Both the French publishing house Liberatia and the magazine “Orientxxi” issued a set of works devoted to Middle Eastern affairs, and the first title was issued in early June, as a French translation of an important and exciting book document published by the Palestinian Fatah movement in the spring of 1970 entitled “The Palestinian Revolution” and the Jews.”
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In this regard, the book of the Palestinian movement expressed a project to establish an open, progressive society in “a democratic, non-sectarian Palestine, one state in which Muslims, Jews and Christians coexist” and rejected the slogans of “throwing Arabs into the desert” and “throwing Jews into the sea”, in order to put an end to the society apartheid, established by the occupation and recently denounced by human rights organizations; Similar to the Israeli NGO B’Tselem and the international Human Rights Watch.
The “historical” text does not hide the difficulties of implementing such a project, as it considers that the proposed utopia needs explanation; But he considers it “the only lasting solution that will bring lasting peace and justice.”
This document was republished by Liberatia Publishing House and the French magazine Orian 21, with a presentation presented and contextualized by French writer and analyst Alain Grech, former editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique and currently director of the magazine’s website and researcher in Palestinian and Israeli affairs. Greish wishes to review the circumstances in which the book was written and the reasons for its return to the limelight.
Revolution is a new era حق
On January 1, 1965, the Fatah movement launched the Palestinian revolution (by carrying out the famous Eilaboun operation) after 6 years of military preparation and political action. The movement also spent the first two years consolidating its presence on the Palestinian arena. Perhaps the best evidence of this is the painful experience that occurred in 1967, and the second displacement that set the Palestinians on the path of revolution. As they were able to take up arms and return to their homes to fight against the occupier.
In this regard, the way the Palestinian resistance views the enemy began to change, and it became a good distinction between the Jew and the Zionist, according to the magazine. It also realized that the desire for revenge was not enough to wage a war of liberation; Therefore, the fighters began to think about their ultimate goals and objectives. Discussions with progressive, educated Jews who came from all over the world to engage in dialogue with the revolution led to an ever deeper understanding.
The French magazine says that “the leaders of the revolution carried out studies and discussions that led to a serious conclusion, as they considered that the Jews suffered persecution at the hands of racist criminals and Nazis, just as we suffer at the hands of the Zionists. Therefore, there are similarities in the suffering experienced by both parties. As a result, The revolutionaries realized that they had fallen into the trap of racism in their hatred of the Jews,” according to the French magazine.
The Palestinian revolutionaries studied Jewish history and thought, whose pioneers considered that the majority of those who came to Palestine fled from the German (Nazi) concentration camps, and were told, “You are a people without a land, you go to a land without a people,” considering that the Palestinians left Palestine of their own free will, on the orders of the leaders The Arabs, as part of a treacherous plan to carry out a general massacre of the Jews, according to the Jewish account reported by the French magazine.
Then the Zionist “propaganda machine” continued to tell the new Jewish immigrants, as well as the old settlers, that there was only one alternative; Either fight to survive and save Israel, or slaughter or, at best, flee across the Mediterranean.
Even Arab Jews – whom the Zionists called “the Jews of the East” – and who, within Israel, were discriminated against by the European oligarchy, had to accept the argument and fight for what they “considered their survival”.
The struggle against Zionism was what revealed to the Palestinians the Jewish character, and the leaders of the Palestinian revolution studied the ideas of Jewish intellectuals such as the Austrian philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965), the historian specializing in the study of the former Soviet Union, Isaac Deutscher (1907-1967), the American anti-Zionist rabbi Elmer Berger ( 1908-1996), and the anti-Zionist Torah teacher Moshe Menuhim (1893-1983), according to the French magazine.
In fact, the Palestinian revolutionary managed to liberate himself from most of his old stereotypes, according to the magazine, and the Palestinian revolutionary is ready to die for the liberation of Palestine, and he will not accept any alternative, whatever the price he will pay; But he has a clear idea of the enemy and the ultimate goal he seeks to achieve.
And when the Jewish students came from Europe to spend their summer vacation in Jordan in the Fatah camp, they were spontaneously adopted, and the French magazine says that the Fatah movement is still looking forward to the day when thousands of Jews will come to fight alongside it for the liberation of Palestine, and this may happen at a time Closer than you think given recent events, according to the French magazine.
The first step
The Palestinian revolutionaries took the first step by calling for the creation of a democratic, non-sectarian Palestine. In general, there has been a change in the attitude of the exiled and persecuted Palestinians who are redefining their goals and want to create a new Palestine that includes the Jews currently in Israel, according to the French magazine.
But in order for this goal to become achievable, we must start by paying attention to the position of the other side. One may ask, what is the current position of the Jews with regard to this goal? And what can change their mentality?, concludes the magazine.