[Marxism] The End of Palestine? An interview with Norman Finkelstein

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 12 12:27:16 MST 2014


>> On Jan 11, 2014, at 5:38 PM, Patrick Bond <pbond at mail.ngo.za> wrote:
>> 
>> Thinking back, the settler-colonial regime led by PW Botha appeared 
>> invincible in mid-1985, after wiping out activists and imposing a state 
>> of emergency; but suddenly with very little warning, the rapidly 
>> declining legitimacy of the apartheid state, the durable internal 
>> protests and the financial sanctions squeeze came together in a 
>> formidable way, and in eight quick years after that August 1985 crisis, 
>> Mandela's negotiating team achieved their core demand - one-person, 
>> one-vote in a unitary state - and in April 1994 won the first election 
>> under a political democracy. No one thought that possible a decade 
>> earlier, no one. Take heart!

If this is the yardstick, Patrick - one person, one vote in a unitary state - no one disputes this as a possibility, least of all Finkelstein who has uniquely insisted it is imminent. Taking it a step further, you could argue that the Palestinians have had a de facto state where they have exercised  their right to vote since the Oslo accords, and that it likely prefigures the de jure state expected to result from an imposed peace settlement. Formal statehood will represent an advance, but how much of an advance is open to debate, as currently in South Africa and Northern Ireland.



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