Felson on the Arab minority in Israel getting dealt out of the electoral process:
It occurs to me that we're approaching a critical moment, with the patience and frustration of Israeli Arabs expiring (and with many of their fellow Israelis turning on them). How Israel's Arabs express their anger is crucial to reversing public opinion in the U.S. It needs to be non-violent, modeled after the civil rights campaign in the South. There needs to be an alliance with like-minded Israeli Jews, who can play the same role that the Freedom Riders once played. Let or play and turn the fire hoses and attack dogs on peaceful Arabs and Jews holding vigil. Let an angry mob of right-wing Israelis cheer it on -- like the bigots in South Boston who threw rocks at buses full of black kids. When Americans are confronted with scenes like this, they are always repulsed, and demand action.
I realize thatis already playing the , and Americans don't seem to notice. But it's because it's presented in the context of Palestinian violence; we're told that Israel's violence is as tragic as it is necessary. This is why I think Israel's Arabs have such an important role to play. They are not living under a military occupation/economic blockade. Within Israel proper, the idea of an orchestrated campaign of non-violent protest is much more practical. Think of Tiananmen Square, and what that did to U.S. opinion. Imagine a similar scene in Israel. Imagine many similar scenes in Israel. It would be far more difficult for Americans to dismiss it all as just Israel Israel doing what it has to do to deal with terrorists.