Category Resistance

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 […]

NORMAN FINKELSTEIN ON THE PALESTINIAN UPRISING

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FRIDAYS ONLY

In 2012, I had a chance to talk to Abbas about Palestinian nonviolent resistance. I asked him whether the PA was doing anything to prepare the people for nonviolent mass actions. His answer to me was, “We don’t need an Arab Spring here. We allow Friday demonstrations against the wall. They try to protest on Tuesdays sometimes, […]

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 […]

HOW POLITICS WORKS

Amira Hass on the Palestinian Football Association’s FIFA flop: I would suggest that Palestinians angry that once again a Palestinian leader has caved should learn something about how politics work. A Palestinian insistence that FIFA vote for Israel’s suspension would have ended in failure. The head of the Palestinian soccer federation, Jabril Rajoub, could have […]