The futility of holding elections under a foreign military occupation
|Monday, July 14,2008 00:50|
|By khalid Amayreh|
It is often said that a wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top. It is also said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of other people, an imbecile learns from his own mistakes, but a fool learns neither from the mistakes of others nor from his own mistakes.
Unfortunately, these adages apply squarely and accurately to the American-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah. Its foolishness just transcends reality as it keeps repeating the same stupid mistakes over and over again.
Like an irredeemable drunkard who drinks so much that he begins to think that he is the greatest person on earth, the PA seems thoroughly convinced that it is a “state,” or at least a state in the making, that it has “authority,” even “sovereignty,” when in fact it has neither.
How many acts of rape the Israeli army must carry out against our towns, where the PA is supposed to exercise “exclusive responsibility,” will convince us that we are lying to ourselves and being lied to?
Unfortunately, such fantastic convictions on our part are enforced by the often stately treatment accorded to the PA by western governments.
American and European heads of state visiting Ramallah routinely give the impression that they are paying a state visit to a sovereign state.
Similarly, the red-carpet receptions often given to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Western capitals would suggest that the Palestinians were finally obtaining their freedom from the Nazi-like Israeli occupation.
This would be a justified impression because, after all, people languishing under a foreign military occupation don’t usually have presidents, governments, and ministers and security forces and huge bureaucracies. And when they do, these governments and presidents are usually referred to as “collaborators” or “quislings” or “Judenrate”
Interestingly, all of this happened while the PA succumbs to the status of vanquished supplicant that keeps begging
But, of course, most Palestinians realize that the PA has no real authority or sovereignty since its very existence and survival depends almost completely on the Israeli acceptance of it.
Now, this Palestinian Authority is urging Palestinian political factions to agree to organize “presidential and parliamentary elections” as soon as possible in order to form a government that would “run the country.”
Well, have we really become the laughingstock of the world? Have our stupidity and foolishness transcended reality?
I am saying this because how on earth can we possibly hold genuine elections under the Nazi-like Israeli occupation in light of the scandalous “experiments” that we held in 2005 and 2006, when the Jewish Gestapo, otherwise known as Israeli security forces, abducted hundreds of candidates and elected officials, even before they had the opportunity to reach their offices.
So, I want to ask misters Mahmoud Abbas, Salam Fayyadh, and their cohorts and hangers-on if they have any guarantees from the
In 2005, I covered the municipal elections at the town of
When the two men were eventually freed from Israeli custody many months later, they narrated to reporters how the Israeli army sought to justify their abduction, by telling them that “you must know that sovereignty here belongs to the IDF not the Palestinian people.”
Similarly, I remember that following the parliamentary elections of January 2006, the Israeli army would deliberately stop legislative council members and even cabinet ministers at roadblocks and force them to stand for several hours in order to be seen by passing Palestinian motorists. The message was very clear.
Today, the vast bulk of these elected Palestinian mayors and municipal council members as well as legislative council members are still languishing in Israeli dungeons and concentration camps, either without charge or trial, or on concocted and flimsy charges, such as “posing a threat to the survival of the Jewish people” and “constituting a mortal danger to the security of the region.”
Besides, let us imagine how Israel would react if the elections PA officials are now calling for produced a new set of leaders the Zionist establishment would consider “terrorists” for refusing to do Israel’s bidding.
Then most probably
I am not saying that we should entirely rule out the concept of holding elections. However, we must have solid guarantees that
And if these essential preconditions proved to be impossible to meet due to Israeli intransigence, then we would have to forget about such elections. Then Maybe we would have to think of dismantling the PA once and for all since it has already become a devastating liability undermining the morality of our just cause.
In the final analysis, we must not fool ourselves once again, because if we did we would be more than a laughingstock of the world. We would be our own worst enemies.