Ending Violent Resistance

Target the Oppressor, Not the Resistance

First a given: there can be no resistance unless there is something to resist against. There can be no anti-occupation resistance if there is no occupation, and there can be no resistance against oppression if there is no oppression. It is a simple logic that eludes many people. That it eludes many people (and almost all of the corporate media) is demonstrable by noting the outcry whenever a resistance uses violence: Those evil, soulless terrorists harming other people — and they do it without reason. Well, there is a reason, although the corporate media refuses to divulge it. Occupation/oppression is violent, and it gives rise to resistance. There would be no violence were it not for the violence of occupation and oppression. There is no chicken and egg here. It is obvious that the sole target of vehemence should be the occupation/oppression that induces the resistance, for without the occupation/oppression and the violence that perpetuates it, there would be no violent resistance. Ergo, resistance (whether non-violent or violent) seeks to end violence by defeating an occupation/oppression.

Imagine that a serial rapist breaks into a home and a woman is violently attacked. She responds by pulling out a Smith and Wesson from her dresser and shooting the intruder. Is she now a terrorist? Was her violent resistance wrong? Evil? Illegitimate? Or should she have organized a non-violent resistance against her would-be rapist, such as a boycott of any stores that serve the rapist? Are there many people who would even contemplate such questions?

So why does this simple scenario get turned on its head when it comes to Palestinians and the Zionist Jews who serially violate the Palestinian people?

I had addressed that topic recently in my article “Progressivist Principles and Resistance.” Yesterday, Ramzy Baroud, an Arab-American journalist and chronicler of the Palestinian struggle, wrote an article, “The Violence Debate: Teaching the Oppressed How to Fight Oppression,” that suggested further insight into the topic.

However, there was not much debate about violence in his article. It deals at length with non-violent resistance and cursorily, at most, with violent resistance.

As for the subtitle, it begs the question: who will teach the oppressed how to fight oppression?

Baroud mentions an unnamed Bethlehem organization which invites speakers from Europe and the United States to teach non-violent resistance.

However, if one has never experienced oppression first hand, how does one become a qualified teacher on fighting oppression? Further, since Europe and the US staunchly support Zionism in historical Palestine, why are the invitees sought from these lands?

The Bethlehem organization teaches “the perils of violence and the wisdom of non-violence.” The perils are not mentioned and neither is the wisdom of non-violence, although this is presumably non-violence in the face of violence. If I were an oppressor, I would much rather face a non-violent resistance than a violent resistance. The only thing better would be no resistance. So what is so wise about a resistance movement that throws away a tool from its toolbox?

The Bethlehem organization proffers a line of reasoning that implies Palestinians are naturally violent and that they must be taught non-violence. One wonders where Palestinians may have learned their violence having been oppressed by Zionist Jews for many decades.

Baroud writes of a “largely visual volume [that] … highlighted how Palestinians resisted the occupation peacefully, in contrast to the prevalent media depictions linking Palestinian resistance to violence.”

A logical lacuna is evident here: non-violent resistance is being portrayed as violent “resistance,” but I hardly think the corporate media would depict Palestinians as a resistance. The corporate media depicts Palestinians as “terrorists” and “insurgents.” The deduction is that resistance — whether it be violent or non-violent – is reported as being violent. Ergo, insofar as the corporate media shapes or influences public opinion, non-violent resistance has minimal upsides to it. In the corporate media rendering, all resistance is violent.

Baroud tells of another book “glorifying non-violent resistance.” Palestinian fighters were converting to non-violent resistance because they had discovered that “not all Israelis supported the military occupation.”[italics added] This realization led to the conclusion that “an environment that allowed both Israelis and Palestinians to work together would be best for Palestinians seeking other, more effective means of liberation.”

