October 31 2007
Lately, we support a two-state solution for I$rael and the Palestinians, because the Bush administration is finally working on it. Practically it means offering Palestinians something that would be worth giving up war with I$rael.
The colonialism in Palestine goes far beyond that faced by Puerto Rico or First Nations inside U.$. borders. First Nations inside U.$. borders all have the right to vote, if they want to act like Amerikans. Palestinians do not have the parallel option. Napoleon offered his conquered subjects citizenship and to a large extent this is true of First Nations and Puerto Rico and even so MIM objects to the neo-colonialism in the situation. Palestinians are many steps worse off than that level of neo-colonialism, because the I$raeli constitution does not count Palestinians as citizens and yet the I$raeli military rules the Palestinians. In fact, there is not a constitutional definition of citizen yet in I$rael after all these decades.(1)
Across the world, neo-colonialism is considered a step up from colonialism. Neo-colonialism is the world norm. We said the same thing when apartheid ended, but South Africa stayed capitalist. It does not mean that capitalist South Africa is our goal, only that we recognize advance when we see it.
Since the Palestinians are already mobilized, proletarianized and at war, some are saying that Palestinians should skip the neo-colonial stage entirely and help deliver the death blow to imperialism. MIM finds this unlikely if the imperialists decide to offer neo- colonialism to the Palestinians. That is the issue being forced right now. Is U.$. imperialism going to offer Palestinians to replace colonialism with neo-colonialism or not is the question. We agree with Palestinian negotiators to put a deadline to the I$raelis for a Palestinian state or skip the Annapolis meeting.(2) We find it unlikely from looking at history that Palestinians would turn down neo-colonialism if offered, so this is a move the imperialists can make if they want to. If not, then it is time for Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda or new Maoist parties to take over. The united $tates does so little for the people it calls moderate Arabs, Arabs would have to be insane or bought off as individuals not to be radicalized.
Puerto Ricans obtain the right to vote if they move to the U.$. Mainland. Puerto Ricans are also not totally deluded in thinking they might be the 51st state someday, because U.$. government and citizenship ties are deeply penetrating the island already. There is a small minority of I$raeli Arabs, but I$rael does not allow a Puerto Rico situation. In principle we can say we are for national liberation in general. In mature writing, we should distinguish between the shades of power that differentiate the Puerto Ricans from the Palestinians. The example of other peoples gives us reason to think that Palestinians can acquire a similar level of well-being from their oppressors. MIM is not opposed to the revolutionary solution of skipping the neo-colonial stage bogging down other peoples, but at this time we are exploring what is possible if the imperialists are just a tad more forthcoming than they have been. Taking account of what imperialists can do, they can offer neo-colonialism. The international proletariat is not in a position to force more than that.