The process slated to begin in Washington next week will not lead the Palestinian people to accept the dictates of the empire and a life devoid of rights. What remains is the struggle. The Palestinian people’s struggle for their rights and dignity, the struggle of the Israelis to end once and for all the apartheid regime in their country and the international and internationalist struggle to impose new political terms on Israel through boycott, divestments and sanctions.
For the infinite time last Friday the Middle East peace process was pompously re-launched. This occurred because the empire had forced the hand of the Palestinian state.
As described by Eugenio García Gascón in the left-wing Spanish newspaper Publico, “President Mahmoud Abbas should immediately respond with a green light to the latest proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry, since a no, or an evasive answer, would have negative consequences for bilateral relations. “
Gascón, of course, explains that the Palestinian state cannot afford to anger the empire as its budget “depends in large part on substantial foreign aid. Just the United States and European Union together contribute 40 percent of that budget . “
This is a consequence of the policy of de-development imposed by the Israeli occupation. In the course of the last forty-six years, the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza have lost their previously existing food sovereignty, while their fledgling industry was stifled by Israeli restrictions on imports of inputs.
Israel’s occupation has transformed a proud and enterprising country, its people able to provide for their needs, into a mass of outcasts knocking on the doors of Europe and North America in order to survive. But neither the Israeli military regime nor the neo-colonial conditioning of international aid have caused the Palestinian people to lose their dignity or pride.
Anyone who critically analyses the “peace” process, which began with the Madrid Conference in 1991, understands that it will not lead to peace. Conversely, it may be the beginning of new and bloody confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians, and possibly also between Palestinians and Palestinians.
Yet after Israeli and Palestinian delegates meet in Washington next week, the peace industry may rear its head, with civil society conferences and reconciliation projects galore.
Language will be distorted and words will be stripped of their meanings in order to justify the incomes of this “peace” industry. “Peace” will mean surrender. “Democracy” will mean accepting the dictates of the empire. And “reconciliation” will mean survival without protesting against a life void of political and social rights. All who do not consent to the dictates of the empire will be branded “terrorist”, “violent” or “radical”.
Some terms cannot be distorted, however, and will not be forgotten in pursuit of realpolitik. “Right”, “dignity” and “anger” are terms that cannot be distorted, nor can they be erased. All the coexistence projects and civil society conferences in the world cannot eradicate the Palestinian people’s desire to fight for their rights with dignity.
In the fight itself, from the most intimate places of human dignity, emerge new words and forms. Social movements around the world are committed to boycott, divestments and sanctions against Israel to force it to recognise the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
The process slated to begin in Washington next week will not lead the Palestinian people to accept the dictates of the empire and a life devoid of rights.
What remains is the struggle. The Palestinian people’s struggle for their rights and dignity, the struggle of the Israelis to end once and for all the apartheid regime in their country and the international and internationalist struggle to impose new political terms on Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions.
* This article was published by the Alternative Information Center (AIC)