Suggestions for Peace Activists in Ni'lin Village, Palestine

The Ni'lin popular committee has released a message to the international community in this demonstration which contain that in this demonstration we are showing the world that we are not against the Jewish as many people are misunderstand us because israel tries to say that we the palestinians are hating the jewish,but in fact we are only against the colonization on our lands, we are defending our dignity,our lands and today we are protesting in solidarity with one of the israeli peace activists who lives in israel and refuse the israeli occupation on the palestinian lands.

via Ni'lin Village Shows The Solidarity With The Israeli Peace Activist Jonathan Pollak,And One Demonstrator Got Shot In The Foot In The Weekly Demonstration Against The Annexation Wall 21.01.2011. | Ni'lin Village.

I've done a little work before encouraging the people of Ni'lin to take such steps.

Here's more of what they could do:

Keep issuing official statements about not being ethnic bigots. That will separate you from the Zionists (who are at best ethnic bigots).

Make a formal statement that you would allow people of various religions to live in Palestine without being subjected to sharia. That will go a very long way to giving your movement the upper hand in the international debate over Palestine. It will help you to defeat the arguments of the so-called Christian Zionists in America, who give Israel so much support because they claim that all of you are "Islamists" who would be oppressive of other religions rather than treating them as having equal rights to practice and promote their various religions (within reason — you aren't going to be expected to allow a religion that eats children for instance — that's an extreme example, but you get my point).

You should stand against blanket anti-blasphemy laws and especially anti-proselytizing laws. You should also state that you are against women being forced to wear religious clothing. I don't think anyone would say that you don't have a community right to forbid indecency, but many people in the West are genuinely concerned that women are forced to overdress.

I realize these are difficult issues for you and pale in comparison with what the Zionists have done (ethnic cleansing, land theft, war crimes, etc.), but I really believe you need to address them with an eye to taking away all reasonable arguments against you.


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