Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Some more examples of non-violence, settler-style:
One police officer was wounded when settlers threw acid in his eyes. The officer began shouting "I can't see!" Rioters sprayed another policeman with gas and he suffered from burns on his back. Youths also assaulted senior officers and journalists present at the scene, destroying a camera of a Reuters photographer, throwing paint and cleaning fluids at an army colonel, and breaking the glasses of another journalist. Two settlers were also lightly wounded during in the clashes.
In the end all this will make the work of the security forces easier. Not only will the settlers lose even more of the sympathy and the respect they still have among ordinary Israelis, but also is it less difficult for soldiers and policemen and -women to deal with violent than with truly non-violent resistance. This is one of the reasons why the work of organizations such as Islamic Jihad and Hamas enables Israel to continue the occupation. If a vast majority of Palestinians would choose veritable non-violence as their means to achieve independence, there is no way that Israel could stop them. Ghandi ( the original one, not Mr Ze'evi z"l ) achieved much more than Yasser Arafat, and the latter was only able to achieve anything for his people when he ( pretended to have ) renounced violence.

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