'Colors from Palestine' Calendars and Cards
an article by Mohammad Said
The 2008 "Colors from Palestine" calendar is to mark the 60th year of the 1948 Palestinian Nakba (The catastrophe).
We dedicate the "Colors from Palestine" 2008 to the memory of our fallen hero Naji Al-Ali (1938-1987), a cartoonist assassinated as a refugee, noted for the sharp political criticism in his work, who has since become an icon of Palestinian defiance. On July 22, 1987 he was shot in the face, at point blank range, as he left the London office of the Al Qabbas newspaper where he worked. He died after laying in a coma for 5 weeks.
In a simple and forceful way, Naji cuts though all lies and disguises and brings the truth to the people. Naji is perhaps best known as the creator of the character Handala, who is depicted as a ten-year old refugee boy.
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The following commentary was first published in Newsday magazine on July 1, 2007. The original is available on the Internet at Newsday.
Israelis, Palestinians must promote peace culture
BY MOHAMMED ABU-NIMER
With shame, hopelessness and helplessness, many Palestinians see their dream for an independent state being dismantled by their own so-called national leaders.
This evolving reality is hard to comprehend, and it has caused the majority of Palestinians, according to a recent survey from the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, to blame both Hamas and Fatah leaders for what has happened to them under the Israeli occupation.
Hamas claims to have "liberated Gaza," and in response Fatah leaders declared they are "managers" of the West Bank. As a result, there is no discussion of two-state solution of Israel and Palestine. Instead, Hamas and Fatah seem to support a two-mini-cantons solution in which each leadership can continue to protect its narrow self-interest in cooperation with its patrons (Israel, the United States, Syria, Iran).
Again, the Palestinian leadership has failed its people. The competition between Hamas and Fatah, with each taking control of a portion of the bread crumbs that the Israeli government left when it pulled out of Gaza and agreed to elections in the West Bank, entails disastrous results for anyone interested in securing a free and democratic Middle East.
The Palestinians have been set back several decades, to the time when they were fighting over who should represent them. Now there are too many leaders, voiceless people, and an internal culture of violence that has been nurtured by the Israeli occupation system and the creation and growth over time of various Palestinian paramilitary militias. Both Israelis and Palestinians paved the way by tolerating the corrupt leadership of the Palestinian Authority, thus giving it public legitimacy to operate.
The illusion among certain Israeli and American political forces is that the two mini-cantons eventually will end the Palestinians' demand for a viable and independent state and will bring security or stability to the region.
However, as the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and many other colonial and post-colonial struggles has taught us, a cantonization of the Palestinian national identity will not end people's yearning for their own single country and likely will bring on only higher levels of violence. . ...more.
This report was posted on July 16, 2007.
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