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A Third Palestinian Intifada in the Making

Fri 7th Nov 2008

At a recent conference I was repeatedly asked about the prospects for a third Palestinian uprising, or Intifada. The question, although seemingly uncomplicated, is both loaded and important, and cannot be answered in a mere two minutes or less.

A 'third Intifada' would imply that the second has already ended. But has it? Or did it simply lose momentum, sense of focus and direction, or were its energies squandered - as a popular uprising - on factional disputes and internal division?

Some of its initial leaders are no longer involved, and a cohesive uprising cannot exist if too many of its players have switched sides, changed roles, or are absent altogether. To approach this subject more practically, the first Intifada in 1987 must be thoroughly scrutinized.

Palestinian collective revolts are not a singular response to singular problems caused by outsiders, for example the British mandate, Zionist colonial designs, Israeli occupation, and so on. What is often missed are the internal factors which anger the Palestinian masses, such as their leadership's failures, divisions, u-turns, corruption, nepotism, and so on.

The 1987 uprising was consistent with this model, although it certainly inspired a paradigm shift. On one hand, it was a collective cry for justice and an earnest attempt at ending an Israeli occupation of Palestinian land occupied in 1967. But it also represented the instinctive desire to reclaim the Palestinian struggle, which had for long been managed from abroad: Jordan, Lebanon, then, more or less, Tunisia.

There was a permeating awareness among Palestinians in the occupied territories that their plight had turned into power struggles between various factions based in various Arab capitals, and that their disputes were hardly ideological, but more pertinent to issues of control, money and status.

The first uprising quickly formulated its own ideas, mechanisms and symbols, all reflecting the unity of purpose among Palestinians. In fact the overt emphasis on "national unity" in the Intifada's symbols and slogans was a clear sign of Palestinian denunciation of disunity and factionalism.

Although the Israeli response to the first Intifada was lethal, it hardly compares to the more violent response to the second uprising of 2000. The Israeli government wanted to crush the revolt before it developed a rhythm and turned into a long-term, popular commitment. Israel also operated with the erroneous assumption that the uprising was manufactured by the late Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader, Yasser Arafat, to extract political concessions.

The fact is both Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) - assembled following the 1993 Oslo Accords as an alternative to the all encompassing PLO - were caught by complete surprise when Palestinians took to the streets in defiance, not just against the Israeli occupation, but also the wavering attitudes and rampant corruption that pervaded their own leadership.

If we must accept that the second Intifada is over, or was ended by the infighting between Fatah and Hamas, then an examination of its outcomes is necessary. Although the second Intifada has not brought an end to the Israeli occupation, it certainly has made a serious impact on the political institutions in Palestine. It has given rise to another leadership, that of Hamas, and forced a major rethink within the once leading movement, Fatah.

The second uprising greatly undermined the PA, and therefore the Oslo accords that brought it into existence, highlighting the need for alternative - and truly representative - political institutions, such as a revived version of the PLO.

Indeed, every major Palestinian revolt in the past has resulted in new, unpredictable realities, and despite all attempts, the status quo that defined the pre-revolt periods is often negligible afterwards. New faces, names, priorities, slogans and symbols are often introduced to the mix, although still defined by an everlasting desire for justice, meaningful peace and freedom.

Israel's methods for subduing Palestinians and crushing uprisings have also produced new realities, thresholds and relationships. Methods such as huge walls, new settlements and weapons of mass suppression often complicate the already painful existence of Palestinians living under occupation and result in more revolts.

The first Intifada brought the struggle home, and introduced local leaderships, who competed with the old guard on all fronts, including the right of articulating Palestinian demands and aspirations. The second Intifada saw the Oslo accord and its adjoining 'culture of peace' as a worthless process that failed to improve the dreadful reality on the ground - although it did manage to empower a specific class of Palestinians financially as well as politically.

Now Palestinians find themselves in a transition that has an uncertain outcome. There are more questions than answers: where will the Fatah-Hamas clash lead? Will Fatah carry on while maintaining its current structure? For how long? Will Palestinians continue to adhere to the once uncontested demand for a two-state solution? And how credible is that formula under the current circumstances, where a clear cut separation is complicated if not totally unfeasible? How will the geopolitical split between the West Bank and Gaza play out in coming years?

Palestinian uprisings are often a collective response to hard questions. The chances are the next Intifada - as surely there will always be one as long as the occupation continues - will find again a popular rejection of the ills which have afflicted the Palestinian cause, It would once again reassert the relevance, if not the leading role of the Palestinian people as the real owners of their fate, and guards of their own struggle.

