In 2015, Palestine did not look good. According to the IMEU's Review, approximately 170 Palestinians were killed and 15,377 were injured by Israelis in 2015; Israel destroyed or dismantled 539 Palestinians homes and other structures in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem (with more than 11,000 outstanding demolition orders against Palestinian structures in "Area C" of the occupied West Bank); and there were 6,800 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel as of December 2015 and approximately 650,000 Jewish settlers living in the occupied territories.
Will Palestine look any better in 2016? Are there any sources of optimism and hope amid these bleak facts and the current events unfolding? Yes, I argue, despite all the odds.