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Published on February 13th, 2013 | by Alex Clackson
Image © AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

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A Palestinian activist places a national flag atop a tent in the village of Beit Iksa in the West Bank, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, seen in the background, on Sunday, Jan 20, 2013. Palestinian activists have set up a protest camp in Beit Iksa to demonstrate against what they say is an Israeli land grab. The Palestinian activists seem to be adopting a tactic used by Jewish settlers, who establish communities hoping the territory will remain theirs once structures are built.

Time for Palestine to join the Arab Spring

As uprisings continue to sweep the Arab region from the North African country of Tunisia all the way to Syria and Bahrain, it is rather astonishing that the Palestinians have not jumped on the bandwagon and joined the Arab Spring movement. After all, it would have been a timely opportunity to join the momentum of those revolutions that continue to strike the region in hope of achieving freedom from brutality. It would have also put the Western nations in a difficult situation. Western Europe together with the USA have been very supportive (at least in rhetoric) of the Arab Spring, playing a crucial role in overthrowing Gaddafi and continuing to be an important player in the Syrian civil war. However it is well known that the West and especially the USA show undeniable support towards Israel. This was witnessed during the last Israeli attacks on Gaza when the USA blamed the Palestinians for the conflict. For this reason, a Palestinian uprising would put the USA in a peculiar position. Could America really continue to show full support to the Syrian rebels and Egyptian civilians, who are once again demonstrating on the streets against their current leader Morsi, yet deny the Palestinians the opportunity to protest against the many grievances: Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the ghetto-like Wall that separates Gaza from the rest of humanity, the illegal settlements, the unfair treatment of Palestinians living in Israel, the shootings of Palestinian children on the Gaza border, the lack of food and clean water due to the Israeli blockade and against the constant threat that Israel will strike again any minute. While western nations are notoriously known for their hypocritical stance when it comes to their foreign policy in the Middle East (which usually reflects their own national interests), the denial of the Palestinian right to rise up against Israel would set in stone what the majority already fear: the West’s lack of concern for human rights of others.

While the Arab Spring started in 2011, the uprisings are still in full swing and therefore it is not late for Palestine to join the movement. It is crucial to point out that it would be essential for the Palestinians to carry out a peaceful protest, i.e. no rockets from Hamas, no killings of the Israelis, but nevertheless a protest that sends out a clear message that they will not back down until some progress is made. This would deny Israel their usual defence- that Palestine is an aggressive region and poses a threat to Israeli national security. This protest should not be about borders, or about a potential creation of the Palestinian state, but about a simple desire to be treated like human beings rather than caged animals. The majority of the international community already support the Palestinians. Not only has Palestine been granted the status of an observer non-member state at the UN, but the reports by the United Nations continue to condemn and criticise the inhumane actions of Israel. If Israel were to retaliate with violence and force against a peaceful uprising by the Palestinians, the Jewish state would risk more alienation from the international community and more disapproval from the general public around the world. A nation cannot continue to survive with a long queue of enemies.

In 2011, the Arab populations took the leap of faith. Many knew that their uprisings could lead to brutal response from their dictators. Some were aware that perhaps they would not survive to see the end of authoritarianism in the Middle East. Yet as the saying goes, ‘when you have nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose.’ The Palestinians have suffered to the point of near-total submission. However they must use the inspiration from their fellow Arabs who made the decision that enough is enough. Emiliano Zapata, a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution against the dictatorship in 1910 said that “it’s better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees”. The Palestinians must now make the choice between whether they want to continue living in dire conditions under a brutal Israeli regime or take the plunge, join the Arab Spring and strive for the opportunity to achieve justice and freedom for themselves.

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About the Author

Alex Clackson

"Alex has a degree in Politics and a Master's degree in International Relations. His main interests and expertise lie in issues surrounding the Middle East, Western foreign policy and also Russian political system. Alex currently works in communications/public affairs and is also an active supporter of the anti-war movement"



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