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Are Libya's Palestinians ready for the post-Gaddafi era?

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" Peace proposals of Count Folke Bernadotte (1947-1948), UN Security Council Resolution 242 (November 22, 1967), Land for peace (1967), Jarring Mission (1967-1971), Allon Plan 26 July 1967, Rogers Plan (1969), UN Security Council Resolution 338 (October 22, 1973), Reagan Plan (Sept. 1, 1982), Oslo Accords (1993), Wye River Memorandum (October 23, 1998), Camp David 2000 Summit (2000), The Clinton Parameters (December 23, 2000), Taba summit (January, 2001), Elon Peace Plan (2002), Nusseibeh-Ayalon Agreement (2002), Arab Peace Initiative (March 28, 2002), The People's Voice (July 27, 2002), and The Road Map for Peace (April 30, 2003)."

And she claims she still can do it plus the more recent failures!

Saif, is an equally strong advocate of Palestinian rights and as is the case with his father and siblings, he advocates for a single state solution as he did in several lectures in England, including at Chatham House and elsewhere.

According to Saif, "My Father told us that before we were born he liked to read Mao's Little Red Book of Quotations and more than once he wrote Chairman Mao to discuss some details. Then Father wrote the Green Book  in two volumes and finally both of us worked on the White Book. The White Book project was something we both enjoyed and we believe it is the only workable solution. I think most Palestinians in Libya agree but you can ask them."

It appears to this observer that the Palestinian refugees in Libya, no doubt having been influenced by the countless speeches by Moammar Gaddafi on the subject over the past four decades, are among the most ardent supporters, within the Palestinian community, of a One State solution to the Question of Palestine.

The White Book analyses the history of Palestine, notes the many defects with a two-state solution and proposes a single state, called, "Isratine."Saif and Aisha explained that the name may seem a little silly and some have ridiculed it but that the first Parliament could choose the name it preferred for the new country."

Whether Saif will be able to continue his family's work on the Question of Palestine is currently problematical.

A team of six international lawyers, organized by two Americans, at the request of long time Gaddafi allies, has asked Aisha, herself an experienced lawyer, to join the legal team that is preparing to defend Saif against any charges brought by the International Court of Justice (ICC) or inside Libya. Aisha has worked on a number of legal projects including defending Muntadhar al-Zaidi when he faced charges stemming from the George Bush shoe-hurling incident in Baghdad.

The American led team has learned that the NTC has received instructions from NATO to kill Saif on sight rather than have to put on a trial either inside or outside Libya. NATO is fully aware that an international trial of Saif will quickly become a trial of NATO. This venue would doubtless quickly burst the propaganda bubble that has so broadly misled much of world public opinion these past six months about NATO's regional goals and deeds in Libya.

Such a trial may take years to complete given the damming evidence against NATO that has been compiled by various research projects in Libya that have now spanned nearly four months as demonstrative evidence continues to be catalogued.

A lawsuit against NATO is also being prepared for filing in the US Federal Court for the District of Columbia and will employ the relatively liberal American Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to introduce as evidence voluminous documentation exposing NATO crimes against Libyan civilians.

In the coming uncertain period for Libya's Palestinian refugees, this fall's events at the United Nations and the make-up of Libya's next government will weigh heavily.

Franklin Lamb is doing research in Libya. He is reachable c\o Email address removed

He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel's Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon among other works.

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Thanks for keeping us up to date. I'm looking forw... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Sep 10, 2011 at 10:06:58 PM