Margaret Atwood om ”situationen”

Margaret Atwood skriver engagerande, underhållande och sorgligt på samma gång om hur hon landade i Israel/Palestinakonflikten som ett litet barn som förirrat sig ut i trafiken och om ”situationen” (vår kära beledsagare ”hamatzav”) som hänger som en skugga över Israel:

”I’d been told ahead of time that Israelis would try to cover up the Shadow, but instead they talked about it non-stop. Two minutes into any conversation, the Shadow would appear. It’s not called the Shadow, it’s called “the situation.” It haunts everything.

The Shadow is not the Palestinians. The Shadow is Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, linked with Israeli’s own fears. The worse the Palestinians are treated in the name of those fears, the bigger the Shadow grows, and then the fears grow with them; and the justifications for the treatment multiply.”

Atwood avstår också, rätt uppfriskande tycker jag, från att hävda att lösningen på Mellanösterkonflikten är en oberoende undersökningskommitté och att Israel ställs inför rätta i Haag.

”There are many groups in which Israelis and Palestinians work together on issues of common interest, and these show what a positive future might hold; but until the structural problem is fixed and Palestine has its own “legitimized” state within its internationally recognized borders, the Shadow will remain.

“We know what we have to do, to fix it,” said many Israelis. “We need to get beyond Us and Them, to We,” said a Palestinian. This is the hopeful path. For Israelis and Palestinians both, the region itself is what’s now being threatened, as the globe heats up and water vanishes. Two traumas create neither erasure nor invalidation: both are real. And a catastrophe for one would also be a catastrophe for the other.”

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