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Palestinian Prisoner Unity

Unity and sustained resistance the only way to achieve liberation.

by Stephen Lendman

Commentary is a neoconservative publication. Fronting for Israel is policy. 

Senior editor Jonathan S. Tobin formerly served as executive editor for the Philadelphia-based Jewish Exponent. At the time, he was called its most right-wing voice. Things haven't changed. He writes often on Israeli/Palestinian issues.

On May 4, his Commentary article headlined "Hunger Strikers' Goal is Not Peace," saying:

"(T)he Palestinian goal is not their own state living in peace beside Israel but the end of the Jewish state and its replacement by one in which Arabs will rule."

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"Palestinians view violence against Israelis as not only a legitimate tactic but also something that is integral to their nation identity."

Tobin wears blinders. History isn't his long suit. Before imperial Britain arbitrarily granted Jews a Palestine homeland, generations of majority Arabs and small Jewish populations lived peacefully together as neighbors.

They do now in countries like Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Tobin, however, equates Arabs with confrontation and violence. So do hardline Zionists. "(T)he time is long passed for (hunger striking) stunts whose only purpose is to embarrass or intimidate the Israelis," he claimed. Justice isn't one of his priorities.

In a letter Maan News received, Marwan Barghouti said Palestinian prisoners affiliated with different political factions are united behind hunger strikers.

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They're "fighting a battle for freedom and dignity," he said. Late Saturday, reports said Fatah prisoners accepted Israel's compromise to end hunger strikes.

Twelve concessions were demanded. Prisoners accepted six, including:

(1) Gazan families will be able to visit relatives in prisons.

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