A new strategy to make Israeli occupation costly.
A generation of young Palestinians are proving that the cause is alive and well, and their excitement and energy must be channeled through a newly elected leadership that is not shackled to the ways of the past.
Naturally such an approach needs to be well studied as to its effects on four million Palestinians. Will it make their lives worse, and if so are they on board for a long process that will not lead to any quick results? This is where the need for national unity is paramount. A session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) should be held in this coming year to cement the reconciliation process that began in Gaza and to undertake a serious review of where we have been and where we are going. The PNC, which is the highest body for all Palestinians, is the perfect platform for coming up with new and creative ideas that can be the basis of a new national liberation strategy, which would hopefully have the highest number of supporters behind it. Convening the Palestinian National Council would require the election of new bodies at the level of the Palestine Central Council and the important Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee. New names and new blood are badly needed for an organization that has lost its original zeal and excitement. Events on the ground just in the last few weeks have shown that a new generation of Palestinian resisters is proving that the Palestinian cause is alive and well with young people. This excitement and energy must be channeled properly through a newly elected leadership that is closer to the people on the ground, and is not shackled to the ways of the past. Palestinians in Palestine and around the world find themselves today at crossroad. What is needed is for a leadership to rise to this unique occasion by working seriously on an effective national strategy. What is wanted is new thinking that can clearly and effectively find the right mechanism that can accomplish forward movement. This approach might want to consider ways to preserve the steadfastness of Palestinians on the ground while making the occupiers pay a much higher price for their illegal occupation, colonial settlements and denial of Palestinian rights. * Daoud Kuttab is an award-winning Palestinian journalist. Twitter: @daoudkuttab
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|Publication:||Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)|
|Date:||Dec 31, 2017|
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