Monday, May 29, 2017

Israel is the safest place in the Middle East for a Muslim Arab "

Bassem Eid: "Israel is the safest place in the Middle East for an Arab Muslim." Bassem Eid is Palestinian, Muslim, human rights activist, journalist ...Bassem Eid says the European propalestinos do not want to hear.

P.S. I, SHIMSHON ZAMIR, AGREED THAT ISRAEL IS THE MOST SAFE PLACE IN THE LORD ALSO FOR CHRISTIANS ... AND ... OF COURSE ... FOR THE JEWS.Anyone who has looked at Israeli society with a minimum of interest and left their prejudices at home will have been surprised to find a country of a surprising variety: life forms that almost seem no more than the median to absolute modernity even for The 21st century.The internal contradiction may be less extreme, but perhaps something similar occurs in Palestinian and Arab-Israeli society because, of course, the distance between Hamas' theocratic terrorists and people like Bassem Eid, born in a field Of refugees, Palestinian, but far from the caricature of the proto-terrorist with kefiya who are not accustomed to the European media.Perhaps for that reason, for his courage to say some truths beyond the themes, Eid has become a respected voice in many parts of the world that is heard not only in Israel and Palestine, but also in Europe or the United States.We see with him that part of the Palestinian society that does not blame all Israel, but rather assumes the very mistakes that the Palestinians have been making for decades.Eid tells us about his life: he was born in the old city of Jerusalem but spent most of his childhood and youth in a refugee camp that was taken in 1967 - after the Six Day War - "not by Israel But by the Jordanian authorities. " He spent 33 years in the country and keeps on frequent visits because "I still have six brothers who live there".The memory is not good: "Life in the countryside is suffering," a suffering that "is not something you have done." It was in that environment "dirty, crowded, without services" in which Bassem began to ask questions like "why the international community stays in a refugee camp" without receiving the necessary help to remake its life abroad. He also began to realize that he "received more of Israel than refugees in any Arab country.""Despite the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Israel is the safest place in the Middle East for an Arab Muslim," he tells us. "As a Muslim and as a Arab I do not want to live in Libya, Syria, Iraq or Yemen, it is much safer for me and my children to continue to live under the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."Palestine, "a dictatorship"When we talk about what is a son of the Palestinian territories, Eid is also very clear: "If you look at the Palestinian National Authority in the West Bank or Hamas in Gaza, son like any other dictatorship in the world," he says, remembering that Mahmoud Abbas is a Person "who has grown up and developed in dictatorships: in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan or Yemen, so much as Hamas are just another example of the Arab dictatorships."Palestinians, "freedoms are simply forbidden," including expression. Dictatorships in which "human rights violations" become "a kind of competition between Hamas and Fatah".

However, Eid speaks with complete freedom and does so both inside and outside Israel, but with precision and relevance in his presence in both Israeli and international media are those that "guarantee me impunity" against the Palestinian authorities.Although perhaps we might think otherwise, what does not concern them is their people: "I have lived in Jericho, a city under the control of the ANP for years, and if I am even more alive for the support of my people," he says explaining That "every day" goes to cities, towns and refugee camps throughout the West Bank."People accept the things I say because they have lost faith in their own leaders," states that we speak of Palestinian street, explaining that a good part of the radicalism of many should be supported by the Israeli authorities have given a Fatah: They want to take revenge on Israel because Israel has brought this horrible and corrupt leadership. "The misunderstanding of the media

However, the anger of Palestine Street is not as it is reported by journalists, according to Eid: "The media say people boil against Israel, but in reality people are outraged at their own leaders."The problem is that "at this moment there is no alternative" to Fatah corruption or Hamas totalitarianism, "there is a lack of leadership" and unfortunately "the Palestinians are going to have to wait a generation or two to have a leadership Serious and charismatic person capable of resolving a conflict. " It seems a very pessimistic point of view, but perhaps not so: "We have waited fifty years, wait another 20, nothing happens."And the solution to the conflict "depends more on the Palestinians than on Israel, we must be the ones who awaken and make the change, not the Israelis."BDS, an attack on Palestinian prosperityEid explains that in recent years the economic situation of the Palestinians has improved greatly, at least in the West Bank: "Abbas and Netanyahu reached an agreement in which one promised security and the other, in return, prosperity, and the two have Fulfilled quite well with his part ".Thus, prosperity has grown exponentially in the West Bank: "If today you go to Ramallah you see buildings that are not even seen in Washington DC," he says in a somewhat surprising statement, "and that is thanks to Israel.""90,000 Palestinian workers are allowed to work daily in Israel and another 50,000 in Israeli settlements in the West Bank," Eid explains. These workers are directly harmed by the BDS campaigns: "The objective of the BDS must be to do harm to the Palestinians, because I do not see that it is doing any harm to Israel," he says, recalling the case of SodaStream, a company that closed its Factory in the West Bank by taking it to southern Israel and since then "is making more profits, while 1,400 Palestinians lost their jobs."The obligations of EuropeWith these precedents it is not surprising how hard Bassem Eid expresses about it: "Europe must prohibit any activity of the BDS movement, it has to treat it as what it is: discrimination and anti-Semitism. And if Europe does not do that I will not believe that they really want to help the Palestinians. "In addition, Eid asks Europe not to "interfere" in the conflict and, although it is good to "push each other to negotiate", know how to do it: "I can not serve a conference of peace in Paris completely useless and The money wasted there could have helped thousands of Palestinian families. ""Europe needs to know better what the real needs of the Palestinians are" and "projects must be controlled directly from Europe and not by the Palestinian authorities," which would also solve "Many of the problems of corruption" of the future. While all this does not change, the truth for Eid is that "Europe is more a part of the problem than a solution."And the United States? Well, our interlocutor does not expect much from Donald Trump: "Neither he nor any other world leader can solve the conflict without more, which I think he can do is improve the economy of the Palestinians," and that path is, according to Bassem Eid, you can bring a solution over time.P.D.2 Yo, S.Z. I think the questions in this article are "partial" ... and although I can understand why Eid speaks (with reason) of European money and how it should be used ... the problem between Israelis and Palestinians goes beyond "To avoid the corruption of the leaders".But it is important to bring to our readers what is expressed by a Palestinian...

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