Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Palestinians Need to Focus on Secular Democracy, not Human Rights
Sam Ghandchi
فلسطینی ها ضروری است بر سکولار دموکراسی تأکید کنند و نه حقوق بشر

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For years I have avoided to discuss the Palestinian issue because it is best to be handled by Palestinians and Israel themselves, nonetheless, have expressed my opinion that Israel is the most democratic country in the Middle East although Palestinians do not have equal rights in that country, just as United States was a real democracy for two centuries but the blacks did not have equal rights and the best solution for blacks in America was to work for their rights within US democracy and they did and succeeded. I know most Palestinians have chosen a two-state solution and it is none of my business to decide for Palestine or Israel, I expressed my opinion about Palestinians and Israel once, and avoided to get into day-to-day discussions on the topic in the last 40 years.  As far as the Palestinian political and human rights activists are concerned, I believe they need to focus on secular democracy rather than human rights, and this is true for strategy of civil society and political activists all over the Middle East and I hope the US also adopts a strategy of supporting secular democracy in the Middle East. It is true that secularism failed in the Middle East in several countries in the past, but that was secularism from above and lacked the strength of democracy whereas the current secular democracy movement in the Middle East is a grass root movement after experiencing IslamicKKK in power.


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi
August 11, 2019
















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