The Real News Network has a multi-part series with Rania Masri.
The first part is Rania Masri on Reality Asserts Itself Pt.1.
I think the following excerpts capture her political philosophy.
MASRI: A Muslim or Jewish or Druze or whatever or atheist. It was irrelevant. I was raised that religion is the way that you treat people, and everything else is a personal decision between oneself and one’s God and however way ones choose to worship. So that was very, very intrinsic to our upbringing. That’s one caveat of, one basic tenet of the political party. The other tenet is that they believe in something called natural Syria or greater Syria, which is that Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq are actually one natural entity and they are one nation. And it goes on beyond there.
And then the third tenet of the ideology is that economically they believe in something called profit-sharing. So the worker does not own the company, the factory, per se, but the worker gets a salary at a percentage of the profits.
I should caution your, though. If you believe that anyone who calls Israel the enemy is not worth listening to, then don’t waste your time here.
For those of you who are still with me, we come to the second part, Opposing Intervention in Syria Without Apologizing for a Dictatorship Pt.2.
I stand very much against acts of economic violence and acts of military violence, completely. So in this case, economic sanctions against Iraq were themselves truly a weapon of mass destruction, were themselves horrendous in their impact on people’s lives. And bombing campaigns are not an option. They’re not a peace mechanism. So in those aspects, yes, my loudest actions were in opposition of those.
Her views on non-violence are what is especially worth considering. It is not as if she claims her words are from a saintly human being. She recognizes inconsistencies in her views and other people’s views. She understands that life is complex. She understands that not everything is black and white. Nevertheless, I think her ideas about non-violence make a lot of sense.
The third part of the interview is The Survival of the Palestinian People is Itself a Form of Resistance Pt.3.
And I believe over time that the Israelis will recognize what the white South Africans have recognized, that the only path to true peace is one of a full democracy and not a racist-based kind of state. Very much so I believe in that. I don’t subscribe to the idea that we should expel all Israelis into the sea or expel the Zionists into the sea. No, I don’t believe that ethically. I don’t believe that strategically. And there are Israelis that I consider to be comrades, namely, Ilan Pappé, for example, who is a marvelous historian and a marvelous individual. And I would consider him a comrade, yes. You know, even though he is an Israeli, I would consider him a comrade, as well as there are numerous Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis–I could go on and on and on–that I consider them to be strict opposition, both in terms of their political and their economic platforms.
I think the above quote is the best one that I could find to convey the essence of what Masri’s position is. It takes a while in the interview for Paul Jay to get over his sticking point and to let this idea come out.
The whites in South Africa kept pushing themselves into a corner by raising the level of mal-treatment of the native population to the point where they could not conceive of the possibility of avoiding massive retribution if they ever relented. Then, all of a sudden it seems, the whole system fell apart, and the worst-case scenario did not occur.
That gives me hope that such an outcome could happen in Israel.