Once more, the West Bank is at the brink of a popular uprising as whatever semblance of a political horizon has completely faded in the last two years.
To stifle any potential movement for popular mobilization, the Israeli army is cracking down on Palestinian schools and universities as it is Palestine’s educational institutions that have always served as the catalyst for collective revolts.
News coverage of recent days focused mostly on the killing of two Israeli soldiers by a suspected Palestinian on December 12, which itself followed the killing of four Palestinians within a few hours, in the West Bank. But that was a mere episode of an ongoing Israeli campaign of harassment, arrests and violence which has been underway for months.
It is only logical that Palestinians in the West Bank will once more rise in protests - the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu is expanding illegal settlements and entrenching its colonial endeavors throughout the area. This includes new Israeli government efforts at retroactively legalizing illegal Jewish settlements.
All of this is happening with the absence of any official Palestinian strategy championed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which is more concerned with its own survival than fighting Israel's settler colonial policies.
Israel’s new strategy aims at drying up sources of Resistance by targeting leaders of student groups and shutting down schools known for protesting against Occupation and illegal settlement expansion.
Also on December 12, a large number of Israeli army vehicles raided the Palestinian al-Quds University in Abu Dis village, southeast of Occupied Jerusalem. Soldiers ransacked offices and destroyed university properties. They eventually withdrew from the campus after confiscating surveillance camera recordings.
It is likely that the Israelis are seeking information about the movement of various active student leaders on campus, which has been a stage for ongoing civil disobedience and protests.
It is likely that the Israelis are seeking information about the movement of various active student leaders on campus, which has been a stage for ongoing civil disobedience and protestsRamzy Baroud