The Freedom Charter or the second Nakba?

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Imagine this, imagine that Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress negotiated a deal with the South African Apartheid regime and settled for a “two-state solution.” Imagine Mandela negotiating with the Apartheid regime a land deal in which less than 15% of current day South Africa went to the black South Africans, the remaining 85% to the inherently racist Apartheid government and its people.

With that in mind, I ask, is there any real difference between that scenario and the idea of a “two-state solution” today? I am happy to know that ever-increasing numbers of people inside and outside of Palestine see what I see, the so-called two-state solution is in truth the two-state disaster, the second Nakba.

I can imagine the result of two states and, as far as I am concerned, anything less than one state, with all equal protection under the law, is a recipe for perpetual conflict. And that is exactly why every US and EU administration and puppets and stooges of all stations from around the globe support the second Nakba of two states. One a nuclear armed, economically advanced and land rich, the other impoverished and beaten, a legacy to the motto that ‘might makes right’ and justice comes at the barrel of a gun.

Only the completely brainwashed or corrupt deny the history that catapulted the racist Zionist state of Israel into existence. Only the blind would deny that the formation of Israel resulted in hundreds of Palestinian villages being ‘wiped off the map.’ Is there a statute of limitations on such crimes? The answer is no, and the only way to heal the injury in Palestine is to effect what Mandela, the African National Congress, and the people of conscience of the world demanded and achieved, one state, one rule, for all people.

In a free Palestine the racist Zionists who have committed grave crimes against the Palestinians will be fortunate to have the option Mandela gave the racists of Apartheid, the opportunity to stay and live as equals.

What’s done is done, there is no returning the dead, there is no giving back the childhoods lost. But there is the future, staring at us, and we will decide which future we choose. I choose not just one state, but one world, and not that ‘New World Order’ version. I choose one world with equal rights for all people, human rights and liberty for all. Why not? As far as I can tell, we, the people, the masses, we are the clear majority, and what we want, freedom, is something every sane person will support. I think we can change things much faster than we currently realize.

But I say we start with Palestine.

There is a saying that goes ‘don’t try to reinvent the wheel.’ I agree with that, and the African National Congress created the wheel I needed in the form of their Freedom Charter. Forty plus years before the end of Apartheid in South Africa they wrote the words that became the basis of a democratic South Africa. Problems indeed they have in South Africa, but they would be far, far worse if they had accepted the deal that Palestinians are being asked to accept today.

With humility, and the utmost respect to all my Palestinian brothers and sisters and to all people of conscience, I present the Freedom Charter, amended for Palestine.

Palestine Freedom Charter

We, the People of Palestine, declare for all our country and the world to know:
that Palestine belongs to all who live in it, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people;
that our people have been robbed of their birthright to land, liberty and peace by a form of government founded on injustice and inequality;
that our country will never be prosperous or free until all our people live in brotherhood, enjoying equal rights and opportunities;
that only a democratic state, based on the will of all the people, can secure to all their birthright without distinction of colour, race, sex or religion;
And therefore, we, the people of Palestine, Muslim, Jewish and Christian, all people together equals, countrymen and brothers adopt this Freedom Charter;
And we pledge ourselves to strive together, sparing neither strength nor courage, until the democratic changes here set out have been won.

The People Shall Govern
Every man and woman shall have the right to vote for and to stand as a candidate for all bodies which make laws;
All people shall be entitled to take part in the administration of the country;
The rights of the people shall be the same, regardless of race, colour, sex or religion;
All bodies of minority rule, advisory boards, councils and authorities shall be replaced by democratic organs of self-government.

All National Groups Shall have Equal Rights
There shall be equal status in the bodies of state, in the courts and in the schools for all national groups and races;
All people shall have equal right to use their own languages, and to develop their own folk culture and customs;
All national groups shall be protected by law against insults to their race and national pride;
The preaching and practice of national, race, colour or religious discrimination and contempt shall be a punishable crime;
All apartheid laws and practices shall be abolished.

