Palestinian protest fails. What should they do now?
The great Global March to Jerusalem, the largest protest in the
Palestinian cause, achieved nothing more than a few violent incidents.
The organizers tried to recruit armies of irregulars to storm Israel’s
borders and re-occupy Jerusalem. They got no closer than Bethlehem,
where they live anyway.
The Global March to Jerusalem
The Global March to Jerusalem involved organizers from Judea and Samaria (“The West Bank”), Gaza, and the Arab countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Our plan is to organize massive marches towards
Jerusalem, or to the nearest point possible according to the
circumstances of each country, in Palestine (the 1948 seizures, the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip) and the four neighbouring countries: Jordan,
Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Internationals will participate in land
caravans or fly directly to one of the main sites for the march. In
addition, mass protests will [take place] in front of Israeli embassies
in the capitals of different countries, or in the main public squares in
the big cities of the world.
Two days before the great protest, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz (The Land) reported dissension in the ranks, and among event planners.
Haaretz has learned that major disagreements have
developed between leading, mostly Palestinian, protest organizers in the
West Bank and neighboring Arab countries, and other activists
identified with Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.
[Also,] the protest organizers, who are billing the event
as the Global March to Jerusalem, are attempting to refine their protest
message and avoid a physical confrontation with Israeli forces.
In short, the organizers were already lowering expectations two days in advance. And today their failure became painfully clear.
Instead of masses of irregulars swarming toward the Jordan Valley, the
Golan Heights, and the borders of Egypt and Lebanon, the Global March to
Jerusalem produced a handful of incidents, each involving a relative
handful of people.
So what do they do now? The "peace process" won't get them anywhere. But there might be an alternative: recognize Jordan as "Palestine." Those "Palestinians" who live in Jordan would love that. And the vilification of Israel is wearing thin, according to this essay. The author, Matthew M. Hausman, reminds us that no such place as "Palestine" existed before the British Mandates. "Transjordan" was carved out of the original British Mandate, which covered Israel and Jordan both. Most residents of Jordan would be happy where they were, if they had their own self-determination, apart from the Hashemite Bedouins who have run that country since the 1920s. And since the hotheads in Gaza and Judea/Samaria ("West Bank") don't care about their "brothers" in Jordan proper, why should the Easterners care about them? (Hint: they don't. They're fed up with a constant state of war.)
So what say you? Where do we go from here, now that the "million man march on Jerusalem" produced less than five hundred protesters?
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