestinians are expected to participate in the dismantling of their own history......."

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