Oh, for heaven’s sake.
The Economist is the latest stalwart of the quality press to swoon over the events of Naqba Day. The protesters were downright Gandhi-esque, apparently, in their commitment to peaceful, non-violent, civil disobedience. The paper issues the challenge:
Will we even bother to acknowledge that the Palestinians are protesting non-violently? Or will we soldier on with the same empty decades-old rhetoric, now drained of any truth or meaning, because it protects established relationships of power? What will it take to make Americans recognise that the real Martin Luther King-style non-violent Palestinian protestors have arrived, and that Israeli soldiers are shooting them with real bullets?
Here are some photographs from daisy-tossing, non-violent Naqba Day.
1. The aftermath of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv in which an Israeli Arab — apparently taking up the fight on his brethren’s behalf — plowed his truck into vehicles and pedestrians, killing one and injuring 17, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “Death to the Jews”:
2. A Palestinian throws a fire bomb towards Israeli soldiers following Friday prayer in Arab East Jerusalem:
3. Palestinian protesters surge over the Syrian-Israeli border fence near Majd al-Shams in a mass infiltration attempt:
4. A Palestinian throws a firecracker towards Israeli border police in the Shufat refugee camp outside Jerusalem:
[All images via The Atlantic.]