Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine

Author Unknown

Posted May 10, 2003, on the Jews Against Zionism Yahoo! Group

Here is a brief summary describing how nonviolent resistance works and how it can succeed in Palestine.  Please feel free to openly circulate this article and its links.


The public refuses to cooperate with the regime’s oppressive restrictions in a manner that is highly visible and completely peaceful. Large crowds of demonstrators do not strike back even if attacked. This forces the regime to either shut each restriction down or expose its brutality to the world by attacking completely peaceful demonstrators.


Nonviolent resistance works when demonstrators focus on specific concrete issues, each for at least a minimum of one month at a time, and in numbers of people large enough to be visible. Demonstrators should unceasingly focus on one issue right after another in order to overwhelm the regime.

For example, one month the Palestinians can focus on building permits. The next month they can focus on checkpoints. ID cards. Restricted roads. Restricted water. Restricted land use.

Nonviolent resistance should also have clear goals that give it proper direction. For example, the Palestinians should not stop until they are given the full, unhindered right to vote in a single democracy. Nonviolent resistance shows that coercion is both ineffective and immoral.

The campaign may use marches, sit-ins, strikes, boycotts, mass meetings and hunger strikes. And supporters of all backgrounds from around the world should join them. Global hunger strikes can force the regime into making concessions on key specific issues at crucial times.


Each group of demonstrators should consist of people that have already been trained in this form of resistance, that have already promised not to retaliate in any way if attacked, and that have been screened for this in actual rehearsals. 


The regime will try to derail the protests by either hiding its brutal treatment of the protestors, provoking the protestors and observing crowds into striking back, or by shifting the focus onto the violence of anyone even remotely related to the protestors’ side.

The public may become impatient because heavy costs will have to be faced before gains are finally made. Furthermore, the regime will refuse to enforce newly won laws or obstruct them with administrative obstacles.

Large segments of the public must be united, prepared for these obstacles in advance and ready to persist through them. Nonviolent resistance should have clear overall goals that give it proper direction and should focus on concrete issues that allow for successful incremental progress. It also needs to be done in a manner that is well prepared and highly visible.


Israel is not like a powerful central dictatorship that does not care what anyone else thinks. It has to convince its supporters it is a democracy, even though it clearly is not. Israel is horrified that its supporters one day will see through the lie it is based on, especially since the Jewish people themselves have faced discrimination for many centuries.

This is Israel’s weakness. This is where Palestinian nonviolent resistance can strike. Israel fears being exposed.


‘What Israel Fears.’

‘What Israel Fears: Tough Questions and Answers.’ STRONGLY SUGGESTED!!!

‘The Power of Nonviolence,’ Mubarak Awad and Dr. Abdul Aziz Said

‘Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine,’ Mubarak Awad and Jonathan Kuttab

‘A Testament of Hope.’ Martin Luther King.

‘Strength to Love.’ Martin Luther King.

‘ACT UP Civil Disobedience Index’

90% of the Palestinian refugees can return to empty sites. This is a conflict over tyranny and rivalry, not land.

‘Implementing the Palestinian Right of Return,’ Susannah Tarbush

‘Return of Refugees: The Key to Peace,’ Salman Abu Sitta