By Miri -
According to Aziz Abu Sarah "there are as many definitions [of normalization] as there are Palestinians themselves". Normalization, according to him, developed into a catch-all argument against any cooperative effort with Israel, ranging from the relations between Arab states and Israel, to having any contact whatsoever with Israelis, or even Jews on an individual level. In order to be able to understand the implication of “normalization” one should have a closer look at the career of this term, including its diverse meanings on different levels.
|Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, Menachem Begin, Camp David, 1979|
|The Peres Centre for Peace, Jaffa, symbol of lucrative "normalization"|
"the participation in any project, initiative or activity, in Palestine or internationally, that aims (implicitly or explicitly) to bring together Palestinians (and/or Arabs) and Israelis (people or institutions) without placing as its goal resistance to and exposure of the Israeli occupation and all forms of discrimination and oppression against the Palestinian people.”
Any other joint effort that ignores the clear assymtry between colonisers and colonised runs the risk of cementing the status quo, and thereby of normalizing the abnormal.based on recognition of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people and on the commitment to resist, in diverse ways, all forms of oppression against Palestinians, including but not limited to, ending the occupation, establishing full and equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and promoting and advocating for the right of return for Palestinian refugees – this may aptly be called a posture of “co-resistance”
|Co-resistance, Bil'in 2005, Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org|
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