Did a Palestine Spring take place? The lost decade in Palestine
The Arab Spring movement, in its initial state, delivered to Palestinians a revolutionary stimulus and a strategic window to challenge domestic politics. In retrospect, however, the Palestine Spring proved to be short-lived and ineffective in achieving the demanded politico-economic reforms and national unification of Fatah and Hamas.
To explain this outcome of the Palestine Spring, the article suggests two main factors, among others: (1) the fiasco of the national movement / project and as a result the lack of a hierarchical and organizational role model for the social movement to emulate and (2) the occupational context of the Palestinian case that absorbs public discomfort and decreases the possibility of a mass social movement (a far-reaching Palestine Spring) against historical leadership.