Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Why do we study history?

The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have finally found a great way to bring attention to their cause.  International waters, food and refugees and emergency supplies.   Strong tactics.  This is the perfect recipe to end oppression.  And much more effective than terrorism.  Where could the Palestinians possibly have learned this?

Oh yeah, from the Israelis themselves.  The Haganah  was the 1940s Jewish movement to resist the immigration restrictions to Palestine by the British after World War II.  100,000 Jews fought blockades and imprisonment in over 100 ships leaving from European ports (including Turkey). 

On passive resistance, there’s a great scene in the film Ghandi where an early Ghandi fights South African apartheid and which sums up everything. It’s one of my favorites – dedicate 3 minutes and 39 seconds to this. 


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