I used to wonder why some Palestinian people would engage in actions that could only provoke the aggressor further. Then I realized that to ask a people to live quietly, while they have no justice and no freedom, is to ask them to live “peacefully” as slaves. “Peace” without justice or freedom is slavery. It’s like asking a battered woman to live “peacefully” with her abuse. We all want the bloodshed to stop. But what about the daily humiliation and institutionalized oppression?
I was reminded of a part in “The Hunger Games” when Katniss considers abandoning the resistance against the oppressor, in exchange for “safety”. Gale’s response was telling. He said: “Safe to do what? Starve? Work like slaves? Send their kids to the reaping?”
Consider this: If a woman is being raped, things would be a lot more “peaceful” if she didn’t resist. But, asking her not to resist—just because her attacker is physically stronger—is asking her to accept her own abuse and oppression for the sake of “peace”. This is what the world is asking Palestinians to do.
And sometimes what seems to the world as just ineffective tactics, like throwing a rock at a tank, is in fact an act of resistance. It is a powerful statement to the oppressor—and the world—that they refuse to be enslaved. That dignity and self-respect are even more beloved to them than their own lives.
It is a statement that you can take their lives. But not their freedom.
Pro-Palestinian campaigners call for an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza
Campaigners from across Hampshire gathered in Southampton again yesterday to protest against the on-going Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
Over 300 hundred, predominantly Muslim participants, attended the ‘Free Gaza Emergency Demonstration’ organised by the Grass Roots Muslim Movement.
Police officers closely supervised the march,…
Don’t you think for a second that posting on social media and raising awareness and protesting isn’t doing anything. Operation Cast Lead killed 1200 Palestinians back in 2008 and the world barely blinked an eye. But today, every second of horror is recorded, detailed, explained, and shared by…
the number of times i think “i don’t care” while people are talking to me is really getting out of hand