The massive protests of teachers today only send one message: this government is a total catastrophe.
These people have crossed all the lines of legitimacy in their presence today. And of course no one in that government or the whole body that forms the Palestinian authority that sees this.
We Palestinians are really resilient and patient people. It is a way of living I think. Getting people to go out to the street with such massive numbers is a work of a genius in this government.
We are talking about a population that is killed every day under occupation measures from one side and witness corruption that is drowning a whole nation in its hollow holes to a level where nothing is left except a scream in a voice of a protest.
People are practically starving. What the government is doing in order to find a solution is of course denying that anything is happening. For the whole month now, the teachers have been on strikes. Tens of thousands of students are not going to school. And what is the prime minister saying? It is a conspiracy against him. What solution did any of those too many policy and decision making from all directions are offering? Imposing a state of fragmentation within the society. Implementing forceful measures/ putting checkpoints. Threatening teachers. Using mosques as ways of urging people to rebel against the teachers. The ministry of education has turned into an intelligence force against teachers, where teachers are called and threatened. Replacements of teachers were suggested. Some people came out to say that the president has nothing to do with this. Of course he doesn’t have anything to do with this. The president is in another universe. I think he believes he is running another state. I completely understand him I have to say. Who wants to be a president of a stateless state?
The deterioration of the situation and what is following it is a striking indicator of the failure of this government.
It is of course normal, since every person comes to power and transforms the whole concept of nation building into a single building of his own throne. They create a legacy of themselves, to themselves and they behave as if the people are there to serve them. We become their inherited properties.
This continuous abuse of the nation can only have a consequence as such of today.
The stories that we hear about the restrictions and the threats, aside from all those grounding embarrassing statements from those who claim power are to shameful from one side and continue to prove that these people can no longer be there.
There is this issue that these people are not chosen by the people. We didn’t choose this government, which is officially temporarily and with a dignified framework as a technocratic government that will ensure the elections. It came to stay forever. Exactly like everything else.
I don’t know if it is worth to keep calling for the president to interfere. To do something to save the situation before it goes into more destruction.
I admit that the massive protests of today gave me a breeze of hope. This nation is alive. And no measures for oppression and restrictions (and sadly I don’t refer to occupation here) can stop them.
This nation is alive with its people not its leaders.