Despite its expiration nineteen years ago, the Paris Protocol has locked the Palestinian economy in a crippling structural dependency on Israel.
As we mark twenty-five years since the signing of the Oslo Accords, and in light of recent developments affecting all facets of Palestinian life at home and in the diaspora, we share Edward Said's The Morning After, which first appeared in the London Review of Books on October 21, 1993. Said's foresight in assessing the ramifications of the so-called "peace process" is prescient as he concludes that the accords were "an instrument of Palestinian surrender" and insists that, moving forward, "the common battle against poverty, injustice and militarism must now be joined seriously."
The choice that the PA faces today is whether to withdraw its recognition of the apartheid regime it helped create or continue with the fiction that going through the Oslo Accords will lead to freedom.
Twenty-five years after Oslo, as a new deal by the Trump administration seems imminent, Palestinians have hopefully learned never to participate in a deal that fails to recognize them as equals to Israelis.