Palestinian Distraction: Themselves.
Last week the news of Mofaz meeting with Abbas created a lot of tension on the Palestinian side. It would have been expected that the tension would actually be between the Israelis and Palestinians; each would have their perspective on whether their leader should meet with the other side, on what grounds, why, and many other questions.
Instead, the tension was between Palestinian activists and the Palestinian police. Palestinians condemned Abbas for agreeing to meet him, and demanded that he be arrested and prosecuted for all the war crimes that he committed to the Palestinians. Things got out of hand; it took an unexpected turn when it created internal clashes among the people and the police. People forgot what they were protesting and started to fight amongst themselves. When I say people, my people, I do not mean Palestinian civilian vs. Palestinian Policeman. I mean an occupied nation, living in an occupied land.
Violence never forwarded the Palestinian cause, and if we pay close attention, the victories Palestinians have had lately have been through nonviolent resistance: The hunger strikes. Instead of taking out our frustration and despair on one another, and instead of creating more fractions and problems between ourselves, we should focus those energies where they should be: resistance!
Now if we look back at everything that happened, no one is talking about the Abbas- Mofaz meeting, or even the police’s misconduct. It is all now about Yasser Arafat’s cause of death. Great. More inner problems. More finger pointing. More blaming. Yay.
Will distractions help our nation move forward?
Just a thought.