130. Palestinians still not enfranchised

I cannot help but compare what the Blacks have achieved in their homeland, called now South Africa and what the Palestinians have achieved in their homeland, called now Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The difference is huge. In the former case, the Blacks under Mandela gained, purely and simply, their political freedom. In the latter, the Palestinians under Arafat could only achieve a PISGA, an acronym that stands for Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority. This designation is nothing else but a circumvolution whose purpose is to deny the Palestinians their political rights. In any case, the road to statehood is still long and if it will ever materialize it will be, at most, on one fifth of the Palestinians's original homeland. Why is that so?

When the European Whites came to southern Africa to colonize it they didn't have the intention of removing the native Africans from their homeland. The Zionists, however, wanted to establish what they called a "Jewish state" in Palestine. [This could only have been done through ethnic cleansing. Zionist literature (not Zionist propaganda) made it abundantly clear that this was the goal all along and this is what happened. In 1895, Theodor Herzl, referring to the Palestinian natives, wrote in his Diaries: "We shall have to spirit the penniless population across the border." And in 1940, Joseph Weitz, the then director of the Jewish National Fund, wrote in his Diaries: "It must be clear that there is no room for both people in this country ... the only solution is Eretz Israel ... without Arabs."] Israel's problem is that it could not do in 1967 what it did in 1948, that is to cleanse the area of its inhabitants. The intifada made PISGA possible. I wonder what it would take to enfranchise the Palestinians?

May 10, 1994