Category First Intifada

PALESTINE AFTER THE ARAB SPRING

Mouin Rabbani, Norman G. Finkelstein and I have an article in the latest issue of Insight Turkey examining the impact of the Arab uprisings on the prospects for Palestinian self-determination. Unfortunately the full text is behind a pay-wall (accessible via ProQuest), but here’s how it begins: When a series of uprisings across the Arab world […]

REMEMBERING RABIN

What is there to talk about with the PLO? … Agreeing to talk with the PLO means getting used to the idea of a third state between Israel and Jordan. – Rabin’s 1989 response to the PLO’s acceptance of UN resolution 242; quoted in Efraim Inbar, War & Peace in Israeli Politics: Labor Party positions […]

THE UPRISING IN PALESTINE: PITFALLS AND POSSIBILITIES

Decisive defeat has been the fate of many, perhaps most, political movements. Nevertheless, over the past half century, regional and international regressions have repeatedly inspired a revival and reassertion of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. In their darkest moments, Palestinians have mustered the courage, the strength, and the will to keep the torch aflame. If […]

“WE ARE SIMPLY REPEATING WHAT WAS DONE BY GANDHI”

We are simply repeating what was done by Gandhi in India. He began by asking his people to boycott salt and the movement in India succeeded in forcing a British withdrawal. Our hope is that a similar movement will develop here, that the Israelis will eventually withdraw from the occupied territories, and that a Palestinian […]

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN ON THE PALESTINIAN UPRISING

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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 […]

PLUS ÇA CHANGE

[For] most Arab governments, the Palestinian issue has been supplanted by more immediate problems, indeed concern for their very survival, in the face of a number of factors including the possibility of Iranian success in the long-running Gulf war with Iraq, mounting Islamic fundamentalism, an economic crisis with severe social fall-out because of the crash […]