"The Gun That Booms Silently"

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  1. ejazr

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    The Gun That Booms Silently | Pranay Sharma

    Non-violent means win rights for Palestinian prisoners. It’s the streets’ weapon of choice.

    Prison Prowess

    Under the Israeli-Palestinian prison deal, prisoners in Israeli jails will have the right to meet their families in prison
    Israeli authorities will have to end prisoners’ ‘illegal detention’ beyond six months, unless there is fresh evidence against them
    Prisoners would be given access to books and other reading material and allowed to watch television
    Prisoners won’t be thrown into solitary confinement
    In exchange, Palestinian prisoners have promised to give up violence and terrorism


    It took Israeli authorities several weeks to take charismatic Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti’s warning seriously. Serving five life-sentences in the solitary cell of an Israeli prison, Barghouti, the most prominent Fatah leader among the inmates, urged his supporters and fellow prisoners in March end to stop all negotiation and cooperation with the Israelis for not making any attempt to end their illegal ‘occupation’.

    It may be stretching one’s imagination to suggest that like the protagonist in Lage Raho Munnabhai, Barghouti, a key figure of Palestine’s ‘second Intifada’, too had a vision of ‘Bapu’ and changed tack after hearing of the Mahatma extolling the virtues of passive resistance. Since some Palestinian prisoners were already on a hunger strike, refusing food, medicine or water unless their illegal detention was ended, it is likely that Barghouti found this to be the most effective tool. Finally, it was his clarion call that led over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners lodged in various Israeli jails to embark on a fast and bring it to a successful ending on May 14 by forcing the jail authorities to accede to most of their demands.

    The deal struck between the Palestinians and the Israelis will now allow the Palestinians to meet their families while in prison and will force the authorities to end their ‘illegal detention’ beyond six months, unless there is fresh evidence against them. More importantly, it also brings a stop to them being put in solitary confinement. In return, the Palestinians had to assure the Israelis that they will give up violence and not to indulge in acts of terrorism in future.

    Is this the triumph of ‘Gandhigiri’ in West Asia, a violence-prone region, which, for the outside world, brings forth images of Palestinian stone-throwers engaged in an ‘asymmetrical war’ with Israeli soldiers atop armoured vehicles in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank?

    “There is no denying that, directly or indirectly, Palestinian leaders are drawing inspiration from Gandhi’s passive resistance and his success in throwing out the British from India, to achieve their goal,” Shlomo Ben Ami, former Israeli foreign minister, and vice president of Spain’s Toledo International Centre for Peace, told Outlook.

    This is not to say that West Asian leaders are discovering Mahatma Gandhi or his philosophy of non-violence now. Leading political figures in Egypt, Palestine and Israel, including Ben-Gurion, one of the founders of modern Israel and its first prime minister, was greatly moved by Gandhian passive resistance and its use against colonialism. In the bedroom of Ben-Gurion’s ‘desert home’ at Kibbutz Sede Boker in Israel, a portrait of Gandhiji still adorns the wall.

    “Gandhi’s methods were widely admired in Palestine (and in Egypt) in the late ’20s and early ’30s, although the failure of such methods led the Palestinians in 1936-39 to launch an armed rebellion against the British, which was bloodily repressed,” says Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arab Studies in the department of history of Columbia University.

    Even later, there were phases when Palestinian leaders decided to adopt peaceful methods to carry on their struggle, particularly after 1967, when the Arabs suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Israelis, and later in 1973, when they won a partial victory in the Yom Kippur war. But, with Arab leaders beset with internal problems and challenges, Palestinians realised they would have to find ways to champion their own cause, and could not rely on others. Short spells of peace were always broken by longer spells of violence as negotiations between Palestinians and Israel failed to reach a lasting solution acceptable to both sides despite efforts by the US.

    “The atrocities of Israel on the Palestinians have got very little publicity in the West-dominated media,” says former Indian diplomat Talmiz Ahmad, who has served as India’s ambassador to several countries in the Gulf and West Asia.

