For the past 60-plus years of conflict in the region,  repeated cycles of violence have caused copious loss of life on both sides. It is particularly important at the moment, given the violence in the region, to support initiatives that are actively promoting nonviolence and amplify the voices of grassroots partners for peace. In the modern world, violent forms of struggle often receive disproportionate coverage despite achieving little. Nevertheless, forms of nonviolent resistance and political engagement are the only ones that are able to combine humanist values with achieving tangible and practical goals.

  • Nonviolent struggle is capable of cementing solid coalitions between different actors with similar, but not necessarily identical, goals
  • It can make all Palestinians active actors against the occupation
  • It removes the fear of “Arab violence” on the Jewish and Israeli side
  • Helps building bridges with peaceful Israelis.
  • Forms of nonviolent resistance unmask the system based on exploitation economically unbearable and more evident

 

 

Sources:

Awad, Mubarak E., 1984, “Non-violent resistance: a strategy in the Occupied Territories”, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol.13, No.4, pp.22-36

Gregg, Richard B., 1960, “The Power of nonviolence”, (Canton, Maine: Greenleaf books)