Some Gazan youths discuss the statehood bid

They are very pessimistic about the statehood option. Some of the major points they make are:

1. Statehood will change nothing on the ground, yet will give the uninformed the impression that things are now better.

2. Statehood will have the effect of legitimating Israel’s position (no longer legally an “occupier” but a country dealing with another country, even though the facts on the ground will resemble colonial apartheid, military occupation, and violent sanction.

3. The inchoate state would be less representative of Palestinians than the current, albeit flawed, institutions. It would specifically risk disenfranchising Palestinians that have been ethnically cleansed (forcibly removed) from their land and who are currently in exile.

4. Hard to see any meaningful gain through statehood, but much to lose.

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