Injustice exposed: A Free
Palestine Has Never Been Closer!
Yousef Abuddayeh, The Free Palestine Alliance
January 13, 2009
While the depth and breadth of pain of the ongoing Zionist massacre
against the Palestinian people is immeasurable, victory for the
Palestinian people has never been closer. Although the past 18 days of
pure fascistic Zionist murder spree have to date killed more than 971
Palestinians and have injured over 4,400, the resulting local, national,
regional, and international conditions are all pointing towards a
political crisis of monumental scale for the tripartite axis. Composed of
the US, the Zionist Israeli polity, and various Arab regimes, this
tripartite axis of colonial and neo-colonial conquest is now facing a
dead-end spanning geopolitics, demographics, and economy.
The overall political balance today is that the two forces that are
diametrically opposed to each other (colonists and colonized) are that
much more entrenched in their positions. On the one hand, the axis of
colonists and neo-colonists is running out of political space to maneuver.
The fight today is in the very last homes (actual houses) where the Arab
people live, be it in Palestine, Lebanon, or Iraq. In this context, the
only option available is to physically conquer not only the very families
that reside in these last homes, but also impose a political structure
that would be acceptable to these same embattled families. Lebanon and
Iraq both have shown that this would not be possible in any way,
regardless of the level of military devastation used. In the case of
Palestine, it has been tried before numerous times, and has failed each
and every time without exception. In fact, the same areas of Gaza
currently under attack by the Zionists are the ones that were literally
erased with bulldozers during the early seventies to make room for the
advances of the Zionist armies. The Zionists' scorched earth policy is
also efficiently scorching any Zionist ability to impose its will,
directly through military rule or indirectly through proxy powers such as
that of Mahmud Abbas.
Additionally, the repeated brutality during the past few years in Iraq,
Lebanon, and now Palestine again, targeting all aspects of society through
direct bombardment and long term forced starvation, has forever exposed
the role played by local and regional complicit functionaries. The Arab
masses in every Arab state are now increasingly calling for regime change
in unison, directly accusing their leadership of treason in an
unprecedented manner. Undoubtedly, this is a prerequisite prelude to
organized political movements leading to change. This is a dangerous
condition for all Arab despots, as they have now exposed their role in
total, including their inability to conquer the conscience of the Arab
people. It is for this specific reason that the United States opted not to
veto UN Security Council resolution 1860, simply to give its allies of
Arab functionary regimes a fig leaf with which to return home. Anyone
following the official Egyptian television and print media can detect a
highly defensive and overt pushback by the regime in an attempt to justify
that it did not commit treason. It actually uses these very terms. This is
unprecedented, particularly since the vast majority of Egyptian population
is also overtly making the charge of treason at the risk of imprisonment,
indicative of the dictatorial regime.
The banning of Palestinian Arab political parties from running in the
upcoming Israeli elections within 1948 Palestine is perhaps the biggest
indication of the crisis the Zionists and their allies are facing. While
we are certain that the majority of political activists will race to point
to the organically and structurally racist character of the Zionist
polity, and they are certainly correct in that, we opt to consider the
real causes and implications of such a decision.
Effectively, the Zionist political leadership is succumbing to its
exclusivist need for self-preservation as a colonial settler polity.
Effectively, the Zionists are unable to use even a feeble fig leaf to
cover its Apartheid system. How else would a polity expel 20% of the
population from political representation, albeit superficially, while
simultaneously scorching its surrounding in the literal meaning of the
word? The Zionist political system is clearly showing significant signs of
implosion. It cannot reconcile settler colonialism with democratic
representation, and certainly cannot reconcile citizenship with theocratic
exclusion. Hence the two major attributes of Zionism (exclusion and
colonialism) are the very same factors that the Israeli polity is now
This was the case in South Africa. Several decades after it was founded as
a settler colony, and years following the imposition of the Apartheid
system as a state policy, it too had to face the inevitable: settler
colonialism and democratic representation cannot be reconciled. And it too
imploded during a time when many believed that it was the strongest
military power in the area and one of the most powerful in the world.
