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Violence and the Palestinian Struggle

Eqbal Ahmed argued that "armed struggle was supremely unsuited to the Palestinian condition" and that "it was a mistake to put so much emphasis on it". He emphasised the principle of morally isolating the enemy and of choosing methods of struggle that would accomplish this aim. The objective was to expose the contradictions between Israel's claim to victimhood and its suppression of the Palestinians. Eqbal Ahmed spoke about his proposal a number of times to Arafat, but Arafat did nothing. The last time he visited Palestine, shortly before his death, Arafat did not even meet him.

West Asia : Targeting Arafat

The suicide attacks by militant Palestinian groups killing large numbers of Israeli civilians and the harsh Israeli response have put paid to the renewed hopes of peace in the region. This time Israel is directly targeting PLA leader Yasser Arafat and is charging him with being responsible for the escalation of violence. It is Arafat’s leadership and authority that are being severely tested in the latest phase of the west Asian crisis.
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