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The Effect of Public Opinion in Palestine

| January 1, 2012

Hamas by Beverley Milton-Edwards and Stephen Farrell (2010 Polity Press) Book Review – Part II Milton-Edwards’ and Farrell’s 2010 book Hamas makes it strikingly clear that money and public opinion polls have influenced Palestine Liberation Army (PLO) and Hamas policies far more than lofty political goals. The primary reason the PLO abandoned their pledge, in […]

Israel’s Role in Creating Hamas

| December 23, 2011

Hamas by Beverley Milton-Edwards and Stephen Farrell (2010 Polity Press) Book Review – Part I This review is divided into two parts. Part I describes Israel’s role in promoting and supporting the rise of Hamas. Part II describes the gradual decline of the Fatah-led PLO, which led to their 2006 election defeat. Hamas is about […]

Teenagers in the First Intifada

| August 1, 2011

Like the 1976 Soweto uprising, the teenagers who sparked the first Palestinian Intifada in 1987 were influenced by a similar breakdown in parental authority, though for different reasons. From 1967, when Israel first seized the Gaza strip from Egypt, until the 1987 Intifada, Gaza, which has always been much poorer than the West Bank, was […]

Forgotten 1968 Uprisings

| December 28, 2010

From 1968: the Year That Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky Kurlansky discusses a total of sixteen popular uprisings – in addition to those in the US, France, and Czechoslovakia – that occurred in 1968. I  list four more that have clearly altered the course of world events. As I recall, the way the mainstream […]

Hanan Ashrawi: Women in the Palestinian Struggle

| September 9, 2010

I have just watched a remarkable talk by Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi at the July 2010 Chautaqua convocation (see http://fora.tv/2010/07/13/Hanan_Ashrawi_Palestinian_Womens_Quest_for_Validation). Ashrawi, long a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, has been largely absent from the US media since the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007. When the mainstream media focus shifted to attacks on Hamas, presumably […]