The People Shall Share in the Country’s Wealth
The national wealth of our country, the heritage of Palestine, shall be restored to the people;
The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the Banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole;
All other industry and trade shall be controlled to assist the wellbeing of the people;
All people shall have equal rights to trade where they choose, to manufacture and to enter all trades, crafts and professions.

The Land Shall be Shared Among Those Who Work It
Restrictions of land ownership on a racial or religious basis shall be ended. to banish malnutrition and land hunger;
The state shall help to banish malnutrition and land hunger by providing implements, seed, tractors and access to water to save the soil and assist the tillers;
Freedom of movement shall be guaranteed to all;
All shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose;

All Shall be Equal Before the Law
No-one shall be imprisoned, deported or restricted without a fair trial; No-one shall be condemned by the order of any Government official;
The courts shall be representative of all the people;
Imprisonment shall be only for serious crimes against the people, and shall aim at re-education, not vengeance;
The police force and army shall be open to all on an equal basis and shall be the helpers and protectors of the people;
All laws which discriminate on grounds of race, colour, belief or religion shall be repealed.

All Shall Enjoy Equal Human Rights
The law shall guarantee to all their right to speak, to organise, to meet together, to publish, to preach, to worship and to educate their children;
The privacy of the house from police raids shall be protected by law;
All shall be free to travel without restriction from countryside to town, from north to south, east to west and from Palestine abroad;
Check Points, permits and all other laws restricting these freedoms shall be abolished.

There Shall be Work and Security!
All who work shall be free to form trade unions, to elect their officers and to make wage agreements with their employers;
The state shall recognise the right and duty of all to work, and to draw full unemployment benefits;
Men and women of all races shall receive equal pay for equal work;
All workers shall have the same rights regardless of their station;

The Doors of Learning and Culture Shall be Opened
The government shall discover, develop and encourage national talent for the enhancement of our cultural life;
All the cultural treasures of mankind shall be open to all, by free exchange of books, ideas and contact with other lands;
The aim of education shall be to teach the youth to love their people and their culture, to honour human brotherhood, liberty and peace;
Education shall be free, compulsory, universal and equal for all children; Higher education and technical training shall be opened to all by means of state allowances and scholarships awarded on the basis of merit;
Adult illiteracy shall be ended by a mass state education plan;

There Shall be Houses, Security and Comfort
All people shall have the right to live where they choose, be decently housed, and to bring up their families in comfort and security;
Unused housing space to be made available to the people;
Rent and prices shall be lowered, food plentiful and no-one shall go hungry;
A preventive health scheme shall be run by the state;
Free medical care and hospitalisation shall be provided for all, with special care for mothers and young children, the elderly and the disabled;
Slums shall be demolished, and new suburbs built where all have transport, roads, lighting, playing fields;
The aged, the orphans, the disabled and the sick shall be cared for by the state;
Rest, leisure and recreation shall be the right of all:
Fenced locations and ghettoes and house demolitions shall be abolished, and laws which break up families shall be repealed.

There Shall be Peace and Friendship
Palestine shall be a fully independent state which respects the rights and sovereignty of all nations;
Palestine shall strive to maintain world peace and the settlement of all international disputes by negotiation – not war;
Peace and friendship amongst all our people shall be secured by upholding the equal rights, opportunities and status of all;
All people shall be free to decide for themselves their own future;
The right of all peoples of Palestine to independence and self-government shall be recognised, and shall be the basis of close co-operation.
Let all people who love their people and their country now say, as we say here:
THESE FREEDOMS WE WILL FIGHT FOR, SIDE BY SIDE, THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES, UNTIL WE HAVE WON OUR LIBERTY!

Comments(29)

  • umayya abu-hanna
    July 21, 2010, 6:26 pm  

    simple
    true
    and only way

    excellent quality wheel
    let’s roll!

    umayya
    a palestinian, an israeli and mother of a south-african post-apraheid wonderful girl
    both mother and daughter are european= we are all human
    now, the wheel please

    • August 26, 2010, 11:09 am

      To a better world!

  • Sam
    July 21, 2010, 9:22 pm  

    Fantastic! As eloquent as ever. Lets live the dream and make it a reality.

