[Marxism] Finally - the Arab Revolution may be able to come to the aid of the Palestinians

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 18 09:52:19 MST 2011

Below is a note I sent to my Palestine group on the article forwarded by Dennis:
My answer to the question in the subject line ("can Palestinians lead
the Arab revolution?") is yes.
The answer of the author of the attached appears to be no.
He uses common arguments -- the dispersion of Palestinians, their
smaller numbers compared to other Arab countries, and their expulsion
from the centers of Zionist industry and agriculture -- to argue for a
low specific weight in the overall Arab revolution.(This argument is
also unfortunately sometimes used by BDS advocates to counterpose BDS
to Palestinians' own actions.)
It's true what he says about how Arab regimes have used demagogy about
the Palestinian struggle for their own ends, and how the PLO
leadership has pandered to that, instead of relying on the strategic
power of the Arab masses in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, etc.
But these arguments ignore the unique and central role of Palestine in
Arab national liberation.
The answer to the question is yes for the same reasons that the answer
of revolutionaries was always yes to these parallel questions:
Could Black and Latin@ workers be the vanguard in the US revolution
despite their relatively few numbers?
Were Russia or Cuba or Vietnam able to be the vanguard of the world
revolution despite their relatively less important status in the world

 On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM, Dennis Brasky <dmozart1756 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> *Egypt's revolution opens the door for democracy and human liberation
>> throughout the region--but especially for Palestine.
>>  <http://socialistworker.org/2011/02/16/middle-east-winds-of-change>

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