Posted on July 19, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
“Dover Beach” (1867)
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-1888) English poet, critic, essayist
In July 2014 humanity may have started down the road of ending apartheid conditions and thinking forever. The world public protest of Israel for its military actions against the people of Gaza has unleashed a tsunami of articles explaining what the mainstream corporate news has never reported: Israel is an apartheid state.
The “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) movement, first proposed and talked about years ago, has become recognized by men and women the world over as the essential tool for ending the intractable, decades-old stalemate that is the Israel-Palestine struggle. As awareness of the history, facts, and truth about Israel-Palestine grows exponentially now, so do demands for a real agreement which finally resolves the conflict – one based on genuine human rights for both Palestinians and Israelis.
A hundred years from now, when Palestinian and Israeli children read about the years between 1948 and 2014, they will try to understand how such a reality could be created and endured for so many years. They will ask themselves questions like “how could people use bulldozers on other people’s homes and farms, then take the land of those people passed down to them for generations?”
They will find it astonishing that their respective ancestors lived in such unenlightened ways, yet gain hope for the human race from the example provided in 2014 when people from every nation and region called for that enlightened vision of brotherhood in Israel-Palestine and other war-torn areas. Those young people of 2114 will experience wonder when learning that one hundred years earlier the human race had only begun to see the negative consequences coming out of a philosophy that endorsed killing of innocent people for selfish reasons, and at the same time express gratitude that the philosophy was in a short time absolutely discredited – then discarded forever.
How could human beings kill each other – back there in 2014?
Those Palestinian and Israeli children of 2114 – all children on Earth – will learn that the turning point for humanity in 2014 came when there emerged a wide and deep understanding of the absolute value of truthful dialogue, mutual honor and respect based on a shared recognition of each human being’s inherent worthiness and rights, and full awareness of the “Golden Rule” – not harming others.
The young people of 2114 will smile at each other in deep appreciation of their ancestors who broke through old, tired, and harmful thinking and acting, rising to higher, nobler ways of interacting with each other while building mutually beneficial, peace-insuring, and confidence/trust-enhancing systems, structures, and lasting agreements. Those young ones in 2114 will know that the world they live in and take for granted took some heroic effort on the part of people living in 2014, including a shared goal of guaranteeing all actions have a positive effect on people living one hundred years in the future.
Mr. Jeff Halper has earned a lot of respect and honor since becoming degreed in Anthropology and moving to Israel in 1973. In the little over 40 years he’s lived there, Mr. Halper has worked to bring an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict, having been nominated with a Palestinian intellectual/activist for the Nobel Peace Prize. He co-founded the Israeli Coalition Against Home Demolition which has tried through the years to stop illegal destruction of Palestinian homes and confiscation of land/farms.
In the following Real News Network interview, Mr. Halper points out Benjamin Netanyahu said a few days ago that “there will never be a Palestinian state.” He views the current military campaign being carried out by the Israeli government as one more effort to break the Palestinian resistance, and that Israelis are in effect saying to Palestinians, “it’s over, you are going to be in prison; there’s no more peace process.” Jeff Halper sees the present situation one in which the Israeli government has given the Palestinians three options: 1. Submit 2. Leave the country 3. Die.
He finds that there’s an almost total lack of context in the minds of the media, Israeli citizens, and people around the world. The media portrays the conflict as a kind of Arab-Israeli historical, solution-less situation which cannot be improved upon because Israelis and Arabs (Palestinians) have some type of incompatible DNA, ignoring the real context of what has occurred in the over six decades since Israel came into existence.
He finds these days ones which are very difficult for leftist groups in Israel, the media very rarely reporting those groups’ perspectives, and that now “the genie is out of the bottle” – everything’s become possible. He’s found that reasoned and rational dialogue has become greatly diminished to almost non-existent; that near no chance remains for talks potentially leading to a good settlement of the conflict; and violence, racism, and hatred have become the major focus of too many groups of people.
Mr. Halper sees a possibility that Israel will attempt to re-occupy Gaza and the West Bank permanently, yet he maintains optimism because the world has determined that “Israel has overplayed its hand.” Jeff Halper was one of the first to advocate and speak out for a worldwide “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” effort to end apartheid in Israel – based on the South Africa model of apartheid banishment – and he sees reason for hope in that the world has recognized BDS as the only remaining solution.
A woman announcer on public radio just reported that Palestinian deaths have increased to 338 and the number injured to more than 2,500. With Jeff Halper’s near 40 years of life experience in Israel and working to end the conflict, there is no reason to differ with his perception of the three options Israel now offers Palestinians. It may, however, be helpful to the peace process if one more option became added to his perceived option list.
After adding option four, Jeff Halper’s Israeli option list looks as follows:
Leave the country.
Israeli-Palestinian honorable decisions/actions based on vision for the well-being of humanity – now and into the future.
(Thanks to The Real News Network at YouTube)