. The Mechanical Waving Hand of a Keffiyah-Clad Manikin
In the summer of 1994, Arafat suddenly appeared in the sands of Gaza after an absence as long as the occupation. Thousands of Palestinians thronged the streets of the newly autonomous realm, hoping for a chance of glimpsing “the Old Man”, as he was then affectionately called. Within days of the homecoming, the tide began to turn, as if the people were afraid of their own optimism. The leader was openly mocked. Many began to doubt that they'd even seen the man, insisting that the man they welcomed home could not possibly be the real thing.
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