The MPs’ Initiative for Palestine!

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Sun 6 August / Aug 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

This a step to inaugurate the global campaign to expose Israel’s racism; the MPs’ initiative, I mean.

A smart move by the Jordanian House of Representatives, to document every discriminative Israeli law, passed by Knesset, and present them to the International Community and parliaments around the world.

These legislations our MPs are documenting suffice to rank Israel as the world’s most racist country; an apartheid like no other.

No less than 156 legislations, of which 25 were finalised and passed. Each one of these bills instils racial discrimination and seeks to legitimise an occupational endeavour which goes against all international resolutions passed by the UN.

The last of these bills is the Unified Jerusalem proposition, which holds East Jerusalem hostage to a unanimous Knesset vote. If the Knesset unanimously votes out, Israel withdraws. If not, Israel doesn’t.

Even though the world is distracted by the wars and conflicts sweeping through the entirety of our region, people around the globe fight still for the cause of the Palestinian people. Parliamentary groups, global organisations, even private western groups, all rallying to the cause of Palestine.

Chief among these global initiatives is the Boycott-Divest-Sanction (BDS) movement, which is expanding around the world.

The BDS movement now holds a significant and growing influence on parliamentary decisions in the west.

How can we ever forget when Europe’s parliaments all voted, with a crushing non-obligated majority, in favour of acknowledging the State of Palestine?!

To catch a glimpse of how dangerous these transmutations in the west really are for Israel, it is enough to just keep up with the Zionist reactions; official and otherwise, to the boycotting movements.

In Israeli eyes, these campaigns and movements constitute a far more dangerous threat than any rocks or armed resistance.

These global campaigns are worldwide, stacking proponents in every corner of the world.

In the meantime, the MPs’ initiative, which was explained by House Speaker Atef Tarawneh to the media, is unprecedented by any other Arab parliament.

Question; how will it turn out if the rest of the Arab and Muslim parliaments followed suit?

The world is not closed to us.

All we need to do is knock on its doors and start talking to the peoples, the organisations, and the national parliaments, as well as the press!

Just as soon, many will rally to our cause, and will definitely reflect on decision making around the world.

Israel’s moral image is disintegrating; it has hit a new low.

Now, Israel knows that they cannot do what they once did without thinking twice, at least.

Even the absolute US support of Israel, combines with the Arab impotence, cannot uphold Israel’s endeavours to win the occupation battle.

Not so long ago, the world made a stand to abolish apartheid in South Africa.

What is important today, however, is that we learn how to run our war to win the favour of the world’s peoples and their living consciences.

Meanwhile, wealthy Arab states can fund Arab and Palestinian MPs and activists to tour the world, and expose Israel’s fanaticism; one country, one nation at a time.

They can push to sway foreign parliaments into taking the right side, and flood the Israeli Knesset with objection and condemnation letters, and that’s just the beginning.

With enough effort put into it, we can actually get the world to shut Israel out, and isolate it globally, as it well deserves.

The Israeli occupational state should live in exile until their occupation is abolished and the Palestinians are free.

In every corner of our world, there is a moveable force we can accelerate. But that requires planning and open, intensive global communication.

At the very least, it requires a global effort to connect proponent powers around the world, to face up to the occupation.

It is a battle we can win; all the lies they have fortified to blind the world will not stand in the face of truth and justice.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.