Ramzy Baroud (www.ramzybaroud.net) is an author and editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers and journals worldwide. His latest book is The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London).
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#201: Posted by William C. Carlotti on Fri 7 Nov 2008 00:00

It should be apparent that the problem in Palestine is not just simply a problem of checkpoints, human rights abuses, the wall, home demolitions, the architecture of occupation or even the siege of Gaza; the core of the problem is the illegal theft, colonization and occupation of a whole country.

These are only symptoms of the Jewish nationalism expressed in the cancerous ideology called Zionism. It is an ideology that has been organized into the World Zionist Organization with branches in all of the countries of Europe, in the United States and in dozens of other countries ranging from Australia to Mexico to South Africa. The Organization held its 35th Zionist Congress in 2006 in Jerusalem with some 2000 delegates and observers from all over the world. 510 delegates participated in its proceedings including 145 delegates from the United States.

Christian Zionist support, however, unlike the international World Zionist Organization, is principally centered in the United States. In concert with the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and the Conference of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (52 Org.) they constitute an enormously well-funded confluence with the Bush/Cheney neocon cabal led United States government's drive for hegemony over the oil and gas reserves of the middle east and the Caspian Sea for the United States based international oil, gas and finance conglomerates.

This organized international Jewish Zionist support centered in the World Zionist Organization is critical to the Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Israeli government that has been on a 60-year messianic mission to acquire the whole of Palestine and parts of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon, which they describe as "Eretz Israel".

According to the Zionists, "Eretz Lsrael" is described in that book of short stories that has become known as the bible in Genesis 15:18-21, Ezekiel 47:13-20 and similarly in Numbers 34:1-15, descriptions which have been adopted by the Jewish Zionist led Israeli government.

According to Prime Minister Ehud Ohmert of Israel in his address before a joint meeting of a genuflecting United States Congress on a May 24 of 2006 Address to Congress,

"For thousands of years, we Jews have been nourished and sustained by a yearning for our historic land. I, like many others, was raised with a deep conviction that the day would never come when we would have to relinquish parts of the land of our forefathers. I believed, and to this day still believe in our people's eternal and historic right to this entire land."

What is not often mentioned is the fact that this biblically defined land that the modern day Jews claim as their "entire land" was acquired, according to the short story accounts of their claimed ancestors, by the genocidal slaughter of the peoples of seven other nations that occupied the land that these modern Jews now claim by "historic right".

The description of this completed genocidal slaughter is the only known written admission of genocide by any of the perpetrators of genocide in recorded history. Even the nazi led German government and the European colonialist led United States government never deigned to produce a written admission of the genocides that they were engaged in. The following are some of the descriptions of this genocide by the ancestors claimed by Olmert and the whole of the Jewish Zionist led government of Israel.

"In Deuteronomy 7:1-36, ".the Lord thy God shall have destroyed many nations before thee, the Hethite, and the Gergezite, and the Amorrite, and the Chanaanite, and the Pherezite, and Hevite, and the Jebusite, seven nations much more numerous than thou art,.thou shalt utterly destroy them. Thou shalt make no league with them, nor show mercy to them: and shall slay them until they are utterly destroyed...and thou shalt destroy their names under heaven: no man shall be able to resist thee, until thou destroy them."

In I Samuel 15:3, "Now therefore go, and smite Amalec, and utterly destroy all that he hath; spare him not, nor covet any thing that is his; but slay both man and woman, child and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."

In Numbers 31:1-35, ".the Lord spoke to Moses saying: Revenge first the children of Israel on the Madianites...when they fought against the Madianites and had overcome them, they slew all the men. Therefore kill all that are of the male sex, even of the children: and put to death the women that have carnally known men. But the girls, and all the women that are virgins save for yourselves...and the spoils which the army had taken, was...thirty two thousand persons of the female sex that had not known men."

In Numbers 33:50-52, ".the Lord said to Moses: Command the children of Israel. When you shall have passed over to Jordan, entering into the land of Chanaan, Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: beat down their pillars and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high places."

In I Samuel 27:8-9, "And David and his men went up, and pillaged Gessuri, and Gerzi, and the Amalecites; for these were of old the inhabitants of the countries...David wasted all the land, and left neither man nor woman live."

In Isaiah 13:15-18, "Every one that shall be found shall be slain; and every one that shall come to their aid, shall fall by the sword. Their infants shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes: their houses shall be pillaged, and their wives ravaged...with their arrows they shall kill the children, and shall have no pity upon the sucklings of the womb, and their eye shall not spare their sons."

So the lands that are claimed as "ancestral land" were acquired, according to the writings of Olmert's ancestors, by a genocide that is unprecedented in human history-----unprecedented as regards the scope of the completed annihilation of seven tribal nations and unprecedented as it regards the written admission that they committed the genocide.

