Non-Violent, Huh?

“Bil’in news and activities became known in the world…what happens in the village is a model for contemporary nonviolent popular resistance.”

Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, last week

Yesterday:

A foreign demonstrator throws a stone at Israeli troops with a slingshot during a protest against the separation barrier in the village of Bilin, near Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank on April 9, 2010. Israel announced in March 2010 that it was curbing access for the next six months to two West Bank villages that have staged weekly demonstrations against its controversial separation barrier. Troops posted notices last month in Nilin and Bilin saying surrounding areas have been declared closed military zones by Israel, with no access to outsiders between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm every Friday, the day of the protests. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Call me old fashioned, but I would have thought “non-violent” means refraining from throwing hard objects capable of causing damage to other people (if you have been hit by a rock slung at you at high speeds, or know someone who has been, you’ll know what I’m talking about).

Note also that the person slinging the stone is a foreign “activist,” likely from the ISM or similar group which espouse “non-violent” resistance. You may want to bear that in mind next time you hear about them being deported from Israel, and their claims that this is unfair since all they were doing was helping palestinians without engaging in any violence or otherwise hindering IDF troops.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/juvanya juvanya ג׳ווניע

    But it's just stones…………….
    David and Goliath, ya know?

  • [email protected]

    Those 'stones' are easily capable of killing someone. I'm always impressed in the IDFs restraint when faced with these violent thugs determined to cause them harm.
    The IDF has to protect their reputation internally and to a degree not give ammuntion to international 'organsations' opposed to Israels existence so I understand why they handle it the way they do.

    If it were me I think I would shoot back.

  • STV

    As for this picture, I think it's clear that Bibi needs to ban these international groups from entering the west bank. That behaviour is disgraceful, if they can find out who it is, convict her.

    We shouldn't be allowing them to cross the border under the auspices of charity if they are only going to bolster their armed ranks. The need for any charity in the West bank is extremely debatable any way.
    Isn't there someone in Africa who they can go help who actually needs it?

    But ofcourse, there aren't any starving African tribes whose sole purpose is to kill Jews

    and raj Gandhi? Well I never I liked his grandfather and I don't like him. Another bloodsucker feeding on the 'resistance industry' so popular with leftists.

  • JMF

    Why don’t the Israelis shoot back – with stones from slings? Then, when one of the “non-violent” demonstrators gets hurt, the IDF can point out that “it was only a stone . . .”

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