ISRAEL FEARS BEING EXPOSED
Israel is not like a powerful central dictatorship that does not care
what anyone else thinks. Israel is like the British rule of India,
Apartheid South Africa, and America during the days of segregation.
It has to convince its supporters it is a democracy, even though it
clearly is not. Israel is horrified that its supporters one day will
see through the lie it is based on.
Israel is not afraid of terrorism. Israel widely publicizes terrorist
acts against it. Americans and Jews are taught that Israel is a
democracy that is waging a war against bloodthirsty terrorists.
Israel is scared of Americans and Jews realizing that it is really a
tyrannical country. It is photos of Israeli soldiers beating up
people in peaceful protests that are horrifying to Israel and its
That is why Israel's supporters panicked when pictures appeared in
the American media of Israeli soldiers strong-arming peaceful
Palestinian protestors during the first Intifada but have barely
noticed the Palestinian bystanders that have been murdered in
Israel's assassinations. That is why the Israeli politicians cried in
public when Baruch Goldstein massacred people in a mosque but merely
said it was slightly `unwise' to blow up an entire city block with
children on it that also had one member of Hamas. And that is also
why Ariel Sharon is now ethnically cleansing West Bank Palestinians
more blatantly than Israel was already doing before.
ISRAEL FEARS GIVING PALESTINIANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Israel doesn't fear squabbling over land either. It has the weapons
and the power to do it. It fears giving Palestinians the right to
vote in a single unified democracy. When Israel's supporters are
asked about this, they try to get around it by talking about
population statistics, birthrates, and complexities because they
cannot answer it.
PALESTINIANS MUST EXPOSE ISRAELI APARTHEID AND DEMAND THE RIGHT TO
Palestinians can break the chains that bind them. They should use
massive civil disobedience to expose the brutality of the Israeli
apartheid state and to make the demand for democracy.
Israel can thwart demonstrations by provoking Palestinian
demonstrators into physically resisting back. But Palestinian
demonstrations will be unstoppable if the demonstrators do not
physically resist at all even if attacked. Israel cannot attack
perfectly peaceful demonstrators without showing the rest of the
world how truly undemocratic it really is. That is what Israel is
really horrified of. This is the crucial aspect of nonviolent
resistance. And this is what will totally overwhelm Israel and its
The Palestinians should also base their resistance on a crystal clear
goal. They should seek the right to vote in a single unified
democracy. And they should not stop this movement until they get it,
even if it requires major worldwide hunger strikes. This will give
their protests the direction they need in order to succeed. And this
is the key issue that they need in order to actually overcome Israeli
HOW NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE WORKS
Nonviolent resistance is an extremely active, confrontational form of
resistance that was used by Martin Luther King and Gandhi to
successfully resist other similar Apartheid regimes. Basically, the
protestors recognize that the regime has to lie to its supporters and
tell its supporters it is a democracy. So the protestors refuse to
cooperate with the regime's oppressive restrictions. This forces the
regime to either shut each restriction down or else show its
brutality to the world by attacking the protestors. The protestors do
not strike back or show any anger because their goal is to expose the
The regime seeks to conceal itself so it tries to blame the
protestors, tries to stir them up into punching back, publicizes any
violent acts that anyone even remotely related to the protestors'
side does, and hides its own violence for as long as it can. So the
protestors must patiently persist for a long period until it is
finally publicized. The public also needs to be unified because the
regime will try to focus on the violent acts of anyone it can find in
order to shift attention away from its own brutality. Finally key
leaders of the protests, or even the protestors themselves, may
engage in hunger strikes to shove the other side into making
PALESTINIANS CAN EXPOSE ISRAELI APARTHEID
Nonviolent resistance works when demonstrators focus on specific
concrete issues, each for at least a minimum of one month at a time,
and in numbers of people large enough to be visible. Demonstrators
should unceasingly focus on one issue right after another in order to
overwhelm the regime.
One month the Palestinians can focus on building permits. The next
month they can focus on checkpoints. ID cards. Restricted roads.
Restricted water. Restricted land use. The Palestinians should not
stop until they are given the full, unhindered right to vote.
The demonstrators can use marches, sit-ins, strikes, boycotts, mass
meetings and hunger strikes. And supporters of all backgrounds from
around the world should join them.
Each group of demonstrators should consist of people that have
already been trained in this form of resistance, that have already
promised not to retaliate in any way if attacked, and that have been
screened for this in actual rehearsals. Supporters that believe they
are not capable of restraining themselves if attacked should still be
used in other logistical functions, such as in communication and
transportation. Experienced demonstrators should act as marshals that
direct the protests as peacefully as possible.