    So what made the Israelis, who are known to take a tough line, especially under its hardline prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to adopt such a conciliatory approach in dealing with the Palestinian prisoners?

    It is interesting to note that the peace deal between the Palestinian prisoners and the Shen Bet, the Israeli agency tasked with internal security, took place less than 24 hours before Al Naqba—the day of ‘catastrophe’ traditionally observed by Palestinians for the past six decades to mark the loss of their land to the Israel state. Reports suggest that this year it was observed more peacefully than earlier years, though there were protest rallies and demonstrations and occasional incidents of stone-throwing in Gaza and West Bank. The Israelis must have factored it into their thinking that if the deteriorating health of some of the prisoners resulted in deaths; it could well trigger large-scale violence, even birth the ‘third Intifada’. With a neighbourhood on the boil for the past few years and the Arab Spring forcing regime changes, particularly that of long-time ally, Hosni Mubarrak, the Netanyahu government was in no mood to take chances.

    “Given the sensitive and unified nature of the prison movement, the Israeli authorities must have thought that it would not be wise for them to allow the situation to explode,” says Ben-Ami.

    Experts say that even among Palestinians, there are now major shifts in tactics as there is a growing acceptance of the post-9/11 world, the realisation that there are few takers for acts of terrorism. This has persuaded the new Palestinian leadership to embark on a diplomatic campaign to restart the stalled peace process. And it’s not isolated. Even the Hamas is making serious efforts to stop attacks against Israelis from territories under their control.

    “I think the shift towards non-violent civil disobedience in the prison system is emblematic of a larger shift in the tactics being used by Palestinians to resist Israeli occupation,” Leila Hilal, co-director of the Washington-based New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force, told Outlook.

    According to her, for some time now many Palestinian leaders are convinced of the inefficacy of violence; they have realised that the trend for non-violence has become an increasingly popular tool at the civil society level. This not only challenges the Israeli occupation from a rights-based perspective and helps in shifting world public sympathy to the long-held Palestinian position, but also carves out alternative domestic political space for the much-criticised Palestinian Authority government apparatus. “In other words, it is a way to doubly challenge a status quo at home and abroad which has produced precious little in the 20 years since the initiation of the Oslo process,” Hilal adds.

    If Gandhian values take deep roots in West Asia, are we likely to see its spread to others parts of the Arab world?

    “Non-violent protest is the preferred method for dealing with the tyrannies that still dominate most of the Arab world,” says Khalidi. But he is quick to point out that in many cases protesters have allowed themselves to be drawn into violent responses by the “ferocious repressive violence of the Arab regimes”.

    As a politically convulsive West Asia attempts to break the political status quo, it remains to be seen whether it will be won through passive resistance or a series of lingering, bloody showdowns.
     
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  3. Galaxy

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    Palestininan should leave Israel and go to any of the 50+ Islamic country! I am sure, 2 million population won't make any significant difference. They are spreading terrorism in Israel with the help of Wahhabi, Hezbollah and other Islamic extremist and terrorist group!
     
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    why should Palestininans leave their land its the Israel which is occupier and has to leave Palestininan land.If one should follow your theory then indians should have left the subcontinent instead of fighting british for freedom.
     
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    This is what you studied in your Madrassas which propagate Jihadi terrorism? You and another Paki, Son of Islamist can go and continue to support your brothers on Islamist forum but Palestininan have no right whatsoever in land of Jews. Paki are growing like pigs in land of shit, why not invite 2 million more as it won't make difference in overall population? Ohh wait....Then another reason for Jihad against Non-Muslims for Islamic terrorist groups will be over.:wave:
     
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    If British could move 100 million Indian muslims + out of India. (Many left
    by their own choosing after British made accomadations many stayed)2 Million
    palestinians could have easily been moved maybe you don't see the
    fact that many Palestinians are also Israeli citizens and may not want to
    leave. 20% fo Israeli citizens are Palestinians.
     
