The Only Road to Sustainable Peace: Pluralistic Democracy

In medical genetics, the field in which I specialize, we believe the correct diagnosis is the best guarantee of selecting the right therapy and improving prognosis. I’d like to offer a diagnosis of the injustice in Palestine/Israel: the morass that we are in was created by an ideology called Zionism, which overlooked the immorality of transforming a multireligious and multicultural Palestine into the Jewish State of Israel.

A Palestinian child faces an Israeli soldier before the West Bank separation wall.

At what point does an occupation become a permanent state of affairs? Here a Palestinian child faces an Israeli soldier before the West Bank separation wall. Credit: Creative Commons/Justin McIntosh.

The immoral ideology of Zionism is now being reevaluated in order to chart a better course forward instead of dealing cosmetically with its symptoms. Jews who have accepted this false idol of Zionism are leaving it in droves.

Those with some conscience who still cling to Zionist notions are mostly driven by fear and are noting major setbacks in their ill-fated efforts. These efforts previously focused on giving us Palestinians a sliver of our lands and denying the most important right we need for peace: the right of refugees to return to their homes and lands.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh is a professor at Bethlehem University.
 

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Qumsiyeh, Mazin. 2015. The Only Road to Sustainable Peace: Pluralistic Democracy. Tikkun 30(4): 27.

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