Haaretz, Mar. 14, 2017


Some suspected the PA security services of helping Israel find Al-Araj and charged that his indictment also constituted cooperation with the occupation. Others denounced the demonstration’s dispersal but warned against accusations of treason and comparing Palestinian police to Israeli soldiers. Fatah activists disclaimed responsibility for the police’s actions, ignoring the fact that their organization is the ruling party and its members play key roles in the security services.

[...] The unarmed popular struggle failed: The wall was built, people lost their lands or were cut off from them, the settlements are expanding and the PA’s security cooperation with Israel continues. Al-Araj’s friends say this failure pushed him into adopting the methods of the Palestinian struggle in 1936 – obtaining arms, going underground, taking to the hills, risking arrest and death. The tragic path he took, and which, despite everything, the vast majority doesn’t take, is evidence of the blind alley in which Palestinian politics finds itself.

[...] Experience teaches that after initially suppressing protests, the PA finds ways to dissipate them. But there’s a constant accumulation of bitterness, repugnance, despair and anger. There’s no way of knowing how, or how long, the PA security services will be able to contain these feelings or suppress the political activity they generate.