I watched parts of the movie "Budros" which represents the public, non violent resistance against the wall in a Palestinian village.
Men, women, boys and girls from Budros with international peace activists went out to protest against the wall by using their voices and writings. The coordinators and organizers to Budros' non violent resistance work in small groups to ensure the continuation of the regular protests.
The conclusion was very positive when the Israeli Court of Justice ordered the Israeli government to stop building the wall in Budros.
The main question in this discussion topic is:
How can we use the non violent resistance to help achieve peace in the Middle East?

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  The first step was giving Palestinan land to rule over, cities in the west bank, which were then turned into terrorist dens and Gaza which became a base to launch rocket attacks.  Israel has taken many chances for peace and was greeted with terror.  A responsible and wise government must consider the safefy of its people first and foremost.  It cannot afford a situation where rockets will be raining on its major cities, no one should, this is unwise.


As I have said before peace must come with trust.  Palestinains currently rule over 90% of their people, 40% of the West Bank and all of Gaza.  This is a giant leap forward which has taken us all backwards.  Thousands have been killed as a result of these actions.  This is what Israel and Israelis see, there is nothing Adult about putting your own civillian in the line of fire.  The Palestinans must show that they can control the land they have and ensure security to its neighbors.  Before that Israel can not take any more risks for peace, we just cant afford the results.


1. Nonviolent reistance in action with the Palestinian Freedom Riders


2. The act of whistle blowing - as a form of nonviolent resistance/ civil disobedience


2.1 The Pentagon Papers

On a not unrelated note - just watched a documentary on Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to blow the whistle on the lies told by successive American presidents to perpetrate the war in Vietnam.  Ellsberg turned from a hawk to a dove once he realised what really was happening in Vietnam.  Ellsberg became captivated by Gandhi and nonviolent direct action.  To this day he continues to be arrested in the name of ending the lies told to perpetuate war.



Civil disobedience - in the form of whistle blowing


2.2 Palestinian whistle blowing


2.3 Israel and whistle blowing: The case of Anat Kam and Mordechai Vanunu


Israel’s Supreme Court rejects Anat Kamm’s request to delay prison sentence

17 November 2011


Israel’s Supreme Court rejected on Thursday Anat Kamm’s request to delay her sentence until a verdict is reached in her appeal. Following the court’s rejection, Kamm - who as an Israel Defense Forces soldier gathered, held and passed on classified information without authorization – will begin serving her four-and-a-half prison sentence on Sunday.

Judge Miriam Naor said that there was no risk of false imprisonment since Kamm appealed her sentence pleading guilty to the charges in a plea agreement. Originally, Kamm had been charged with espionage.

During her army service in the bureau of the Central Command commander, Kamm regularly saved copies of documents and slide presentations in a special folder and just before her discharge, copied them onto two CDs.

The documents included plans for military operations, information on troop deployments, summaries of various internal discussions, military targets and intelligence assessments. Of the 2,085 documents she copied, some 700 were classified as "Secret" or "Top Secret."

In September 2008, Kamm met with Haaretz journalist Uri Blau, and gave him a disk-on-key on which she had copied 1,500 documents, of which 150 were classified "Top Secret" and 330 were "Secret."

Blau later wrote several articles based on the documents Kamm had given him. While the articles were submitted to and passed military censorship, their publication spurred the search for his source, though it was around a year before Kamm was arrested.



Kam: History forgives those who expose war crimes
Vered Luvitch, 4 December 2010,7340,L-3874912,00.html

The Tel Aviv District Court allowed several new details in the Anat Kam affair to be released Monday, among which is the disconcerting discovery that one of the CD's burnt by the indicted journalist has gone missing.

The CD in question was complied by Kam, along with dozens of others, during her military service in the GOC Central Command chief's office.

The former Walla website reporter faces espionage charges for copying thousands of classified military documents without authorization and giving them to Haaretz journalist Uri Blau.

Justice Zeev Hammer, presiding over the Kam hearings, defined the security failures at the GOC Central Command chief's office as "astounding," adding he was "shocked to learn of these incomprehensible failures and negligent data protection (protocols)."

Among the details cleared for publication Monday are two statements Kam made during her interrogations by the Shin Bet: "There were some aspects of the IDF's operational procedures in the West Bank that I felt should be public knowledge," said the first statement.

"I couldn't make a big enough difference during my service. I thought exposing (procedures) would bring about a change… When I was burning the CDs I kept thinking that history tends to forgive people who expose war crimes."

'Complete disregard to protocol'
Kam, said Hammer, "saw no danger to national security in her actions, saying she assumed the reporter would not focus on the subtleties of military operations, but rather on the policies leading to them.

"(Kam) said she turned to reporters assuming that the Military Censor would disallow the publication of any classifieds or compromising material."

