American-born anthropologist, author of An Israeli in Palestine and War Against the People, lecturer, and political activist Jeff Halper moved to Israel in the 1970s. He became aware that that situation in Israel wasn’t what he had been led to believe, growing up in the US. When he met a Palestinian whose house was about to be demolished by the regime, for no reason, nothing to do with ‘security’, Jeff realized that the injustice inherent in Israeli society needed exposure.
Jeff formed the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.(ICAHD). He felt that having your own house demolished by the State, was an issue people could relate to.
ICAHD gives educational tours, explaining the realities of the cruelty imposed on the Palestinian people. That’s how we got to know Jeff.
Many former ICAHD participants went home determined to learn more about the realities of the plight of the Palestinian people, determined to form or join juctice movements: protests, activism, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) and other campaigns and actions .
Jeff believes that all of the activities are important in themselves but there must be, in his words, a political ‘end game’.
“There is no substitute for a political settlement that will finally end the oppression and violence. One cannot be in a political struggle without an end-game”
The 2 state solution is dead and gone. It died at Oslo really. Any possibility of a viable Palestinian state has long been buried under the massive ‘facts on the grounds.’ Palestinian-Australian poet Samah Sabawi, when in Christchurch, described the situation as a ‘One State Reality.’
Government officials and others who continue to call for a ‘two-state solution’ are advocating for yet more negotiations, negotiations over negotiations, negotiations that lead nowhere but can be dragged on indefinitely.
Jeff Halper fears that without a campaign for a justice outcome, activists around the world will tire of the Palestinian sitution and ‘move on’ to other struggles.
Jeff is one of the founders of the One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC).
“This is the only way we will end the ongoing the ongoing colonization, racism and hatred that are destroying our lives, to prevent and reverse the takeover of Palestinian land and its burial under settlements. Only an inclusive democratic state, thoroughly decolonized, will provide for a future for all our children, a future of peace, justice and equality in all of historic Palestine. “
There is a role for all supporters of the cause of the Palestinian people.
The Israeli regime is a one-State reality..a rogue State, a State that is contemptuous of UN Resolutions and of international laws. The Israeli regime is an apartheid State whose cruelty shocks South Africans.
The Israeli regime should be strongly condemned by civil society. The public should pressure our Government to expel the Israeli ambassador.
New Zealand should demand NOW that the siege on Gaza be lifted. New Zealand should demand that the child detention policies, exposed by Defense of Children International Palestine and by American Friends Service Committee in their No Way to Treat a Child campaign, be dropped NOW.
New Zealand could provide the inspiration and impetus for international pressure to be put on Israel to reform.
The One Democratic State Campaign is vital.
Israel is a ONE STATE REALITY!!!
Lois Griffiths is a human rights activist