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, May 09, 2011

The hypocrisy of demanding only Palestinians abandon violence

Palestinians in Gaza City celebrate the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas

My latest is up at Waging Nonviolence. Here's a teaser:
The United States, Israel, and other Western governments issue carbon-copy statements about the need for Hamas to renounce violence; meanwhile, Israel gets a pass as it daily uses violence to suppress nonviolent demonstrations across the West Bank.

Violence used to resist illegal occupation, land annexation, demolitions, and the transfer of Israeli citizens into occupied Palestine territory is illegitimate. Yet, violence used for the purpose of maintaining and expanding empire is legitimate, and continually defended.

No amount of Palestinian nonviolent resistance will be satisfactorily nonviolent to Israel or the United States.
Read the rest.

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