Israel and its Fear of Popular Revolutions!

14.03.11 – 09:23PNN – Palestine News Network

By Fadi Abu Sada – PNN Editor in Chief – It is a well-known fact that Israel fights against Palestinian culture. I still remember from my childhood, back in the 80s before the first intifada, how Israel used to arrest Palestinian youth for simply reading political books.


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It is also known that Israel does not fear military power simply because “for security reasons” it has always had the most advanced military arsenal, backed by the US.

What is very strange is what Israel is doing these days, announcing the start of trainings for its troops to counter popular revolutions in the Palestinian territories. What is also strange is that the Israeli media reports those plans as if to connect it with the fact that the world may recognize the Palestinian state in September.

Israel has been at war with many surrounding countries and has countered two Palestinian intifadas. Why does it fear this possible popular revolution? Do Israel think the occupation will last forever? Or has Israel gotten used of war? Has it become unacceptable for its leaders to accept the change that is happing in the Arab world!

The popular revolution that Israel is preparing for is coming for sure if no diplomatic and international solution is reached. The nonviolence resistance has a very old history in Palestine and Israel both know that. The nonviolence movement started in 1920, when 300 Palestinian women gathered in Jerusalem. In the 1980s, Mubarak Awad was deported by Israel for believing in this resistance and now there’s a center to study it in Jerusalem. So what’s new?

No one can hide the fact that Israel fights anything that help Palestinians to a better life. It fights culture, sports, and the economy. Building is forbidden but they allow the “natural expansion of settlements.” They restrict freedom of travel. Doesn’t all that lead to a revolution? And why did Israel notice it just now?

The question here now is where is Israeli civil society and what does it think about it all? Did all peace movements in Israel die? Where is the youth, the new generation, are they happy with their leaders? Is there no one left in Israel who believes in coexistence and peace on this holy land? Why we do not hear those voices anymore in Israel?

The Israeli community in general, and youth in particular, must answer a lot of questions if they are to take the initiative to control of their future. We have answered our questions, but the only voices we hear from Israel are the right wingers and settlers. We never hear the youth and the civil society voices. Let us hear them soon or it’s all gone. Waiting for an answer.


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