Why we support the Palestinian rebellion

Agents of their own liberation: Palestinians in Bethlehem resisting Israeli aggression. (Photo credit: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA)

Agents of their own liberation: Palestinians in Bethlehem resisting Israeli aggression. (Photo credit: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA)

by Kim Bullimore

Young Palestinians across the Occupied Territories have continued to clash with the Israeli military, while inside Israel more than 20,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel have taken to the streets to call for an end to the country’s apartheid and occupation polices.

Thirty-three Palestinians are now dead, including 7 children. Thousands more are injured. As each day passes, more demand to be treated as human beings, to live free of occupation and oppression and demand justice and human rights.

According to Palestinian historian Mazin Qumsiyeh, this is not the 3rd intifada; it is the 14th. Palestinian activist Jamal Juma from the Stop the Wall campaign has called it an intifada against the Bantustans: “[T]he current outbreak of protests is not solely directed at Israel. It is also a manifestation of the frustration of the people who face the brunt of Israeli aggression in the West Bank. Their protests express an overall desire to end ineffective and inept representation”. [Read more…]