The Palestinians - lessons from the Arab Spring

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This paper examines the implications of the Arab Spring for the Palestinians. The aim is to point out the basic lessons and implications of the transformations occurring in the Arab world for the Palestinians as an exceptional case, due to their situation under occupation and exile. Cause for optimism is discerned in the anticipated increase in broad and practical Arab support for the Palestinians. However, the contention here is that Palestinians themselves have derived too limited a lesson from the Arab revolutions by focusing only on the call for unity between the competing Palestinian factions. Their reconciliation is only about their self-preservation and that of the system which has served them hitherto. The recommendations posited here are for the Palestinians to embrace the full message of the Arab Spring and make peaceful protest en masse and across the whole Palestinian people their path to liberation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-437
Number of pages16
JournalContemporary Arab Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Arab Spring
  • Hamas
  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Palestinian-Israeli conflict
  • Palestinians
  • Palestinians' reconciliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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