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The story of Ni'lin : Comments

By Neve Gordon, published 24/7/2008

The residents of a West Bank town continue to fight Israel's efforts to take away their land. Is anyone listening?

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Ni'lin/Bi'lin (alternative spellings apparently) is a current hot topic, I find it somewhat hard to believe the search results for a start (I got 99,000 for Ni'lin & 332,000 for Bi'lin for a start). It is as good an example of a 'non-violent, public disobedience campaign' as you are likely to see. As to there being little to no coverage, there is a LOT of coverage - for example, here is the report of the investigation of a shooting of an unarmed protestor and the fact that indictments are expected: Here is another report on the current legal proceedings vis-a-vis the routing of the wall:

They are protesting against the route of the wall, which is their right, and have been somewhat succesful (even to the extent that the route was changed:

Seems there is a chance, that if this gets up that non-violent protest might one day be viewed as a legitimate way of getting one's point across in the West Bank (who'd of thought it?). Finally someone with brains getting involved by the looks of it, I wonder if this will spread? Can't really see Hamas/Fatah embracing it, and I can't see the proponents of it using it succesfully against either, so unfortunately it probably is a flash in the pan (although I suspect the peace at any price crowd will try it again and again ad nauseum).
Posted by Haganah Bet, Sunday, 3 August 2008 11:57:53 PM
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