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Don't write off the Arabs yet: Palestine is still an Arab cause

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08.08.2022

It seemed that it was all but a done deal: Israel was finally managing to bend the Arabs to its will, and Palestine was becoming a marginal issue that no longer defined Israel's relations with its neighbours. Indeed, normalisation with Israel was, well, normal, and the Arabs, it seemed, had finally been tamed.

Not. So. Fast. Many events demonstrate the opposite. Take, for example, the Arab League two-day meeting in Cairo on 31 July-1 August. It was dominated largely by discussions on Palestine and concluded with statements that called on Arab countries to reactivate the Arab boycott of Israel until the latter abides by international law. The strongest language came from the League's Assistant Secretary-General who called for solidarity with the Palestinian people by boycotting companies that support the Israeli occupation.

The two-day Conference of the Liaison Officers of the Arab Regional Offices on the Boycott of Israel praised the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has been under intense western pressure for its unrelenting advocacy of international action against Israel. One of the recommendations by Arab officials was to support Arab boycott initiatives in accordance with the Tunis Arab Summit in March 2019, which resolved that "boycott of the Israeli occupation and its colonial regime is one of the effective and legitimate means to resist."

Though we may rightly cast doubts on the significance of such statements in terms of dissuading Israel from its ongoing colonisation schemes in Palestine, at least they demonstrate that in terms of political discourse, the collective Arab position remains unchanged. This was also expressed clearly to US President Joe Biden during his recent visit to the Middle East. Biden may have expected to leave the region with........

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