Has the Third Intifada arrived?

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Has the Third Intifada arrived?
The betrayal of the Palestinians by Arab States, and the failure of the Arab League to collectively deal tough with the USA and European powers, has a dominant message for Palestinians. Their struggle for liberation is theirs  to fight alone in the political arena. The Arab League is a selfish entity that will stab the Palestinians in the back when they see trade and commerce deepening their pockets. Most western rulers are too cowardly, even racist, to choose Palestinian Arabs over and above the Israelis. Blood is thicker than water.

It was in 1987 when the world awoke to the fact of the Palestinian struggle and its revulsions. The First Intifada was a wakeup call. With sticks and stones, young people brought the mighty Israeli army down to its knees. When the Intifada was done, peace talks began and things seemed to be getting better. Once again, Madrid and Oslo turned out to be stabs in the back by an international community keen to stick hogwash into what they call modern diplomacy. Powerful countries used their clout into creating deceitful arrangements that further worsened the Palestinian plight. When things worsened, came the Second Intifada, far worse in the extent of violence by both sides. The Palestinians fought ferociously and westerners still disapprove of the methods used by the Palestinians. Between the suicide bombers, the West judged the IOF guns and jets as being more civilized. It would have been hard to find a westerner in those days who affirmed the right to resistance and armed struggle. After all, Israel had no business occupying Palestinian territories, creating settlements for Jewish invaders, dispossessing Palestinians, and committing atrocities of every variety against the Palestinians. Israel had absorbed all the characteristics of a Rogue State which violated every possible international law.

 Prior to when the Intifadas happened there was the time of the armed struggle. Harsh as the outcomes were, it worried the world. The biases were visible. When Israel used weapons, and tanks, and other crude forms of warfare to impose policies of subjugation, they seemed more civilized simply because they were modern products of technology built by a corporate military-industrial-complex. On the other hand, the suicide bomber was just too crude and disgusting for the so-called civilized world. The gullible West, in particular, swallowed every lie and propaganda of the Israel regime. Then came the Gaza wars when Palestinians showed that, even though they were militarily weaker, they could coerce Israel to stop the attacks. Gazan fighters used crude bombs that did enough to send Israelis scurrying away from their homes seeking cover any place thy could find in  Tel Aviv. The truth is that it was they, in their anxiety to return to their homes, who forced the Israeli military machine to ceasefire. The damages were far greater on the Gaza side, but Israel also faced the wrath of the militant Gaza fighters. The Gazans put up a defense while Israel began the offensive under childish pretexts that their people were being threatened by crude bombs. It was even more angering to see how Zionist mobs stood on hill tops watching Gaza get pounded and applauding every time bombs destroyed homes and infrastructure and killed innocents. Little wonder, Israel now finds itself in the ICC tainted with the  blood of innocent, women and children.  Gazans live in permanent jail like conditions, deprived of basic necessities only because Israel wants to inflict deprivation and punish them with lack of access to all elementary human rights.

Palestinians have the human right to resistance. So they will fight back and, indeed, they must. Ideally, the means will be peaceful.  What use is the peace of the graveyard? But then, the onus is on Israel to surrender all that they have illegally acquired, suspend the use of cruel armed tactics, and act in a way that they place justice as a precondition for dialogue.

How governments around the world  will react is a big question mark? The UN has failed to make any impact and little else can be expected when big and rich powers use their powers of veto and money to influence UN actions. It is now left to the streets of the world- people who will express their solidarity through sturdy street protests, and the boycott of anything Israeli. History has shown us that boycott movements can effect profound change if enough people take up the call to obstruct Israel’s attempts to use economics and trade to gain its status. Arab nations on the verge of making diplomatic deals with Israel must be stopped in their tracks by people on the streets. World opinion is vital here.

Ranjan Solomon     

Palestinians launch ‘popular resistance’ to foil normalization accords

THE PALESTINIAN flag flies at a Palestinian Authority diplomatic post. (photo credit: REUTERS)In the context of Palestinian efforts to thwart normalization between Israel and Arab states, the Palestinians announced on Sunday the formation of a group called The Unified National Leadership of Popular Resistance. The group, consisting of representatives of various Palestinian factions, is reminiscent of the Unified National Leadership of the Uprising that operated during the First Intifada, which erupted in 1987. The formation of the group is seen by some Palestinians as a call for launching a new intifada against Israel. “This is the beginning of the Third Intifada,” a Fatah official told The Jerusalem Post. “This is the only way the world will listen to us. We want to place the Palestinian issue back at the top of the world’s agenda.”

On Sunday morning, the new group published its first statement in which it called for a “comprehensive popular struggle that won’t end until the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.” The statement was repeatedly broadcast on the Palestinian Authority’s official Palestine TV station – a sign that the PA leadership has endorsed it, even though it refers to Israel as “our major enemy” and pledges that the “revolution and resistance will continue until victory.” Addressing a meeting of leaders of Palestinian factions in Beirut and Ramallah last week, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said “the time has come to form a leadership of peaceful popular resistance.”

Bahrain civil society groups reject normalization deal
Bahraini opposition organises against normalisation deal / — The Levant News

Civil society groups in Bahrain have rejected the government’s normalization agreement with Israel which is expected to be signed formally in Washington DC on Tuesday. Seventeen organizations have issued a joint statement to this effect, with signatories including the General Federation of Workers’ Trade Unions in Bahrain, the Bahraini Bar Association and the Bahrain Women’s Association. “We adhere to the constants of the Bahraini people regarding the just Palestinian cause and the provisions of the constitution that criminalize normalisation with the Zionist entity, in accordance with the official and popular Arab and Islamic consensus rejecting normalisation with this criminal entity,” said the groups.

“All forms of normalisation with the Zionist entity initiated by some countries have neither produced peace nor restored the usurped rights of the Palestinian people, but have, rather, encouraged the enemy to commit more crimes against Palestine and the holy Arab and Muslim sites, foremost of which is Holy Jerusalem.” The statement added that “what is known as a peace treaty between Bahrain and the Zionist enemy under the auspices of the US administration has brought about tremendous shock, resentment and widespread popular rejection among the Bahraini people, their political forces, civil society institutions, and all national actors and personalities.” As a result, the signatories pointed out, nothing arising from the normalisation deal will have any popular legitimacy. “Generations of Bahrainis have believed in the just nature of the Palestinian cause,” they concluded.

Amnesty on Arab-Israeli normalization: Any process seeking ‘just’ solution to Palestinian issue must halt settlements

Amnesty International has reacted to the latest revelations of Arab-Israeli normalization, saying any process aimed at finding a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must include the removal of illegal settlements. In a post published on Twitter on Saturday, the rights group said all Israeli systematic human rights violations against Palestinians must come to an end, while justice and compensation must be paid to victims of crimes as per international law.

Amnesty said in a statement on Twitter that no agreement “can change the legal duties of Israel as an occupying power in according with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, nor deprive the Palestinians of their rights and protections guaranteed by international law.” This comes as Bahrain normalised relations with Israel, following the UAE. The deal with Bahrain was brokered by US President Donald Trump, who has declared his diplomatic win a “historic breakthrough”. In a joint statement between President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s King Hamad, they said: “Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region.”
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