EI’s Ali Abunimah on Arab uprisings at Al-Awda convention

The Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah participated in last week’s Annual International Al-Awda Convention in Anneheim, California. Anayat Durrani reports for the Egyptian publication Al-Ahram Weekly, “A major focus of the convention was the Arab people’s mass uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa and their relevance to the Palestinian struggle.”

Ali Abunimah told the conference:

“Among the biggest losers from these revolutions, of this Arab spring, are not just the Arab regimes and dictators, but also the US and Israel,” said Ali Abunimah, Palestinian author and co-founder of Electronic Intifada. “Remember, these dictatorships were part of a regional system of US hegemony in the region, which was established after WWII. What we are seeing is this US hegemony coming unstuck with the collapse of the Mubarak regime, with the uprisings in other countries.”

Read more of Al-Ahram’s reportage on Ali’s presentation and the contributions of Salman Abu Sitta, general coordinator for the Palestinian Right of Return Conference; Ahmed Shawki, Egyptian journalist and editor of the International Socialist Review; Jamal Nassar, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University at San Bernadino; and Laila Al-Arian, writer and producer with Al-Jazeera English.

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For the foreseeable future "the Arab Nation" is going to be fully engaged in local struggles. Arafat's rejection of the Clinton-Mitchell-Tenant peace deal of 2000, in favor of another round of conflict, was the "Good-bye Palestine" moment.

Gaza is going to revert to Egypt, as between 1948 and 1967. The West Bank Arabs have two choices: 1)embrace of an Israeli-dominated federation, or 2)gradual displacement.

But look on the bright side: if Bashar Assad were their enemy, instead of Israel, they'd all be machine-gunned.

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Maureen Clare Murphy is the managing editor of The Electronic Intifada and lives in Chicago.