March 30 Land Day Resistance Against Israel
Barghouti calls to launch popular resistance against Israel
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Moreover, Marwan Barghouti occupies a place of honor in the memory of all Israelis, due to things said by one of his lawyers. Shamai Leibowitz is an Israeli lawyer, better known for being the son of the polemic Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz (see Diskotel). During his defense of Barghouti, he compared Barghouti to Moses. He said in the Israeli court: “According to some lawyers, he should be called a terrorist, but according to Exodus, he is a freedom fighter.” Mr. Leibowitz argued that Moses killed an Egyptian not because he hated Egyptians but because the man was beating a fellow Jew. While the Israeli audience was shocked, Barghouti smiled.
Hence, Barghouti’s words are significant. The message he delivered last Monday was clear: “The Palestinian Authority must stop all cooperation with Israel—economy and security—and work toward Palestinian reconciliation,” he said and added: “It must be understood that there is no partner for peace in Israel when the settlements have doubled, it is the Palestinian people’s right to oppose the occupation by all means, and the resistance must be focused on the 1967 territories.”
Bracing up for Land Day
Following Barghouti’s message, the IDF is bracing for an especially violent Land Day this Friday. The day of the week is relevant; protests will intensify as believers leave the mosques after the midday prayers. Such IDF operations are done in coordination with the security forces of the Palestinian Authority, which in fact are part of the Israeli establishment (see Abu Fadi: A Credible Conspiracy). However, demonstrators can also be seen across the Lebanese and Syria borders; last year, demonstrators were assassinated by the IDF on Syrian land during the Naqsa Day, commemorating the anniversary of the outbreak of the Six-Day War. Israeli officials have declared that they expect harsh demonstrations across the Lebanese border, especially at the Crusader Chateau de Beaufort, a fort which became a strategic point in the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. Israel approached the Lebanese government demanding help to prevent demonstrators from approaching the border with Israel; it seems the Lebanese army plans to deploy forces in the area. On the Syrian side there is nobody to talk with due to the ongoing civil unrest.
Yet, the center of the events would be in the West Bank. In recent years, violence was focused in Bil'in and Na'alin near the security barrier, the Qalandiyah checkpoint north of Jerusalem, and the village of Nabi Saleh (see Israel Gasses to Death), west of Ramallah. The Temple Mount in Jerusalem might also be the location of major protests, especially after Friday prayers end. Israel has already deployed crowd-dispersal equipment—including the new “skunk” device, which sprays a particularly harsh-smelling substance—and marksmen.
I want to ask these marksmen—a sanitized word for “assassins”—a simple question. You serve the State of Israel in an organization named “Israel Defense Forces,” but what exactly are you defending? Are you defending land stolen from others? You were taught in Israeli schools—as I was—that all Germans were guilty of the Nazi regime crimes because they had the moral obligation to refuse illegal orders. So do you for illegitimate orders given by the State of Israel. I ask you to refuse to shoot at demonstrators protesting the violation of their legitimate rights by your employer, the State of Israel. Say “no!” and prove you are worthy humans. I know you won’t read the New Testament, thus let me ask you to remember a crucial verse in Leviticus 19:18: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Can you understand this simple message?
"I have been to Palestine where I’ve witnessed the racially segregated housing and the humiliation of Palestinians at military roadblocks. I can’t help but remember the conditions we experienced in South Africa under apartheid. We could not have achieved our freedom without the help of people around the world using the nonviolent means of boycotts and divestment to compel governments and institutions to withdraw their support for the apartheid regime." —Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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