on 2 October 2007
Thinking about a one-state democracy where Palestinians and Israelis are living together with equal rights is like a fairy tale. Indeed, at the beginning when I heard about the book, I said "he must be crazy!". However, now that I have read it, I think it has brought me to some reason. I recommend it for all of those who are sincerely seeking either to know more or to do something about Palestine-Israel.
I encourage invitations to the author for thorough discussions and I higly recommend the translation into european languages plus Arabic and Hebrew.
The two peoples need and have the right to know that there is a way out of this dirty game, and that it is not unthinkable to see each other as human beings rather than different ethnic/religious groups.
The palestine-Israel cause was never about religion; the resistance was purely secular and left-winger with a distinguished contribution by palestinian christians until the late 80s when Hamas suddenly emerged! Israelis are not all fanatics, and they would not continue to kill forever for the sake of a wall, as well as palestininas who are not all pro-islamization and would not continue to kill forever for the sake of a mosque!
This book is essential reading.
on 30 July 2008
Conventional wisdom says `return to the 1967 borders`. Yet even this is an injustice, giving much the smallest part of the land to the larger population. Much more just, though even more challenging, is a return to the 1948 borders, from which the existing population was forcibly expelled, many dying in the process. Gradually, this is being seen as the only just - and in the end, the only potentially peaceful - solution. Jews, Christians and Muslims shared the Holy Land for centuries, not without disagreements and sometimes conflict, but generally peaceably. Even today, most ordinary people are prepared, despite all the fanatical propaganda, to co-exist - in Palestine one sees examples of tolerance every day, and I guess in Israel too. The support is gradually gathering for a single state in which all sections of society are represented - and valued. As Abunimah points out, nobody thought it would be possible in South Africa. It can happen here too. This is an important and inspiring book.
on 13 February 2011
Since 1948 Palestinian refugees have been denied their right to return to their homeland, and Palestinians within Israel have been treated as second class citizens. The two state "solution" fails to address either of these injustices. Meanwhile the Israeli government continues to build more and more homes for Jews on stolen Palestinian Land making any "state" in the ordinary sense of the word an impossibility. Ali Abunimah makes it very clear that the aim of any peace process should be to reach a solution that is just, workable and lasting. Any outcome which denies justice to millions of Palestinians, whilst creating what will be a series of bantustans for those currently living under occupation or blockade, will clearly not meet these criteria. Calls for a single, secular state based on equal rights and representation for all those living within Palestine/Israel are growing, and this well reasoned, principled book will hopefully advance that cause.
on 10 January 2014
Due to his family background and experience Ali has written a very balanced (a lot more than I would have) view and proposition for the peoples of Palestine & Israel going forward.
Juxtaposed with South Africa, one gets a feel of real possibilities and hope for the future.
The only thing downside to this is is that although this book was written in 2006 not a lot has changed since then, other than Israel's persistence in illegal settlements on land the state of Palestine is supposed to have.
If this book was to come true I would celebrate - but I think it's a long way off.
on 3 January 2015
This is an excellent book. It documents the recurrent failures of the two-sate 'solution', based on ethnic segregation, and gives an inspiring vision of a one-state solution, based on the universal values of human rights, equality, freedom and justice. It uses the example of the transformation of apartheid South Africa into a non-racial democracy to show that a similar transformation of Israel-Palestine is not impossible. Should be read by many Israelis and Palestinians, and anyone concerned with human rights, freedom, equality and justice.