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This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while now, Have we sold our freedom for a monthly Salary?

Since the Oslo accords took place 17 years ago, the situation in Palestine was exposed to many turns and changes, it is now nothing as it was 20+ years ago. It has been changed, people’s mentality has been changed, the soul of resistance is slowly vanishing and a large percentage of Palestinians are living in a state of despair.

Why is this happening? The way I see it is a complete success for the Zionist regime. In the First popular Intifada, Palestinians from all over the place took to the street to protest Israeli occupation, they resisted Israeli oppression, they boycotted the Zionist regime which eventually led to Israel handling huge losses on all aspects, most importantly financially and support on the world stage.

This forced Israel to take quick steps to regain control over the situation, that is when Oslo accords happened, that is when the PLO came to power and the fake dream of the occupied Palestinian people started. People thought that they had a country, that they had a government responsible to take care of it’s citizens, that they had a police force to maintain the citizen’s security at all times…People didn’t realize it is a fake reality, they didn’t realize that Israel and the occupation went nowhere, but they just created a new servant miniature government responsible of easing the occupation’s responsibility of the occupied people living in the West Bank and Gaza.

When people come to the West Bank, they see happy people, working fathers, businesses, nightlife, new Sky-scrapers and life which seems perfect, especially in Ramallah, but what everyone seems to not recognize is that the Occupation reality has gone no where.

People have changed, The current Palestinian government brought no good for the Palestinian people. The people are now DEPENDENT on the government, they are dependent on jobs provided by this government, working in offices for many hours to receive a small salary, people are dependent on the Salary they receive from this government.

When I say Dependent, I mean dependent. Currently a lot of Palestinians are ready to fight their brothers, to oppress resistance and silence those who dare speak against the occupation, because that would harm their “secured” government jobs which provides a small payment which supports a tiny house’s rent and loafs of bread for the whole family. Now that is not the case of everyone, there are the elites in every community, and in order to maintain the continuity of this fake Palestinian government, some people earn huge amounts of money…those same people are those who collaborate with the Israeli occupation forces in order to suppress anykind of acts against Israel.

After the 2nd Intifada, whenever one bullet is fired against an Israeli from the West Bank, jeeps of Palestinian security forces would be the first to arrive at the scene to arrest those responsible then would transfer them to an Israeli jail.

When Hamas won the Palestinian elections back in 2005, Israel refused to accept that, and used its most powerful weapon .. cut all financial aid to the Palestinian government. It is just like when a someone takes away a drug addict’s drug stash, the addict will go crazy and would do anything to get his hands on the drug stash again. Exactly the case with the Palestinian people, this eventually caused those “Government money addicts” to fight the Hamas government and force it to leave so that they can have their monthly salaries back again. this eventually caused the unfortunate internal division and the block aid on the Gaza Strip.

This exact same scenario is happening again, Israel is threatened by the Palestinian Reconciliation, so they decided they should use their weapon again and hold all Palestinian Tax-income payments, therefore making the Palestinian government not able to pay the monthly salaries for most of governmental employees.

I really hope this ploy doesn’t succeed again, I just hope that the Palestinian people don’t sell their dignity, their freedom for a small amount of cash.

Many Palestinians have already sold their rights and freedom for amounts of cash, those people who oppose resisting Israeli Occupation, who oppose peaceful uprising against the Zionist regime…and those who went on TV to say “We do not support a third Palestinian Intifada, and we will prevent it from happening” -Abbas

I have faith in the people of Palestine, we might have been in a time of recession, but we are still able to rise and refuse this occupation and mental colonization. We DO NOT take money in exchange of our dignity. We will honor our freedom with our lives!

Your enemy will not grant you your freedom, you will fight and die to preserve your freedom and dignity.

if you haven’t watched this speech, watch it, and think of your self as a Palestinian.

sincerely,

A Palestinian Field Negro

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While I was at the demonstrations which took place yesterday (Hamas demo and Mar15 youth demo) in Ramallah, I was wondering the whole time the amount of reality in this situation, Palestinian Policemen and security personnel were just standing back, observing the demonstrations and not acting offensively in anyway. Now that is something new, at least not the image I was used to the past few years.

I was really happy that finally this is happening, but it’s really hard to believe such people would change overnight. Those same people who harassed us, arrested us, and beat us for the crime of opinion, protesting injustice or protesting the Israeli Occupation.

I am going to layout some of those events I experienced which I actually find it difficult to remove off my memory.

When I watched those Hamas supporters walking through Ramallah yesterday carrying their green banners, I instantly had a flashback from the time of the 2008 “War on Gaza”. There were weekly mass demonstrations at al-Manara in Ramallah in support of our Gazan brothers and sisters,  I remember seeing a lot of Hamas supporters being dragged away, or beaten up by hordes of plain-cloth police thugs for the crime of belonging to Hamas sometimes taking it too far and tear gassing all Hamas supporters in the middle of Ramallah downtown.

But not all oppressing acts by the police in the West Bank were because of Hamas, a lot of times later the reason was the freedom of expression and nothing else.

We, the youth started our solidarity actions with the Arab Spring Uprisings by organizing a solidarity stand with our Tunisian and Egyptian brothers back in January, the official facebook event was censored after PA police threatened the person who created the event. Nevertheless, the solidarity stand took place, and as soon as the police realized some 50 people were gathering to support the Egyption Revolt, 10s of Riot Police vans came rushing to al-Manara square, and everyone there was either beaten, had their camera confiscated, or jailed. everyone eventually was dispersed.

here is one of the few footage which managed to be leaked.

and this took place after the shameful first. Still the same conduct.

It was just last March, on the Palestinian Land Day where a big group of students at the Ramallah Friends School decided to join the demonstration taking place near Bet-Eil Settlement, they were met with lines of Policemen blocking the roads, supported with lines of Riot Police behind them, with (أمن وقائي) jeeps blocking the road all the way behind.

The (Herak) mar15 Youth at the Manara were the target of a lot of harrassment by the police and plain cloth thugs, they had their tent destroyed numerous times but they didn’t give up.

I had a small experience too which actually pissed me off, I was once at an event at Manra, I was using my phone to Tweet. Suddenly I find someone pulling me from behind, I didn’t resist much as I knew it was someone related to the police. he turned out to be Mukhabarat (intelligence), and a bunch of other mukhabart huddled around me interrogating me…it took 20 minutes, but eventually I managed to get out with no harm. I was only tweeting, and they didn’t like that.

two of my close friends had their rough experience too at an (End of Division) rally. One was kidnapped instantly (16 years old) for chanting Pro people of Egypt, and other was beaten up (15 years old) for standing up for his friend being kidnapped. in this Video, you can see Shareef, being beaten up by Plain-Cloth Police.

This doesn’t mean I am pessimistic about the Unity, I am rather too optimistic, and I believe by unity, Israeli-PA collaboration would end, Hamas wild ineffective acts against Israel would end, and a unified strong weapon of resistance (NOT NECESSARILY VIOLENT) would emerge hopefully.

I am really hoping, I am observing an increase in awareness among the Palestinian public, they gotta learn that the Nation comes first, and laaaaaaaaater down the ladder comes political parties. there are priorities, and as I said, I am optimistic that this reconciliation deal will bring good upon the Palestinian people.

PS: I might not be real being that optimistic, but that is sure something I hope for.