Twenty years on, Palestinians refuse to be defeated by Oslo | The Electronic Intifada

Twenty years ago – on 13 September 1993 – Palestine Liberation Organization PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the “Declaration of Principles” on the White House lawn under the gaze of US President Bill Clinton.It cemented a secret deal worked out over the previous months in the Norwegian capital, the first in a series of agreements that came to be known as the Oslo accords.I have strong memories of that day. Fresh out of college, I was driving alone from the East coast to Chicago, listening to the live coverage on National Public Radio, as one college radio station after another faded in and out.That night, I watched the ceremony again on CNN at a motel in Youngstown, Ohio.Although I probably couldn’t have articulated why, I felt utter despair. I didn’t understand the celebratory mood, amid all the talk of an “historic breakthrough.”It seemed to me that occupation, land theft and Israel’s brutality during the first intifada – which had not yet been fully snuffed out – were already being obscured with the soothin

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