An outstanding member of Palestinian civil society and a historical supporter of popular resistance against the occupation, Mustafa Barghouti sees the immense popularity in Gaza of the Great March of Return as the new paradigm from which the population and Palestinian political forces will have to take their cue from now on. We interviewed him while reports of dead and injured kept coming in from Gaza.
Blood and politics—Gaza once again demonstrates its centrality for the Palestinian issue.
It was more than just a day of death and pain for which Israel is the sole responsible party. There are two very important points that emerged from the Great March of Return. The first is that today [Saturday] we saw on the ground a concrete demonstration of Palestinian unity. Men, women, boys and girls participated in an initiative that for days the Israelis had labeled as violent, aggressive and threatening, which was simply trying to commemorate the Nakba and Land Day, and to reiterate that the Palestinians will never forget their rights. The only aggression came as Israel deployed tanks, armored vehicles and armed soldiers against unarmed civilians who were demonstrating for their rights and for preserving their historical memory.