Friday, December 3, 2010

Nonviolent Resistance to Israeli Occupation

--Adelgang, Osie Gabriel, ed. Shifting Sands: Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation. Whole Earth P, 2010. Rev. YES! (Winter 2011). A collection of personal essays by 14 women activists opposed to the human costs of “Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinians from their homeland.” “…true stories that stress human rights over political expedience.”
--Finkelstein, Norman. This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. Rev. The Washington Report on ME Affairs (Nov. 2010).: Finkelstein “demonstrates, as did the Goldstone Report and numerous human rights observers, that the Israel Defense Forces (IdF) was reckless of civilian casualties.”
--Born a Refugee by Dixiane Hallaj, 2010. Fiction Tells the story of four brothers and their widowed mother living in the claustrophobic environment of their two room house in the Kalandia. More info at:
--Kaufman-Lacusta, Maxine. Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israelli Occupation. Ithaca P (UK), 2010. Rev. The Catholic Worker (Oct. Nov. 2010): “…material gleaned from many interviews, with a somewhat greater emphasis on Palestinian nonviolent activists, because their work is so little khnown.” Mubarak Awad, Sami Awad, Muhammad Jadarat, May Rosenfeld, Ido Khenin, Mustafa Shawkat Samha. Includes discussion of two ongoing nonviolent campaigns: the joint Israeli and Palestinian activism against the Wall, and the weekly demonstrations in the West Bank village of Bil’in, and four brief essays. Also rev. Fellowship (Fall 2010).
--Letters from Palestine: Palestinians Speak Out about Their Lives, Their Country, and the Power of Nonviolence. Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah. Wheatmark, 2010. A collection of 30 personal stories from Palestinians, inside and outside the occupied territories, that provide penetrating insights into their daily lives and thoughts.

Mazin Qumsiyeh. Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and ...In this fascinating book, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh synthesizes data from hundreds of original sources to provide the most comprehensive study of civil resistance ... - Cached
Popular Resistance in Palestine By Mazen QumsiyehNov 15, 2010 ... "Mazin Qumsiyeh's book is enlightening and powerful. It reveals the human suffering and destruction of Palestinian people and land, ...

January 14, 2011
“King laid the groundwork. Let us keep building!”
Dear Dick,

The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one we truly enjoy commemorating. To reflect on King's life and work is to find hope in the future, and reverence for grueling campaigns past.

Dr. King at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967
As we approach Dr. King's birthday, at a moment when Palestinians and many Israelis are mourning the Israeli military's killing of Jawaher Abu Rahmah with U.S.-made tear gas during a nonviolent West Bank protest conducted in the spirit of MLK...

...and also commemorating the 1,400 dead after the Israeli military's attrocities in Gaza two years ago...
...and while our own country is mourning the dead and injured in Tucson...

We remember the lessons of Dr. King.

We remember his wise linkage of the three evils of poverty, racism, and militarism, and his understanding that fighting for civil rights and racial justice in our own country requires all of us to fight against war abroad at the same time. (Click here to read or listen to King's magnum opus on the subject, "Beyond Vietnam.")

In those days, it was Vietnam. Today it is Afghanistan and Iraq and, yes, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which is funded, armed and enabled by our taxes and our government.

We affirm Dr. King's commitment to undoing those three evils together. We recognize that the $30 billion in military aid that the U.S. has promised Israel over a 10-year period must be better used (for example, to retrain 600,000 U.S. workers for new green jobs).

We understand that racism lies at the root of Israeli apartheid, now cemented in the segregation of everything from roads to courts of law. We know that crushing material poverty defines life in Gaza, due to Israel's U.S.-backed illegal siege that still eliminates the possibility to export goods and earn the basic income to rebuild a society.

The antidote to all three evils is creative nonviolent action. As the US Campaign turns 10 years old this year, we reaffirm our mission to build a nonviolent social movement that will defeat U.S. support for Israel's violent occupation and apartheid rule over Palestinians.

This coming weekend, while reflecting upon King's legacy and re-listening to his messages, let us rededicate our efforts to the emergence of a peaceful, just Middle East and a peaceful, just world.

In these efforts we are profoundly grateful to have you with us.

Felicia Eaves & David Wildman

The US Campaign aims to change U.S. policies that sustain Israel's 43-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and that deny equal rights for all.

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