I’ve been meaning to share this, in fact is was supposed to be one of my first posts, and in light of everything that’s happened recently, from the divestment debacle at Berkeley to last week’s attack, I figure there’s no better time like the present to share an important chunk of history.
enjoy the bittersweetness (but mostly bitter, almost putrid-ness) of truth.
check for episodes 2-6 after the jump.
Chronicling the PLO
In 1948 the state of Israel was proclaimed. Palestine was lost.
Sixteen years later, the Palestine Liberation Organisation or PLO was founded.
Made up of different factions, the PLO has been at the heart of the struggle to regain Palestine ever since.
This six-part series tells the story of the PLO, beginning with its creation in 1964 and ending with the death of Yasser Arafat, the PLO leader, in 2002 and subsequent Hamas victory in the 2006 parliamentary elections and ensuing Hamas-Fatah power struggle.
PLO: History of a Revolution features exclusive interviews with some of those who have been at the heart of the Palestinian armed struggle over the last 50 years, including the last interview Arafat gave in which he discussed the history of the movement and first-time interviews with key operatives of the notorious Black September Organisation.
Episode 1: Masters of Their Own Destiny
In 1964, Gamal Abdul Nasser, the Egyptian president, convened the first Arab summit. His aim was to lead an Arab response to the state of Israel. The Arab leaders voted to set up a body to organise the Palestinians in their diaspora.
Ahmad al-Shuqairy, a Palestinian diplomat, was chosen to head the newly-formed body. Al-Shuqairy wanted an organisation that would not just kowtow to Arab regimes.
Four months later, he convened the first Palestinian parliament in Jerusalem. There the establishment of the Palestine Liberation Organisation was officially announced.