“…it is essential if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression that human rights should be protected by the rule of law.”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In December 1988, Yasser Arafat recognized the existence of the State of Israel and engaged in a long and painful process of negotiations. Twenty years later, Israel has almost wiped Palestine and Palestinians literally off the map of the middle east.
The establishment of a “National Palestinian Authority” (NPA) has been a disaster for the Palestinian cause because it led to a division of the national Palestinian movement and to a bloody internal war between factions wanting to control an authority that doesn’t exist.
The day has come for the Palestinian liberation movement, namely the PLO, to declare a complete cessation of the NPA and to consider previous agreements made with Israel as Null and Void.
Resistance -non violent as I believe it is the most effective- is the only way left (as Le Monde Diplomatique‘s editorial reminds us), not only for Palestinians but for all the inhabitants of this dormant, lethargic and backward area in the world, called the Arab World.
Picture courtesy of “RomainGuy.”