There is a growing underground war of art that is steadily liberating hearts and minds for the recognition of the State of Palestine.
United Nations organisation does not recognise Palestine as an independent state. Palestine had requested for full UN membership in 2011 but this bid failed.
But not all was lost. They managed to successfully push through a bid for formal recognition of non-member state status for Palestine at the General Assembly on November 29th in 2012.
The struggle still continues for the Palestinians to achieve a state status goal despite the complexities involved.
Two decades of foreign-backed peace talks have failed to produce an independent Palestinian state yet Israeli continues to build settlements in the occupied territory.
Khaled Jarrar is an innovative Palestinian who has a new approach different from raining missiles against Israelis -the occupying force. He uses the power of art to dismantle the occupiers and the fight is gaining ground in his favour.
Entering Palestine, one has to go through an Israeli-controlled Qalandiya checkpoint, where most foreigners and Palestinians enter the West Bank.
“In Palestine we have no right to decide who we let enter. The Israelis decide, though it’s our land,” says Khaled Jarrar.
Like anyone that has ever been stateless or living in a territory on this planet without recognition, Khaled Jarrar evokes this feeling – only those in the know may understand the gravity of this feeling.
For Khaled, he stands on the other side of Qalandiya checkpoint – so for every foreigner that is cleared by Israelis to enter the West Bank, Khaled Jarrar just presses into their passports a ‘State of Palestine’ stamp. He then tells them , “welcome to Palestine”.
“It’s making people aware of our right of freedom,” Khaled says, adding that the stamp is part of a wider art project called Live and Work in Palestine.
According to Khaled, the stamp inscribed with words State of Palestine as a progressive effort to fight and achieve statehood. No traveller to this part of the world has ever seen a Palestinian stamp in their passports.
“I can stamp your passport with the State of Palestine stamp as a symbol of having independence for the Palestinians,” he offers.
“With this stamp you can tell your friends and have your first stamp from Palestine,” says Khaled, adding that he first stamped foreigners passports in April 2011.
However, those who return from Palestine with passports bearing a stamp of ‘state of Palestine’ are asked by Israeli immigration on where they got the stamp and are told there is no such a place called state of Palestine.
What Happened to Palestine?
In 1967, war broke out between Israel and Arab nations it shares borders with. The war lasted for only six days but has an unending impact on the relations between Israel and its neighbours till today.
During this war commonly known as the June-War (Jun 5, 1967 – Jun 10, 1967), Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.
Until today, the Palestinians demand that their original territorial border lines be restored. Basically they want Israel to leave.
Israel was created on May 14, 1948. The proclamation was made in Tel Aviv by a Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.
The Land of Israel, also known as the Holy Land or Palestine, is the birthplace of the Jewish people, the place where the final form of the Hebrew Bible is thought to have been compiled, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity. It contains sites sacred to Judaism, Samaritanism, Christianity, Islam, Druze and the Bahá’í Faith.
As of today, the Palestinian authority calls for two sovereign, democratic and secure states, Palestine and Israel.
In 2014, the Palestinians demanded in their proposal submitted to the UN Security Council called for East Jerusalem to become the capital of Palestine. It also calls for an end to Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, “We will continue to rebuff vigorously attempts to force terms that would jeopardize our security.”
Israeli Wants More Of Palestine Land
In january 2020, an initiative “vision for peace” between Israel and the Palestinians was unveiled and US is patron.
Under this arrangement, President Donald Trump proposes a Palestinian state in about 70% of the West Bank, all of Gaza, and with its capital on the fringes of East Jerusalem.
However, Palestinians claim that all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are theirs – they have dismissed the plan as biased towards Israel and a denial of their rights.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas has said on Tuesday he is ending “all agreements” with Israel and the United States in response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
“The Palestine Liberation Organisation and the State of Palestine are today no longer bound by all agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments, and by all the commitments derived from those understandings and agreements, including those relating to security,” Abbas said on Tuesday.
“From now on the Israeli occupation authorities must bear all responsibilities and commitments toward the international community as an occupying power,” The Palestinian leader said.