Dr. Salim Nazzal
Around 1951, a Palestinian historian wrote that Arabs must
now regain Palestine as the Eastern European Zionist colony in Palestine is
still weak. In the passage of time he said this task will be more difficult. The
last 60 years or so has proven the rightness of his prophecy. The Bush speech in
Palestine confirms it.
It provides solid evidence that the USA under Bush is ready to bless the imposed
facts which Israel did on the ground. Terms like "proper Israel" which is not
even defined by the Zionist state and "the security of the Israeli state" and
now the latest terminology "the Jewishness of the Zionist state" have become the
terminologies which its political translation is the approval of the ethnic
rinsing of native Palestinians.
Bush words are pointing to this fact. The Bush speech in Palestine has been a
clear message to Palestinians that the United States of America, under Bush time
administration is ready to sacrifice the interest of the Americans for defending
the Zionist occupation.
Arabs find it difficult to understand the wisdom of
Bush language (if there is any) by which he agitates Arabs against
Arabs, dividing them into a moderate camp and a radical camp, and in
agitating Palestinians against Palestinians, Lebanese against Lebanese
and Arabs against Iran.
If this has been the living bread of the Zionist state since its
plantation the question is what America benefits from agitating Arabs
against Arabs and Arabs against Iran? The paradox about all this is that
it comes in a period where the USA tries to fix its picture for the
Arabs while in reality Bush never save the chance to make it even
This should naturally enforce the question how long Americans would
tolerate a policy which not only in their interest but rather damaging
them. How long Americans will accept putting the interest of Israel
before the interest of their own country, and how long Americans will
accept to be played off by pro Zionists?
Bush has no moral authority to ask Palestinians to forget their
ancestral home, in the same way that Balfour did in 1917 when he
promised Zionist of a state for them in Palestine which resulted in a
cycle of violence which yet to finish. Alongside the Belfour language
Bush call to obstruct the international justice by demanding from
Palestinians to forget their country and by accepting the Zionist
settlements which the UN considers as illegal. This policy not only put
the USA in defiance with Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims but also in
defiance with the international community.
The USA which itself was a colonial project struggled much to free its
conscious from past atrocities committed against the Native Americans.
Earlier colonists in the new world and Africa made major revises towards
recognizing past atrocities committed against the native peoples.
The east European Zionist colonists in Palestine are the exception. Not
only did they not recognize past and the current atrocities they
committed against native Palestinians, they move towards more extremism,
not surprisingly they allied themselves with Bush whose policy has made
the USA the less popular country in the world.
It is no wonder that Israelis received him very well, why should they
not when they colonize Palestine by the American tax payer money, why
should they not when America under Bush goes into wars for the service
of Israel. The Zionist state views the American position as an ideal
position. Americans financing the Zionist colonial project, American
soldiers die for wars that serve only the Zionist colonial project, what
else they want more? Yet if this fits Israel the question is does this
situation fit the interest of Americans? This question should be
answered by the Americans especially to the democrats who seek to have a
better picture for their country.
The Arab position has been always clear. Arabs simply have no historical
rival towards the United States. The vast majority of Arabs would
appreciate a balanced position for the USA. The challenge for the
Democratic Party which likely will run the USA after Bush is to choose
between a Bushian policy in democratic copy or breaking with Bush policy
and look at the region with different angle.
*Dr. Salim Nazzal is a Palestinian-Norwegian historian in the Middle
East, who has written extensively on social and political issues in the
region. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.