The demands of the demonstrators were simple - that the PA stop acting as a collaborator in enforcing Israel's siege of Gaza e.g. by requesting that Israel cut the amount of electricity Gaza receives to 3-4 hours a day or by itself cutting the salaries of 50,000 civil servants in Gaza.
It is clear that the actions of Fateh thugs who, in co-ordination with the Palestinian Security Police, attacked the demonstration mean that Fateh should no longer be seen as a resistance movement and should be treated in the same way as the Village Leagues used to be treated. Collaborators.
What is also shameful is that Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and the solidarity movement in this country has nothing to say about this. The Anti-Apartheid Movement never hesitated to condemn Inkatha under Mangosuthu Buthelezi in South Africa. Inkatha Freedom Party was used and helped by the Apartheid regime to attack the anti-apartheid struggle and the ANC. It was responsible for much of the appalling violence in the lead up to South Africa's independence.
I'd be interested to hear what the difference is between the PA and Inkatha. I have moved motions in the past at PSC AGM calling the PA a quisling regime, the equivalent of the Vichy regime in France under the Nazis and calling for PSC to dissociate itself from the PA. Always the response is that this is 'internal' to the Palestinian movement. This is a shameful and cowardly response. If we condemn Israel we cannot avert our eyes from those Palestinians who enforce Israel's occupation.
It should be a matter of shame that someone can say that 'It is a bizarre feeling when everyone around you is more scared of Palestinian forces than they are of the Israeli army.'
No doubt the PA feel the need to prove to Israel and Trump that they are 'reliable'. That whatever rhetoric they indulge in they can be relied on to uphold the occupation's norms. In Abbas's own words, security co-operation with Israel is 'sacred'. As an article in the Jerusalem Post last year WILL ABBAS SEVER HIS ‘SACRED’ SECURITY COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL? made clear 'suspending security cooperation is one of the Palestinians’ strongest cards. If Abbas does follow through on his threat to end it, Israel’s security will be greatly affected, as Palestinian security forces have stopped many attacks in the West Bank since a wave of terrorism broke out in October 2015.'
The suggestion that the PA is 'internal' to the Palestinian movement is a lie. It is a threat to the Palestinian resistance movement and it has never hesitated to act to control and prevent any movement growing which challenges the Israeli state. It is part of the political incoherence and worse of PSC and its current leadership that they have nothing to say about the role of the PA.
|Abbas - is the Palestinian equivalent of the Mangosuthu Buthelezi - the Black African collaborator with Apartheid|