The epicentre of the Arab spring isn’t Libya or Syria; it’s Palestine

April 30th, 2011

Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Syria, rumblings in Morocco and Algeria (and eventually Saudi?) even spreading south into sub-Saharan Africa such as Uganda, but the centre of this upturning of the old despotic order is Palestine.   The tectonic shift in the latter has been little noticed, but is more momentous than any of the others.   Palestine for half a century has been in thrall to US-Israeli domination, but without riots in the streets or even a new intafada that is now changing dramatically.   Even hardened cynics were shocked at how far the Palestinian negotiators accommodated the ever-increasing and ever more humiuliating Israeli demands.   But a new page is now opening, the most hopeful for decades. (more…)