Who’s afraid of non-violence_ _ gulfnews. com

Eisa Amro, a native of the city of Hebron and a prominent Palestinian advocate of non-violent resistance, has been waiting now for nearly two months to find out when he can expect to face trial in an Israeli military courtroom. Hanover pavers He has been accused of a series of offences ranging from demonstrating without a permit to “insulting a soldier.”

The two most serious charges are for assaulting a pair of soldiers and a colony security coordinator. Bluestone natural resources In both instances, one in 2010 and the other in 2013, the military claims that Amro pushed his antagonists.

Amro denies the allegations and points out that in both instances it was he who suffered physical injury.

Fantasy basketball rankings 2015 16 The charge of insulting a soldier includes an incident in which a border policeman took Amro’s ID. Landscape images Amro says he told the officer: “I want my ID back, I am not wanted, and if you had called to check you would know this. Timber merchants london But you have not called, I know, I am not stupid.” The officer, however, insists that Amro called him stupid and said that “he could not arrest him.”

A dispute over whom Amro called “stupid,” however, is not the only absurdity here. Softball pitching distance He is also charged with assaulting an Israeli colonist during an altercation over a camera, which reportedly happened at a protest. Trellis spa Amro is accused of spitting at the colonist, pushing him and throwing his camera to the ground. Small house interior design ideas philippines But Amro says that though he was at the demonstration, he had already been arrested and was in military custody when the camera incident took place.

Cruel absurdities are a commonplace of life in the occupied territories, but nowhere are they quite as intense as in Hebron. Definition of pitcher In the centre of this city of some 200,000 Palestinians, a group of 800 Israeli colonists occupies heavily fortified positions, guarded by 650 Israeli soldiers. Jain irrigation To manage this inherently combustible situation, the Israeli military has turned swathes of the central city into “sterile zones” in which Palestinians are no longer allowed to drive.

Amro, 36, is among the most successful community organisers to have come of age in the Hebron of minority rule and sterile zones. Florida softball camp For 13 years, he has been engaged in a creative, non-violent campaign against the Israeli occupation. Facebook stock symbol Through the organisation he founded, Youth Against Settlements [Colonies], he provides a space — a community centre — and an outlet for young people to express their resistance to the occupation in non-violent ways.

Every week, up to 100 kids gather at the centre, where Amro screens inspirational films and instructs them in principles of political non-violence. Rattan creek park He involves them in projects that maintain the public pathways and repair stairway railings and water pipes. Small house interior design philippines They run a summer camp and built and operate a kindergarten. Fantasy basketball rankings 2016 For this work, the United Nations bestowed on Amro its ‘Human Rights Defender of the Year in Palestine’ award in 2010.

Since the outbreak in October 2015 of what has come to be known as the ‘Knives Intifada’, Amro’s work has become more difficult. Garden centre glasgow Last October, he was sitting in the garden of the community centre when he got an urgent phone call from a neighbour: Crouched in a doorway near the Beit Hadassah checkpoint, about 220 yards from the community centre, there was a girl with a knife.

The neighbour understood that the girl’s plan was to try to stab an Israeli soldier. Fantasy football mock draft 12 team The neighbour knew that the likely result of such an attack would be the death of the girl, not of the soldier. How to make curtains from sheets And the neighbour knew that when you hoped to avoid violence, Eisa Amro was the person to call.

Amro sprinted to the checkpoint and found the girl there, huddled and trembling. Garden of eden found He knelt next to her and began to talk. Fantasy football rankings half ppr He told her that if she carried out the attack, she was likely to die. Basketball olympics She said, “I don’t care, there’s no hope for me.” Amro told the girl that her death would not help Palestine, that her community needed her. Baseball diamond He talked about the myriad ways the occupation could be opposed without violence and without martyrdom.

“She didn’t believe me,” he says. Fantasy basketball mock draft “But I started giving example after example.” He quoted Quranic teachings about the sanctity of life and the sin of suicide, and in time, he said, “I could see her hold on to a little bit of hope.” Eventually, she handed him the knife. Nicolock pavers He turned her over to the Palestinian police.

Since then he has received other urgent requests for help in averting violence. Jain irrigation stock Among them was one from a young woman who messaged him on Facebook, telling him that she wanted to take up a knife and become a martyr to the Palestinian cause. Small garden designs ideas pictures He discouraged her, pleading the cause of non-violence. Cbssports com fantasy football He reached out to her friends and sent them to her house, where they successfully interceded.

This is the man who now faces a long sentence in an Israeli military prison over offences that include a schoolyard taunt he says he never uttered and an assault he says he could not possibly have carried out. How to install pavers over dirt The prosecution has yet to respond to a motion by Amro’s lawyer to drop 14 of the 18 charges, on the basis of “abuse of justice,” and its pursuit of Amro has been widely condemned.

In the eyes of the world, Amro’s commitment to non-violence has made him a particularly appealing and visible spokesman for his people. Pitched roof definition In the past year, he received visits from members of Congress and even as his original trial date approached, he travelled to Belgium, where he spoke to members of the European Parliament and met with its president.

Self-assured, articulate and principled, Amro and his rising public profile serve as an embarrassment to the Israeli military regime that controls Palestine. Team usa softball As Amos Gilad, the director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at Israel’s defence ministry, told American officials in a comment that came to light as a result of WikiLeaks, “We don’t do Gandhi very well.”

If Israel harasses and prosecutes community organisers like Amro, the youth of Palestine will have no models of resistance to turn to in their frustration and despair.

Michael Chabon is a novelist and the author, most recently, of Moonglow; Ayelet Waldman is a novelist and memoirist, and the author, most recently, of A Really Good Day

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