Al-Zaytouna Centre has published the English version of the book, “Illusions of Palestinian Political Action,” by Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh.
The 52-page book discusses the literature and concepts spread in the Palestinian political, media, academic and cultural realms, that promote visions and perceptions, whose implementation seems to be an illusion. They are neither based on experience nor on systematic scientific analysis. Hence, this book exposes these illusions and the ensuing misunderstandings, crises, failures in decision-making and waste of time, efforts and resources.
These illusions were concisely discussed, identifying their main ideas and critiquing their concepts, terms and paths.
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– Title: Illusions of Palestinian Political Action
This booklet aims to reach the widest possible audience interested in the Palestine issue, with plain and simple language devoid of prolonged discussions. Although what’s written is based on scientific, methodological and objective foundations, and on documented information, however, since this book is more of an essay-like book, there is no referencing. At the same time, however, this book includes summaries based on hundreds of studies and books, and on tens of years of research and preoccupation with the Palestine issue.
The booklet has discussed many illusions, including: relying on “international legitimacy” to liberate the land; establishing an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through the peace process (the two-state solution); the one-state solution; combining the Palestinian Authority, with its current structure, and the armed resistance under occupation; having an independent decision-making under the occupation; letting the national project be led by a leadership that is conceding the homeland or does not respect institutional work; the liberation of Palestine without armed resistance, etc.
This booklet is originally a series of eight articles that include fifteen illusions. They were published on the site of Arabi21 during the second half of 2021, and were not meant to be published in a book. Therefore, the author had to edit the texts, add some important and necessary information, in addition to adding another illusion to be in total 16 illusions. He rearranged the numbering of the illusions, so that they can be read in a systematic, logical sequence as much as possible.