We are seeing the counter-narrative to Israel’s security narrative as never before in the American mainstream. Last night: an astonishing report by Ayman Mohyeldin on MSNBC, Chris Hayes’s show, All In.
Hayes began the segment by saying that in Israel’s strikes on Gaza, “at least 24 Palestinians have been killed, including three women and seven children.”
He interviewed Mohyeldin, who said:
Keep in mind, Gaza has been under siege for several years now… Keep in mind, Gaza does not have early warning sirens and it does not have the bomb shelters for its civilian population that Israel does.
Chris Hayes expressed doubt about Israel’s claim that its attacks on Gaza are a response to rocket fire and not to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank last month.
Moyheldin doubts the claim as well. He said that Israel rounded up 400 members of Hamas after the kidnapping and murder of the teens. Then he raised the point that the Nakba Day killings of two Palestinian teens outside Ramallah in May was a trigger for the latest round of violence– and described the world’s double standard for Palestinian deaths.
Even before the kidnapping… Two Palestinians were killed back in May and that didn’t trigger the kind of international outcry and international outrage that the killing of the [Israeli] teens did…
And then he talks about the alleged peace process:
There is a groundswell of frustration among the Palestinian population. Keep in mind, they’ve been living under this so-called peace process… for nearly 20 years. Their quality of life has never gotten better by any measure of the word.
Asked if another intifada is upon us, Moyheldin speaks of the Palestinian crossroads. The political class is now actively debating different approaches: a change in Palestinian leadership; the use of force, as Hamas recommends; or popular uprising. “There is an ongoing discussion about the best way of achieving self-determination for the Palestinian people.” Incredible, to hear such a straightforward discussion of the debacle of the peace process and Palestinian resistance to occupation, without demonizing Palestinians.
The natural follow-ups to this are the polling data that continue to show Palestinian support for a Palestinian state and the widespread support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. What do Palestinians want? Let us hear from them.
(Hat tip German Lefty)