Is Israel legitimate?

Legitimacy is a value-loaded term that cannot be about peoples or states who either exist or not.  Legitimacy is about the actions of peoples and states; not about their existence.

Are Muslims legitimate?  Are Jews legitimate?  Are Baha’is legitimate?  Are Martians legitimate?  Is Israel legitimate?  Is Canada legitimate?  Is Egypt legitimate?  Those are meaningless, misleading questions that – at best ignorantly and at worst deliberately – miss the point.  The more appropriate questions that require answers to guide human judgment are:

Is the need of people (Jews and otherwise) for security and safety legitimate?
Is the need of people (Swiss and otherwise) for a place they can call home legitimate?
Is discriminating among peoples on the basis of race, ethnicity, or religion legitimate?
Is dispossession of people’s property legitimate?
Is colonization legitimate?
Is destruction of schools, medical facilities, and places of worship legitimate?
Is uprooting trees and destroying people’s livelihoods legitimate?
Is imposing a specific “diet” on one and a half million people legitimate?
Is collective punishment legitimate?
Is ethnic cleansing legitimate?
Is apartheid system of government legitimate?
Is violating international law legitimate?
Is deliberate killing of women and children legitimate?
Is extrajudicial murder legitimate?
Is the abduction of humans by Martians legitimate?

And a few more questions that have to do with policies and actions; not with entities.

Once those questions are answered, reasonably intelligent people can then move to discussing the legitimacy of the ideology that drives Israeli policies and actions.  Israel exists, and denying that fact is plain silly; just as denying the existence of Liechtenstein would be.  However, it is Israeli policies and actions that are rightfully being questioned for their legitimacy.

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada
2010/10/21

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About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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3 Responses to Is Israel legitimate?

  1. Yousef Matuk says:

    You might wish to check the following to know what the legal opinion says about Israel’s legitimacy:
    http://www3.sympatico.ca/qudsey/Mandate.html
    qudsey@sympatico.ca

    • Nasr says:

      The article has absolutely nothing to do with Israel and/or the specific nature of the Palestine-Israel conflict.

      The article is about linguistics that seeks to explain the lack of value of such a question ‘is entity X or Y legitimate’ and its irrelevance as such in any coherent argument, especially legal.

      If anyone living in Canada whizzed by a newspaper stand in the past eight months, they would probably have come to know of the former Col. Russell Williams turned serial killer. It has been a horrifying ordeal that concluded this week with his conviction asserting his unequivocal guilt.

      Not once was the question posed “Is Serial Killer Russell Williams Legitimate?” Neither by the public nor by the prosecution in the courtroom because evidently it has no substantive value, legal or otherwise. Everything Williams did however was questioned and the value of those questions has brought about his conviction.

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