First, is this realistic or fanciful? No rationale was offered for why this would be “more effective [while noting it was claimed to be the most effective] means of liberation.” How do the oppressed Palestinians work with 6 percent of the oppressor population against the other 94 percent? After all, the Jerusalem Post reported that 94 percent of Israeli Jews supported the Operation Cast Lead massacre in Gaza. To the extent that Palestinians are so fundamentally disarmed by their oppressors that violent resistance is futile and counterproductive, then the resort to non-violent resistance is imposed upon them. But resisting violent oppression with violence against the oppressor is legitimate, and it is legitimate because of the oppression. The oppression is what must be targeted; it is the source of all violence — not the resistance. Clearly, without oppression there would be no resistance.

Second, why should the resistance convert to non-violent means? Baroud channels Gandhi and his non-violent resistance — Satyagraha. However, Gandhi’s Satyagraha targets the oppressors for conversion from their violent ways. It is preposterous that the victims of oppression should be targeted to convert to non-violence under conditions of oppressor violence. Should the Jewish resistance to Nazi German violence have been targeted for conversion to non-violence?

Baroud notes a message: “Palestinians are being taught non-violence; Palestinians are responding positively to the teachings of non-violence.”

This raises a question: How should an occupier feel about being met with non-violence? Is the violence of the occupier/oppressor in response to violent resistance? Of course not; to believe that one would have to posit that the Palestinians relinquished their land to pacific Zionist overtures.

Baroud writes that non-violence “ignite[s] a sense of hope.” Hope!? Baroud abysmally channels Obama. Hope is a word, and a word is easily promised. The Palestinians have been promised many words, including Oslo and the latest “peace negotiations.”

In Lebanon, the resistance movement Hezbollah did not rely on hope; Hezbollah violently resisted the Israeli occupation and defeated it.

Baroud states “a Palestinian Gandhi already exists, in numerous West Bank villages bordering the Israeli Apartheid Wall, which peacefully confront carnivorous Israeli bulldozers as they eat up Palestinian land.”

Of what use so far has this non-violent resistance been in ending the occupation/oppression of Palestinians? Moreover, why do some people assume that Satyagraha caused the British to leave the Indian subcontinent? The British empire was overextended, and a continued physical colonization of India was becoming very unprofitable to Britain.

Baroud does take some aim at non-violence. He says, “The problem with the non-violence bandwagon is that it is grossly misrepresentative of the reality on the ground. It also takes the focus away from the violence imparted by the Israeli occupation…”

He says near the end of the article: “Only the unique experience of the Palestinian people and their genuine struggle for freedom could yield what Palestinians as a collective deem appropriate for their own.” This is in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance.

Choosing the most effective form(s) of resistance is important to any resistance movement. External actors have little right to limit the tactics of a legitimate resistance movement. Any violence is provoked by the oppressor/occupier.

One wonders then why Baroud went so into depth on non-violence resistance without exploring or acknowledging the legitimacy of violent resistance, even though he granted that “the violence of the occupier has a tremendous role in creating” a violent resistance. A “role”? Without occupation/oppression, the conditions for a resistance would not exist.

That is a fact that requires no debate.

Kim Petersen is co-editor of Dissident Voice. He can be reached at: kim@dissidentvoice.org. Read other articles by Kim.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on October 23rd, 2010 at 8:32am #

    I would guess that the reason why Europeans are invited to teach the techniques of non-violent resistence is because Europeans are very good at it! Only 20 years ago, for example, ordinary Europeans brought the communist empire crashing down with practically no violence. Those techniques can be very useful to the Palestinians. The same is true of the propaganda techniques that go with them, not just in terms of the Palestinians’ own propaganda (i.e. knowing how to wrong-foot the Israelis) but in recognising, and thereby neutralising, the inevitable “Israel always wins” propaganda from the other side. The Israelis would like nothing better than for the Palestinians to react like the Indians in the 1950s westerns, which allows them to present themselves as “civilised” and the Palestinians as “savages”. Non-violence allows the Palestinians, not the Israelis, to set the “agenda” and forces the Israelis to justify themselves at every turn, and, in practice, to discredit themselves no matter what they do. Since the tide of history is against them, that will ultimately bring Israel down. Now do you see why Europeans are being called in?

