Charles Levinson – Israel’s Foes Embrace New Resistance Tactics

First circulated:  2010/07/02

The following link connects to an article by Charles Levinson – published by the Wall Street Journal – that seems to have identified a significant “game changer” in the Middle East:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704638504575318390063707222.html

This game changer may indeed speed up the resolution of the conflict; if non-violent resistance gains the support it deserves among major Palestinian political movements that resist Israeli apartheid policies in Palestine.

Excerpt:
{“When we use violence, we help Israel win international support,” said Aziz Dweik, a leading Hamas lawmaker in the West Bank. “The Gaza flotilla has done more for Gaza than 10,000 rockets.”}

Another:
{Hamas’s turnaround has been more striking, said Mustapha Barghouti, a prominent Palestinian advocate for nonviolent resistance. “When we used to call for protests, and marches, and boycotts and anything called nonviolence, Hamas used these sexist insults against us. They described it as women’s struggle,” Mr. Barghouti said. That changed in 2008, he said, after the first aid ship successfully ran the Israeli blockade of Gaza.  “Hamas has started to appreciate just how effective this can be,” Mr. Barghouti said.}

And another:
{Salah Bardawil, a Hamas lawmaker in Gaza City, says Hamas has come to appreciate the importance of international support for its legitimacy as a representative of the Palestinian people and its fight against Israeli occupation, and has adapted its tactics. Hamas hasn’t claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in years and now denounces the tactic as counterproductive. Since an Israeli military incursion into the territory in December 2008-January 2009, it has also halted rocket attacks into Israel.}

Read and reflect.

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada
2010/07/02

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

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About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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