a ted talk by julia bacha on palestinian non-violent peacemaking

If you’ve ever asked the question, “Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? Why aren’t Palestinians using non-violent means to achieve peace in Israel/Palestine?,” here is your answer:

They are. The media simply aren’t covering it, and neither the Israeli or Palestinian (nor the US) governments want to recognize it because they are too busy ramping up their military theater actors to look good for the thirsty media, play to their fundamentalist bases, and attempt to force a settlement.

Fortunately, there are people participating in nonviolent protests on both sides (Palestine and Israel) and together, and there are journalists in the media like Julia Bacha, a documentary filmmaker, who are attempting to change this. Her recent TED talk highlights Palestinian nonviolent peacemaking. You should watch it and ask: is the situation on the ground accurately reflected on TV and what we’re hearing from politicians?

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8 Responses

  1. While Julia Bacha talks about wrong “perceptions abroad” – her talk is full of rhetoric that continues to skew perceptions, such as referring to to “ending the occupation” of the land by Israel. It is the land of Israel. The idea that they are somehow unjustly “occupying” some ancient homeland of “the Palestinian people”, akin to the white man occupying the territory of the native American tribes, is one of the biggest misperceptions and this huge misperception continues to be parroted by terrorists and well-meaning non-terrorists alike. Joan Peters does a good job of exploring the origins of these misperceptions in her book, “From Time Immemorial – the Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine.” It is certainly worth a read.

  2. ok, ok, i’ll play along. (this ought to be good.)

    yes, it is ‘the land of israel’. but since when exactly? paul, when did it become ‘israel’?

  3. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence take it by force.
    -Matthew 11:12

    Apply as you wish to the situation and it could be relevant.

  4. Not asking you to “play along” Professor.
    You asked a question for which you already know the answer.
    Care to share?
    You may just discover that we agree.
    (Oh, yes. And my bad for saying, “The land of Israel.” That was inflammatory, I know. But there was no function to go back in and edit.)

  5. i’m asking you a question: in your understanding, when did canaan/palestine become the ‘land of israel’?

  6. in that case, amen. ;-)

  7. Great post Bob!
    It s a very tough situation, very complex with nomadic cure around the corner. However, non-violence goes a long way in the Palestinian cause. What is really hurting is the surrounding arab nations politicization of the issue to score points for their bases. Very moving experience to visit the palestinian refugee camps this summer. I wish I shared your optimism of the next generation begin able to over come their differences and have a holistic state. (Which is needed for a myriad of reasons: water, economy, etc.) However, next time you are in the West Bank, stop by the Taybeh Brewery. The owner has a great story about how difficult it is to feel his delicious brew just 10 miles to Jerusalem.

  8. thanx. and i love taybeh! it’s incredible that it is a success even though they can’t advertise.

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