Steve Amsel of DesertPeace: Peace is possible and WILL become a reality. There is no other alternative!

by Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik. In the
following my interview with Steve Amsel of the portal Desert Peace, a Jew
fighting for peace and against militarism and colonialism in Israel. As for us
at ProMosaik also for Steve Anti-Zionism does never mean Anti-Semitism, but is
the opposition to a colonialist mentality thinking that Jews have a supremacy
right. For Steve, peace is a MUST BE, because there is no other option than a
long-lasting peace for the region. 

Milena Rampoldi: You say that peace
can be done in Palestine. Which are the most important obstacles and which are
the opportunities?
Steve Amsel: The obstacles are
obvious, namely the Occupation of Palestine and the continuous expansion of the
illegal settlements on the stolen land. This leads to terror from both sides
which only hinders any chance for a true and just Peace in the near future.
Terrorism must stop to make Peace a reality.
Milena Rampoldi: What is the general
idea behind Desert Peace?
Steve Amsel: I started the Blog
DesertPeace 11 years ago. The main idea was to show the world that Peace is
possible. From my introduction to the blog: As can be seen by those associated
with this Blog, it is my intention to give a platform to the voices of
Palestinians and others involved in their noble cause to achieve Justice.
Since the Blog started, it has received over 10 million visitors, so obviously
the message is spreading.
Milena Rampoldi: What do Zionism and
Anti-Zionism mean to you as a Jew?
Steve Amsel: Zionism is like any
other form of nationalism. It is an expression of superiority and only serves
as a way to separate the Jewish people from the rest of humanity. Anti-Zionism
must never be seen as anti-Semitism… it is NOT. It is merely another
expression stating that Jews are no better than anyone else!

Milena Rampoldi: I am convinced that
the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis has nothing to do with religion
or ethnicity, but is a colonialist war about land. What do you think about it?
Steve Amsel: As far as religion goes,
both Palestinians and Israelis are bound together by common ancestors. We are
one family in every sense of the word. As you state, the conflict is a
colonialist war about land.
Milena Rampoldi: How can we change
Israeli society from inside and from outside?
Steve Amsel: From both sides it is
important to support the BDS Movement. By isolating Israel and hurting their
economy the will eventually be forced to change their policies.
Milena Rampoldi: How would you define
and describe the actual Zionist State of Israel?
Steve Amsel: It is a state created by
evil and supported financially by that same evil. This support, especially from
the United States must end. When that happens, Zionism itself will slowly come
to an end.
Rampoldi: How did you thoughts develop in time about the Israeli regime?
Steve Amsel: When I lived in the
United States I was for years involved in the Peace and Civil Rights Movements.
My thoughts about the Israeli regime were a natural development of my ideas
opposing to injustice and war. Peace is possible and WILL become a reality.
There is no other alternative!