  2. David Silver said on October 23rd, 2010 at 8:44am #

    a comment on Kenny’s comment. The Soviet Union was “no violently”
    brought down with the help of the CIA and serious internal mistakes.
    Kim is on the money. All etniciteies have liberals in Left disguise

  3. Joe Mowrey said on October 23rd, 2010 at 10:02am #

    Another spot on analysis. The sad truth is, no colonial enterprise has ever been overthrown through non-violent means alone. Funny thing is, when someone has there boot on your neck, a principled conversation is not likely to convince them to remove it. Even sadder is the realization that the same truth holds for the prospects of “changing” our U.S. Corporatocracy. Non-violence is only one tool among many others.

  4. Rehmat said on October 23rd, 2010 at 1:32pm #

    Westerners are quite good on lying when it comes to violence. The love to lecture their colonial victims that they will recover their lands, stolen and occupied through wars and terrorism, by adopting Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent protests, which he advised to Chaim Weisman, the President of World Zionist Congress, in 1938 – but the later replied: “What the naked fakir would know about politics”.

    These moral-ridden Westerners preachers also forget how their ancestors occupied Americana, Australia and New Zealand – giving their victims 15 minutes to convert to convert to Christianity or be slaughtered. over 100 million Natives the later option.

    Saving humanity from ‘The Monster’
    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/saving-humanity-from-the-monster/

  5. 3bancan said on October 23rd, 2010 at 2:19pm #

    On this issue I concur with Kim Petersen 100%…

  6. bozh said on October 23rd, 2010 at 3:03pm #

    Partizan resistance had worked in first yugoslavia, greece, albania. Judean and palestinian had not.
    Palestinians have lost land. of course not because of the armed resistance; ‘jews’ might have grabbed even more if pal’ns engaged in an efective to whatever degree passsive massive resistance.
    It has to be solid and massive, i think and then see what wld happen. If it wld turn out to be even worse, one can always resist militarily.

    After all, and occupied people are morally and legally obligated to oppose occupation and by any means whatever.

    To find out if that wld be the case, we need to rerun the history; engaging, like czechs have, only in passive resistance. My own feelings say let pal’ns resist militarily, but cold facts, the entire christo-talmudic world against pal’ns, say no to military resistance.

    Peres on today’s ICH finally admits what i have been saying for decades: Israel needs US for its existence.
    Of course, israeli ‘jews’: yemenis, russians, iraqis and another 100 or so ethnicities are not diaspora ‘jews’.
    These ashkenazi ‘jews’ mostly. naturally no politico wld give adequate/accurate information; thus there is more to it; i.e., situation is worse than the one he presents to us.

    I think that israel is an utter dependency on christo-talmudic cults and its mixture of nations used as cannon fodder.
    I am certain that israel is doomed; it is just dysfunctional; too insignificant; surrounded by eterne enemies.
    Ok! the deserve it! And i won’t see it happen! tnx

  7. Hue Longer said on October 23rd, 2010 at 4:04pm #

    Hello Kim
    Kim said,

    “Imagine that a serial rapist breaks into a home and a woman is violently attacked. She responds by pulling out a Smith and Wesson from her dresser and shooting the intruder. Is she now a terrorist? Was her violent resistance wrong? Evil? Illegitimate? Or should she have organized a non-violent resistance against her would-be rapist, such as a boycott of any stores that serve the rapist? Are there many people who would even contemplate such questions”?

    While I certainly agree with the sentiment, the woman with a gun has a great chance of ending that oppression right there and then. Were her attacker making sure that no matter whom she reached out to, she would never get a gun -much less one bigger than her attacker’s, firing a peashooter at him may not work…especially if her fearful and complicit neighbors also feared the attacker and hadn’t the power to directly step in or buy her a gun as big as her attacker’s

    But yeah, whatever she tried to do to him would be justified

  8. Don Hawkins said on October 23rd, 2010 at 4:05pm #

    Resistance, oppressor, oppressed now just on the off chance there is another word.

    sur•viv•al

    Pronunciation: (sur-vī’vul),
    —n.
    1. the act or fact of surviving, esp. under adverse or unusual circumstances.
    2. a person or thing that survives or endures, esp. an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.
    3. Anthropol.(no longer in technical use) the persistence of a cultural trait, practice, or the like long after it has lost its original meaning or usefulness.

