This weekend, Harvard Kennedy School is hosting a controversial “Student Conference” that has been organized to promote the so-called “one-state solution” as the best option to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the conference program, the event will start out asserting that “’two-states for two peoples’” is no longer a viable option for Israel/Palestine,” and towards the end of the conference, participants will devote themselves to pondering how best to build a “global movement” to serve their agenda and how “academics and activists” could contribute to this endeavor.
Proponents of the “one-state solution” like to present their views in a language designed to create the impression that their primary concern lies with human and civil rights. However, it obviously takes willful blindness to overlook the fact that implementing an Israeli-Palestinian “one-state solution” would require the abolition of the world’s only Jewish state in order to subsume it in yet another Arab-Muslim majority state where Jews would have to live as a minority – and, based on the empirical record, it is only reasonable to expect that they would face the same precarious situation as minorities everywhere in the Arab and Muslim world.
Among the Harvard conference speakers who will gloss over these problems are several faculty and affiliate staff members, and one of the keynote speakers is Ali Abunimah – whose prominent role in the establishment and running of the notorious website “Electronic Intifada” is curiously omitted in his biographical note for the Harvard event…
Unfortunately – and my eyes fill with crocodile tears while I’m typing this – the Harvard conference organizers had to make do without one of the most notable supporters of the “one-state solution:” Muammar Qaddafi demonstrated some two years ago in the pages of the New York Times how to present the abolition of the world’s only Jewish state as a measure that would benefit all of mankind. Apparently, the idea was even a sort of Qaddafi-family thing, because it seems that it was first championed by Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam at London’s famous Chatham House.
With these two well-connected proponents of the abolition of the Jewish state gone, it’s easy to see that some people felt there was a vacuum that needed to be filled.
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Cross-posted from my JPost blog.