In a second statement to investigators, Kam said she copied the documents thinking that "if and when the war crimes perpetrated by the IDF were investigated, I would have evidence to that effect."

Hammer added in his summation that he found it astonishing that the young soldier was given any kind of access to both the sensitive computer and the classified material on it.

How is it, Hammer wondered, "That prior to Kam's release from the IDF, she asked a fellow soldier to burn the information onto CDs and her request was carried out, no questions asked? No one even thought to ask why she needed copies of classified information before leaving the service."

Hammer further described data protection protocols at the GCO Central Command chief's office as "disgraceful."

The judge also addressed the fact the Kam herself had complete disregard to security protocols, "As evident by the fact that she has apparently misplaced one of the CDs, and who knows where it is now. She also admitted to knowing that (Israeli) journalists often bypass the Censor's orders by leaking stories to the foreign media."

Infiltration by any other name
Hammer further wrote in his summation that he disagreed with the defense's claims that Kam's actions were, to quote another statement she made, "as easy as filing away a piece of paper."

That statement, said the judge, "Illustrates (Kam's) entire attitude towards her grave offenses. She may not have had to embark on a daring commando operation in order to infiltrate a secret military office – she was already there and she grossly breached the confidence her superiors had in her."

Kam, continued the judge, failed to explain her sudden expertise in international law and the highly complex definition it gives for war crimes.

"There is no need to steal thousands of classified documents in order to bring 'aspects of IDF operations to the public's attention,' or investigate 'war crimes.' Any independent body given those documents, even by someone like the defendant, has no (security) clearance to afford it the review of such military secrets.

"There was also no need to give a reporter thousands of sensitive documents without discretion," he concluded.

Despite the criticism, Hammer did not remand Kam to police custody, citing that since she was cooperating with the investigation and was not deemed a security or a public risk, she can remain out NIS 250,000 (about $68,000) bail.


3. Court actions against the Israeli military - "Tristan Anderson v State of Israel"


Tristan Anderson to Sue Israeli Military, 13 November 2011

Beginning next week, a Jerusalem Civil Court will convene regarding the case of Tristan Anderson: an International Solidarity Activist from Oakland, California, wounded in March 2009 when he was shot in the head by Israeli Border Police in Ni’lin, Palestine.
Tristan was shot with an experimental weapon—a High Velocity Tear Gas Grenade—designed to travel 300 meters and hit with enough force to break through barricades. Tristan was shot directly in the head from about 50 meters. He survived the attack on his life, but has been left paralyzed on one side of his body and with significant damage to his brain.
In the weeks following his shooting, the family of Tristan Anderson initiated legal action against the Israeli Military in both Criminal and Civil Court.
As is the patten, the Police’s investigation into its own conduct yielded no criminal convictions against any of the officers or military personnel involved in the shooting. The investigation has been widely criticized as a sham.
To date, no one has been charged with any crime whatsoever related to the shooting of Tristan Anderson. The police, instead, chose to focus much of the attention of their so-called investigation on attempts at information gathering against activists.
We demand that the State answer for the unprovoked attack on our friend, and we maintain that Tristan’s shooting was not an isolated incident but part of a pattern of deadly and illegal violence being used against protesters in Palestine.
We are taking the Military to court.
Why Go to Court?
There were five activist witnesses to Tristan’s shooting, and now there are only four.
Aqil Srour, who was with us when Tristan was shot and helped to save his life, was killed on June 5, 2009, at another demonstration in Ni’ilin. He had run to the aid of a sixteen year old kid who’d been shot in the spine, and then they shot him too.
Aquil is dead now. He was 36 years old.
57 deaths that have occurred at demonstrations since the end of the Second Intifada, only four of them were caused by so-called “less lethal weapons”. The other 53 people were killed by live ammunition.
Our day in court is also theirs.
Supporting Tristan in Court
During this stage of hearings, both sides (the Activists and the Military) will be presenting evidence and giving testimony on the circumstances and larger context of Tristan’s shooting.
We will tell the story of the events as they happened. The military is positioning itself for a smear trial, attacking the credibility of activists and arguing that Tristan’s injury occurred not because they shot him, but that likely he was hit with a stone.
Court Begins November 17th, 2011 and extends through January 8th 2012. Here is the schedule:
November 17- Activist Testimony
November 24- Activist Testimony
November 27- Military Testimony
December 18- Military Testimony
January 8- Closing Arguments
On November 17th, we ask for support in the court room, in the media, on the internet, and in the streets. You can help by organizing locally.



Stewart as always you bring interesting examples of the few as oppose to concenterating on the many, the reality on the ground - I would not call it non -violent, would you?


From Offical Palestinian TV, 2 weeks ago:







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