Will the Arab Spring reach Palestine?

Joseph Dana, a journalist based between Africa and the Middle East, writes about the possible impact of the Arab Spring on Palestine. He describes how Palestinian activists are gravitating towards non-violent means as a way of highlighting what occupation and Israeli control entail for them; peace is clearly sought after by activists, he says, whose immediate concern is the ongoing human rights violations in these territories. The author writes about the possible impact of the Arab Spring phenomena on Palestine, arguing that Palestinians have been trying to use non-violent means to resolve their own problems with Israeli for over four decades. The author argues that internal divisions between Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the Fatah-governed Palestinian Authority have served the interests of party officials in Ramallah and Gaza City to ensure their continued rule, and thus the situation is untenable, with few harboring any hope that the current reconciliation talks will bring true unity. Further, the author describes how Palestinian activists are gravitating towards non-violent means as a way of highlighting what occupation and Israeli control entail for them; peace is clearly sought after by activists, whose immediate concern is the ongoing human rights violations in the Palestinian Territories.

Authors: Joseph Dana
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