Tag Archives: nonviolence

THE POWER OF MASS NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE – PART 3

Prior to the First Intifada, Palestinians in the Occupied Territories (OPT) seemed, in the eyes of foreign observers, “too intimidated, divided, and politically suppressed to ever develop a coherent alternative leadership”[1] while the international resonance of the Palestinian cause was at a historic low. The “focus of attention in the Middle East is shifting,” reported […]

THE POWER OF MASS NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE – PART 1

Part 1 of 3. The renowned novelist and political activist Arundhati Roy relates how, in the forests of central India, “1,000 paramilitaries will go to a village, an indigenous peoples village, four days walk from the main road—surround it, burn it, rape the women, steal the cattle and go.” Roy argues with compelling force that […]

THE UPRISING IN PALESTINE: PITFALLS AND POSSIBILITIES

Decisive defeat has been the fate of many, perhaps most, political movements. Nevertheless, over the past half century, regional and international regressions have repeatedly inspired a revival and reassertion of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. In their darkest moments, Palestinians have mustered the courage, the strength, and the will to keep the torch aflame. If […]

“WE ARE SIMPLY REPEATING WHAT WAS DONE BY GANDHI”

We are simply repeating what was done by Gandhi in India. He began by asking his people to boycott salt and the movement in India succeeded in forcing a British withdrawal. Our hope is that a similar movement will develop here, that the Israelis will eventually withdraw from the occupied territories, and that a Palestinian […]

FRIDAYS ONLY

In 2012, I had a chance to talk to Abbas about Palestinian nonviolent resistance. I asked him whether the PA was doing anything to prepare the people for nonviolent mass actions. His answer to me was, “We don’t need an Arab Spring here. We allow Friday demonstrations against the wall. They try to protest on Tuesdays sometimes, […]

FORGETTING THE INTIFADA

Daoud Kuttab on the ‘founding leadership’ of the Palestinian national movement: The founding fathers, who were once celebrated for unifying Palestinians behind one liberation strategy, are now blamed for failing to end the occupation and realise Palestinian statehood.  To their credit, these leaders have tried every means possible, all without any discernible success — armed […]