The Palestinian Position by Omar Barghouti
"Accepting modern day Jewish Israelis as equal citizens and full partners in
building and developing a new shared society free from all colonial
subjugation and discrimination, as called for in the democratic state model is
the most magnanimous, rational offer any oppressed indigenous population can
present to its oppressors. So dont ask for more.
Only by shedding their colonial privileges, dismantling the structures of
oppression the laws and the policies and so on and accepting the restoration
of the rights of indigenous people of the land especially the right of
Palestinian refugees to return and to receive reparations and the right of all
Palestinians to unmitigated equality only then can settlers be indigenized and
integrated into the emerging nation and therefore become entitled to participate
in determining the future of the common state.
I make a distinction between self-determination for Jewish settlers in
Palestine, which I categorically oppose never in history was a colonizing
community ever allowed self-determination not in South Africa, not in Algeria,
not in Ireland, not anywhere. Colonizers are not entitled to self-determination,
by any definition of self-determination, but post-colonialism, post-oppression,
after justice has happened, then we must envision integrating the former
colonizers into a common nation that can determine its future. So they are part
of the future determination of the state if they are indigenized.
The indigenous population on the other hand must be ready after justice has been
reached and rights have been restored to forgive and accept the settlers as
equal citizens enjoying normal lives, neither masters nor slaves."