Listening to Palestinians in 1-state/2-state debate


A note from FMEP’s Lara Friedman:

As people consider the remarkable articles published last week by Peter Beinart in Jewish Currents and The New York Times—which break new ground in the thinking of American Jews and liberal Zionists and are framed for an audience that, like Peter, is going through or has gone through a painful journey and moral reckoning when it comes to Israel—it is important to note that Palestinian intellectuals have been thoughtfully articulating similar thinking for decades. In this regard, there is an intellectual and moral obligation to reflect on the fact that across these decades, most American Jews, including liberal Zionists, not only ignored these Palestinian voices, but actively or passively contributed to their marginalization and delegitimization. Below are some notable examples (among many) – my own recommendations, plus recommendations from Peter on his Twitter thread  acknowledging some of the writing that has shaped his thinking.

In addition, I encourage people to seek out other Palestinian voices, especially Palestinian women, including Noura Erekat, Yara Hawari, Inès Abdel Razek,Rania Muhareb, Mariam Barghouti, Diana Buttu, Zena Agha, Randa WahbeNadia Hijab, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Nur Arafeh, Marwa Fatafta, Leila Farsakh [the list goes on and on…]