Saturday, November 01, 2014

Jerusalem Intifada?

Ahmad Melhem wonders if the current Palestinian protests in Jerusalem could become something more significant:
Jerusalem-based youth activist Mesbah Abu Sabih told Al-Monitor that the intensity and points of engagement of the clashes vary from time to time; they reached their peak following the death of Abu Khdeir and recur following each new martyr in the city.
He recognized that the confrontations are periodical as they depend on the developments in the city, but that there are places where confrontations occur often, such as in the neighborhoods of Issawiya and Silwan, and the Saadia, Bab Hutta, Ras al-Amud and Tur neighborhoods in the Old City.
Abu Diab said that this uprising is led by youths aged 14-to-20 who use all means to resist the occupation. They are aware of the threats facing both their city and their future, and they know full well the nature of the conflict with the Israelis...
Abu Sabih said that no one is supporting or leading the street protests. This is why they are ongoing in some areas and intermittent in others. “There is no leadership managing things on the ground. The lack of leadership is the cause behind the irregularity of the protests, which have become linked to events alone."
There is definitely a broad spirit of activism among Palestinians right now, one seen also in the civil disobedience campaign led by Abu Rahma and the West Bank protests in solidarity with Gaza during last summer's war.  This mood is not orchestrated by Fatah or Hamas, both of whom are judged failures by the Palestinian street.  In Jerusalem, the clashes and protests are in the hands of Palestinians who were toddlers during the al-Aqsa Intifada and have no memory of a functioning peace process.  I don't have the information to comment on whether matters will escalate or dissipate, but the lay of the Palestinian activist land bears watching.

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