The tricky concept of violence. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Fortuna Benmayor
    • 28.10.11 | 17:36 (IST)

    A checkpoint, a daily checkpoint, daily time wasted standing in cue at them, bypass highways and ordinary roads, seeing them being built, expropriating lands sometimes, condos popping up on the already small territory that is supposed to be given to a Palestinian state... those don't fly as rocks do, their pace -for some twisted reason- isn't considered "violent". But woe when a stone hurts smashes the forehead an innocent policeman, when barricades flare up, and tires spew black smoke, or molotovs are thrown against a police vehicle. Now THAT IS violent... The tricky concept of violence. It happens everywhere. Wall Street isn't violent. Protesting is. Privatizing water for juicy gains of a few isn't violent, denouncing it is. Thus, when systemic violence happens daily, and oppresses the majority, then only the blind call rock-throwing inexplicable violence. Violence is ugly both where it begins and where it ends. Uprooting it requires to see it first, something not all are willing to do.

    from the article: Hundreds of Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in West Bank
    First published 15:16 28.10.11 | Last updated 15:16 28.10.11
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