The Vichy Palestine Papers


The Papers of Opprobrium By Mohamed El Mokhtar

The recent damming documents, consisting of minutes of negotiations, memos, diplomatic correspondences, and maps dating from 1999 to 2010, secretly obtained and publicly released by Al Jazeera satellite TV channel eloquently laid bare the material evidence attesting and conforming, beyond any reasonable doubt, the direct complicity of the Palestinian Authority in the continuing rape and criminal destitution of the Palestinian land and people.

It, alas, sadly reveals the absolute meaninglessness, and Kafkaesque character, of this farcical comedy erroneously called the peace process. Moreover, it shows, unashamedly and very clearly, the degree to which the so-called Palestinian negotiators are willing to go in terms of humiliating surrender and outright capitulation of the legitimate rights of their people for the sole purpose of pleasing their benefactors, or more accurately their masters, in Washington or indulging the paranoiac whims and endless nonsensical demands of their Israeli puppeteers.

This is just the latest grotesque episode in a long series of tragic acts, replayed with the same travestied characters wearing different costumes, starting with of the Oslo Accords parody, then the Washington striptease show and ending, God knows, where!

If, for instance, Cyril Ramaphosa, Oliver Thambo or Thabo Mbeki were as obsequious and complacent regarding the inalienable rights of black south-Africans as Saeb Erekat, Ahmed Qurai, or Yasser Abed Rabo are with the rights of the Palestinian people, would then the ruling Afrikaners have conceded anything meaningful during the negotiations leading to the end of the Apartheid regime? Would the Apartheid system have ended the way it did? Would South Africa have extraordinarily transformed itself from a racist despicable regime to a free and proud rainbow nation providing equal political rights to all of its citizens? Would the Black Africans have gotten anything more than few scattered, non viable, dusty Bantustans located at the periphery of their own historical native land?

It is indeed awkward, if not morally insulting, to even think of such an awful scenario because Thabo Mbeki, Cyril Ramaphosa, Oliver Thambo and their many other prestigious comrades, unlike these other despicable corrupt characters, were free and noble men; yes, they were free men who acted, despite the great imbalance of powers, with honor and dignity. They knew they were materially weak and no match with the military power of the Apartheid regime but they had the unbreakable conviction till the end that they were morally standing in higher ground. Therein lies the real difference between the two.

To even reflect about this issue makes you sick in your stomach much less to write about. Despite the nauseating feelings of disgust and indignity in the face of such withering spectacle of unparalleled treason, outright capitulation and historical betrayals, we are going to try to shed some light on some of the things that were revealed in these self-indicting documents. Let’s start first with the least dishonest and more candid camp, i.e., the Israeli side:

Complete article via The Palestine Chronicle

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