  • kevin ramzi nasir
    July 21, 2010, 11:40 pm  

    hi ken,
    can we please set this up as a facebook page, something perhaps called “I endorse/support the Palestine Freedom Charter”? we need to give this text some legs so it can run… this is too good to drop!
    KRN

    • August 26, 2010, 11:06 am

      That would be great brother.

  • Mike Ayyash
    July 21, 2010, 11:51 pm  

    well done, a one state solution with citizenships for all under the protection of the rule of law with equal rights for all people.

  • flash heart
    July 22, 2010, 7:45 am  

    One world means one 3rd world, why don’t you ask your brothers and sisters if they will be fine with accepting a few million Sudanese and Eritreans into Gaza and the West Bank.
    Your simplistic and unrealistic view of the conflict shows you have alot more to learn about it and should have done a bit of homework to understand the situation before taking a side.

    • August 26, 2010, 11:05 am

      Indoctrination is a powerful thing indeed.

  • adnan hassan
    July 22, 2010, 2:27 pm  

    thank you ken o’keefe. very inspiring indeed achieveable. we will spread the message thro out. give humanity it’s due………………

  • nanloy
    July 22, 2010, 2:49 pm  

    THANK YOU KEN O’KEEFE

  • nanloy
    July 22, 2010, 2:55 pm  

    THANK’S & INSPIRING

  • T
    July 23, 2010, 3:01 am  

    Thanks for posting this. I defy any rational, caring human being to find a flaw in it.

  • E M
    July 24, 2010, 10:18 am  

    GOD BLESS U BROTHER
    AS AN EX-BRAINWASHED PSICO-ZIO (BUT NOT DIRTY BLOODED HANDS THANKS GOD) I’M SURE NOW THAT THE VICTORY WILL BE OURS CAUSE IS JUST A MATH STATEMENT
    PALESTINE WILL BE A ONE FREE STATE SOON FOR ALL!!! I INVITE U THIS CLOSER DAY WITH HUMILITY TO JOIN GILAD ATZMON AND ME FOR A PALESTINIAN VICTORY “FALAFEL” MEETING WITH THE GAZANS WHILE LISTENING THE MOSQUE PRAYERS
    THIS DAY AS FIDEL CASTRO AND MALCOM X SAID ONCE, WE SHOULD DESERVE IT BY STRUGGLE AND RESISTANCE OR WIPE OUT THE WORD FREEDOM FROM OUR VOCABULARY
    WE ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH BROTHER
    U SHOULD MEET MRS EVA GOLINGER A US-VENEZUELAN INVESTIGATOR TOO
    REGARDS
    EM

    • August 26, 2010, 10:56 am

      Thank you EM. TJP

  • Wiliki Kiwila
    July 26, 2010, 3:28 am  

    The tragedy is that the unrational and uncaring human beings are the most outspoken. Thank you Ken, again.

  • Doug Edmond
    July 28, 2010, 1:51 am  

    A fairer world. A more just world. One would like to think that the horrors perpetrated during the middle of the 20th century would not be repeated. Haven’t the Zionists learnt anything from the Holocaust?
    The ill-treatment of the Palestinian people by the Zionist state is a travesty. I concur with your remarks above.

    • August 26, 2010, 10:54 am

      The irony is beyond tragic.

  • Maggie
    July 31, 2010, 2:49 pm  

    My sentiments entirely.

  • flash heart
    August 1, 2010, 11:31 am  

    Got to love those leftys, its all about human rights and freedom of speech until someone says something they don’t agree with.
    You have shown your true colours as a coward that would rather hide and not confront when someone speaks the truth.

    • August 26, 2010, 10:53 am

      Ah flash heart… where am I hiding exactly?

  • E M
    August 6, 2010, 2:06 pm  

    Sí, parece que el ataque a Irán es inevitable. Pero la primera cosa que va a suceder es un “ataque terrorista” fabricado. Lo conocemos muy bien ya: El Maine, Gliwitz, 9/11. El ataque que viene debe ser más grande que el último (9/11). Puede ser una bomba atómica (como la de Hirosima) que estalla en una ciudad de Europa. Debe ser Europa, porque según los periódicos solo muertos en Europa (y EE.UU.) son importantes: quién sabe del millón de muertos en Iraq? En Europa casi nadie.