Naturally, South Africa's strongest ally was at that time the Zionist
polity itself, given the equivalence in ideology, form of government, and
militarist nature. In fact, just as the Zionist regime continuously
attacks Lebanon, the Apartheid regime continuously attacked neighboring
Interestingly enough, the two decades leading to the implosion of
Apartheid witnessed a similar political scene as the one currently faced
(1) International condemnation that eventually led to widespread boycotts,
sanctions, and charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is
underway and is expanding. In that regard, we call for a widespread
boycott of all aspects related to the Zionist polity, including economic,
cultural, sports, political, and diplomatic. This boycott must evolve into
sanctions. As an initial step, popular sanctions can be implemented
through the process of divestment, to be followed by official sanctions.
The Arab people must lead this effort by ending all aspects of
normalization with Zionism, forced as it maybe.
(2) Collapse of the surrounding regimes, leading to regional economic,
diplomatic, and political isolation. All surrounding regimes are facing
major challenges that will require structural political change.
(3) Internal contradictions caused by political dynamics, demographic
changes, and the inability to impose on a long term basis a racist
structure of government on a colonized people; hence the banning of the
Arab Palestinian parties from the elections.
(4) Political and organizational defection within the social structure as
well as in within allies.
(5) Failure of the military option to secure military victories over a
significantly less equipped population. While the Zionist army must show
actual military victory and full control, the Palestinians need only
withstand the assault and brutality. At the conclusion of the assault, the
Zionist army will have to withdraw leaving the resistance movement that
spans the entire Palestinian political spectrum (not just Hamas) that much
stronger in terms of its political influence. The Gaza Strip will be
ungovernable by any entity not supported by the Palestinian people.
(6) The inability of the regime to impose a governing system that would be
acceptable to the colonized, an inability that is significantly
exacerbated with the level of brutality imposed. Hence, the obedient PA
option is null and void at this point.
(7) Recognition by the US and Western allies that role played by the
regime is a threat to the interests of the Western powers in the area.
This has not yet occurred in the Zionist case, albeit starting.
(8) Loss of economic trade and supply of needed natural resources,
including the once available labor pool.
(9) A reversal in the flux of people, where more colonists leave than
(10) A full collapse in all attempts to normalize the conquest. This is a
major task for the Arab political spectrum throughout the Arab Homeland
These factors lead to a conclusion that Zionism as a political system is
unable to survive in the long term, just as was the case for Apartheid.
This is because it needs extraordinary brutality over a lengthy period to
force the presence of an exclusivist political system that cannot survive
As such, in the current Palestinian resistance against Zionist fascism,
the only outcome for the Palestinians is to approach victory and the only
option for the Zionists is to sustain cumulative defeat. There will come a
point when there will be enough quantitative change in the geopolitical
spectrum that a qualitative change will occur. This will occur when the
Palestinian steadfast, supported by an Arab populist movement within an
international sea of solidarity, crosses the threshold where the losses
for the colonial axis are more than the gains. We are at that point.
Here, it is critical to recognize the importance of progressive and
principled solidarity movements. They constitute the only sea within which
a liberation movement can survive. Just as the resistance in the Gaza
Strip is carried out by the entire spectrum of the Palestinian population
(it is not Hamas vs. Israel, it is the Palestinian people in their
entirety resisting a colonial project in Gaza and everywhere), the
solidarity movement must be all inclusive. The FPA recognizes the
principled role played by many organizations and political parties
worldwide, and we ask that this role be amplified and expanded. The
Palestinian struggle remains a critical anchor for all anti-colonial
struggles everywhere, including the fight to end war and occupations.
In the US, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has been that principled ally to the
Palestinian people, standing firm on the fundamentals of the struggle as a
national liberation even when under massive Zionist and liberal attacks.
While we recognize that there will always be damage caused by the attacks
of camouflaged Zionists, the gains of a principled position far exceed
that damage. In that context, the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has evolved and
has been the principled political and organizational space from within the
Palestinian and Arab community can organize on large scale in the US. It
is also the vehicle to appropriately make the needed links of a reciprocal
solidarity with other targeted peoples and communities - the stronger the
movement, the faster the victory.
The Free Palestine Alliance
January 13, 2009
Patrick Mac Manus
Midgaardsgade 13, 3. th.
2200 København / Copenhagen N
+45 22 45 41 78
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