Again Ni’lin leads the way. For years now the villagers of Ni’lin and the surrounding district, along with Israeli and international solidarity activists, have been campaigning against Israeli’s apartheid wall. Today part of that wall came down. Their steadfast determination is an inspiration and more. Fatah is discredited and Hamas isolated; both are trapped in their own cul-de-sac and new leadership is desperately needed. Perhaps it will come from Ni’lin? Where there is life there is hope and Ni’lin is a bright light of life in the struggle. Much more at Stop The Wall! and ISM.
The climb down by the United States on settlements and the House’s overwhelming vote to reject Goldstone before it went to the UN can’t but prove that policy of a racist double standard will continue under Obama. Of course the US rejects Goldstone, they facilitated the Gaza massacre in every way! The apartheid Israel is building has always been reflected in the “one law for Israel and another for the Arabs” policy of the United States; a policy that shows no signs of changing.
I hope that the totally spent Abu Mazen keeps to his pledge not to run. The entirely unrealistic desire to have the United States act as an “honest broker” has always been a sign of impotence on the part of the Palestinian leadership. The Fatah leadership increasingly looks like the comprapdors they’ve become. Rejecting the Goldstone Report may have been a stoop too low. They can’t free their people so they plead that the Lord restrain his vassal and see the serfs point of view, but a vassal, as befits a vassal, is engaged in the Lord’s work; it is how they keep their fiefs after all.
Below is a good report on the growing discontent among young Palestinians and the role of the Ni’lin resistance.