    —adj.
    of, pertaining to, or for use in surviving, esp. under adverse or unusual circumstances: survival techniques

    FRED DE SAM LAZARO: The terrain is rocky and parched, more so in recent years due to drought. But many Israelis say they have witnessed a modern-day miracle in the Holy Land.

    Women (through translator): In another three years, Israel’s water crisis will be over.

    FRED DE SAM LAZARO: This commercial from Israel’s public water utility boasts of a new abundance.

    WOMAN (through translator): It will happen because the desalination plants will reach full working capacity

    FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Palestinians complain that Israel controls water sources that should be shared, even though there’s a joint committee set up under the 1993 Oslo accords that must approve water permits.

    Palestinian water minister Shaddad Al Attili says Israel’s water policies imperil any permanent peace plan.

    SHADDAD AL ATTILI, water minister, Palestinian Authority: People talking about two-state solution and enable a viable Palestinian state, imagine this state if there’s no water. We’re saying there will be no viable state if there’s no water

    FRED DE SAM LAZARO: And one that no longer flows into another fabled landmark. We walked in the ruins of a hotel veranda from where a few decades ago tourists stuck their toes in the Dead Sea. The shoreline has now receded more than a half-mile away.

    Lake Kinneret, the biblical Sea of Galilee, is another body of water that used to be naturally connected to the Jordan River.

    FRED DE SAM LAZARO: He blames five years of drought and overpumping. The lake remains a major source of freshwater for Israel and, ironically, also for the Jordan River that once flowed into it.

    The fresh lake water is pumped into the river to keep a two-mile stretch clean for Christian tourists who come to the Jordan, where they believe Christ was baptized. PBS

    (AFP) – 4 days ago

    WASHINGTON — Large swathes of the planet could experience extreme drought within the next 30 years unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, according to a study released Tuesday.

    “We are facing the possibility of widespread drought in the coming decades, but this has yet to be fully recognized by both the public and the climate change research community,” said National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai, who conducted the study.

    “If the projections in this study come even close to being realized, the consequences for society worldwide will be enormous,” he said.

    Parts of Asia, the United States, and southern Europe, and much of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East could be hit by severe drought in the next few decades, with regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea seeing “almost unprecedented” drought conditions, the study says. AFP

    A person or thing that survives or endures, esp. an ancient custom, observance, belief, or the like.

    It will happen because the desalination plants will reach full working capacity, It will happen because the desalination plants will reach full working capacity. When I read that my first thought was sort of like this.

    “The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering—a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons—a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting—three hundred million people all with the same face.” Orwell

  9. Don Hawkins said on October 23rd, 2010 at 5:11pm #

    Would you say the Palestinians are more oppressed or Americans? How about the Russian people that I read from time to time more oppressed or Americans? To me the worst kind of oppression is the one for the mind a prison for the mind. When I watch talking heads, so called leaders, movie stars, comedians, so called journalists here in the greatest nation on Earth it’s almost like there is this invisible wall that they can go up to but never cross it’s where they must stop. Granted what we also see and hear is not a little bit bigger brain but like Einstein said, “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, scince for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despiceable an ignoreable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” — Albert Einstein

    Again what we now see and what Einstein wrote is giving the fool’s, clowns credit. Yes I live in the United States light on the United and I never forget about that prison for the mind, never. Did I always’ do that or think in that way of course not but in old twenty ten why most people can’t see it I guess is just part of the oppression then again maybe we do see it.

