In the aftermath of apartheid’s most recent attack on Israel, some serious questions have been raised, once again, about the usefulness of resistance and whether the outcome of the war can, or cannot, be considered a victory for to the Palestinian people. The same questions were raised in 2009, 2012, and 2014, when Israel launched a massive offensive against Gaza, and even during the non-violent 2018 Great March of Return, when Palestinians marched. towards the fence around the Strip and was shot by Israeli snipers.
Some “liberals” resorted to the usual proclamations, criticizing “two sides of the conflict” – i.e., the colonizer and the colonized, and concluding that Palestinians should stop launching rockets from Gaza.
Once again, we are challenged by the same “neutral” voices about the very meaning of resistance. They fail to find, for ideological reasons, that resistance is, broadly speaking, not only the ability to fight against a more powerful military oppressor, but also the ability to be creative. resistance to the colonization of one’s land. They fail to understand the power of men, in our case, “sumud” (consistency), or even to see that it exists.
That is, they accept the story of Israel, where there are “two sides to the conflict” with equal military power and moral stance. They reject the reality that it is a Western -backed colonialist and apartheid project opposed by the Palestinian people. They also disregard all of our moral “weapons”: that we are the natives of the land, that there is international law that supports our claims, that there is a high standard of ethics, and that we are increasingly supported by the international community. civil society, and so on.
Edward Said once said that the intellectual is supposedly, “a person who is not easily associated with governments or corporations, and whose raison d’etre is to represent all people and issues that are traditionally forgotten or erased by under the rag. ”
Those “liberal” voices criticizing Palestinian “violence” in Israel’s latest apartheid confrontation are against the intellectual. They refuse to see that Palestinians can be agents of change in their present and future. They do not recognize the Palestinian agency because they refuse to respect the will of the people as expressed in the famous support given to the resistance in various forms – in Gaza, the West Bank and areas occupied by Israel in doing so. in 1948.
Nor can they see Palestinian victory against apartheid Israel in past events. They allied with Israel’s fascist, ruling class who believed they had “won” because they had killed so many “terrorists”: 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, 39 women, and 17 old.
However, none of the so -called “purposes” of Israel’s war in Gaza – to end rocket fire from Gaza and destroy tunnels used by resistance fighters and target any form of unity among Jerusalem. and Gaza – achieved. Rockets are still being launched and the resistance movement has proven to be strong enough to respond to Sheikh Jarrah’s call to action by Jerusalem residents facing Israel’s imminent ethnic cleansing.
As one failed Israeli pilot, who bombed Gaza, said in an interview for Israeli Channel 12: “I am on a mission to carry out airstrikes with the feeling that destroying the towers is one way. to vent the frustration of what happened to us. and the success of the Gaza groups in kicking us.… We failed to stop the rocket fire and damage the leadership of the groups, so we will demolish the towers. “
But more importantly, Gaza 2021 hastened the careful fabrication and enthusiastic defense of the myths that Israel has promoted for decades: that it has the “most moral” army in the world; that its Iron Dome is invincible; and that the Palestinians are merely “Arabs” of unequal birth and will give up their ownership of the land once the older generations die.
It is clear that “neutral voices” criticizing “both sides” are under the “spell” of these myths and that is why they see Palestinian resistance as “unreasonable violence” and “terrorism”. But as the Brazilian philosopher Paulo Freire wrote in his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed:
“In building a relationship of oppression, violence has already begun. There is no history of violence initiated by the oppressed. How can they be the forefathers, when they themselves are the consequences of violence? oppressed if there is no prior situation of violence to maintain their occupation. Violence is initiated by the oppressors, the exploiters, who do not recognize others as human beings – not by the oppressed, exploited, and unknown. “
It is clear to all but the Western liberals and the Israeli elites they support that the Palestinians are emerging from protests throughout historic Palestine and the invasion of victorious Gaza.
These events put an end to the bad name of the “century deal” by also recognizing that the Palestinians will not stop their occupation of Jerusalem, putting another nail in the coffin of the unrealistic solution two states, and brings the freedoms and rights of the third class Palestinian citizens of Israel and five million refugees to the top of the international community’s agenda. They also brought forward a new Palestinian consciousness in opposition to the intensified hegemony of the 1993 Oslo Accords.
The new consciousness formed by Palestinian resentment and resistance is clearly illustrated by a rejection of the conditions imposed by apartheid Israel on three components of the Palestinian people, residents of Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinians in the territories that occupied Israel in 1948, and refugees living in camps and in the diaspora. More importantly, it is a rejection of the crumbs offered as a reward for the good behavior of a select minority of Palestinians.
We are told to accept Israeli work in its worst form – the apartheid wall, the colonies, the checkpoints, the dividing roads, the color -coded plate numbers, the forced evictions. and house demolitions, “security coordination”, arrests, torture and imprisonment – or there’s a medieval blockade imposed on us and temporarily flooded with death and oblivion.
But the response from Gaza, Jerusalem, Lydda, Haifa and the rest of historic Palestine this spring is very clear: the Palestinian people are no less than those living only in 1967 occupied territories. We have witnessed a paradigm shift from separatism, represented by the two -state solution – which aims to establish a Palestinian Bantustan and deny the rights of millions to their land – to full Palestinian unity.
True, the Palestinian victory was very expensive, but it was the one that decided. The Palestinian people dominated an armed-to-the-tooth apartheid regime and the American-made Iron Dome by infiltrating their own “Mental Dome”. Palestine after Gaza 2021 will not be the same as Palestine before. The Palestinians began to decolonize their minds away from the “peace process” and solution both in the racist state and in their turn, they brought down the arrogant Zionist regime in Palestine.
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