Dozens of Palestinian activists in New York City gathered Friday, chanting slogans and openly rejecting the so-called “two-state solution” in favor of eliminating Israel altogether.
“We don’t want two states, we want all of it!” protesters were heard shouting in videos that were uploaded to social media.
“Palestinian supporters in New York City calling for ethnically cleansing millions of Jews in Israel. They then chant support for Hamas Muslim Brotherhood child killers,” noted businessman Avi Kaner, co-founder of Samawal Foundations, an advisory firm “built on the guiding value of” Jewish warrior-poet Samawal.
“We don’t want two states. We want ALL of it.” Palestinian supporters in New York City calling for ethnically cleansing millions of Jews in Israel. They then chant support for Hamas Muslim Brotherhood child killers. h/t @ConspiracyLibel pic.twitter.com/jQPM0apilJ
— Avi Kaner (@AviKaner) June 17, 2021
The Palestinian activists’ message drew condemnation from Jews and Israel supporters online.
“Finally, the truth,” wrote Nathan Wurtzel, who describes himself as a “Jew” and “Zionist” in his profile.
“It’s always been the truth, except almost no one was listening to them,” another user noted in response to Wurtzel’s post.
Still another user gave a historical perspective.
“These screams are exactly why the Palestinians are in the situation they’re in. Since 1948, no one actually wanted the Palestinians to have anything, they just want to get rid of Israel. Until this changes nothing will,” Jewish writer Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll noted.
The two-state solution is a longstanding concept envisioning a sovereign Palestinian state that co-exists side-by-side with Israel, but it has gone unrealized for decades, despite diplomatic efforts by both parties, the U.S., and European countries.
Analysts noted that the most recent mini-war between Israel and Hamas, as well as some Palestinian factions, has only put the concept further out of reach, even though it had already been languishing for years. The Trump White House was the latest U.S. administration to push for a permanent peace plan between Israel and the semi-autonomous Palestinian government in the West Bank. But the plan never made much headway despite former President Donald Trump’s interest in getting a plan done, even as his administration helped broker a series of historic peace deals between Israel and other Arab governments in the region.
Some of the same analysts have noted that both Israel and the Palestinians share blame for their failure to reach a two-state solution.
Israel has been “placing far more emphasis on security measures and the use of force than on the peace process and improving the living conditions and economic security of the Palestinians,” noted Middle East expert Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in a late May email to subscribers.
“It has emphasized the creation of a ‘Jewish state’ over a peace settlement, and it has encouraged the expansion of settlements in the West Bank area, Jewish areas in Jerusalem, and the use of “facts on the ground” as a substitute for peace,” Cordesman continued.
However, he added, the Palestinians “have divided and done equally little to move towards a settlement and a stable peace.”
“The Intifadas, lesser forms of violence, and the division of the Palestinian movement into a steadily weaker Palestinian Authority ‘government’ in the West Bank, a Hamas ‘government,’ as well as a major military build-up in Gaza have all been a matching cause of the collapse for any prospects for a real two-state solution, including Israel’s treatment of Gaza, creeping annexations and facts on the ground, and shifts towards making Israel a Jewish state,” he wrote.
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