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    Gandhigiri is overrated..terribly.





    Yes indians should have left if the Brits had lived in this land before us. No they did not. But the Jews lived on that land before Arabs or Palestinians. So stop peddling your madarsah logic here, lil paki.
     
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    Pinky promise?
     
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    Why the title is changed to Palestininan prisoners take to 'Gandhigiri' when actually they are spreading terrorism ? Mods, Kindly change the title to original one "The Gun That Booms Silently"

    Who is this Pranay Sharma ? Another Jholawala jurno working for Outlook and promoting biased retard leftist ideology? :rolleyes:
     
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    And numerous Canaan tribes lived on that land before the Jews ever had an identity. Point being? Colonialism is wrong PERIOD.
     
  11. LETHALFORCE

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    When Palestinians lived there it was mostly Bedowin tribes
    that coexisted peacefully with the jews.
     
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    Going by the logic the first countries that should be de-populated are US, Canada, Australia etc..But no the world does not function that way.

    The Israelis lived in that place..they were chased out...they came back and won the land fair and square defeating the Arabs. That being said both Israelis and Palestinians must live in peace with each other and for that Palestinians must give up their ridiculous demands like Right to Return etc. which undermines the very existence of the Jewish state and will not be accepted by Israel. There is simply no sense in going against Israel knowing fully well you will not win..something that the Azadi seeking Kashmiri muslims must also understand.

    There are about 57 Islamic countries...and most of the Palestinians are anyway of Egyptian or Syrian stock...so any of them could give a piece of land to these people if they are not comfortable here.
     
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    Son of Govinda is a Paki living in Canada with fake Hindu ID and Avataar. His flag should be changed. I said and reported this on very first day he joined. He has one point agenda like any other paki.
     
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    This conflict has more dimensions than people realize. The Arabs use the
    conflict for political parties- Hamas; similar to Pakistan using Kashmir issue
    with their public to gain votes,aid etc... Jews use the conflict to strengthen
    their alliance with the West/NATO. Both groups are gaining from the conflict
    while the masses are sheep to the politics involved.
     
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    :lol:

    There is a big difference between colonialism that happened in the past, and condoning current colonialism. You Muslim haters will never see the difference because you just choose not to.
     
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    What? Do some reading on the name 'Palestinian' and where it comes from. There are records of them living in the region since at least the 12th century B.C.E., making them as old as any Jewish state, and which I think at least qualifies them to be treated with dignity in their own land. The fact that Palestinians today speak Arabic and follow Islam does NOT change their ethnic, geographic, or historical identity, anymore than it changes the fact that modern-day Iraqi Muslims are the descendants of the ancient Babylonians, or that modern-day Egyptian Muslims are the descendants of the ancient Egyptians.

    Its funny how some people think that adopting a different language or religion automatically deprives one of his right to live in his own country. We can find parallels closer to home as well.
     
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    The same country is responsible for all the colonolialism -UK. I don't
    think Indians look at it in the context of religion(hating muslims). People
    view it more as something that cannot be changed so why keep fuelling
    the hatred for generations? Many Indians to this day cannot accept the
    creation of Pakistan carved out of India. But they have to accept it
    same thing here.
     
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    Actually it makes Palestinians older than any Jewish state, which makes the Zionist bullshit argument even more hilariously stupid :rofl:
     
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    what difference does it make? It didn't mean anything to
    the British when they created Israel.
     
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    We're talking about people who lack the basic rights of statehood and basic human rights that we all take for granted. At least the Pakis have a state...

    All Palestinians want at this point is the 2-state solution that Israeli right-wingers are currently trying to sabotage at any cost. Colonialism at it's finest.
     
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    The British didn't create Israel, the UN decided on the two-state solution because England wanted nothing to do with it.
     

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