Natives and Narratives

Ben White has an article up on CiF about the demise of Fatah, in which he rejoices laments that Fatah is turning into something of a potential historical footnote:

Beset by internal splits, openly challenged by Hamas and apparently helpless to slow down – let alone stop – Israeli colonisation, the future of Fatah looks bleak. Fatah’s name may be writ large in the history of the Palestinian struggle in the 20th century, but to be more than a footnote in the future, there is a lot to be done.

Having previously argued that the end of Israel is a reality, White now speculates over the future of Fatah:

The future of Fatah is up in the air. Internal divisions and a confused political programme – problems that arguably date back decades – have led this historic Palestinian party to a moment of truth. It is no exaggeration to say that the crisis is of sufficient proportions that Fatah’s continued existence as a political force to be reckoned with is under threat.

Then again, Fatah isn’t spent as a political force yet:

The future of Fatah has important ramifications for the region. After Oslo, the fate of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority became intertwined to the extent that now, it can be hard to unpick the interests of one from the other. The internal battle for the political direction of Fatah will have a huge influence on the way in which the Palestinians approach the so-called peace process and negotiations with Israel.

So what’s wrong with Fatah? Well, part of the problem appears to be the natives:

…but the Palestinian Authority is also staffed with “native” West Bank leaders for whom business interests long since trumped fighting for national liberation. Then there are also the groupings created by individuals who have a loyal power base around them.

To which CiF commenter Dubaliland responds:

Doesn’t this line speak volumes about Ben White’s views?

The native people of the West Bank, i.e., the people who actually live there, want to get on with life. Indeed the vast majority of people want to end the madness of the last 80 years and allow them to re-enter the normal life most of the world enjoys.

However there are a destructive minority of people, groups and countries; Ben White for example, Hamas, Iran etc., who want no such thing. For national liberation read the blunt words of those who fight attempts to bring this conflict to a realistic close.

This article is sickening.

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6 responses to “Natives and Narratives

  1. modernityblog

    Comment is rather restricted on CiF, “This comment has been removed by a moderator. Replies may also be deleted. ” was applied to Dubaliland’s remarks.

  2. seismicshock

    But… I thought comment was free… 😦

  3. modernityblog

    I suspect it is free, if you don’t upset the author of the article or make him look a fool 🙂

    I think in White’s terminology you can see old fashion upper class colonial sentiment coming out, perhaps he and the Guardian don’t like being reminded of it!

  4. Dooley

    Ben White really is a complete scumbag

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