The turning point... came with the introduction of a new element into the second intifada: Islamic fundamentalism. Previously, the Palestinian movement was of a predominantly nationalistic character. And this character was due in large part to the contribution of Christian Arabs belonging to a refined and Westernized élite, which was not without tinges of Marxism. The guerilla leaders George Habbash, Wadi Haddad, and George Hawatmeh were Christians. But the leading proponents of the moderate and pragmatic wing, which supported the Oslo accords, were also Christian: Hanan Ashwari, Hanna Seniora, and Afif Safia. But now the latter of these figures are in the shadows and under threat. Even the death of Yasser Arafat has worked to the disadvantage of the Christians. And they are emigrating.Of-course the Islamification of the Palestinian national struggle has been going on for years, with the rise and rise of Hamas, but there's no question that Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, Hizbullah influences etc. have become so much more pronounced since 2000.
The piece also gives a slightly different account of the case of the Palestinian honour killing that prompted the ransacking of the village, but the essentials remain the same. Read the whole thing here.