With this understanding of the use of the term "Eretz Israel" as used by the Jewish Zionist led Israeli government, it should be apparent that the problems in Palestine goes beyond the immediacy of one or the other of some action of the Jewish Zionist led Israeli government.

For 60 years the Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Israeli government has invaded Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestine beyond the 1947 internationally recognized border to recreate the biblically described Eretz Israel originally acquired by the genocidal annihilation of seven tribal nations. This messianic impulse of Jewish nationalists, this messianic program that seeks to expand the territory provided for the creation of the State of Israel by a world's compassion for the nazi-led German government's assault on the Jewish people of Europe has transformed the Jewish Zionist led Israeli State into the mirror of the ancestors that they claim as their own---- a nation with a messianic impulse for genocide.

There are two aspects for the rationale for this messianic impulse. On the one hand, the Israeli occupation, absorption, devastating occupation of the Palestine beyond the internationally recognized 1947-1967 borders is met by a resistance by the people of Palestine--- a resistance that is every bit as justified as the Italian Partisan resistance to the nazi occupied, fascist led Italian Government, every bit as justified as the French resistance to the nazi occupation of France, every bit as justified as Geronimo's leadership of the indigenous resistance to annihilation in what has become the United States, every bit as justified as the Chicasaw resistance to the United States Indian Removal Law that resulted in the "trail of tears". The Jewish Zionist led Israeli government then uses this resistance as the rationale for the continued occupation and absorption of Palestine and the continued assault on the Palestinian people.

Any notion that the struggle of the Palestinian resistance is the equivalent of the Jewish Zionist led Israeli government's massive assault on the Palestine beyond the 1947 borders or that the subsequent continuing assault is to be treated "even-handedly" is shear, unadulterated, vicious sophistry. The behemoth tank demolitions, supersonic jet plane bombings, black hawk helicopter strafing of the people, infrastructure, and property in occupied Palestine is nothing less than a description of the naked aggression of Israel's all-Jewish armed forces.

On the other hand, Jewish Zionist led Israeli government uses the "peace ploy" to counter the justified resistance of the Palestinian people to the continued occupation, absorption of Palestine and the assaults on its people. In this instance, the "peace ploy" as outlined by the Israeli government requires that the Palestinians cease the resistance to the Israeli occupation and absorption of Palestine and the assault on the people of Palestine in order for the Jewish Israelis to cease the occupation and absorption.

Anytime that there is a call for a "negotiated peace" or "a peace broker" or the "peace process" it is a part of the peace ploy that the Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Israeli government has used for the past sixty years, and a signal that it will be used again, in their strategic objective to absorb the whole of Palestine and parts of Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

It is a ploy that has garnered thousands of additional square miles for the Jewish Zionist Israeli cause to recreate the Eretz Israel of their genocidal messianic impulse.

There is nothing that can be discussed with regard to the Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Israeli government's assault on the people of Palestine without the understanding that it is their strategic objective, already in process for 60 years, to acquire the whole of Palestine and parts of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Every move that they make, every peace ploy that they engender, every bomb that they drop, every farm that they destroy, every targeted assassination that they make, every Palestinian child that is starved, every Mosque, every school, every Palestinian government building or home that they demolish, every action that they take in Palestine and in the Middle East that their counterparts take in the United States, every political, ideological, philosophical, religious statement that they make is driven by the messianic, genocidal impulse to recreate Eretz Israel.

The Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Government of Israel has no intention of doing anything but continuing the ongoing assault on Palestine and its people until it has absorbed the whole of Palestine. Part of its modus operandi is the peace ploy that is designed to never arrive at the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

That is what they are about and that is the source of their genocidal impulse.

Aside from the Jewish Zionist led Israeli activity, we are confronted in the United States with an extremely well organized, well funded Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported significant segments of the Jewish community that has been at the forefront in support of the Bush/Cheney neocon cabal led United States government's invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq, its threatened invasion of Iran and its clandestine operations in Pakistan.

Jewish Zionists and their Christian Zionist supporters are certainly collaborators in the Bush/Cheney neocon cabal led United States government's invasion and occupations to secure hegemony over the oil and gas reserves of the middle east and the Caspian Sea for United States oil and finance conglomerates as it intensifies the political organization of the state apparatus of the United States to suppress the resistance and opposition that the cost and tragedy imposed on the people of the United States engenders.

The express statements of support for these operations by the Zionist led Anti-Defamation League (ADL), by the Zionist dominated American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), by the Zionist dominated Conference of the President's of Major Jewish Organizations. The participation of this significant, well-funded element of the Jewish community in the production of the world-dominating scheme detailed in the Project for A New American Century is notorious. This well organized support is distinct from the opposition to these operations by the majority of people of the United States.

