As non-violent resistance grows, heroes are being made

Haaretz’ Bradley Burston writes a passionate column honoring the brave men and women, children and elders, who, against all odds and in the face of continued Israeli violence, stand shoulder to shoulder armed with nothing more than the proud Palestinian flag.

God bless the Palestinian who, armed with nothing more than courage, plants a flag.

From planting the flags in the no-man’s buffer zones in Gaza to the unarmed demonstrators taking to the streets every week in the West Bank to protest the inhumanity of the Apartheid Wall and to the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement initiated in Palestine, non-violent resistance is growing. And it’s becoming stronger, mighty in its silence.

God bless this new armed struggle. In acts of great bravery, there is great hope. In acts of non-violent resistance, there is unlimited might.

In June, on behalf of American Muslims for Palestine, I will be participating in the Allied Media Conference, in a session to teach youth how to use alternative media to bring the Palestinian narrative to the masses.  Introducing Americans to Palestinians, putting a human face on the most generous of peoples, is but one avenue to fight Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Because once Americans know the true score I know they will no  longer permit their tax dollars to be used to oppress and kill an entire nation  of people. Not even the powerful Israeli lobby in this country will be able to withstand the grassroots groundswell that is beginning for foment.

At the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, I will be presenting alongside someone from the Ann Arbor Palestinian Film Festival, God-willing. The media conference will be taking place right before the U.S. Social Forum, which will attract nearly 20,000 social activists from all walks of life and all causes. Both the media conference and the social forum have strong Palestinian tracks this year. In addition, AMP will be hosting representatives from Students for Justice in Palestine from campuses all across the country in attempts to help them create a national organization. There is strength in unification.

And we’re just a small corner of the world. Similar events and efforts are taking place around the globe. There is an energy and vitality to the coming together of diverse groups  representing Muslims, Jews, Christians, Unitarians, Anarchists, gays and lesbians, and many others concerned with social justice. Anti-Apartheid Palestine is the new South Africa.

The rallying cry started in Palestine with the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, to the Palestinian  Students Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, to the West Bank protesters against the Wall and the Gazans risking their lives to plant flags in the face of Israeli violence.

And that brings me back to Bradley Burston’s column in Haaretz. Such impassioned support should not go unnoticed or unheralded. He most certainly will receive harsh criticism for his words. I laud him for making the grand gesture to support Palestinian non-violent resistance. We, outside of Palestine, must do our part to support and strengthen the efforts of our oppressed and besieged brothers and sisters.

God bless the villager, the schoolchild, the mother, the hero, armed with nothing more than a flag. Stand fast. No rocks. You will change every soldier you face. You will change history. You will be the end of this occupation. You will give all of us, life.

The movement is growing. The clock is ticking. Plant a flag in your part of the world and call for an end to the occupation.

~ Kristin Szremski 05/09/2010

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