Foolishness is alive and well everywhere, even in remote places like Ramallah, the ersatz capital of the Palestinian Authority. Talking about every stupid thing that happens in Ramallah would take too long and cause your eyes to bleed, but there are times when Palestinian foolishness reaches for greatness and becomes Palestinian Irony.
The latest bit irony comes from the denial of the right of an NGO to do a workshop in Ramallah. The NGO in question is called Zochrot, and it advocates the right of Palestinians to return to their towns and villages within Israel.
Now, you might remember that ‘The Right of Return’ is a key demand of the Palestinians, and a strategy that they hope will result in Israel ceasing to be a country with a Jewish majority.
So, why would the Palestinian Authority deny an NGO that advocates for a key Palestinian demand?
Because it is an Israeli NGO.
How utterly ironic.
Anti-normalization protests force cancellation of workshop on the practicalities of the ‘right of return’
Zochrot, a radical Israeli NGO that advocates the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees to the State of Israel, has been forced to cancel a workshop in Ramallah due to Palestinian anti-normalization pressure placed on the organizers.
Eitan Bronstein, Zochrot’s spokesman, told The Times of Israel on Wednesday that his organization was invited by a Quaker-run social club in Ramallah to present a counter-mapping project, dealing with the practical aspects of Palestinian return to abandoned villages within Israel.
The event, advertised on Facebook, garnered more than 100 RSVPs within hours, Bronstein says. But some Palestinians protested that an invitation had been extended to an Israeli organization, however sympathetic to Palestinian goals, considering it an unacceptable instance of “normalization” with Israel.
“Most Palestinian reactions continued to support the event,” Bronstein said. “Dialogue with an organization that supports the right of return and Israeli recognition of the Nakba is not only not ‘normalization,’ but it is moreover vital to create a common Israeli-Palestinian discourse among those who object to the current regime of separation.”
He said the event was nevertheless canceled due to the organizers’ sense that “the atmosphere that was created was not conducive to such an important discussion.”
Israeli governments of all shades have rejected the Palestinian demand for a “right of return,” which would give millions of descendants of Palestinians who lived in what is today Israel the right to “return” — undermining or reversing Israel’s majority Jewish demographic. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has remained formally committed to the demand, while also sometimes stating that Israel cannot be expected to accept an influx of millions of Palestinians.