Much as these pitiful panderers to the power of the United States might suppose that they are in control of their destiny, it behooves them to consider the fate of Pinochet, Noriega, Marcos, Batista, Saddam Hussein, the Shah of Iran, the Taliban and now Musharraf when the rubber hits the road of the interests of United States international conglomerates.

In the meantime, we will watch these Jewish Zionists engaged in the fantasy of their messianic nightmare that will proceed with the unabated slaughter of the Palestinians.

And, in case we have any doubt, the Palestinians currently attempting to escape the Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Israeli government's messianic, genocidal impulse join the millions of Palestinians that have already been driven out of their homeland to live in the squalor of the refugee camps.

For those that have succumbed to the corporate media conglomerate's hype and have engaged in sounds of rejoicing for the Palestinian "breakout" from Gaza, the following statements of Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger in Israel should begin the process of getting them to take their heads out of the clouds. The statements are certainly significant enough in Israel to be placed in its major "liberal" newspaper with international internet distribution. Obviously what occurred at the wall between Palestine's Gaza and Egypt was a forced exodus of Palestinians through a devised break in the separation wall built by the Jewish Zionist led Israeli government.

If there is any one that believes that the all Jewish Israeli armed forces, that shoot Palestinian teenagers throwing rocks at tanks or shoot Palestinians getting water at the public water taps after an Israeli imposed curfew, were taken by surprise when the wall that they built was knocked down by a behemoth bulldozer, I'd like to have the opportunity to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge.

The only difference between this forced exodus and the others that occurred in 1947-48, in 1967, in Jerusalem, and all over Palestine to build the armed Jewish settlements, is that this exodus was forced by a total siege of food, medicine, water and electricity in combination with terrifying raids and incursions into Gaza by the all Jewish Israeli army, navy and air force toting United States supplied weapons, planes and helicopters. In those other, earlier forced exodus of millions that are now living in the squalor of refugee camps, the forced exodus was produced by the terror created in a slaughter of innocents by the all Jewish that became Israeli forces and the scorched earth policy applied by them to Palestinian towns.

The blessed Rabbi's plan, according to Haaretz, would be "to take all the poor people from Gaza to move them to a wonderful new modern country with trains buses cars, like in Arizona - we are now in a generation where you can take a desert and build a city. This will be a solution for the poor people - they will have a nice country, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace."
See http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/948907.html

But that is not the whole of it. On the other side of the world in the Wall Street Journal's pages referenced on their Editorial page, Bret Stephans writes,
"The Egyptian-Israeli treaty may ultimately have to be revised to take account of the changing facts on the ground. Israel, too, will have to rethink some basic strategic assumptions. Supporters of Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" plan -- present company included -- can take a measure of satisfaction in noting that Gaza is increasingly becoming an Arab problem rather than an Israeli one. But in addition to the physical challenge of having to defend against incessant (if so far rarely deadly) rocket attacks from Gaza, and reinforce its long desert border with Egypt, Israel must also now consider the possibility that the current regime in Egypt may not long survive the death of its soon-to-be octogenarian president." See http://online.wsj..com/article/global_view.html

So it should be obvious in considering the matter, that there is nothing that can be discussed with regard to the Jewish Zionist led, Christian Zionist supported Israeli government's assault on the people of Palestine without the understanding that it is their strategic objective, already in process for 60 years, to acquire the whole of Palestine and parts of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon devoid of their historical inhabitants.

It bears repeating----Every move that they make, every peace ploy that they engender, every bomb that they drop, every farm that they destroy, every targeted assassination that they make, every Palestinian child that is starved, every Mosque, every school, every Palestinian government building or home that they demolish, every olive grove that they flatten, every action that they take in Palestine and in the Middle East and that their counterparts take in the United States is driven by the messianic, genocidal impulse to recreate Eretz Israel.

It is a pattern of expulsion has been reproduced consistently for the past sixty years not only in Palestine but also in portions of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt with the Jewish Israelis claiming the land and resources of the areas of the expelled population.

In order to put an end to this genocidal messianic impulse of the Jewish Zionist led Israeli government we must insist, demand, support, and encourage that the international community use the force of economic boycott and economic sanctions to have the Zionist led Israeli government withdraw from the occupation of the Palestine beyond the 1947 internationally recognized border and to have them cease the blockade of Palestine's water, electricity, sewer, air space, sea coast, and borders.

That is a plan that is in keeping with International Law, the Geneva Convention, and the Convention on Human Rights.

In the meantime, the people of Palestine have the right under International Law to resist the occupation by any means necessary or available.

William C. Carlotti