Palestinians from all wakes of life have been stunned and disappointed by Abbas, who withdrew support for a vote in the U.N. Human Rights Council to have the Goldstone report sent to the General Assembly.
Much is heard of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the story of the determined, long-term nonviolent resistance of many Palestinian villagers to the loss of their lands, striking as it may be, is seldom told.
As first lady, Hillary Clinton was the darling of Palestinians and Arabs when late in Bill Clinton's term she uttered the hot button word "Palestine." Since then she has flip-flopped depending on the political winds.
I put off reading the Goldstone report the same way I put off scheduling a colonoscopy. I now realize it was for many of the same reasons. You know it's going to be tremendously uncomfortable, you don't want to know what they're going to find, and the consequences could be life-threatening.
The Palestinian Prime Minister's plan for statehood not only represents a blueprint to address inherent problems, but it is the first outline for a viable homeland based on freedom, democracy, non-violence and international law.
It is useful to trace the evolution of the acceptance of a two-state solution in our political discourse -- recalling, as we do, how difficult it was just a few decades ago to support Palestinian rights.
I am being told that it will be "unlikely" for me to make my way out of Gaza due to the ongoing Israeli-Egyptian siege that has closed borders on every front. Gaza is the largest open air prison in the world.