The Political Program of the Campaign for One Democratic State in Historic Palestine
In recent years, the idea of a one democratic state in all of historic Palestine as the best solution to the conflict has re-emerged. It started gaining increased support in the public domain. It is not a new idea. The Palestinian liberation movement, before the catastrophe of 1948 (the Nakba) and after it, had adopted this vision, including the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The PLO abandoned this idea in the framework of the diplomatic negotiations at the late eighties that led to the Oslo agreement of 1993. The Palestinian leadership hoped that this agreement would enable the building of an independent Palestinian state on the territories that Israel occupied in 1967. But on the ground Israel has strengthened its colonial control, fragmenting the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza into isolated cantons, separated from one another by settlements, checkpoints, military bases and fences. Read more...
ICAHD UK’s Interview with Awad Abdelfattah
Can you tell us about yourself?
Awad: I was born to a hard-working farming family in Kawkab, a village in the north of Palestine, today Israel. Since childhood, my father told me stories about its history. My family is one of those who survived the expulsion and the ethnic cleansing which the Zionist gangs carried out during and after the 1948 war, the Nakba. At the time, the population of the village was 400 and most of the people remained thanks to the wisdom of a charismatic and influential figure who conducted successful negotiations with the gangs’ officers that occupied my village. However about 20 percent of Kawkab’s residents, many of whom are my relatives, fled as soon as they learned the gangs had gathered village men in front of my grandfather’s house. They were subjected to torture and everybody expected them to be massacred as had happened in many other places. Women were screaming and crying; it was very frightening. At the time, my grandmother had just lost one of her sons while engaged in defending the village, and she expected that her three remaining sons and husband would also be massacred by the Zionists; thankfully they were spared. My father remembers how his brother bled for hours before he died, and he carried the trauma with him for many years. Read more...
ICAHD UK’s Interview with Diana Buttu
Diana, you were born in Canada. What identity did you grow up with?
As the daughter of immigrant parents, I knew - and was made acutely aware - that I was not white; that I was from a different place, but that I was born in Canada. In Canada, there is a lot of veiled racism with people often asking questions to such as “where is ‘back home’?” or “where are you REALLY from?” It becomes both difficult and easy to adopt a “Canadian” identity: easy because it becomes the way of trying to fit in but difficult because you never do. As I say this, however, I think it is important to highlight that, during my education in Canada, Indigenous peoples were rarely, if ever, discussed. Canada was created on top of Indigenous land. Indigenous peoples’ place in the national narrative of the “birth” of Canada has been minimized and viewed as peripheral to the dominant culture’s stories and identity. Read more...