Category Resistance

THE POWER OF MASS NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE – PART 3

Prior to the First Intifada, Palestinians in the Occupied Territories (OPT) seemed, in the eyes of foreign observers, “too intimidated, divided, and politically suppressed to ever develop a coherent alternative leadership”[1] while the international resonance of the Palestinian cause was at a historic low. The “focus of attention in the Middle East is shifting,” reported […]

THE POWER OF MASS NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE – PART 1

Part 1 of 3. The renowned novelist and political activist Arundhati Roy relates how, in the forests of central India, “1,000 paramilitaries will go to a village, an indigenous peoples village, four days walk from the main road—surround it, burn it, rape the women, steal the cattle and go.” Roy argues with compelling force that […]

OPTIMISM WITHOUT ILLUSIONS, PESSIMISM WITHOUT DESPAIR

[I]s the Two State Solution dead? If it is, it means that the Solution is Dead, period. The idea of taking up instead the One State Solution – i.e., that Jewish Israelis rejecting a Palestinian State on the West Bank would be ready to embrace millions of Palestinians as their new fellow citizens of Israel – […]

UK MINISTER ON PALESTINIAN HERO AHED TAMIMI: ‘THE SOLDIERS SHOULD NOT BE THERE’

The truth is that the soldiers should not be there and the young woman should not have needed to do what she did. – Alistair Burt, Minister for the Middle East. Free Ahed Tamimi!   Full exchange: Julie Elliott MP (LAB): Does the Minister share my outrage at the continued detention of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi […]

NEON TROTSKY

You’d think this reporter was describing Trotsky and Stalin: Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and longtime chief negotiator, is an erudite, Western-educated political animal as comfortable in English-language television studios and international symposia as he is glad-handling the constituents he represents in the Palestinian parliament from his hometown of Jericho. Maj. Gen. […]

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 […]