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O’ Palestinian People, “Be Vigilant!”

05 September 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

A few days ago Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat announced the end of the hudna or Islamic cease-fire, blaming Israel and the USA for its collapse.  The only real failure of the hudna is the inability of the terror organizations to regroup.  There is the spin-off failure of the “moderates” PM Mahmoud Abbas and Security Minister Mohammed Dahlan.  Although the façade still continues, at least for another week or so, Arafat is not only gearing up to have them relegated to oblivion but is using them as the whipping boys for the Palestinian man in the street.  From here he hopes to rake in popular support.

Abbas appeared before the Palestinian Parliament in Ramallah yesterday, explaining his inabilities to enforce his authority, in a speech which appears to have been somewhat pathetic and a warning to the world that Arafat is a short distance away from gaining full control.  The ramifications for Mideast peace are not encouraging.  Most interesting though, was the near riot outside the building and the chants of “traitor” shouted at Abbas and Dahlan as their body - guards plowed a path through the crowds.  When pro-Arafat legislators arrived, they were cheered wildly.

Abbas and Dahlan are being set up for the great fall, by popular demand of course.  The world media will note the crowd reactions outside the Palestinian Parliament and the “popular demands” for Arafat and against the “moderates”.  Arafat is playing on media hype to support “the people’s will” and thereby prove he is the real leader.

With a bit of help from the French and Belgians he can split the European Union which as of late sided with the US (and even Israel, although discretely) in supporting Abbas.   He will ride high on the shoulders of the Palestinian people who are about to be given a refresher course on loyalties through the demise of Abbas and Dahlan.   

No one is to oppose Arafat, not the man and certainly not the symbol.  From here we can move on to the People’s Courts (Volksgericht) as there were in Germany in the 1930’s and WWII era, show trials like those in Moscow, 1936 – 38 and a People’s Republic like in mainland China after 1949.  There are always “traitors” and they are exposed by “vigilance” on the part of the people.

It is strange that in all these circumstances the people have never had legitimate criticism of their leaders, only praise.  Criticism is always a plot of “the other” or some sort of non-loyal opposition.

So here one can certainly agree, the only hope of the Palestinian People is to be vigilant.