Magazine article Tikkun

Binationalism

Magazine article Tikkun

Binationalism

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Though i am a writer by trade, I am an attorney by training, one with a near fanatic devotion to the ideals of the United States Constitution, as revised and expanded beyond its slavery-tarnished origins. What I love most about America is its as-yet-unfulfilled promise of egalitarianism and equality, of one person/one vote, of the ability of a multicultural nation to live in fractious harmony. And yet, until recently, I had never allowed myself to question the wisdom of the classically framed two-state solution-Israelis here, Palestinians there, separation begetting peace.

Then, in April of 2016, on a trip to Israel-Palestine as part of a group of writers working on the forthcoming anthology Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation, I met the Hebrew University professor Bashir Bashir. Dr. Bashir views the question of whether the governing system of Israel-Palestine is one of a single state or of two states as all but irrelevant. The important question, rather, is whether the governing system in Palestine-Israel will continue to be one of segregation and zero-sum-games, or whether we can build a future based on the acknowledgement that this land is shared. Dr. Bashir argues that we must strive for "an inclusive, humanistic form of politics that allows us [Palestinians] to accommodate Israeli Jews in a democratic venture of togetherness." This he calls "binationalism."

For some, the idealized version of this binationalism might be a single state, where laws mandate the separation of church and state, protect against discrimination and uphold the rights of both collectives, as well as those of all of the individuals who live there. …

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