Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Monday, December 22, 2008

One Country

An excerpt from Ali Abunimah's One Country, in which he calls for one country, a bi-national state made up of Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs. Abunimah finds the two-state solution not viable at this point, and makes good points as to why. I tend to increasingly agree with Abunimah as I spend more time in Palestine.

"One of the things that the violence-obsessed media coverage conceals is that nonviolence is and has always been integral to the Palestinian resistance. The word for it in Arabic is sumud - steadfastness. When Israeli walls and roadblocks prevent people from moving, and yet children and old women, workers, students, mothers each day, every day climb hills and mountains to get to where they need to go, that is sumud. When Israeli occupation forces uproot trees and farmers replant them, that is sumud. When Israel uses every administrative and legalistic means to force Palestinian Jerusalemites to leave the city for good, but instead they stay, even if it means being painfully separated from family members in the West Bank, that is sumud. Millions of Palestinians practice nonviolence everyday, yet this is ignored by the media and by politicians and is totally invisible to the vast majority of Israelis."

The excerpt really speaks to the situation in Palestine, specifically the West Bank. It certainly speaks to my time spent in At-Tuwani. Sumud is immensely pervasive in Tuwani, as villagers resist the occupation each and everyday.