  10. milan said on October 23rd, 2010 at 6:39pm #

    Kim I pretty much agree with you.
    I was last year in Palestine and was doing Political Performances there to support the hunan rights of Palestinians. And one day I was trowing the peas (the biblical proverb about vanity of certain human actions-in this case building the stupid walls) on the apartheid wall behind Jerusalem and some Palestinian join me with trowing the rocks. I told him ” Look buddy I feel that art can be sometimes more powerful than violent action”.
    And while I still feel that artists are the most powerful people in changing the human minds I had to think allot about that stone thrower and his way how to deal with the oppression. Here is the link to my performance:
    http://www.mobius.org/blog/milan-kohout/july-2009-art

  11. Don Hawkins said on October 24th, 2010 at 4:30am #

    Aha the rock’s and his way how to deal with the oppression. Artists can help as it seems to me it’s the artists that need the help. Let’s see how could we help them and let’s add policy makers, sports stars, bankers, all the beautiful people on Wall Street might be a few more and how well it’s called work the real thing. Not for an hour to make a show but week’s and months of work and doesn’t mean to tell other people how to work but do the work. There is lot’s of work to be done trust me on this one and when the window between reality and unreality breaks as it’s already somewhat broken we will be way ahead of the game. Of course we could go on the other path and somebody is in for a big surprise. You mean do real work for day’s at a time not a commercial or go on TV and talk crap by golly I think you are starting to get it. Hay up here on the hill we get a free lunch and it’s fun what we do I don’t think this whole work part real work is our cup of tea. On Wall Street are they going to have another party well a work party comes to mind. Of course we will hear this isn’t the American way really just what is the American way have China make little plastic things or is Mexico a better choice. I watched Palin gave a speech yesterday and kind of like my first grade teacher have we all been good little boy’s and girl’s today who want’s to pass out the chocolate milk and we need to take back our country from Nancy and Harry. “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, scince for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. Thank you Albert and if you could come back and see the world today I would really like to know your thought’s cup of coffee.

  12. mary said on October 24th, 2010 at 12:19pm #

    Not anti-Semitic. Anti Zionist.
    Not hysteria. Just the facts.

    Get used to it.

  13. MylesH said on October 24th, 2010 at 2:08pm #

    Why does this article remind me of the Quakers who are so good at professing non-violence but rarely know anything of violence themselves?

  14. catguy00 said on October 24th, 2010 at 3:53pm #

    Tibetan Buddhists do a good job.

  15. Jonas Rand said on October 24th, 2010 at 4:13pm #

    But they haven’t achieved justice for Tibet.

    I agree with Kim here; there is a need for struggle against oppressive forces in Palestine; nonviolence and dialogue has been tried in Palestine, and it failed. The Palestinians have been forced to fight Zionist oppression and Israeli ethnic cleansing. Israel’s military is doing to the Palestinians what Nazi Germany did to Jews, and it’s very ironic that they accuse pro-Palestinian activists of not remembering German history. Resistance against ethnic cleansing should be applauded, and while nonviolence is laudable, I’m afraid it won’t work in reversing Israel’s displacement and murder of Palestinians.

  16. Rehmat said on October 24th, 2010 at 7:40pm #

    MylesH – what about Mormons? They profess to be Gandhians. However, they along with CIA and Mossad brought down the demcratically elected government of Chile in 1973. They’re also allegedly played part in Mossad false-flag, the 9/11.

    http://rehmat2.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/chile-%e2%80%93-israel-exploits-mine-tragedy/

  17. catguy00 said on October 25th, 2010 at 8:28am #

    Mossad was involved in the Chile coup?

  18. 3bancan said on October 25th, 2010 at 5:51pm #

    mnbob said on October 25th, 2010 at 5:16pm #

    “Can you name some of the death camps…?”

    Gaza is one. Of course not for a zionazi of mnbob’s caliber.
    mnbob is obviously blind to the genocide of the indigenous population in Palestine being perpetrated by JEWS…

  19. Jonas Rand said on October 25th, 2010 at 6:31pm #

    Gaza and The Negev Desert. Of course, a better comparison for Gaza would be with the bantustans of Apartheid South Africa, but the Warsaw Ghetto would do fine. What is going on in the Negev Desert is a campaign of ethnic cleansing and internal displacement for the Bedouins.

  20. mary said on October 26th, 2010 at 5:18am #

    How terrible for the Palestinian people to be told this and how disgusting.

