In the past few weeks, as Israeli forces continue to intensify their atrocities against Palestinian people living in East Jerusalem, many expect to respond negatively from the new Biden agency.
But it did not come. Instead, we also heard that the “major concern” in the U.S. State department is related to “mechanisms that increase conflict” and that both Israelis and Palestinians need to “take bold action to end the conflict”.
Some Palestinians also expect more from “leading” members of the US legislature. But they too wore their words in religious terms. Representative André Carson wrote that he was “deeply saddened by Israel’s attempts to evict Palestinians from their homes”. Attorney Marie Newman called on the State Department to “urgently oppose violations of international law”. A spokesman for Mark Pocan co-authored the letter, expressing “deep concern for Israel’s imminent idea of evicting nearly 2,000 Palestinians”.
And for his part, Ambassador Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called what the Israeli military was doing “inhumane” and said “the US should show some leadership in protecting Palestinian rights”. One month ago, in an interview with Rabbi Michael Miller, head of the Jewish Community Relations Council in New York, the “progressive” congresswoman also spoke of “appreciating the way all parties are respected” and creating a “way for peace”.
Not to be outdone by all of this are words that are deeply rooted in Palestine, such as “labor”, “apartheid”, “settlement-colonialism”, and “ethnic cleansing”.
It is shocking, though not surprising, that American politicians choose to use language that undermines the reality of Israeli occupation of Palestinian states. However, the problem here is not just what he says but also why he is forced to say it.
This is a language that has already been developed and developed by the Great Israeli Lobby in the US to clean up the realities of Palestine by exposing the racism and following the colonialists in Israel as a matter of “conflict resolution and mediation”. In view of “peace” as a dialogue between the two parties to the “conflict”, this statement covers the power imbalance between its inhabitants and its inhabitants and the Palestinian people seeking justice in Israel and justice.
The fact that American politicians around the world are forced to use the language does not reflect Israel’s attraction to the US, nor does it discriminate against US citizens and the state. In other words, skepticism about the Palestinian cause also stems from the failure of American politicians to honestly acknowledge white supremacy, racism and economic segregation that strengthen and protect American soil.
American politics will not accept justice, accountability and equality – which is part of Palestinian and other anti-apartheid movements – because they are designed to give white supremacists a chance. And so, the US is like Israel: in all these countries, your rights and opportunities are determined regardless of race or ethnicity.
To challenge this great language means to oppose politics and its institutions. And for a Congress member, this is a dangerous idea.
It should be noted that although some members of Congress have ambitious ideas, they run and are elected to serve their constituencies, where they focus their power on American affairs. The statement that Israel is “difficult” with their party could close many doors for them and prevent them from achieving what they are achieving in their territories. It could also mean losing their elected position.
One has to look at the atrocities experienced by the New York Watch community in New York by publishing last month’s report on Israel’s Israeli occupation of Palestine. The American Jewish Committee called its statements “anti-racist”, while the International Legal Forum called it “anti-Semitic” “false blood”. It is with these threats that American politicians fear.
Their self-esteem is disappointing but it shows the realities of US politics.
But while we condemn such false claims from American politicians, we must also consider our views and aspirations as Palestinians. Why do we still hope for a different kind of American politics after so many years of opposition to foreign Israel? Why does the US still have some significance for us?
The fact that Palestinian politicians still pay close attention to what American politicians and other people have to say about Palestine shows that they still see the US as a peace tolerant, which has repeatedly proven otherwise. They still hold on to the old promises that the US has repeatedly broken.
The Oslo Accords – the “victory” that has been widely criticized in US negotiations – did not change from the beginning because the treaties were written in American language – for example, in the language of ethnic groups, not justice. Yet Palestinian politicians remain loyal to the dangerous alliances, which only renew the occupation of Palestine and encourage the withdrawal of Israeli troops. More than that, the treaties also disrupted our language, which – similar to the US – used to cover up Palestinian oppression. They are used to cover up the tyranny of Fatah and Hamas, who put their governments first in the interest of the Palestinian people.
Political language change in the US and Palestine can only come about to address the current crisis. And this is undoubtedly compounded by the chaos. Perhaps it is the time we are living in, as Palestinians in East Jerusalem, as well as in the West Bank and Gaza, are taking to the streets to face the Israeli occupation, which could bring about a change.
For those who sympathize with Palestine in the US and elsewhere, seeing the events in Jerusalem, it is important to understand that this is not a “call for” human rights “and” peace “; this is fighting for justice and honor. It is also important for them to understand that Palestine is incompatible with the weak language of American or Western politics. The only reliable way to talk about what is happening now in Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Aqsa, the Gate of Damascus, and elsewhere in Palestine is to speak to the victims and their struggle against apartheid, colonialism, labor and ethnic cleansing.
Establishing Palestinians and choosing justice as a framework is the only way to talk about what is happening. And we need more than words, we need to take action. We need people to encourage conflict and get involved, to solve the problem we have and help change it in their community and elsewhere.
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