    Bueno: Que país/ciudad será? Me parece que será Praga en la República Checa porque:

    1. Cohetes de Irán pueden alcanzar a Europa Central (dicen periódicos).
    2. Obama fue 2 veces en Praga y cada vez se trataba de armas nucleares!
    3. Hace más de 1,5 ano que no hay el embajador de EE.UU. en Praga! (viene en Octubre)
    4. En 1990 la protección anticohete de Praga fue cancelada.
    5. En la conferencia de Bilderberg de este ano no participó nadie de la República Checa.
    6. La R.Ch. es un país “inocente”: no tiene serios problemas con otros países.
    7. La República Checa es el “amigo más grande” de Israel en Europa. Las armas que Czechoslovaquia vendió a Israel al principio de su existencia fueron importantísimas. Izrael ataca a sus amigos (Hariri en Lebanon por ejemplo) y los periódicos del mundo (de propietarios judíos) meten la culpa a un ENEMIGO de Israel.

    El “ataque terrorista” a Praga puede ser ejercido un día de Agosto. (El 4 /hoy/ a las 12:00 (10:00 GMT) se hace la prueba de sirenas en Praga). Después del ataque todos los periódicos/televisiones van a culpar a Irán. No será ninguna investigación (lo mismo como en caso de 9/11) e Irán será destruido totalmente por las armas atómicas de EE.UU. + Izrael.

    (El cohete con la bomba atómica será lanzado a Praga de Izrael.)

    SPREAD THIS IN EUROPE NOW!!!
    RGDS
    EM

  • Noah
    August 10, 2010, 12:12 pm  

    Wow Ken, I would sign under every word in your freedom charter. But I see a problem here. Some half or maybe more of the Palestinian people who are represented by Hamas do not agree with you. The Hamas organization which was elected by the Gaza people says in its covenant:

    “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdallah (slave of god), there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

    ( http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp )

    So, Ken, where are you going to be at The Day of Judgement? Are you, Ken, going to sing together with your fellow freedom fighters “Khaybar Khaybar ya Yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya’ud” like they did onboard Mavi Marmara while you all were sailing peacefully ?
    Are you, Ken, really that much naive to expect people to believe that you are a freedom fighter?

    • August 26, 2010, 10:52 am

      Yep.

  • September 14, 2010, 7:47 pm  

    Ken,
    I disagree strongly with this because absent the non-negotiable Right of Return, such talk plays right into the zionist agenda.

    Peace without Justice is NOT Peace actually – it is abject surrender.

    We are better helping NOT leading Palestinians,
    in their Quest for sovereignty and self-determination.

    South African apartheid was once defeated and so will israeli apartheid fall too – on the basis of Truth and Grassroots rejection of the evil ideology of zionism, a bitter apostasy against zionism and humanity.

    • September 15, 2010, 2:25 pm

      You do not disagree because this charter does nothing to stand in the way of the right of return, to the contrary it enhances it. Justice is all of Palestine being one state, not some fraction of what it was. Justice means right of return is respected. This is not about leading or helping it is about justice and whoever has something to contribute in that regard is welcome. I am a naturalised Palestinian citizen by the way and I take that very seriously.

  • asif
    October 17, 2010, 9:05 am  

    however if seems israel is readying for population transfer of its muslim and christian population in exchange of settlers.

  • Michael Kerr
    November 16, 2010, 1:26 am  

    I think this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard, but do you convince a population of heavily indoctrinated people that it is the right path? How do you diffuse the hate on both sides? There is so much hate. Politics will not fix that. How do you end the hate?

  • Robby Martin
    April 2, 2011, 7:22 pm  

    Given that Israel wants a one state solution, Israel only , the two state solution will never be. Palestine was Palestine, is Palestine and will be Palestine no matter how much the lying Zionist charlatans try to deny it.Once again Ken has got it right despite what his distractors think. As for flash heart, no pic and a pseudo-name, I guess you’re the one hiding !

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