The chauvinistic, schizophrenic system marches along the road of fascism oblivious to the future. Homes are being destroyed, millions of us are denied the right to live in most of our country and even the right to visit and pray in churches and mosques in Jerusalem. The efforts of transforming the country to look more “Jewish” accelerate especially around Jerusalem creating more tensions. Decent Israelis are leaving the system (300,000 now live in Germany where the fastest growing Jewish population is). Local Palestinians with no place to go are getting desperate. The pressure is building as a pressure cooker builds steam. Acts of individual violence that we see are merely a symptom of this unsustainable system. And the danger is spreading. The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant (ISIL) has to have new states like Sunni (ISIS) and Shia and others so that it becomes “naturalized” instead of the only apartheid system in Western Asia. Still our choices are there: 1) might makes right, or 2) human rights including abolishing religion based states and insist on secular democracies. The first path leads to a lose-lose situation and the second to a win-win for all. There is no lose-win scenario (as MLK once said we either live together in equalityas fellow human beings or we perish together as fools). Hanging between the two roads will mean only more extremism, more violence, and more injustice. Choosing democracy, human rights, and justice is not easy and we pay a price (financial, physical etc). It is we the people who must push for that (everyone now recognizes that our politicians are mostly hypocritical, self-centered fools). The day I returned is also the day the US “elections” gave us an even more subservient congress bent on further destruction of US economy to serve special interests. Some of us pay heavier prices than others and some are even killed (many of my own personal friends were killed in non-violent demonstration). Some lose jobs or homes. Some are injured. Some spend years as political prisoners. But this is a struggle that is existential and must be engaged in. How to do it and maintain dignity, humanity, and inner peace is a challenge. “You can’t be neutral on a moving train” so apathy is collusion with oppression. When our short time on this earth nears its end, will we regret standing by or will we be proud that we tried our best to make it better? The choice is obvious.
For those wondering about my nearly two weeks in Europe: I met hundreds of people, spoke at over 15 events in three countries (France, Switzerland, and Norway), established good contacts and initial discussion that could help establish joint projects between our Palestine Museum of Natural History and some European groups in ways that bring us closer to sustainable development, democracy, and justice (i.e. help us travel along that win-win road). All and any partnerships with people who share this vision would be welcome. A luta continua (the struggle continues).