21/05/2010

May 17 to 21, 2010

– Palestinian nonviolence relies on global non-silence, (21/05/2010), The Guardian

The nonviolence resistance in Palestine has always existed even if there is no a great leader of this movement as Gandhi was for India. Nonviolence is a means of resistance which has unfortunately not been respected by Israel. The Palestinian nonviolent resisters have always been the Israeli repression but today this phenomenon is gradually revealed to the international community.

– After denied entry to West Bank, Chomsky likens Israel to ‘Stalinist regime’ (17/05/2010), Haaretz

Noam Chomsky has been banned from entering West Bank. Invited at Birzeit University, the American Jewish professor was unable to enter the West Bank to provide to students a speech on « America and the world, » which he finally turned into video conferencing. Supporter of a two-state solution, but not the one proposed by Israel, Chomsky accuses the authorities to behave as a « Stalinist regime ». Besides the Hebrew University of Jerusalem find this situation « embarrassing » and a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry explained that it was a misunderstanding.

– What the Israelis refuse to see (Ce que les Israéliens refusent de voir), (19/05/2010), Haaretz (Courrier International)

In his article, Yitzhak Laor highlights the Israeli population’s denial of Palestinians’ repression. This topic is not only obscured by the Israelis but also the information is controlled by the army which refrains from saying too much. Indeed, Israel army spared the population details.

– Syrians and Israelis are talking …on Internet (Syriens et Israéliens se parlent… sur Internet), (20/05/2010), France24

Making new technologies work in favor of a constructive dialogue is what Yoav Stern and Otrakji Camille have done. On May 17, the web site OneMideast is created. This platform provides an opportunity for Israelis and Syrians to communicate among themselves about the war between their two countries, which has been at war since 1948, in the hope that this will influence public decisions for peacemaking.