by Ted Rudow III, MA
Wednesday Jun 6th, 2012
It may well be more difficult for Israelis to comprehend the idea of Palestinian non-violence than for Palestinians to do so. For many Israelis, the very thought of non-violent Palestinian protest goes so far against the grain as to be incomprehensible, lethally suspicious, a violation of a bedrock narrative.
In many cases, Israeli media have actively ignored or obscured non-violent Palestinian protest. At a time when use of overwhelming force has cost Israel dearly in its world standing, what will it take for Israelis to re-think the idea that what they have can be maintained only by force, a new kind of leader.
Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world. But Gandhi comes along, and he says, "I think nonviolence takes more courage than violence." But Gandhi says, "Nonviolence means you’re supposed to march into the line of fire" — That’s what nonviolence means for Gandhi.
Ted Rudow III, MA