I believe that what’s mostly missing for nonviolence to grow is not for Palestinians to start adopting nonviolence,
but for us to start paying attention to those who already are.
Imagine the power that big media players could have if they started covering the weekly nonviolent demonstrations.
The nonviolent leaders would become more visible, valued and effective in their work.
Laugh, laugh at all my dreams!
What I dream shall yet come true!
Laugh at my belief in man,
At my belief in you.
Freedom still my soul demands,
Unbartered for a calf of gold.
For still I do believe in man,
And in his spirit, strong and bold.
And in the future I still believe
Though it be distant, come it will
When nations shall each other bless,
And peace at last the earth shall fill.
Shaul Tchernichovsky in „Sachki, Sachki“ (1894, Odessa)
However, what’s happening between jewish Israelis and the Palestines is no Western („good guys – bad guys“).
It’s a tragedy.
As i often stated: it’s right against right, in the last decade more injustice against injustice.
I really deplore that people reduce such a complicate and tragic problem on a slogan at a demonstration.