Wednesday, June 16, 2004

 

The occupier is not convinced

A bleak view of things as they are and things to come in the West Bank from Amira Hass.
The geographic, physical and economic isolation will exacerbate the process whereby each Palestinian unit - each family, each village, each region - is compelled to cope alone with immediate existential challenges: food and other necessities, caring for the children and the elderly, medicine and education, whose quality has deteriorated because of the isolation. The increasingly narrow horizons of the space that people inhabit will reduce their expectations of life. Anyone who can - members of the middle class - will leave. The majority will remain, but the basic necessities of existence will steal all their time and energy. Emotionally, people will rebel. In practice, they will behave as if they have adjusted. And there is no sign of any national Palestinian leadership on the horizon that will be capable, under conditions of internal isolation, of doing what it could not do under less difficult circumstances.
Furthermore, Hass underscores the impotence of non-violent protest under the current circumstances. To all those who ask why the Palestinians don't take a page from Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gandhi (don't they realize that the suicide bombings are hurting their cause?), Hass's analysis gives a chilling understanding of the situation.
Before the Palestinians turned to the use of firearms, in the current round of bloodshed, they tried the weapon of mass protest. From time to time, they try to return to this weapon - primarily along the separation fence. But the Israel Defense Forces prove to them time and time again that mass protests will result in deaths, injuries and arrests. And most of the Israeli public proves that the mass protest message does not reach them.
The damage that the occupation has done to Palestinian society and community cannot be underappreciated. Like I said, bleak.

Comments:
I think of her often, Amira, and wonder how can she stand it. Yet she has the great moral advantage of doing what she knows is right. With humility and doubt. Pretty amazing. Everyone should read her.
 
I could not agree more.
 
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