Palestinian Political Violence Essay

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Palestinian PoliticalViolence The Palestinian national movement has always been associated with violent actions. This is somewhat warranted considering some of the most infamous terrorist attacks of the Twenty-first Century were conducted by Palestinian national organizations. The Palestinian national movement views these actions as just one of their many tools, to achieve their ultimate goal of total national recognition. Violence has and always will continue to be associated with the struggle for Palestinian Independence, but the circumstances and the decision making behind these actions have often been misunderstood. While Palestinians have commonly been viewed aggressors in today’s world, this has not always been the case. The Israeli’s have used many of the same violent techniques and strategies to go about achieving their means. As in all complex situations, there is no single answer that explains the depth of this conflict. The first organized paramilitary violent actions were carried out by the Palestinian occurred after the 1967 war. With the establish of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in coalition with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization, the Palestinian national movement began to turn in a much more radical direction. These organizations decided that they were tired of allowing other Arab nations to carry out their political agendas. They decided it was time for the Palestinians to fight for their independence, themselves. During this time period the Jordanian government allowed the PLO and other organizations such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to use Jordan as a base camp for their operations. After the embarrassment of the Arab nations after the 1967 the Palestinians were determined to use shock and owe to regain their national pride, and show Israel that they were a forced to be reckoned with. In

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