"If we use violence we're punished, if we use international law we're punished, if we try to hold Israel accountable we're punished," Sam Bahour, a Palestinian-American businessman based in Ramallah, told VICE News. "I'm not exactly sure what Israel expects the Palestinians to do under occupation. But we would hope that the international community at least holds Israel accountable not to punish the Palestinians for doing diplomatic work — not only for the Palestinians' sake but also for the sake of the integrity of the international system of governance."
'We knew that there were going to be consequences. We knew that Israel would respond to our attempt to create accountability with even more crimes, like withholding our own money.'
While some have seen the PA's efforts at internationalization as a plan B, others have called it more of a desperate "last resort.""People who are being denied their rights attempt many different forms of resistance," Bahour said. "Our struggle started with armed struggle, then we then went into 20 years of work at the UN, and that didn't work. We had an uprising — an intifada — which didn't work, and then we went into 20 plus years of bilateral negotiations — and that was catastrophic to the reality on the ground."
'The younger generation of Palestinians could give up on statehood and convert this from a national liberation struggle to a civil rights struggle.'