Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

One Nonviolent Victory for the Palestinians

As Sami Awad notes on his blog, Never Give Up, the nonviolent resistance of the West Bank town of Bil’in has met with a victory. The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that the so-called “security fence” (apartheid wall) must change its route and NOT cut off Bil’in from its farmland.  Of course, the entire wall needs to come down and a two state solution must be negotiated soon. But it is this kind of nonviolent resistance, along with international pressure, which will create this new future.  I hope those Palestinians who prefer violent resistance note this victory–a victory not one by Hamas’ methods. I also hope Israelis noticed and learned.

Many Palestinians in Bil’in were injured by Israeli soldiers during the nonviolent resistance.  They must have been tempted to strike back. I am so glad they resisted not only the soldiers, but also their own impulses.  Nonviolence takes discipline and courage and a willingness to suffer.

Pray for villagers of Bil’in and for a swift end to this wall.


September 6, 2007 - Posted by | Israel-Palestine, nonviolence

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