Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation

Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation


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Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

Refusing to be Enemies - now in paperback - presents the voices of more than 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, with the vast majority being either Palestinian or Israeli. They reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives. The book considers the obstacles encountered by nonviolent organizations and includes examples of effective nonviolent campaigns. Additionally, it explores ways in which a more effective nonviolent movement may be built. In their own words, activists share their hopes and visions for the future and discuss the internal and external changes needed for their organizations - and the nonviolent movement as a whole - to successfully pursue their goal of a just peace in the region. A Foreword on the definition and nature of nonviolence is written by Canadian author Ursula Franklin. Additionally, the book is rounded out by analytic essays by activists Ghassan Andoni (Palestinian), Jeff Halper (Israeli), Jonathan Kuttab (a Palestinian activist lawyer with international experience) and Starhawk (an "international" of Jewish background).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863723803
Publisher: Garnet Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta lived in Jerusalem for seven years and has written widely on Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activism and related topics. Ursula Franklin is a Quaker physicist, co-founder of Voice of Women for Peace (VOW-Canada) and author of "The Ursula Franklin Reader: Pacifism as a Map" (Between the Lines, 2006). Ghassan Andoni is a cofounder of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Jeff Halper is cofounder and coordinator of the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions. His most recent book is "An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel" (Pluto, 2008). Jonathan Kuttab has practised law in Palestine, Israel and New York State. His activism spans the realms of human rights, social and church advocacy, and he has written and lectured widely. His legal/human rights writing includes co-authorship of "West Bank and the Rule of Law" (ICJ, 1980). Starhawk - a peace, environmental and global justice activist whose books include "Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising" (New Society Publishers, 2002) - has volunteered with the ISM four times in the Occupied Territories.

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Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
FinsterHoleryeh More than 1 year ago
Despite our Canadian author's valiant attempt to bury the violent nature of Palestinian Muslims in this large volume, one can only conclude that she has failed. She came to the Palestinian territories to persuade select groups of intellectuals and activists to drop their jihad against the Israeli Jews. Instead she tried to sell them on Ghandi and Martin Luther King, exponents of non-violent resistance. As her interlocutors bluntly told her, there is no market among the Palestinian Muslims for this pacifism. They want to eliminate the Jews and Christians from their midst. The Palestinian Mohammed Abu-Nima hits the nail on the head -- on pp. 271-2 he states categorically that the culture and religion of Islam and patriarchal authority from the Arab Bedouin tribal system has existed for at least 2000 years and "are contrary to, and obstructive of, genuine applications of non-violent resistance." Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Jewess and a Quaker, is so naive that her entire 600 page recording of interviews with these violence-addicted Palestinian Muslims is nothing but a supreme fantasy. Certainly, no academic or policy-maker will ever again want to rely on the duplicitous professions of "peace" coming from the Palestinian side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A long-winded manual about how the aggressive Palestinians should be converting to non-violent methods to beat Israel. The fact that none of their activists find this route appealing is a telling reminder of the failed culture that predominates among this sub-set of Bedouin Arabs next door to Israel.