By Atlas Al
Whether you observe…
Nakba Day: “Day of the catastrophe,” marking the day hundreds of thousands of Palestinians became displaced during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, moving from their villages and towns to settlements in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, or,
Yom Ha’atzmaut: May 15, 1948, the day Israel declared independence,
… the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved. According to CNN.com’s article, Deadly clashes mark Israel’s founding, Arab ‘catastrophe,’ protests break out along Israel’s borders. This centuries-old conflict, heightened even more after 1948, is so complicated we won’t delve too deep into the politics.
If you look at a political map of Israel, there is one region to its left (Gaza Strip) and one region to its right (West Bank) that make up the Palestinian National Authority. How is it possible or fair to manage a divided state? Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
For example, when British India dissolved in 1947, India and Pakistan were created. Pakistan’s eastern territory, East Bengal (later named East Pakistan), was so far away and removed from the people and politics of Pakistan, they got their independence in 1970 and became the sovereign state of Bangladesh. I doubt there’ll be lasting peace until: Palestine is united, the PNA government doesn’t depend on foreign aid, and they aren’t micromanaged by other countries.
It’s about time the Palestinian people run their own country the way they see fit. Perhaps the international community doesn’t want this for fear they’ll fund groups to operate a war of terror on the Israelis and/or abroad? If this is the case, we won’t know unless the world steps back for a moment in history and lets the Palestinians govern themselves. If they fail to govern themselves responsibly, the world moves in and runs their country for them. But we should give Palestine a chance.
I’ve scanned the “UN member states” list many times and have never seen Palestine there. But Palestine is a member of what the UN calls “Other Entities,” they have Observer Status at the UN General Assembly, and a Permanent Observer Mission at UN Headquarters in New York City. What I find even more interesting is the fact that Palestine’s sovereignty is recognized by 110 sovereign states; more than half of the world’s countries have diplomatic relations with them.
To the best of my knowledge, Palestine is the only country in the world that is not a UN member, but has international recognition from a majority of world countries. The controversial Loophole Flag that is Palestine should be captureable.