Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Politics of Change in Palestine: State-Building and Non-Violent Resistance

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The Politics of Change in Palestine: State-Building and Non-Violent Resistance

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The Politics of Change in Palestine: State-Building and Non-Violent Resistance. By Michael Bröning. New York and London: Pluto Press, 2011. 247 pp. $30, paper.

Regurgitating the Palestinian même that Israeli intransigence has made a two-state solution increasingly difficult, Bröning of the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation lays down cover for unilateral efforts by the Palestinians to gain statehood without negotiating final status issues with Israel. Simply stated, his thesis is that Palestinians have experienced a "general shift away from violent struggle to strategies of nonviolent resistance" while simultaneously building institutions that qualify it for statehood.

Bröning erroneously asserts that the violent Hamas faction has undertaken this nonviolent transformation in cooperation with its rival Fatah, stating that we are now witnessing "Hamas 2.0." He further claims that "Hamas leaders have refrained from publicly embracing the charter" of the organization that openly calls for Israel's annihilation. However, as recently as February 2012, Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader based in Gaza, called again for Israel's destruction. "The resistance will continue until all the Palestinian land, including al-Quds, is liberated and all the refugees return," he said.1

The author correctly observes that Fatah's corruption brought about its own political demise but insists that the new party program "demonstrates a fundamental shift away from decades of armed struggle" toward nonviolent resistance. …

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