… I believe that only a peaceful, organized and committed nonviolent movement can change the balance of power in Palestinian favor, from one of military calculation to one based on human rights and the moral high ground.
Accepting nonviolent resistance as a way of ending the occupation is more than a short-term political calculation born of the failure of violence. It is also more than the long-term political understanding that a peace that is forged by peaceful means will be enduring, productive and mutually beneficial. Nonviolence is a way of life and an ideology that extends beyond weekly popular protests against Israel. It is a way of thinking, acting and reflecting that enters into our daily lives, homes, places of work, classrooms and municipalities. Nonviolence, as embodied in our civil society, is not only a means to our liberation from Israel, it is our means of building a civil and democratic Palestinian state that respects and upholds the civil and human rights of its citizens.
While the international community has failed to pay attention, the third Palestinian intifada (Arabic for ‘shaking off’) began in the middle of the last decade - before the second one even ended. Much like the first intifada, today’s is not led by the government or any one figure. And it is characterized by volunteerism and nonviolence. Unlike the first intifada, however, this new movement for freedom and justice has not garnered much in the way of international attention.
Weekly popular protests against the Wall and occupation have been ongoing since 2002. Week after week in villages like Bil’in, Nihlin, and Budrus, and in smaller neighborhoods in cities like East Jerusalem and Khalil (Hebron), protesters have marched. They are no longer armed with a rifle and an olive branch, but only an olive branch and their dignity. Dozens have been killed and thousands have been injured and/or arrested. They will march again and again and again until a just end is achieved by just means. Or will they?
… Nonviolence, like any other belief or goal, must be nurtured by a hope in a better tomorrow. This hope serves as an armor that, while offering us scant physical protection, provides us with the courage to continue to face such overwhelming odds. Day after day and week after week, Palestinians have been doing their part to bring about a nonviolent resolution to the conflict.
This core belief is fine. Can be articulated and appealed way more eloquently (and that’s necessary.) I do have concern about how we really look at the influence of West’s Left and anarchist types (though they can change and evolve down the line, for sure. But not easy.)
Also how Israeli left and Israeli public. Their reactions.
Hope new chapter to open. (It’s opening. But.)