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Palestinians’ uprising not to end anytime soon: Activist

Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron). (file photo)

Press TV has interviewed Joe Catron, a member of the International Solidarity Movement in New York, to discuss the rising tensions between Israeli regime forces and Palestinians.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: How do you feel about this ongoing violence and Israeli aggression?

Catron: Well I think there are a couple of different dynamics we see at work. The Palestinians are making it very clear that their uprising, what some have called, perhaps prematurely, a third Intifada is an ongoing one that won’t be brought to a close any time soon certainly not through repressive measures by the Israelis.

At the same time we see Israel trying to implement a similar plan of repression as it put into effect last summer in the West Bank and later the Gaza Strip to crush Palestinian resistance through sheer overall repression against an entire occupied population. Up until now of course that plan has failed completely.

Press TV: So how will this work out? As you said many people maybe prematurely have called this an Intifada. Is this forming into an Intifada?  

Catron: Many people certainly think so. I have been in touch with friends on the ground about what it is and what it could become. No one who has been through the first two Intifadas seems entirely clear on whether this will ultimately form into a third, it simply depends on its staying power and how long it will last.

Press TV: Many people say it does not even matter what we term this uprising at this point, they say that it is different from previous uprisings in the sense that it is the youth in the West Bank and al-Quds etc who are carrying this out?  

Catron: Of course and commentators like Ramzy Baroud have said that it is probably futile to try to isolate an Intifada to create this idea of third Intifada as opposed to resistance that has proceeded it and that will certainly follow it. It is obviously part of an ongoing Palestinian struggle, one that has had its ebbs and flows but that has continued without a pause since the occupation of Palestine initially in 1948.


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