Magazine article The American Conservative

Jail for Gandhi

Magazine article The American Conservative

Jail for Gandhi

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Friends of Israel complain that there is no Palestinian Gandhi or Martin Luther King, someone who uses peaceful methods in the struggle for Palestinian liberation. Instead, after years of occupation, the Palestinians resorted to terrorism, morally repellant and politically ineffective. The implication is that the Jewish state would be happy to negotiate a just settlement with reasonable Palestinians. Sad to say, recent Israeli actions reveal the falsity of such claims.

Take, for example, the Palestinian village of Bil'in. For more than a year it has been the site of peaceful weekly protests because the Israeli separation barrier now under construction seals off the town from the land its people own and farm. In a landmark ruling, the Israeli Supreme Court decided two years ago that the wall was prejudicial to the people of Bil'in and ordered the government to reroute it. But the Israeli government ignored the ruling of its own court. Protests against the wall have garnered considerable international attention, but Israel has responded brutally. …

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