The Palestinians are winning. That might seem like hubris or even insensitivity. After all, in so many ways things have never looked worse. As I write these words, 1.7 million people in the Gaza Strip face their darkest days. After years of Israeli siege and war, electricity is out for most people for up to eighteen hours a day. With no pumps to take it away, sewage floods the streets. The water supply is undrinkable and there’s no escape as Israel and its ally, the Egyptian military regime, keep Gaza’s borders under near-permanent closure.
A short distance away in the occupied West Bank, things are hardly better, as Israel–ruled by a triumphant and seemingly unassailable far right–relentlessly presses ahead with violent colonization aimed at “Judaizing” what remains of Palestinian land. In the past two decades, Israeli military occupation has been complemented by something even more insidious: the Palestinian Authority’s collaborationist neoliberal regime, which robs its people of economic self-sufficiency and control even before “statehood” is achieved.