The tipping point: is now the time for a 3rd Intifada in Palestine?
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? Continue reading below »
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.