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Conditions for a New Palestinian Revolution
Are Now There Just Like They Were in 1936 and 1987
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
CCUN, January 20, 2017
|A Palestinian woman crying
during the Israeli demolition of her home
||Israeli bulldozer demolishing
Palestinian homes in Qalansweh, January 10, 2017
Eleven homes were demolished by the Israeli occupation government in
one day in the village of Qalanswe (occupied in 1948
The pace of home demolitions accelerated recently and are expected to
accelerate more as Israel violaes human rights and international law with
international impunity. Donald Trump will follow on the heels of Obama in
giving a green light for further ethnic cleansing.
The conditions for revolution are there just like they were in 1936 and
1) Political factional leadership disconnected from the
people’s needs or thoughts and the natives who dislike the existing
political factions and want serious change.
2) Most people have
given up on political structures and the so called “peace process” (an
industry of talk and profit for elites).
3) A colonizer-occupier so
self-assured that they have things under “control” they actually do things
like killing unarmed demonstrators or demoliting homes or collective
punishment. Israel just decided to deport from Jerusalem 12 family members
of a Palestinians who killed four soldiers who illegally occupy East
Jerusalem (International law recognizes such acts as legitimate forms of
resistance). This cockiness can accelerate the arrival of uprisings.
4) An international world order that does not see the centrality or
urgency for the Palestinian issue and is complicit in the crime (even
projecting Israeli flags on state buildings in Europe last week and
instituting laws that attack freedom of speech).
were present before every one of the uprisings (1881, 1904, 1912, 1921,
1929, 1936, etc). In South Africa under apartheid there was also 14 or 15
uprisings before apartheid ended. Let us hope that this coming one in
Palestine will be the last. Netanyahu just sent his jets attacking Syria (a
violation of International law). Obama dropped 26,000 bombs in 2016 on seven
countries. We do not expect Trump to do any better!
Local leaders also do not give us chance for optimism. Abbas believes in
talking and the King of “Saudi Arabia” believes in bombing hospitals and
schools in Yemen to serve Israeli interests and keep his throne. And
as JFK once said: once you make a peaceful revolution impossible you make a
violent revolution inevitable. It is time to think globally and act locally.
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