Wombs not bombs in Palestine

A view of the apartheid wall, which runs across the West Bank (file photo)

A view of the apartheid wall, which runs across the West Bank (file photo)

PressTV | Mon Jul 8, 2013 9:23PM GMT | By Hamid Golpira

Israel is currently facing a demography/democracy dilemma.

The entire area that the Zionist regime controls — East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Shebaa Farms, and the territories of Palestine occupied before the Six-Day War of 1967 — is about 48.33 percent Palestinian.

The Israelis claim they fear Palestinian bombs, but their real fear comes from Palestinian wombs, specifically the high birth rate among Palestinians, which is creating a demographic time bomb for the Zionist regime.

The Israeli military’s constant attacks on the Palestinians, and especially the relentless onslaught on Gaza, are not being carried out in response to rocket attacks by the Palestinians, as the Israelis claim, but are actually part of a depopulation program, which was devised to slow down the growth in the Palestinian population.

Israel is currently facing a demography/democracy dilemma.

The entire area that the Zionist regime controls — East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Shebaa Farms, and the territories of Palestine occupied before the Six-Day War of 1967 — is about 48.33 percent Palestinian.

However, in a short time, due to the high birth rate among Palestinians, the area will be over 50 percent Palestinian.

And that will be the time when the demography/democracy dilemma really takes shape.

Israel claims to be a democracy, but that is obviously not true since the Zionist regime does not grant the right to vote to all the people living in the territories it controls.

The Israelis say that they only allow citizens to vote, and since most of the Palestinians don’t want to become Israeli citizens, they can’t vote.

But when the territories are 50 percent Palestinian, it will become extremely difficult for the Israelis to justify the disenfranchisement of the Palestinians.

If the Israelis allow all the Palestinians to vote at that time, then the parliament would be 50 percent Palestinian, and the Palestinians would rule.

In that case, it would be a democratic country, but not ruled by Jews.

If the Israelis do not allow all the Palestinians to vote, the Zionist entity would be ruled by Jews, but it would not be a democracy, and it would be an apartheid regime according to every definition of the term — as it is now.

As democracy finally brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa, democracy will also bring down the apartheid regime of Israel.

All apartheid regimes are bound to fall, sooner or later. Many Israelis are well aware of this fact, and that is the reason why some of them are pushing so hard for the two-state solution, since allowing the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to become an independent Palestinian state would readjust the demography and give the Zionist entity a comfortable Jewish majority.

However, there are some elements in Israel who do not want to allow the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to become an independent Palestinian state and who also do not want the Palestinians to become the majority and do not want to give them the right to vote.

Thus, in a desperate attempt to delay the inevitable, the Israeli military has been targeting Palestinian women of child-bearing age.

There is no military reason to target civilians, and specifically women of child-bearing age.

Population control is the only objective of such a strategy.

Some political analysts say that the Israeli military has been targeting civilians in order to turn the Palestinians against Hamas, but surely the Israelis know that the Palestinians will continue the resistance, despite all the hardships, and will not turn against Hamas.

The only just solution is to organize a referendum with the participation of all the people living in Palestine — Muslims, Christians, Jews, and people with other belief systems.

However, all of the 5.8 million Palestinians in the diaspora would have to be granted the right of return and the right to vote in the plebiscite.

The choice is clear. Hold a referendum and establish a democratic state with rights for everyone and peace, or allow the apartheid regime of Israel and war, death, and destruction to continue for years.

Democracy and peace, not apartheid and war, is the wave of the future. The sooner everyone understands that, the sooner everyone can live in peace.

HGL/AS/HGL

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