Yousef Munayyer: In her piece “Zionism Denial,” Member of Knesset Einat Wilf rightly argues that Zionism, and not the Holocaust, led to the creation of the modern state of Israel. But in the process of making her argument she significantly distorts the history of Zionism.
Yousef Munayyer: In recent reactions to the BDS movement, writers like Peter Beinart, Daniel Levy and Thomas Friedman have offered criticism. This criticism, however, which views the question of Palestine through the prism of Zionism, is incapable of grappling with a movement that views the same question through a humanist perspective of rights.
Yousef Munayyer: Israelis and Palestinians alike cannot move forward without addressing massacres from the past.
Yousef Munayyer: Last week, the Israeli central bureau of statistics reported future trends which indicate the proportion of Palestinian Arabs in Israel will increase significantly by 2059.
Yousef Munayyer: Last week I argued that Israel fits the Apartheid designation. Here, I’ll defend my piece against the responses. My argument was straightforward; the de facto Israeli state, which stretches from the river to the sea, uses a system of policies which abuses human rights and ensures the ethnic group ruling the regime, Israeli Jews. This constitutes Apartheid.
Yousef Munayyer: Apartheid. This word conjures up specific images and ideas: Mandela, Sharpeville, De Klerk, pariah status, divestment and perhaps most importantly, South Africa. Thus, discourse about Israel’s status as an Apartheid state devolves into discussions about the similarities and differences between Israel and South Africa.
Yousef Munayyer: Peter Beinart’s New York Times op-ed, “To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements is an example of the increased volume voices described as Liberal Zionists have garnered in the discourse on Israel & Palestine. But liberal Zionism is a contradiction is terms.
Yousef Munayyer: The United States should seize the opportunity as a push for peace while Palestinians increasingly embrace non-violence.
Yousef Munayyer: If Iran strikes Israel with a nuclear weapon, every member of my family living throughout Israel and Palestine could be killed or injured and my place of birth and ancestral homeland would likely be rendered uninhabitable. The scale of loss for me personally, and for humanity, would be immeasurable. Yet I have little fear.