The re-arrest of the 2 escaped Palestinian prisoners, Iham Kahamji and Munadil Nafayat isn’t the tip of this occasion. There is no such thing as a have to really feel overly upset to the purpose of it overcoming us, no matter what the approaching days will reveal by way of the small print and circumstances of their re-arrest inside territories which are supposedly underneath the authority of the Oslo Accords authority, i.e. the PA.
This occasion was not a police chase between the police of an atypical state and criminals, however moderately it’s a part of a steady battle waged by a individuals subjected to invasion, theft, colonialism, Judaisation, siege, and horrific crimes in opposition to humanity at each second by the hands of a colonial motion that “spawned” a hybrid state. It has begun to behave as an empire increasing within the Arab area and continues to assault its individuals and interact within the worldwide system that oppresses nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, via the sale of weapons and superior surveillance expertise.
The legendary liberation course of led by six Palestinian prisoners of freedom entered the depths of the collective Palestinian consciousness. It additionally astonished the free individuals of the world and strengthened the worldwide solidarity motion.
This course of revealed, firstly, the extent of the torture and deprivation to which 1000’s of Palestinian detainees and their households are subjected, and the necessity to direct fixed consideration to their struggling and their want for liberation.
Secondly, it created a brand new rift within the picture of the Israeli safety system. It has additionally, most significantly, triggered one other erosion of Israel’s picture, as it’s seen as an aggressive colonial state that continues to trample on human rights, violate worldwide regulation and evade punishment.
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The method of liberation got here from inside the Israeli colonialism’s most fortified and guarded bastion lower than three months after a serious occasion that swept Palestine from the ocean to the river, shook the area, and captured the creativeness of the Arab peoples and the peoples of the world, i.e. the rebellion of hope and dignity and the Sword of Jerusalem battle.
Earlier than that and for a very long time, the battlefield in opposition to Israel didn’t witness occasions that generated sweeping standard unity and exploded the sensible and ethical energies of the Palestinian particular person, as did the latest rebellion of hope and dignity, and the jail escape.
It’s ironic that the great ethical influence of the jail escape was the fruit of the trouble of solely six people, not a complete nation, as was the case through the hope and dignity rebellion, also called the Unity Intifada. That is an expression of the great nationwide standard unity that this rebellion embodied, regardless of the harmful inner division.
It’s true that the final intifada didn’t finish the occupation and didn’t dismantle a single settlement or a single apartheid wall, and the prisoner escape ended with the re-arrest of the six heroes, whereas the latest occasions didn’t trigger human losses for the coloniser.
So why was Israel shaken and its leaders confused by these two main occasions? The reason being that our individuals remind the enemy that their present sovereignty over Palestine will stay questioned, in addition to their oppressive colonial regime. It additionally reminds the enemy that our individuals is not going to relaxation till justice is achieved. Furthermore, for the reason that system of fragmentation and separation of the Palestinian individuals as a method to regulate, subjugate and loot, in addition to fragment the collective consciousness, at the least on the standard degree, has fallen, it has allowed for an infrastructure for standard resistance, which is taking root within the individuals’s consciousness and on the bottom, exterior the management constructions that lack illustration and legitimacy.
In fact, throughout these two occasions, the PA was in a state of confusion, marginalised and remoted from all the things occurring. The authority itself didn’t need the emergence of actual standard resistance, even unarmed, as a result of this embarrassed it and uncovered its position because the agent that it adheres to. It doesn’t want for any sort of success, albeit symbolic of those occasions as a result of it contradicts what it claims in regards to the strategy of snitching and negotiations being the one strategy to set up a meagre Palestinian entity on lower than one-fifth of Palestine.
The consequences of those two occasions didn’t and won’t finish as resistance is a steady course of, in varied varieties, and at various charges, topic to the circumstances and the rationality of the minds of these taking motion.
Sure, allow us to get offended and never cease getting offended, however don’t despair or lament, though there are a thousand causes to grieve and cry. So long as there’s injustice, and gross injustice, there’s resistance and a ardour for a free and dignified life, and so long as we belong to a individuals by which there are heroes who create surprises, they may revive hope for a brand new daybreak.
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This text first appeared in Arabic in Arab48 on 19 September 2021
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