So with the ambiguously liberal-left nouveau Israeli journalists that labor in the galleys of +972 magazine, it’s perpetually one step forward, then twenty three steps back. On a good week, they’re publishing something ripping into the despicable delusions of Israeli Peace Now-style liberalism. Yes! On a better week, they’re explaining the political economy and social bases of continued occupation. Better. And every week, they’re publishing reports from the spot-fires of civil resistance across the West Bank. Vital. On a bad week – this week – they’re publishing a piece that has exactly two differences from an Arutz Sheva piece calling Palestinians a bunch of gun-toting Koran-worshipping sand niggers, and those are that the guest-author uses a few polysyllables and makes a graceless effort to veil his racism. The culprit?Todd Gitlin. Here’s Gitlin:
On top of Tunisia and Egypt, it now looks as though—fingers crossed—a critical mass of Palestinians may, at last, be getting the point. When they blow people up, they manufacture panic and hatred, and lock themselves up. They forfeit the initiative. When they act en masse with what Gandhi called satyagraha, soul force, they seize the initiative. If the Palestinian national movement had begun with disciplined nonviolence, it would have achieved statehood by now.