Earlier today Felson wrote, in a post titled Israeli Arabs Should Reenact Selma: "How Israel's Arabs express their anger is crucial to reversing in the U.S. It needs to be non-violent, modeled after the in the South." The post stirred a bunch of comment. Below are two comments from regulars, Mohammad of Vancouver, and by Felson himself.
Mr. Felson should not preachto Palestinians. I laugh really hard when I hear arrogant words like "need to model after the ".
Of course in spirit, every movement for equal rights shares its essence with the Civil Rights movement in USA. But the Civil rights movement belonged to a certain time and place. How can day to day actions of a different people in a different time and place be copied out of a movement from another dimension? Let's compare just one note and, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember blacks being threatened with a loyalty oath or expulsion from the USA back to Africa.
Before seeking to copy a strategy, one needs to look at the longevity and the effectivity of the source of one's emulation. Let's start with some blunt and simple questions.
To be fair, I agree with Mr Felson that the best strategy for Arab Israelis is first of all unity among themselves, so that rather than being represented by three or four parties in the Knesset, they are represented by one united Arab party. Next step, as Mr. Felson recommends, would be to unite with non Zionist political progressives from Israel to form a united Party aiming at bringing down Zionist policies.
My last word on this topic is, when we talk about the civil rights movement, it is very easy to forget the Back Panthers Party and the Malcom X contributions. Are they also good models?
And here is Felson's followup to his earlier post:
The parallel to South Africa is important. Yes, there was violence on the ANC's side -- violence that almost defined the good guys and bad guys were. The same thing needs to happen with I/P.for a time. But it was when the movement became fundamentally nonviolent in nature that it caught on with the American masses. They could understand it easily. It was clear who the