The Helen Thomas’ Resolution by Gilad Atzmon

Monday,
June 14, 2010 at 10:08PM
Gilad
Atzmon

Those who are  engaged in the Palestinian solidarity discourse are
familiar with two visions of conflict resolution: the ‘Two State
Solution’ and the  ‘One State Solution’. This week we have learned about
a third possible resolution that seems to me the most reasonable and
ethical considering the circumstances.   Helen Thomas, the 89 years old
doyenne of the White House press corps,  sketched it in one sentence.
When asked by a Rabbi holding a camera: "where should Israelis go", she
said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine”. When the Rabbi
challenged her, she made it plainly clear: “they should go home to
Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere”

Thomas was quick to be reminded who runs Capitol Hill. A global war
was declared against her.  She had to resign and to apologise. However,
her brief yet transparently clear solution is sound and should be
elaborated upon. 

 

It is an obvious fact that the Israelis do not belong to the region.
The Jewish claim for Zion i.e. Palestine is beyond pathetic. It is in
fact as ridiculous as a bunch of  Italian settlers invading London’s
Piccadilly Circus claiming their right to return to a land once occupied
by their Roman forefathers. Obviously Italians would not get away with
it, Zionists, on the other hand, have managed to fool the nations for
more than a while.

Unlike our Western politicians and Media, Helen Thomas was not
impressed by the Zionist argument. Let’s try to understand what she is
saying. She suggests  primarily that Jews don’t belong to Palestine and
Palestine  certainly doesn’t belong to the Jews. She also argues that
the home for Jews is somewhere else. Thomas suggested for instance that
Jews should go to Germany. Surely this is not such a rude idea
considering the love Germany pours on Israel. We shouldn’t also forget
that the Israeli nuclear submarines that have been on their way to the
Gulf (according to The Times), were given to Israel by Germany as a
‘present’ at the time that Israel flattened Lebanon (2006). If Angela
Merkel is sincere, she should welcome the Israelis to return to her
country and save the world from another world conflict.

As it happens, most Western leaders support the Two State Solution,
they believe that such a  solution is fair and ethical. I wonder what is
so ethical about it, the Two State Solution doesn’t address the
Palestinian Cause. It largely ignores the Palestinian Right of Return to
their land, homes, villages, fields and orchards. It accepts the
outrageous circumstances in which millions of Palestinian refugees will
be left dispossessed forever. 

Most humanists seem to support the One State Solution, they are
convinced that such a solution is fair and ethical. Again, I am rather
perplexed here. As much as we accept that sharing the land is reasonable
and ethical, it is completely foreign to Jewish ideology and Zionism in
particular. Early Zionist immigrants were more than welcome to share
the land with the Palestinian indigenous population. But they had a
completely different plan in mind, they wanted a ‘Jews only State’. They
eventually ethnically cleansed the Palestinians (1948), Those who
managed to cling  to the land were eventually  locked behind walls and
barbed wire. The One State Solution dismisses the Jewish ideology. As
much as I myself tend to support the One State Solution, I am fully
aware of the fact that such a solution may become  possible only when
the Israeli Jewish population gives up its supremacist ideology.
Needless to say that when this happens,  the Jews in Palestine  would
become Palestinian Jews:  ordinary people of Jewish ethnic origin  who
happen to live on Palestinian land.

Those who are repulsed by Helen Thomas’ resolution, blame her for
being discriminatory towards Jews.  The truth of the matter is that
Thomas’ suggestion is not at all different or more discriminatory than 
the notorious Two State Solution. While Thomas suggests that millions of
Jews would peacefully go back to their true home, the Two State
Resolution suggests that millions of  Palestinian refugees would be left
with no home whatsoever. Clearly, the Israeli State mentions again and
again that  it would never  allow Palestinian refugees to return to
their land. 

Considering the latest Israeli barbarian military operations, bearing
in mind the disastrous starvation in Gaza, learning about  the serious
threat to world peace imposed by repeated nuclear threats made by Israel
against its neighboring States and Iran in particular, we should move
the discourse one step further. We better look at the Helen Thomas’
solution. 

Seemingly,  the Rabbi who assaulted Helen Thomas,  is not impressed
by  Thomas’ solution. He was concerned about six million Jews who
perished in Europe. Someone should remind the Rabbi that the European
Judeocide has nothing to do with Palestine or the Palestinians. However,
his own behaviour towards  Thomas together with the Israeli repellent
murderous behaviour in the high seas, in  Palestine, and the Jewish
lobbies around the world, all contribute together to a necessary
revision of the notion of ‘Jewish suffering’ in history. At the end of
the day, our vision of the past is constantly shaped by our present
understandings.  

Like the rest of humanity, Old Helen Thomas is tired of Jewish power
and Israeli barbarism, she touched the nerve exactly where it hurts by
saying the plain truth.   “Get the hell out of Palestine”. Truth, it
seems, echoes ethics and reason.

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