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An alliance between Palestinians, Israelis and American Jews offers hope

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Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and former Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University.

While Israelis and Palestinians have mostly failed to find common ground in opposing the 50 years of Israeli occupation, a new Palestinian-Israeli-U.S. Jewish alliance is emerging that many are hoping will take root.

Traditionally, Israeli peace groups have been confined to their own safe zones. Peace activists, by and large, have given lip service to their opposition to their government’s occupation and have rallied in the comfort of Tel Aviv. Rarely have they crossed the Green Line to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and translated their positions into genuine and continuous solidarity with Palestinians. Even committed Israeli peaceniks who crossed into the Palestinian territories for a one- or two-hour protest or meeting would then return to the comfort of their homes in Israel the same day.

Instead of these protests producing change, they tended to embolden occupation authorities and allow Israel to claim that it is a pluralistic country with a wide range of views.

What has changed is that the information revolution and other factors have left their mark on peace movements in Israel and around the world and made it possible for people to know the facts about the occupation and connect with Palestinians much........

© Washington Post