The Huffington Post has recruited George Bisharat, a professor at a college in San Francisco, to pick up where such odious people as Sharmine Narwani and Ahmed Moor left off to demand that the Jewish people be denied their basic rights, this time under the guise of a "one state solution."
The article itself is the same old boiler plate "one state solution" garbage that we've seen dozens of times before: The settlements are making it impossible...somehow. And of course we can always rely on Prof Bisharat to once again conflate the meaning of "race" in order to accuse Israel of "racism:"
"Continuing to chase the two-state mirage under these circumstances will only enable continuing Israeli colonization of the West Bank and entrench a new form of systematic ethno-religious discrimination, where only Jews enjoy full rights -- to travel, housing, employment, education, and other basics of a free life."Interesting statement. Shall we hear a counterpoint?
As I said I don't particularly want to go through every single one of Bisharat's talking points since we've all heard them before. Professor Bisharat brings absolutely nothing new to the table except a new round of talking points about how bad the occupation is and a new set of glaring omissions as to the raging hatred prevalent among the Palestinian Arabs and certain sections of the Israeli electorate as well. That being said, he makes it clear that his issue is about Jews:
"As this functionally unitary state will not be divided, the question that looms is: on what principles will it be organized, ethnic privilege for Jews, as it is now, or equal rights? Ethnic privilege for Jews is currently institutionalized not only in the segregated Jewish communities Israel has established in the West Bank, but also in more than 35 laws within Israel that bestow benefits exclusively to its Jewish citizens."Hang on, so Jews are an ethnic group now? And here I was thinking it was a religion that people can convert to. You know, under the Law of Return. While I agree that you can complain about Israel's favoritism of Jews, to (a) ignore the freedoms that are prevalent in Israel while ignoring the laws mandating equality there and (b) ignore the favoritism and racism of the Palestinian Arabs who are supposed to be "integrating" with the Jews is downright dishonest. Which I suppose goes without saying for a Huffington Post blogger.
I'm going to conclude with my usual questions for any "one stater," if you are really interested in finding out the details about Professor Bisharat's opinion you can go to the original link. But basically it's the same "discrimination is bad so let's ignore the fact that these people have been fighting for so long and throw them together like scorpions in a jar." So here are the questions:
1. Gay people in Israel can walk down the street holding hands without fear. In the PA they are shot. What will the status of gay people be in a "one state solution?" If you cannot guarantee that their rights will be protected, why should I as a supporter of gay rights support your proposal?
2. Atheists in Israel can express their beliefs without fear. In the PA they are jailed. What will the status of atheists be in a "one state solution?" If you cannot guarantee that their rights will be protected, why should I as a supporter of freedom of thought support your proposal?
3. People in Israel can criticize their government without fear. In the PA anyone who does so are jailed. What will the status of dissenters be in a "one state solution?" If you cannot guarantee that their rights will be protected, why should I as a supporter of freedom of thought support your proposal?
4. The Palestinians insist that their state be governed under sharia law. Sharia law has mandated discrimination against non-Muslims. Israel on the other hand is not ruled by religious law. So what do you think the influence of religion on the laws will be in a "one state solution?" If you cannot guarantee that this "one state" will be secular, why should I as a supporter of separation of church and state support your proposal?
5. The Palestinians declare that "Palestine" will be an Arab and Muslim state. Muslim states have yet to protect the rights of their minorities adequately. Will this also occur in a "one state solution?" If you cannot guarantee that this "one state solution" will protect the rights of minorities in the state then why should I as a supporter of minority rights support your proposal?
6. Palestinian Arabs have historically refused to allow Jews to visit their holy sites when those holy sites are under Palestinian Arab control. In fact they often desecrate them or attempt to destroy their history. To this day Jewish rights to visit their holiest site is restricted and denied under the Muslim Waqf. What will the status of holy sites be in a "one state solution?" If you cannot guarantee that Jews, Christians and other religious minorities will be able to worship freely where and when they choose, then why should I as a supporter of religious freedom support your proposal?
I eagerly await his answer.