The Mitchell Report Will Not Bring Peace
Palestinians protesters battle Israeli forces at the Ar-Ram checkpoint at the northern entrance of Jerusalem 15 May 2001. Israeli troops killed three Palestinians and wounded more than 120 others as clashes erupted throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as Palestinians marked Al-Nakba or 'catastrophe,' the term Palestinians use for the creation of the state of Israel 53 years ago which made hundreds of thousands of Palestinians homeless.
The Mitchell Report is just another American attempt to sabotage Alaqsa Intifada, the current uprising, and deprive the Palestinians of their inalienable rights. The Report's main recommendations are "an unconditional cessation of violence" and "immediately resuming security cooperation." The Report treats the two sides to the conflict as equal adversaries and fails tospecify that one side is a regional military power, while the other is a captive civilian population without even an army. It fails to recognizethat oneside is the occupying force violating international laws and carrying out a number of war crimes, while the other is rightfully defending itself from an oppressive occupation. The Report effectively aims fora return to the status quo ante, which led to this whole situation in the first place.Its focus on "violence" and "security cooperation" practically assigns the Palestinian Authority the role of policing the occupied territories on Israel's behalf, arguably an occupation in disguise.
After seven years of a process which has taken the Palestinian people backward instead of forward, the Palestinians have finally realized that this "negotiating table" was another American-sponsoredtrick which allowed Israel to buy time andchange the facts on the ground. Israel has continuously stalled and delayed the phases of the "peace process", always reinterpreting and renegotiating previous agreements to its own advantage. The vigorous expansion of settlements and connecting roads were in clear violation of the Oslo accords, and aimed specifically to break down the future Palestinian state into a number of small unconnected enclaves, or "bantustans".Barak's late "generous offer" did not meet the minimum of Palestinian requirements, andcould not possibly be accepted by any Palestinian, not even by the Palestinian Authority which has proven to be most lenient in signing away Palestinian rights. This deadlock is what caused Alaqsa Intifada, and the only way out is an assertion that the Palestinians will attain their long aspired sovereignty in a viable state.
This article was written by organizers of alaqsaintifada.org. You can visit their website at http://www.alaqsaintifada.org/index.html
Topics: Conflicts And War, Occupation, Palestine