This is an active form of resistance. The term `Nonviolent
Resistance' tells us what it avoids using. The term `Disciplined
Noncompliant Exposing Resistance' can tell the Palestinians what it
actually does use.
PALESTINIANS MUST DEMAND DEMOCRACY
The Palestinians should emphasize they want the democratic right to
vote in one united country without formalized rivalries. They should
even name their movement after democracy. And if asked why they
should merely respond, 'Because I am a Man. I am a Woman. I deserve
to be treated like a human being. And I believe all issues should be
dealt with through a democratic process.' That's it.
This would put Israel and America on the defensive because they must
convince themselves that Israel is the democracy and everyone else is
a terrorist. Their goal is to conceal and complicate. Your goal is to
expose and clarify.
THE PEACE PROCESS MUST DEMAND DEMOCRACY
The peace process failed because Israel tried to substitute land
division for actual democracy. It could keep creating policies to
oppress one group without its consent. The peace process focused on
land when it should have focused on everyone's dignity. The peace
process failed because our leaders did not have the courage to take
the stances needed in order to truly solve this conflict.
This is a conflict over rivalry, not land. If I see the ocean as a
precious resource that will aid us all, then I will fish in it as
productively as possible. I will not blame you for the fish I have
not caught yet. But if I believe that I will only benefit from using
the sea if you do not, then I will try to expand my use and restrict
yours at all costs no matter how absurd this gets.
The same is true of land. That is why Israel limits Palestinian
building permits while it subsidizes settlements it cannot afford.
That is why Israel says it is desperate for more Jewish immigrants
while Palestinian refugees live in grim impoverished camps right next
door in Lebanon. And that is why about one million Palestinians are
packed like sardines into a tiny cage called the Gaza Strip while the
actual lands where many of them came from are sparsely populated.
(Alman Abu Sitta, `The Implementation of the Right to Return')
Israel's Law of Return gives automatic citizenship to any Jew from
around the world as soon as he arrives but does not apply to
Palestinian refugees. Israel currently imports foreign labor.
A `two state solution' formalizes the rivalry that has torn the
people apart. A single democracy replaces it with common citizenship.
It views justice in terms of each citizen's humanity rather than
superficial prejudiced categories. It deals with the roots of the
problem, not with mere superficial geographical boundaries.
ISRAEL HAS ABUSED THE LAW
Israel has used the law to hide and legitimize the oppression of one
group by another. It says that Palestinians merely `Do not have
permits' when it bulldozes their shops and homes. This shifts the
focus from each oppressive act's actual goals and onto technical
It is no different than a doctor that covers up the patient's gun
shot wounds rather than treats him. Israel does this to maintain the
lie that it is civilized even though it really is not. It is legal
malpractice on a massive scale. And we all have a duty to expose and
resist malpractice when it is present.
Law is designed to aid the functioning of all citizens, not to
oppress certain ones. Anyone that supports Israel's apartheid
policies has shown an utmost contemptible disrespect for Law. Anyone
that demands that a real democracy be setup, where all citizens may
take part in forming the laws that shall govern them, has shown the
highest respect for Law.
ISLAM MUST RISE TO THIS CHALLENGE
Martin Luther King and Gandhi viewed nonviolent resistance as part of
vital spiritual struggles. The Palestinians may show the Islamic
World how to use nonviolent resistance to expose how the West
hypocritically oppresses other people while calling itself civilized.
And Islam can perfect nonviolent resistance and bring it to new
heights that the world has never seen before.
PALESTINIANS MUST RISE TO THIS CHALLENGE
Palestinians are extremely upset over Israel's apartheid policies and
ethnic cleansing. Palestinians need to channel that anger into
massive strategies that will work. This may happen naturally once
this strategy shows signs of success.
The Palestinians face overwhelming conditions right now. But I
believe that they will be able to regroup in the near future and will
be capable of using this strategy on a large scale.
CONSCIENTIOUS JEWS MUST RISE TO THIS CHALLENGE
Palestinians and Jews should unite in replacing this apartheid state
with a real democracy.
Their futures are intertwined and democracy builds bridges. Israeli
Apartheid lives off of division, conflict and fear. That is why
Israel has made the world far more dangerous for the Jewish people
and has greatly fueled anti-Semitism.
No conscientious Jew should remain silent. Jewish people should join
Palestinian demonstrations just as white Americans joined black Civil
Rights demonstrations. You will come out as the heroes in history.
And those that staunchly supported this unjust discriminatory regime
will come out as the villains.
Justice is a human issue, not an arbitrary category. If you do not
believe this, please read Martin Luther King's `Letter from
Birmingham Jail' repeatedly. One cannot support the rights of some
people while one conveniently ignores the rights of others.
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