President Obama in Cairo, June 2009:
Palestinians must abandon violence. Resistance through violence and killing is wrong and it does not succeed. For centuries, black people in America suffered the lash of the whip as slaves and the humiliation of segregation. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights. It was a peaceful and determined insistence upon the ideals at the center of America’s founding. This same story can be told by people from South Africa to South Asia; from Eastern Europe to Indonesia. It’s a story with a simple truth: that violence is a dead end. It is a sign neither of courage nor power to shoot rockets at sleeping children, or to blow up old women on a bus. That’s not how moral authority is claimed; that’s how it is surrendered.
Protest in Birmingham, Alabama, May 3, 1963, photo by Bill Hudson
Protest in Kufer Qaddoum, Palestine, March 16, 2012, photo from Popular Struggle Coordination Committee
(Ask yourself: Why would anyone want to assume the risks these two brave men assumed? What do they want? And who in these images, quoting President Obama, has “moral authority”?)