jeudi, août 26, 2010

Israélien palestinien! Un arabe israélo-arabe! Un arabophone palestinien israélien!

If you - an individual or a nation - are free, and determine your own future, you might do so for good or for evil. You might even do irreparable harm to *yourself*.


As for why I’m critical of "the principle of national self-determination", that’s because ‘nation’ or ‘people’ is constantly used to mean ‘ethnic group’. So interpreted, the ‘principle of national self-determination’ is one of the most destructive ideals ever advanced.

We might suppose there is an ethnically homogeneous population on some planet, and members of that population wants the same thing. Their interests never clash with the interests of other populations on the planet - maybe there *isn’t* any other population on the planet. Should they be able to determine ‘their destiny’? Sure, why not - as long as they do this for good, not evil.

[...] Self-determination wouldn’t even make a strong case for Palestinian statehood. Are the Palestinians a ‘nation’ in the ethnic sense? Well, what happened to them being Arabs, and to Arab nationalism?

Fundamentals of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, Michael Neumann, 22 août 2010 via

Un anti-impérialiste colonialiste, un révolutionnaire statu-quoiste, un anarchiste paternaliste. Vive le Canada.

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