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Palestinian Activists Bemoan Their Lost Arab Spring

Asmaa al-Ghoul speaks to Palestinian activists who hoped, and failed, to launch their own version of the Arab Spring.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) prays during a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)  central committee meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah July 27, 2011. Abbas urged Palestinians on Wednesday to step up peaceful protest against Israel, urging "popular resistance" inspired by the Arab Spring to back a diplomatic offensive at the United Nations. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY RELIGION)
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“Is it easier to get a visa to Belgium or Sweden? How do I apply for asylum? Should I tear up my passport or hide it? Will the iris scan be conducted in the first country in which I arrive or the country in which I will seek asylum?” These questions, among others, are what busy the mind of 23-year-old Mahmoud Yahya these days.

Only a year ago Mahmoud was optimistic for change, and two years ago in 2011, Mahmoud took to the streets to effect that change. He says he felt like a giant then, capable of anything.

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