Calling all diaspora Palestinians!
Diaspora Palestinians-been feeling neglected lately from the internal political process in Palestine (or for the last decade for that matter)? Wish you could have your say about Palestinian politics, especially final status issues? Well, this is your chance!
I am working on an article about putting the issue of recognizing Israel (when, how, if), to a referendum, as suggested by Hamas. When Hamas published its draft programme a week or so ago, it said that the issue of recognition was nothing to do with any group or party, but a decision for Palestinians everywhere. This begs the referendum question. One could argue of course that voters chose Hamas at the elections and so were aware of their policy on Israel, but Hamas campaigned largely on education and welfare grounds so the question deserves asking.
Easy enough here in Gaza, but I want to get a sense of what other Palestinians think-those in refugee camps, or working in other Arab countries or even in Western countries. You could also be in the West Bank or 1948 Palestinians-heck you could be on the moon for all I care (which, I might add, is closer for me to reach than the West Bank)- but I want to hear your views!
Feel free to leave a comment, or if you prefer, send me an email, and I will feature a few of the responses in my article (for Aljazeera.net English).
Now go go...compose your views and make your voices heard!