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Meet Gaza’s nonviolent resistance

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[We picked this up straight from the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), Jehad Saftawi shot the video. –Editor]

They are young, and they are fearless. In Gaza, a growing nonviolent movement, led predominantly by youth, is challenging Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands in the so-called “buffer zone” — a unilaterally demarcated and militarily patrolled area that, according to Harvard researcher Sara Roy, “now absorb[s] nearly 14 percent of Gaza’s total land and at least 48 percent of total arable land.” The zone officially extends 300 meters into Gaza’s territory, but “attacks against civilians take place anywhere up to approximately 1.5 kilometers inside the border fence,” according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. (That’s a mile into a strip of land that is seven miles at its girth.) In this video, some 300 protesters are shown under fire from Israeli guns, too far to see but no less lethal for it. The protestors’ crime? They were planting citrus trees to replace those destroyed by Israel’s ongoing occupation, which daily deprives Gaza’s more than 1.7 million Palestinians of access to their farmland, to the sea that borders them, to the airspace above them — and, crucially, to their fellow Palestinians. With more than 10 percent of the worldwide Palestinian population living in Gaza, no serious discussion of the conflict or its resolution can exclude them.

 

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  1. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    January 20, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Nonviolence won palestinians anything in the westbank?

  2. ritzl
    ritzl
    January 20, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Rockets have a range such that they can be, and are, launched from anywhere. Tunnels to Israel are never going to be a mile long (and Israel would be able to here the sound in any event, as even the ancient Chinese could; http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/mythbusters-database/chinese-sonar-invasion-alarms.htm). And no mass surface “invasion” of Israel could even plausibly be mounted even from 100M away from the fence.

    So what’s the point of a 1500M “buffer zone” again? Rhetorical question. Rhetorical answer: Collective punishment by deprivation.

    Doesn’t this just radicalize Gazans and make the notional goal of getting rid of Hamas more distant, rather than less distant? Again, what’s the point?

  3. Yserbius
    Yserbius
    January 21, 2014, 10:37 am

    It would be nice if this became mainstream. Unfortunately, they will just end up becoming patsies for Hamas. Used as human shields for the next wave of rocket attacks.

    There was never a time in the 80 years since the Palestinians started fighting for their own country that non-violence was mainstream, hence the bloody bloody history from the 1920 riots and massacres of Jewish communities to the 2000 Hamas and Fatah homicide bombers.

    • eljay
      eljay
      January 21, 2014, 12:44 pm

      >> There was never a time in the 80 years since the Palestinians started fighting for their own country that non-violence was mainstream …

      They appear to have been good pupils of the hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist invaders who used terrorism and ethnic cleansing to drive the Palestinians from their homes and lands, and who continue to wage a campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder against them.

  4. talknic
    talknic
    January 21, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Yserbius “There was never a time in the 80 years since the Palestinians started fighting for their own country that non-violence was mainstream”

    You’re spouting bullsh*t! By far the majority of Palestinians have never been in a militia or a terrorist group or suicide bombers. The majority of Palestinians have never lifted a finger towards anyone. The militant and or terrorist factions are a tiny minority.

    • Yserbius
      Yserbius
      January 21, 2014, 4:25 pm

      That is true. Likewise the vast majority of Israelis have never expelled a Palestinian from his home, have never burned an olive orchard and have never sprayed rubber bullets at school children. That does not excuse those who did and those who supported it.

      The Palestinian leadership has never once in all of history attempted to use non-violence to resolve their issues, with the exception of cases where their back has been to the wall. Everything always gets blamed on Israel/Zionists/Jews and violence against them is sought as the only solution. Fatah and Hamas enjoyed widespread support amongst Palestinians for most of history. Previously the Palestinian leadership used suicide bombers to achieve their means. Before that it was plane hijackings. Before that it was random shootings in Israeli streets. Before that it was dragging people like the Jews of Hebron (who were not Zionists and not Israelis) into the streets to slaughter them. Never once has the first move been to approach with politics and pleas. Always violence.

      • annie
        annie
        January 21, 2014, 9:35 pm

        The Palestinian leadership has never once in all of history attempted to use non-violence to resolve their issues

        what do you think going to the UN is? what do you think engaging in these negotiations is? you’re talking nonsense.

        Everything always gets blamed on Israel/Zionists/Jews and violence against them is sought as the only solution.

        seriously, you’re crazy. palestinians are experts at creative non violent resistance, and it’s generally met w/violence.

      • Yserbius
        Yserbius
        January 21, 2014, 9:50 pm

        Like I said, historically Palestinian leaders have only taken to non-violence when their backs are against the wall. Like going to the UN in recent years. They saw the results of their bloody intifada and after several years (and the death of their leader) finally approached the UN. Even Oslo was only agreed upon long after the bus bombings and airline hijackings were proved fruitless. For every video you can find of peaceful protests at checkpoints, there are ten others of stabbings, shootings and bombings. If the IDF was so evil and violent as you say that they are, why do you show me a video of IDF pushing a few protesters around instead of violently massacring them? Oh, because there were cameras there? Do you know why there are so many cameras in the West Bank? Because they know that if they aren’t violent they are unlikely to be faced with violence.

        seriously, you’re crazy. palestinians are experts at creative non violent resistance, and it’s generally met w/violence.

