Friday, January 05, 2007

The Palestinians Have Every Right to Deny Israel's False Claim to a "Right to Exist" on Stolen Land: It Is the Israelis Who Are Acting in Bad Faith

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

The Israelis act in "bad faith" when they refuse to talk to any Palestinian leader who refuses to accept the bad faith claim that Israel currently has a "right to exist", which "right to exist" signifies a false right to have stolen the Palestinian's property. There is no logical or legal basis for the Jews of Israel to demand that the Palestinians accept the lie that Israel has a "right to exist", which is to say that the Israeli Jews had a right to terrorize the Palestinians and steal their land.

Negotiations must instead proceed on the good faith basis that Israel recognize that it had no right to steal the Arab's land. The Israelis are thieves, and it is common practice to negotiate with thieves for restitution. Israel can acquire rights to the lands it has stolen, if and only if Israel equitably compensates the Palestinians for the damages it has inflicted upon them. This can only take place through good faith negotiations, and good faith negotiations cannot occur while Israel denies reality and in bad faith falsely claims a deed and title to the land it has in fact stolen. In fact, Israel has lost its privilege to enter claims in a court of equity by acting in bad faith and falsely claiming title to the land on bogus religious and political grounds, those being the "Covenant with Abraham" and the Holocaust of European Jewry. If there were justice in the world, the Jews of Israel would be forcibly expelled.

Short of the forcible expulsion of the Jews of Israel from Palestine, the next best equitable solution is for the Jews to acknowledge that they have no deed to the land and enter into arbitration with the Palestinians to compensate them for the theft of Palestinian territory, and to secure the formation of a sovereign Palestinian State. This already entails a waiver on the part of the Palestinians to enforce their rights against the Israelis for the Israelis' having acted in bad faith and having thereby surrendered any rights to make claims in a court of equity.

In sum, it is the Israelis who act in bad faith by claiming a false title to property which they have stolen. The Palestinians act in good faith when they state that the Israelis have no right to currently claim a "right to exist" on stolen land. Not only is the Palestinian stance an acknowledgment of reality and an act of good faith, it is the legal and just beginning of any negotiation meant to equitably compensate the Palestinians and grant Israelis a future right to exist on what is to this day Palestinian territory. It is the Israelis who willfully and knowingly obstruct justice by falsely claiming rights they do not have to steal from their fellow human beings. It is the Israelis who are violating international law and fundamental human principles of equity, justice and law.