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Why Palestinians’ New Resistance Might Just Work – OpEd

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07.06.2022

What took place between May 2021 and May 2022 was nothing less than a paradigm shift in Palestinian resistance. Thanks to the popular and inclusive nature of Palestinian mobilization against the Israeli occupation, resistance in Palestine is no longer an ideological, political or regional preference.

In the period between the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and only a few years ago, Palestinian “muqawama” (resistance) was constantly in the dock, often criticized and condemned, as if an oppressed nation had a moral responsibility to select the type of resistance used to suit the needs and interests of its oppressors.

As such, Palestinian resistance became a political and ideological litmus test. The Palestinian Authority of Yasser Arafat and, later, Mahmoud Abbas, called for “popular resistance,” but it seems that it did not understand what that strategy actually meant and certainly was not prepared to act upon such a call.

Palestinian armed resistance was removed entirely from its own historical context; in fact, the context of all liberation movements throughout history. It was turned into a straw man, set up by Israel and its Western allies to condemn Palestinian “terrorism” and to present Israel as a victim facing an existential threat.

With the lack of a centralized Palestinian definition of resistance, even pro-Palestine civil society groups and organizations demarcated their relationship to the Palestinian struggle based on embracing certain forms of resistance and condemning others.

The argument that only oppressed nations should have the right to choose the type of resistance that could speed up their salvation and freedom fell on deaf ears.

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