        Palestinians may be experts at non-violent resistance, but they are absolutely terrible at curbing violent “resistance” within their own midst. (I put “resistance” in quotes, because there were few to no violent actions during the intifadas that can be considered resisting. Bombing busses and restaurants is murder, plain and simple.) I mean, seriously. Even the non-violent protests in the West Bank are marred by rocks and molotovs. I was in Jerusalem in September of 2000 when the Second Intifada broke out. The response to Sharon walking up to the Temple Mount was not hundreds of people sitting on the ground singing songs and blocking streets. It was thousands of people throwing rocks and firebombs. A friend of a friend was taking a taxi through the Old City when the car was stopped by a mob of Arabs who forced the doors open and beat him until the Israeli police came and broke them up.

        While I cheer the non-violent movements of the Palestinians, don’t kid yourself. They are marginal movements at best so long as Hamas continues to exist. Fatah/PA is moving in the right direction, but it was still less than a decade since they were ordering the murders of innocent civilians whose crime it was to sit in Israeli cafes. I will accept their non-violence when I see a full change of heart in their leadership.

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        January 21, 2014, 11:55 pm

        Palestinians are experts at creative non violent resistance

        As well as the Israeli army experts at creative non violent actions against non violent demonstrations, as your video shows clearly.

      • talknic
        talknic
        January 21, 2014, 11:53 pm

        @ Yserbius “..the vast majority of Israelis have never expelled a Palestinian from his home, have never burned an olive orchard and have never sprayed rubber bullets at school children”

        What does the IDF do with all its bulldozers, war ships, fighter bombers, tanks, fletchettes, white phosphorus, missiles, bombs? BTW don’t the majority of Israelis support the IDF helping Israel illegally acquire non-Israeli territory?

        “The Palestinian leadership has never once in all of history attempted to use non-violence to resolve their issues”

        Non-violence has only resulted in MORE non-Israeli territory being illegally acquired by the Jewish state. BTW Going to the UN is violence? AMAZING!! I do understand your need.

        “Everything always gets blamed on Israel/Zionists/Jews ..”

        Rightly so. It has been Israel/Zionists/Jews illegally acquiring http://pages.citebite.com/y1f0t4q1v4son Palestinian territory since Israel was declared independent of Palestine after having acquired completely gratis over half of Palestine ’48 per UNGA res 181 http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf for a Jewish state

        “Fatah and Hamas enjoyed widespread support amongst Palestinians for most of history”

        Hamas and Fatah A) haven’t existed for most of history and are B) a response to Israel/Zionists/Jews illegally acquiring Palestinian territory since Israel was declared independent of Palestine and peaceful legal channels resulted in nothing!

        BTW the IDF has enjoyed widespread support amongst Israelis throughout the entire history of the State of Israel, no?

        “Previously the Palestinian leadership used suicide bombers to achieve their means”

        Uh huh AFTER Israel/Zionists/Jews began illegally acquiring Palestinian territory since Israel was declared independent of Palestine and peaceful legal channels resulted in nothing! BTW ” Irgun, the Jewish organisation involved or implicated in numerous acts of terrorism http://pages.citebite.com/r2v6p3p4r1hgf

        “Before that it was plane hijackings”

        Uh huh AFTER Israel/Zionists/Jews began illegally acquiring Palestinian territory since Israel was declared independent of Palestine and the peaceful legal channels resulted in nothing! BTW https://www.google.com.au/search?q=Libyan+Arab+Airlines+Flight+114

        “Before that it was random shootings in Israeli streets”

        AFTER Israel/Zionists/Jews began illegally acquiring Palestinian territory since Israel was declared independent of Palestine and peaceful legal channels resulted in nothing!

        “Before that it was dragging people like the Jews of Hebron (who were not Zionists and not Israelis) into the streets to slaughter them”

        AFTER The Zionist Federation formed the Jewish COLONIAL TRUST in order to colonize Palestine and peaceful legal channels resulted in nothing!

        “Never once has the first move been to approach with politics and pleas. “

        Nonsense. It has been the failure of the great powers to deal with Zionist belligerence on behalf of the Palestinians despite their LEGAL pleas resulting in nothing, that has resulted in extreme actions.

        Israel is in breach of the UN Charter and International Laws it agreed to uphold and under which the Palestinians claim their rights, rightful territory and independence.

        You only have the precious US UNSC veto vote, all it does is allow the frog to stay in the pot, getting fatter on illegally gotten gains, getting uglier by using the veto vote to blackmail the Palestinians into forgoing more and more of their legal rights, while peaceful means such as being accepted into UN bodies turn up the heat.

        It has been Israel deceiving, using and abusing it’s citizens in non-Israeli territory as it digs them into into an intractable illegal ‘facts on the ground’ hole to the point where Israel cannot now afford to adhere to the law without being sent bankrupt for decades.

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