The tipping point: is now the time for a 3rd Intifada in Palestine?

Published February 28th, 2013 - 13:17 GMT

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Image 1 of 8: A victim of her city’s divisions, one Palestinian woman in Jerusalem sparked outrage after Israelis attacked her earlier this week, pulling off her headscarf. Like the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire, could she become a symbol of change?

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Image 1 of 8: Aiming to shoot, one IDF soldier caused an uproar online after posting a picture of a Palestinian child literally caught in his crosshair. A photo can say a thousand words and his insensitivity said more about the status quo than any government rhetoric.

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Image 1 of 8: All good uprisings start with economic woes and Palestine is no different. After withholding taxes from the Palestinian Authority in December 2012, Israel faced the consequences with striking workers making up a key component of the protests that followed.

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Image 1 of 8: The Khaled Said of Palestine, the Hebron man arrested for throwing stones who later died in Israeli custody became a touchstone of the most recent protests. The PA claimed torture while Israeli authorities claimed “inconclusive” autopsy results.

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Image 1 of 8: Administrative detention has meant Israel has had free reign to keep Palestinians in prison without charge, but mass prisoner hunger strikes have kept their brethren outside the jail cells angry enough to, once again, take to the streets.

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Image 1 of 8: With a victory for Palestine at the UN, the Israeli backlash looked set to start. Settlement building, considered illegal by most of the world, began in earnest and Palestinians were forcibly removed from their own “settlement” protests as anger spilled into the streets.

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Image 1 of 8: Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third most holy site for Muslims, has long been a source of tension between Israel and Palestine. When worshippers staged a protests at the site last week, the violent IDF response was seen as a desecration of holy land by many Palestinians.

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Image 1 of 8: Despite the Palestinian rage, pragmatists in the West Bank will be looking for the arms to back up the anger. Many are watching neighboring Syria, waiting for the potential fall of a regime and the weapons spillover that could follow.

For Palestinian West Bankers, the term “Third Intifada” is bandied around almost every week so for a resident to take the idea seriously, all the right ingredients need to be present.

The martyr posters of those that died during the Second Uprising (or Intifada) still litter the streets of Nablus and Hebron, making the families of those that died more than a little cautious about starting another round.

But there are only so many checkpoints, settler incursions and personal violations, that the people of Palestine are willing to take and many commentators are pointing to the current series of events as a possible trigger for the next uprising.

With Israel withholding taxes for so long and the PA struggling to maintain sensible policies, the economic conditions are certainly perfect. Settlement building is at full pelt and Palestinians trying to protest the land grab have been met with AK47s and the threat of prison.

The death of Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian allegedly tortured under Israeli custody, has stolen the hearts of the nation and the PA have officially backed an Intifada on the back of mass demonstrations.

Arab Springs all over the region have begun on a lot less and despite the potential for bloodshed, protestors have taken to the streets of Jenin and Hebron in their droves. We take a look at the sparks that could start the next Intifada fire and ask: will it be the one symbol of resistance or the wider struggle that starts the battle?

 

Is this the time for a Third Intifada or will the protests die down as usual? Is an uprising needed? Tell us what you think below.

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Do you really need another conflict in the most explosive neighborhood in the world? You already have a mess in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen with tens of thousands dead and more dying every day. What did the first two intifadas accomplish that made the lives of the Palestinians better today? I would argue that not a lot. Palestinians first need to bring their own house in order and become one entity again. Right now you have Hatfields and Mccoys with two competing regimes in West Bank and Gaza. Which party is Israel suppose to negotiate with since Hamas and Fatah have two different agendas. Mahmoud Abbas is trying to get it through U.N. while Hamas is trying to do it with rockets. In addition Hamas at this time is not necessarily pursuing the interests of Palestinian people but rather their benefactors in Tehran. Sending thousands of stone throwing Palestinians to the streets will provide a lot of material for the evening news and some TV time for neighborhood dictators condemning Israel but will do very little for Palestinian statehood. Path to Palestinian state lies is cohesive and united negotiating plan and not through futile stone throwing.

Charles Katel (not verified) Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:35

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