I thought for a long time how do I feel about this September bid and what’s going to happen afterwards, I reached to the conclusion that I oppose it, and anyone with the minimum amount of patriotism should oppose it. I have many reasons but I decided to write ten main reasons that will explain why I am totally against this bid. Although I dream day and night about a state where I get my full rights, the state the Palestinian Authority is calling for doesn’t represent me as a Palestinian.
What does the bid means?
The bid means that the Palestinian Authority will get a full membership in the United Nations General Assembly and that’s about it, in other words this is one of those “symbolic moves” that are good for nothing. A way for the PA to say we achieved something, when on the ground nothing is going to change.
The Palestinian Authority
One of the reasons I oppose the September bid is due to the fact that PA is involved in it. The Palestinian Authority had a long history in “peace negotiations” that for the past 20 years didn’t achieve anything on the ground, and made the daily lives of the average Palestinian much worse than under the Israeli control. The Palestinian Authority are a bunch of elitist who imposed themselves as the speakers and representatives of the Palestinian people claiming exclusive rights to negotiate and give up everything the Palestinians had ever fought for.
The Israeli Occupation
According to international law Israel is responsible for everything in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem. From education and healthcare to employment, the September bid as well as the Oslo agreement spares the Israeli government from its responsibilities towards the Palestinian people living under occupation.
The Palestinian State
The Palestinian state which will be composed of the West Bank and Gaza doesn’t have any resources and is totally dependant on foreign aid money which when the state is born will stop flowing, have no means of production and thus can’t be sustained financially. Also the Israelis collect the tax money on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and can cut it at anytime, depending on the political situation which means that no steady financing is available.
The fact that there are more than 500 thousand settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem makes it impossible to neglect their presence. The settlers or the national religious community that believes it’s their duty to be present in the West Bank and Jerusalem won’t give up easily, they control the Israeli government and they have a very big effect on the Israeli politics and politicians, and the government will try to satisfy them by any means necessary.
The Palestinian Authority had a long history of corruption since it’s foundation, and those affiliated with it (mostly Fatah members) makes it unreliable to lead the peace process or to represent the Palestinian people in the international community, and the fact that all those benefiting from the PA’s presence are all elitists living in mansions with nothing to tie them with the average Palestinian who has to struggle in daily life through checkpoints, and in getting bread for his family.
The Daily Lives of the Palestinians
This will cut the connection between families whether they are inside the green line, or in the West Bank, or in Gaza. One who lives in Nazareth will be required to cross the borders to get to Ramallah to visit relatives or one who is in Bethlehem will have to cross into Israel to visit family members in Gaza. Aside from the negligence of the refugees abroad and their sufferings in the camps.
The Giving Up on the Right of Return
The continuation in following the September bid will make it impossible for the refugees to return to the houses they left back in 1948, and that means the killing of the real Palestinian cause which is the refugees and their right to return.
What’s Going to Happen Afterwards?
So far the Palestinian Authority didn’t involve the Palestinians in the decision making process and is acting according to their needs, and they forgot that they are not selling a house, they are selling everything even things that don’t belong to them. The PA didn’t make it clear for their options after the bid, and what are their next moves. Not to mention that they did not explain to the people how will the process happen, considering it’s the future of a people they’re messing with.
No to the September bid, and no to the Palestinian Authority.