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


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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