Nonviolence in Palestine

A terrified boy huddles in his father’s arms moments before an Israeli bullet kills him; a baby girl sits smiling in a stroller moments before a Palestinian bullet extinguishes her life. These are but two recent reports of the violence that blights life in the land where the Prince of Peace once called humanity to follow him. Yet while the news media are dominated by accounts of violence, a chorus of voices speaking for another way is gaining momentum. Both Palestinians and Israeli peace activists are demonstrating peacefully against the closure of Palestinian areas. And more and more Palestinians are urging their people to turn away from violent actions and to rely on methods of nonviolent resistance to end Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territories. Over the past few weeks, peaceful Palestinian marches and demonstrations against the occupation have been organized in Gaza, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus and Jenin.

 

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