I was really pleased to see that Ramzy Baroud has written an article on the importance of the Palestinians narrating their own narrative, its called Recasting the Rules: An Intellectual Intifada in the Offing
While Baroud’s article speaks of the Narrative on the wider stage, in terms of intellectuals and academia I think it should also be read and understood by activists and supporters of Palestine on a more individual level as well.Because even amongst some of us there is a tendency to “marginalize and fundamentally misunderstand” the Palestinian narrative at times.
Reading Barouds article brought to mind a conversation I was in a couple of days ago, as well as myself there was an American and a Gazan who had seen a new type of plane flying over Gaza, which was thought to be an F35. Instead of calmly discussing the fact that Israel would nor have F35’s until 2016 the American “supporter” became verbally abusive towards the Gazan. The American was insistent that there was no way an F35 could of been over Gaza and that what had been seen was a drone, and he would not take into account the fact that the person he was speaking to hears the sounds of all Israel’s planes and drones on a daily basis,from the moment he wakes until he falls to sleep,so would be very aware when he heard and saw something different in the sky.In Gaza your ability to survive can often depend on what you see and hear happening in the skies above your head.
The next days I read this piece of information “Tomorrow, October 18, 2015, will begin the bi-annual Blue Flag joint Air Force exercise involving the Israeli Air Force, United States Air Force and other allied nations……….”.The possibility that an F35 had flown over Gaza increased exponentially being that the USAF was possibly in the area.Perhaps the Israelis who are purchasing this machine, were given a demonstration on how it would perform over their own terrain?
If we activist/supporters of Palestine fail “to appreciate the authenticity of the Palestinian narrative” at this level, what hope is there of it being understood in a wider arena? If we activist/supporters become abusive, accusative or attack those we profess to be supporting we are not better than the Zionists,who have been treating the Palestinians like this for far to long.