Hey, who said Israel had the only intelligence services capable of launching psyops against its enemies? Apparently, Palestine does as well. I’ve learned from an Israeli source that the PA recruited a Palestinian working for the Jerusalem light rail system to program a bit of psychological warfare into the system’s signage. When a train approaches, a flashing sign says in English: “Approaching.”
Not in Arabic. In that language, the electronic sign flashes: “Returning” and uses the Arabic word awda which refers obliquely to the Right of “Return.” Further, if you combine the Hebrew word mitkarevet (“approaching”) the sign appears to promise: “[Right of] Return is approaching.” For a full year now, my informant tells me, the Right of Return has been flashing across Jerusalem – east and west. Israelis Jews, even those who are Arabic-speakers, didn’t notice it at all. Palestinians see it and smile at this small, secret victory.
Hey, it may not solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or stop Israel from building a settlement, but we have to settle for small victories.