So it appears that many among the youth of Israel and the West Bank are fed up with politics and promises (like, who isn't?) and there is what claims to be a grass-roots nationalist (of both nations) movement to speak with "One Voice" and call for and end to the endless stalemates of war and terrorism and no-bottom-line negotiations that go nowhere.
The One Voice movement announced
Jericho/Tel Aviv, September 19, 2007 —Today, the OneVoice Movement, a youth-led mainstream nationalist movement with parallel operations in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, announced that it had exceeded its original goal of recruiting half a million Palestinian and Israeli citizens as signatories of a mandate demanding a two-state solution. The OneVoice Mandate calls on Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to start immediate, uninterrupted negotiations until a comprehensive two-state solution is reached...The groundswell of Israeli and Palestinian citizens committing themselves to the movement will gather on an unprecedented scale on October 18th, 2007, when OneVoice will host the One Million Voices to End the Conflict people’s summits...Through a series of groundbreaking negotiations held among Palestinian, Israeli and international experts and advisors, OneVoice revealed that a hidden consensus amongst the people exists on the basis of a two-state solution. 76% of both Israelis and Palestinians are in favor of a two-state solution, and would be willing to compromise to live in strong, independent, stable states at peace with their neighbors. Building off of these Citizens Negotiations is the OneVoice Mandate, which calls upon the region’s elected representatives to:
*Recognize the right of both peoples to independence, sovereignty, freedom, justice, dignity, respect, national security, personal safety, and economic viability,
*Implement concrete confidence-building measures that will improve the lives of the Palestinian and Israeli people, including ensuring freedom of movement for ordinary civilians and fostering education against incitement on both sides, and
*Immediately commence uninterrupted negotiations until reaching an agreement, no later than October 18, 2008, for a Two-State Solution, fulfilling the consistent will of the overwhelming majority of both populations.
So, it seems that there are "moderate" Palestinians willing to literally put their futures and maybe their lives on the line by signing a public petition calling for a two-state solution, something abhorred by Hamas and its ilk and not too popular with Arafat-the-pretend-moderate, either. I have a pretty clear recollection of his rise to rais-dom and recall from exile. One of his first acts was to round up and kill all the "collaborators" -- which were defined as anyone who belonged to a Palestinian grassroots peace endeavor, or who didn't fully support Arafat or who owned something Arafat or his minions wanted handed over as a gift.
There seems to be steam gathering for a push at peace that will be something other than heads-of-state meeting each other in foreign capitals and posing for promising photographs but never really getting things done. Lots of position papers and proposals but no action on the ground, except from the spoilers who have historically disrupted movement towards compromise with mass murder.
So who could object to a musical "happening" in favor of final status negotiations for a peaceful settlement.
Other Palestinians--or so they claim to be....
"Another Voice" disses One Voice as being the stalking horse of sinister Zionist promoters of "apartheid." Their complaint? That OneVoice fails to "mention key elements required for a just and lasting peace. From justifying settlement blocs to avoiding the refugees’ right to return, the OneVoice plan avoids the framework of international law, and serves to subordinate Palestinian rights to Israeli interests.
As opposed to subordinating Israeli rights to Palestinian interests, which seems to be the goal of this particular operation.
“Like many other diplomatic misadventures, the OneVoice campaign overlooks the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and repackages dangerous concessions into an initiative that looks nice on the surface. It is misleading, and many are starting to realize that,” said Another Voice organizer Haithem El-Zabri.
You need to be able to speak Palestinian Newspeak to decode all this.
"Inalienable rights" means the Palestinian (and other Arabs') demand that the State of Palestine be created in the zone of land "from the river to the sea" meaning from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately, the nation of Israel is currently situated on some of that land, but in the exercise of their "inalienable rights" the Arabs are willing to see the Jewish state exterminated and replaced by an Arab state called Palestine.
"Inalienable rights" also means that the descendants of putative Palestinian refugees (now numbering about 1.4 million) have an absolute right to move into Israel proper. Of course, the descendants of Jews who were forcibly expelled from this land have no rights to it whatsoever, in the Palestinian narrative. A fourth generation Israeli Jew whose great-grandparents emigrated from Moscow with the permission of the Turkish authorities running the Ottoman Empire at the time is a "European colonialist" despite proof of persecution historically and currently in Russia, which rejects Jews as being non-European, non-Russian, non-Christian and not wanted. A "Palestinian" from the United States, born and raised in Virginia, who speaks no Arabic, and is the product of a marriage from a European born-and-bred "Palestinian" father and European mother, whose Lebanese grandfather worked in Haifa for five years, is NOT a "colonialist" but instead is a "Palestinian refugee."
Of course, the descendants of Jews living in Arab lands (about 800,000 or 50,000 more than the Arabs who ostensibly fled from "Palestine") aren't entitled to either return to their native lands, receive any compensation from those governments or even be mentioned in anyone's discussion of refugees.
Got that? "Palestinian" refugees have rights--Jewish refugees from Arab countries aren't worth mentioning.
The Palestinians have no "right of return." It's a non-starter and even Abbas is dancing around the terminology, talking about a "right" that must not be exercised for the greater good of the Palestinian people. The general consensus, including among the Palestinian leadership outside of Hamas, is that any "right of return" must be to the new state of Palestine and not to Israel.
AnotherVoice apparently has decided that isn't good enough. "Apartheid" as used in their context clearly doesn't mean South African apartheid where a minority of Whites ruled one nation where the majority of Blacks were disenfranchised and discriminated against.
The Palestinian Newspeak word "apartheid" means any agreement that results in two states--a Jewish state of Israel and an Arab state of Palestine. This isn't even Dhimmi Carter's definition ferhevvinsakes!
It does illustrate the outright dishonesty of the anti-peace-camp among the Palestinian Arabs and their Islamofascist and Left-wing Fascist supporters. Their press release posted today on Facebook (http://www.anothervoice-palestine.org/) is full of the kind of fuzzy rhetoric found in Left wing circles which resonates with all the proper buzz words but when analyzed, is found to be empty of concrete meaning.
Whether or not you agree with OneVoice, it is heartening to see hope and idealism on a mass scale not just in Tel Aviv, but also in the West Bank. It's nice to see huge numbers of people coming out in support of some kind of stab at a peaceful settlement.
Too bad that "Another Voice" wants to be the spoiler by insisting on the fossilized and entrenched demands of irrendentist Arab nationalism which previously gave us the "Three Noes" of the Khartoum Conference. Who are these people? "Another Voice" is supported by whose money? Whose backing? In contrast to OneVoice, which has transparently put their supporters and money on their pages, "Another Voice" is anonymous except for two names at the bottom of the press release who may or may not be real people and which names may or may not be noms de guerre since absolutely NO information is provided about them.