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Palestinian Popular Struggle

“In 2017, Palestinian popular struggle began attracting more global attention than it had in many years. Over the summer, news outlets around the world covered a series of prayer protests in Jerusalem that reversed an unpopular Israeli security policy. Late in the year, a teenage girl from a small village in the West Bank became an international icon when she was arrested for standing up to the Israeli army (sometimes with her fists). Then, in early 2018 in the Gaza Strip, many thousands participated in mass protests that faced Israeli sniper fire. These three examples, from Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip respectively, offer an instructive entry into the subject of this book.”

— From Chapter 1 of Palestinian Popular Struggle: Unarmed and Participatory (Routledge 2019).

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Learn more about Palestinian popular resistance:

From scholarly books:

Mary Elizabeth King, A Quiet Revolution (2007)          Julie Norman, The Second Palestinian Intifada: Civil Resistance (2010)           Maia Carter Hallward and Julie M. Norman eds.), Nonviolent Resistance in the Second Intifada: Activism and Advocacy (2011)          Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment (2010)            Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation (2011)           

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From firsthand accounts:

Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance

Iyad Burnat, Bil’in and the Nonviolent Resistance (2016).This self-published book is written by a leader of the popular resistance in Bil’in. Please consider supporting the author by ordering a copy (contact the author or contact me for a copy).

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From NGO reports:

Non-Violent Popular Resistance In The West Bank: The Case Of The Popular Struggle Committees,” by Ala Alazzeh, Novact, Birzeit University, and the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee  (2011)

Under Repression,” Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (2010)

Repression Allowed, Resistance Denied,” Addameer and Stop the Wall (2009)

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From social media:

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Janna Jihad, the Youngest Journalist in Palestine,” Vice News on YouTube (Apr. 19, 2016). Janna covers the protests in Nabi Saleh. See her Facebook page.

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Nabi saleh 28 8 2015,” Bilal Tamimi YouTube (Aug. 28, 2015). A particularly remarkable Friday in Nabi Saleh. The events at the end of the video went viral, viewed many millions of times across various news and social media outlets. Some observers and commentators could not understand what they were seeing, and believed the video was a hoax.

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Resistance in the West Bank,” Vice (2013). A Vice reporter documents a day of direct actions – a series of roadblocks disrupting Israeli settler traffic across the occupied West Bank.

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From documentary films (trailers):

5 Broken Cameras, Emmy-winning, Academy Award-nominated:

Thank God It’s Friday:

Even Though My Land Is Burning:

Radiance of Résistance:

Budrus:

Bil’in Habibti – Bil’in My Love:

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My work in the West Bank:

I spent three months in the region (Dec.-Feb. 2014) conducting field research, including 21 semi-structured interviews (focusing mostly on Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, Ramallah, and Budrus), and 200 surveys (focusing mostly on university students). I was also there for three months in 2010, when I was first exposed to and reported on the popular resistance.

While in the West Bank, I volunteered for The Palestine Monitor, a small English-language human rights organization funded by the Palestinian Authority that provides international volunteers no-cost accommodations in Ramallah (just outside of Jerusalem). The Palestine Monitor is not a ‘neutral’ news organization; its mission it to show the Palestinian perspective, exposing life under Israeli military occupation, so the publication covers home demolitions, land expropriations, soldier and settler attacks, and many other daily human rights violations. The publication also covers the unarmed popular resistance movement that began about ten years ago among villages and communities impacted by the separation barrier and expanding settlements on Palestinian land.

A few of my posts for The Palestine Monitor, related to my research:

The siege of Ein Hijleh, Palestine Monitor (Feb. 3, 2014)

As popular resistance committees and other activist groups across the West Bank mobilized to revive a depopulated village near an Israeli military base, the army set up checkpoints and began denying the entry of food and water supplies … Hundreds of activists and supporters—men, women, and children—moved into the abandoned village, called Ein Hijleh, near Jericho in the Jordan Valley on Friday 1 February …

Lessons and legacies of the First Intifada, Palestine Monitor (Dec. 17, 2013)

What was the Intifada? How was it waged? What were its goals, and what did it achieve? Most relevantly, what does it tell us today about the prospects for finally ending the occupation and achieving an independent Palestinian state? …

Commemorations, new strategies, and clashes in West Bank resistance village, Palestine Monitor (Dec. 10, 2013)

On Saturday, 7 December, the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh hosted a special event commemorating several important milestones and a new beginning for the Popular Struggle against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank … The day was marked by speeches, traditional dances, demonstrations, and a barrage of teargas and rubber bullets from the Israeli army stationed outside the village …

Silwan continues struggle for human rights in East Jerusalem, Palestine Monitor (Jan. 27, 2014)

Amid expanding Israeli settler development projects, mounting demolition orders on Palestinian homes, and ongoing night raids to frighten and detain children, the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan remains resilient, launching a new creative protest on Wednesday, 22 January …

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