More to the point, if the Zionist (not Jewish) state had complete responsibility for the occupation, calling and holding it to account for its defiance of international law and its occupation policies would be, in theory, less than what it is at present -- a mission impossible.
But if theory is to be turned into practice, something very significant has to happen.
Only governments can call and hold Zionism to account for its crimes, but they won't act unless they are pushed to do so by informed public opinion. The problem, as I never tire of saying and writing, is that public opinion, in the U.S. especially, is too uninformed -- too conditioned by Zionist propaganda -- to do the pushing in big enough numbers. So here's THE question: With the mainstream media unwilling to come to grips with the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, how can the citizens of nations be informed and empowered to do the pushing in big enough numbers?
There are hundreds of groups of all faiths and none around the world which call and campaign for justice for the Palestinians, but (generally speaking) they are each and all doing their own little things in isolation, which makes them like flies to be swatted away by Zionism. In that light I think the informing to mobilize public opinion to push governments can only be done if groups of all faiths and none everywhere which call and campaign for justice for the Palestinians collaborate and form one (Zionist-like) universal lobby. The internet makes the necessary collaboration and coordination perfectly possible.
The strategy of a universal lobby for Palestinian rights should be determined by asking and answering one question. Why, really, has Zionism succeeded to date?
The short answer is its success in selling propaganda lies about the making and sustaining of the conflict as truth; an amazing achievement that was assisted by having the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust to play as a blackmail card.
It follows, or so it seems to me, that the first priority of a coordinated, universal lobbying campaign for justice for the Palestinians should be to present in forums and on platforms of every kind the documented evidence which exposes Zionism's propaganda lies for the nonsense they are.
Four of the many essential truths to be communicated are:
- that almost all if not all the Jews who went to Palestine in answer to Zionism's call had no biological connection whatsoever to the ancient Hebrews and therefore no claim on the land;
- that Israel was created mainly by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing;
- that Israel's existence has never been threatened by any combination of Arab force -- i.e., Israel has not lived in constant danger of annihilation, the "driving into the sea" of its Jews; and
- that it was Israel not the Arabs which closed the door to prospects for peace time and time again.
I am assuming (am I guilty of wishful thinking?) that if the citizens of nations, Westerners especially and Americans in particular, were aware of the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict, they would insist that their governments called the Zionist monster to account -- not only for the sake of justice for the Palestinians but also to best protect the interests of all, including the Jews of the world. (In a Footnote below there is reference to a report of the thinking of America's intelligence community on what must be done to protect US national interests).
Now to the second initiative the Palestinians could, and in my view should, take if they are to play their part in preventing Palestine from becoming a lost cause.
Obviously the dissolution of the PA will only happen if enough Palestinians demand it. But in my view it's not only the occupied and oppressed Palestinians who need to do the demanding. It's time for Palestinians everywhere to become engaged by peaceful and democratic means in the struggle to end the Zionization of their homeland. Put another way, if the Zionist colonial project is to be contained and defeated, the incredible, almost superhuman steadfastness of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians must be supplemented by practical, effective and co-ordinated Palestinian diaspora action.
For what purpose?
Not only to bring about the dissolution of the PA but to have it replaced as soon as possible by a re-structured and re-invigorated PNC (Palestine National Council). Once upon a time this now side-lined parliament-in-exile represented Palestinians nearly everywhere in the world and was the supreme decision-making body on the Palestinian side. Even Arafat was accountable to it.