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Human Rights - Working together
By:Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bahrain
Date: Saturday, 23 September 2017, 4:36 pm

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The big circus at the UN reminded us of characters from a Chinese puppet
theater. The bombastic mingled with the fools, the idiots with the more
idiotic, the funny characters and the puppets whose strings and overlaying
hand were so poorly done. The strings sometimes got entangled. Everybody
pretended in their own way to believe the show especially the characters
themselves. Netanyahu pretended that normalization with the Arab states
will keep him his job as it will divert attention from his scandals. The
pathetic Yemeni appointed Saudi puppet pretended that more bombing by
western powers not of Yemeni children will regain him his lost presidency.
Newer actors slipped in a bit more authentic voices whether bombastic
(Trump) or a bit more rational (Macron, Rouhani). But the old guard had the
most easily recognized non-authentic voices.

The award for the make-belief performance must go to Mahmoud Abbas who had
a good act pretending to his people and to others that begging and pleading
works. Perhaps this is because he had the longest act of pretending (since
the 1974 ten-point program that pretended that appeasing the west gets you
points). His aides and advisors sheepishly explain to those who ask that he
is helpless and that he must play the game. Thus, Abbas reasserted he will
continue in peaceful ways to beg for a state along the 1967 borders even as
any idiot knows this is never in the cards. He asserted he will not demand
basic human rights to all Palestinians but only those in 1967 areas. The
two-state “solution” (illusion), as any person who reads history, is the
most ridiculous “make belief” part of this poor kabuki play. There has
never been in history a two state division of a country between colonizers
and colonized. Such struggles fall into three models/scenarios in terms of
outcome: 1) an Algerian model, 2) an Australian model, 3) a Mexico or
Brazil model. Since the first two are extremely unlikely (perhaps
impossible), the third is the most common outcome (one state for all
children of colonized and of colonizers). There is no fourth scenario for
outcome of such struggles.But ultimately the question is what each of us
wants and how WE work to achieve our objectives. Actions speak louder than
words and we urge all to work together for a more peaceful, just, and
environmentally sustainable world.

Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine