FORGETTING THE INTIFADA

Daoud Kuttab on the ‘founding leadership’ of the Palestinian national movement:

The founding fathers, who were once celebrated for unifying Palestinians behind one liberation strategy, are now blamed for failing to end the occupation and realise Palestinian statehood.  To their credit, these leaders have tried every means possible, all without any discernible success — armed struggle (under Yasser Arafat), violent resistance (under Hamas) and political negotiation (under Abbas).

The difference escapes me between ‘armed struggle’ and ‘violent resistance’.  And did Arafat (and for that matter Hamas) not engage in ‘political negotiation’?

More importantly, what about nonviolent resistance?  To be sure, the leaderships didn’t try this, but the people sure did.

It’s as if the first intifada never happened.

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