Archivo de la etiqueta: Israel-Palestina

“Israel debe perder”, un manifiesto valiente desde Reino Unido


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Del diario The Guardian (Reino Unido), 16 de enero de 2009. Manifiesto firmado por decenas de intelectuales, algunos tan conocidos y respetados como:  Eric Hobsbawm, Etienne Balibar, Simon Critchley, Ilan Pappé, Avi Shlaim o Slavoj Zizek.

The massacres in Gaza are the latest phase of a war that Israel has been waging against the people of Palestine for more than 60 years. The goal of this war has never changed: to use overwhelming military power to eradicate the Palestinians as a political force, one capable of resisting Israel’s ongoing appropriation of their land and resources. Israel’s war against the Palestinians has turned Gaza and the West Bank into a pair of gigantic political prisons. There is nothing symmetrical about this war in terms of principles, tactics or consequences. Israel is responsible for launching and intensifying it, and for ending the most recent lull in hostilities. Israel must lose. It is not enough to call for another ceasefire, or more humanitarian assistance. It is not enough to urge the renewal of dialogue and to acknowledge the concerns and suffering of both sides. If we believe in the principle of democratic self-determination, if we affirm the right to resist military aggression and colonial occupation, then we are obliged to take sides… against Israel, and with the people of Gaza and the West Bank. We must do what we can to stop Israel from winning its war. Israel must accept that its security depends on justice and peaceful coexistence with its neighbours, and not upon the criminal use of force. We believe Israel should immediately and unconditionally end its assault on Gaza, end the occupation of the West Bank, and abandon all claims to possess or control territory beyond its 1967 borders. We call on the British government and the British people to take all feasible steps to oblige Israel to comply with these demands, starting with a programme of boycott, divestment and sanctions.

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traducido por Carlos Sardiña el texto dice:

Las matanzas de Gaza son la última fase de una guerra que Israel ha estado librando contra el pueblo palestino durante más de sesenta años. El objetivo de esta guerra no ha cambiado nunca: utilizar un aplastante poderío militar para erradicar a los palestinos como fuerza política, una fuerza política capaz de resistir la continua apropiación de sus tierras y recursos por parte de Israel . La guerra de Israel contra los palestinos ha convertido Gaza y Cisjordania en dos prisiones políticas gigantes. No hay ninguna simetría en esta guerra en cuanto a sus principios, tácticas y consecuencias. Israel es el responsable de desencadenarla, intensificarla y poner fin al último cese temporal de las hostilidades.

Israel debe perder. No basta con pedir otro alto el fuego o más ayuda humanitaria. No basta con instar a que se reanude el diálogo y se reconozcan las preocupaciones y el sufrimiento de ambos bandos. Si creemos en el principio de autodeterminación democrática, si defendemos el derecho a resistir frente a la agresión militar y la ocupación colonial, estamos obligados a tomar partido: contra Israel y con el pueblo de Gaza y Cisjordania.

Debemos hacer cuanto podamos para evitar que Israel gane esta guerra. Israel debe aceptar que su seguridad depende de la justicia y la coexistencia pacífica con sus vecinos y no del uso criminal de la fuerza.

Creemos que Israel debe poner fin, inmediata e incondicionalmente, a su ataque contra Gaza y a la ocupación de Cisjordania, así como abandonar toda reivindicación de posesión o control de cualquier territorio que se encuentre fuera de sus fronteras de 1967. Hacemos un llamamiento al Gobierno y al pueblo británico para que tomen todas las medidas posibles para obligar a Israel a cumplir estas exigencias, empezando por un programa de boicot, retirada de inversiones y sanciones.

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Continuación del debate sobre la Ofensiva israelí contra Gaza


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  • Colonos israelíes: Un grupo de israelíes contrarios a la evacuación de Gaza y policías israelíes hoy jueves 4 de agosto al amanecer a las afueras de la ciudad del sur israelí de Ofakim. Una barrera de 15.000 agentes policiales y de soldados desarmados impidió en la madrugada de hoy una marcha de los opositores hacia los asentamientos judíos en Gaza. Los manifestantes se dirigían a la Franja de Gaza para apoyar a los colonos de los asentamientos de Gush Katif. La imagen es de 2005. Pavel Wolberg.

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Esta respuesta, llegada el 5 de enero también desde París, de parte de una representante de la importante editorial Gallimard, me pareció muy acertada. Está en inglés, no la traduzco pues creo que hoy todos sabemos idiomas… o deberíamos saber más de uno.

Moshe, you say “it’s been this way for 7 years and tens of thousands of rockets”, but maybe it’s been this way for 40 years, and maybe to reach a cease-fire one needs to reach the roots of the fire… Surely this heart-breaking reciprocal violence will last as long as the Palestinians don’t have their own, free (and settler-free) country. There are nearly a half-million Government-subsidized Jewish-Israelis settled in the West-Bank, they -more than the army- are the real “occupiers” of a land which not a single member of the United Nations recognizes as theirs – even if most Israelis still insist on calling this land Judea-Samaria… which surely isn’t the best way of dialoguing with the Palestinians ! As long as these settlers are backed up by the Israeli Government – and therefore by the Israelis who elected it – to impose their unwanted presence on a land which is not theirs, Palestinians will rightly feel they have no free country. And the escalation of mutual violence and mutual autism will remain. Israelis should be pro-Palestinian not for love of Palestinians but for love of Israel – because Israel can only survive (and must survive) thanks to the creation of an independent Palestinian state which the entire international community is desperately longing for. The negation by Israelis of this reality nurtures the negation of Israel by so many Muslim states, of whom many could be convinced differently if their Palestinian brothers were not locked up behind a wall instead of being truly free, within their own independent and recognized borders. Israel is a magnificent country with magnificent and brave people, it should develop and live in peace… within its 1967 borders. Too many of my Israeli friends shrug off this issue of 1967 borders as “not the main issue”… but it is. The main issue is for Palestinians to have their own free state and not be under Israeli occupation. Bring back home the 500,000 settlers to Israel, instead of encouraging them to go there by offering them cheap housing, and let the Palestinians have their own free country from the 1967 “Green Line” to the Jordan River. That would be a good start. Peace to all.

Firmado: A.S.N., París.