A lamp burning in Palestine

Today I read about someone who I’m sure is to become one of my contemporary heroes..Mohammed Khatib, secretary of the Bilin, West Bank, village council, referred to as “a modern-day Gandhi”.

Khatib’s nonviolent resistance, in cooperation with Israeli peace activists, has earned him arrests, beatings, and death threats by Israeli forces — as well as modest legal victories, which have yet to be enforced, to change the Israeli separation barrier’s route through his village’s lands.

From the article:

“His message is a hard sell: Khatib, 35, is a modern-day Gandhi in a culture that enshrines the language of the gun, even if most Palestinians have never used one. And the risks of his activism are enormous.”

My prayers are with Khatib and his fellow activists as they attempt to break the cycle of violence in the Israel/Palestine conflict. I do hope he is encouraged by the words of Gandhi:

“Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of humanity. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of humanity.

Nonviolence is not passivity in any shape or form. It is the most active force in the world. Nonviolence is the supreme law. Just as one must learn the art of killing in the training for violence, so one must learn the art of dying in the training for nonviolence. One person who can express nonviolence in life exercises a force superior to all the forces of brutality.”

Mohammed Khatib prays at the grave of his friend Bassem Abu Rahma in the West Bank town of Bilin. Abu Rahma was killed in April by a high-velocity tear gas grenade fired into a crowd of nonviolent demonstrators.

 

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~ by humblemonkey on November 6, 2009.

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