Ilhan & Rashida, instead of visiting Israel, should solve Palestine problem. By Hem Raj Jain
16 Aug 2019
~2% population of USA with” 2% of export money of oil rich Muslim Countries can solve chronic & gory Israel-Palestine problem through peaceful & non-violent way; As per media report at the urging of US Republican President Donald Trump, Israel blocked US Democratic Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar (from Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (from Michigan) from visiting the West Bank and East Jerusalem, terming them anti-Israel. Ilhan & Rashida unnecessarily brought insult to them because they instead of trying to solve Palestine problem through one-State-solution (by carrying out peaceful non-violent march for the rehabilitation of Palestine refuges in one State of Israel - Palestine) are wasting their time & energy on meaningless visit to Israel. If Ilhan & Rashida are really interested in bringing succor & justice to the beleaguered and harassed Palestinians then they should do the following:-
(1)- Post World War II nothing has taken more lives and has spilled more blood than Israel-Palestine conflict in addition to being the main cause of on-going ‘Global Jihadi Terrorism’. This conflict has become more intractable due to adamancy of Israel in favor of Two-State-Solution (one State of Israel for Jews and other State of Palestine for Muslims) which has potential of alienating the two communities of Jews and Muslims in permanent hostility and which will be harmful to Jews themselves.
(2)- By brazenly violating the terms of Balfour Declaration of 1917 (and other League of Nation's subsequent promises regarding Trusteeship), the present day Israel (from where Palestinians have been summarily driven out by force), has been justified mainly in the name of holocaust in which ~ 6 million Jews were allegedly butchered in Europe during World War II. The Palestinians had nothing to do with holocaust. Earlier there were above 90 % Arabs and less than 10 % Jews in old Palestine (present day Israel). Before 1917 there was no movement or armed struggle by Jews in or out of Israel to take Israel back from the Palestinians. Even as per Old Testament Israel does not belong to Jews (rather Jews were taken out from Egypt by Prophet Moses and were asked to kill the then residents of and capture this ‘Promised Land’ of Israel).
(3)- USA, its allies and UN have been unnecessarily penalizing the Palestinians through two nation theory especially when Netanyahu indirectly demanded one State solution during his 2011 address to joint session of US Congress by demanding demilitarized Palestine in addition to deployment of Israeli armed forces along Jordan river (whereas everybody knows that without armed forces there cannot be any State hence de-facto Netanyahu demanded only one State of Israel).
(4)- Merely demanding one State solution will not be enough rather Ilhan & Rashida should take interest & lead in launching a human-rights NGO, may be with name the ‘Palestine Refugee Rehabilitation Organization’ (PRRO) which will work for the rehabilitation of Palestinian refugees commensurate with their right-to-return. As per ‘UN Relief and Works Agency’ (UNRWA) there are ~ 5.45 million registered refugees. Israel is illegally denying them their right-to-return. If we leave 2.17 million refugees already in the territory of Israel & Palestine (Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem, all under control of Israel) then 3.28 million refugees will go from other countries in the territory of Israel & Palestine as per right-to-return.
(5)- The UNRWA recognizes only those Palestinians as refugee who are registered and NEED ASSISTANCE but there are many Palestinians in other countries who do not need assistance (hence not refugees as per UNRWA) but want to go back in the territory of Israel & Palestine. If number of such Palestinians is added then the total number of Palestinians (refugees and others) is ~ 6 million who as per right-to-return are entitled to settle in the territory of one State of Israel-Palestine.
(6)- The PRRO should solve Palestine problem in two stages. In first stage ~ 10 million persons [~ 6 million volunteers from USA (as one-to-one companion of refugees, from in and out of Israel-Palestine) and ~ 4 million refugees from out of Israel-Palestine] should be assembled by PRRO non-violently out of and along the border of Israel-Palestine in Muslim countries (which will gladly allow this) and the US Government cannot legally object to this. In second stage these ~ 10 million volunteers & refugees should be entered (by PRRO) in Israel-Palestine non-violently to fill the prisons of Israel (for securing the right-of-return of Palestinians).
(7)- The funds (for their transportation from their countries to the border of Israel-Palestine and food camping etc) for these ~ 10 million volunteers & refugees for at least 100 days (till they are put in prison by the authorities of Israel) will be about $ 3 billion [per day expense for 10 million for 100 days + transportation charges for 8 million + Contingency expenses]. This $ 3 billion is nothing for solving chronic & gory Palestine problem which has already consumed much more than this money in addition to many lives and huge blood and has caused immense sufferings including from global terrorism born out of this dispute.
(8)- Once this problem is solved as per right-to-return and one State solution then expenses for return of 6 million volunteers to their respective countries and other contingent expenses can be managed in an easier way by PRRO with the goodwill of world community. It should not be difficult for PRRO to mobilize this fund of $ 3 billion mainly from oil rich Muslim countries (earning more than $ 350 Billion every year from export of petroleum oil) and form the people & philanthropists of USA.
It is hoped that Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib will solve the chronic & gory Palestine problem by carrying-out non-violent peaceful march (under the banner of their HR-NGO, the PRRO) of ~ 12 million people (~ 6 million Palestine refugees + ~ 6 million volunteers from USA) in order to rehabilitate ~ 6 million Palestine refugees in one-State of Israel-Palestine.