    The ‘precepts’ of world governance are swept away by a well paid lackey from the eviscerated UN. And what is Mr Whitley’s view about the immigrant Jews from 1885 onwards, and especially during WW2 and post WW2? ‘To have is to hold’ eh? No law. The powerful, the greedy and the utterly corrupt own the law. The US/UK/Israel axis is rearranging our world nicely as desired by Cheney.

    A quote I read ‘The capo, Dick Cheney, was home pushing buttons and pulling strings for shocking and awing and burning and blasting.’

    Blair wrote that Cheney wanted a wholesale reorganization of the political map of the Middle East after 9/11.

    http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=192485

  21. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 27th, 2010 at 6:38am #

    Of course Gandhian non-violence is only conceivable where the oppressed majority vastly outnumbers the oppressors, and where the oppressors do not resort to genocide. The English practised genocide in India as long as they could, through war and man-made famines that killed tens of millions, extending up until the mid 1940s and the infamous Bengal Famine that saw of six to ten million innocents die. But the coming to power of a Leftist UK Government and imperial overstretch and exhaustion saw the English ‘grant’ independence (to the racist Churchill’s outrage). Even then they botched, possibly deliberately, the ‘partition’. The Palestinians are faced by an enemy and oppressor that regards them, not only as a lesser form of existence (like all goyim) whose murder, even of children, is not only religiously acceptable, but a ‘mitzvah’ or good deed, but also with that visceral hatred that all European colonists have for the indigenous untermenschen who get in the way. Hezbollah is the only example the Palestinians can follow, for reasons not only of efficacy, but of moral hygiene, because practising non-violence in the face of radical evil is moral cowardice and spiritual surrender.

  22. shabnam said on October 27th, 2010 at 7:28am #

    Palestinians, according to international law, have the rights to force the occupiers out of their territories especially when the enemy acknowledges the land they have taken and occupied by violence means is NOT THEIRS, thus, they came to this conclusion that only through extermination of the indigenous population, Palestinians both Muslims and Christians are able to hold on to the stolen land.

    The Zionist terrorists who have killed civilians and toddlers with Phosphorus and depleted uranium, are trying to fool the international community by labeling the victims as ‘terrorists’ to let the real terrorists, the zionofascists, off the hook. No one buys their lies.
    David Ben-Gurion, once said to his General Staff ….

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.”
    –David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Bar-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978

    As other scholars and activists have documented, the vicious cycle of violence in occupied Palestine was introduced by the Judeofascists to wipe Palestinians off their land. The following video exposes the lies of the Zionists when they label the VICTIMS as terrorists where only FITS THE ZIONISTS’ ACTIONS.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2jZo-FYLA&feature=related

  23. mary said on October 27th, 2010 at 10:31am #

    How ironic that Capetown Opera are performing Porgy and Bess in Israel having refused to cancel their tour. As Archbishop Tutu says “To perform Porgy and Bess, with its universal message of non-discrimination, in the present state of Israel, is unconscionable”.

    http://www.mg.co.za/article/2010-10-27-tutus-call-to-cape-town-opera-gets-strong-reaction

  24. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 27th, 2010 at 11:20pm #

    mary, it was good to see Tutu acting commendably, but the vicious racist liars and humbugs amongst the comments were really depressing to read. These racist scum are on the march, worldwide, and the single greatest source of strength and support for their vile crusade is Israel and the Zionazi bloc that so dominates Western politics and the media.

  25. hayate said on October 28th, 2010 at 12:29am #

    Mulga Mumblebrain

    Yup

  26. mary said on October 28th, 2010 at 12:36am #

    Will Kenney try to stop Galloway this time?

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Former British MP George Galloway announces ten-city speaking tour of Canada

    Tour includes visit to Jason Kenney’s Calgary constituency

    Toronto – Former British MP George Galloway will appear in ten cities on a pan-Canadian speaking tour from November 16 to 27, 2010. Organized by local peace coalitions and Palestine solidarity campaigns across Canada, the tour is called “Free Palestine, Free Afghanistan, Free Speech”. Mr. Galloway will speak about the Canadian government’s attempts to ban him as well as the political situation in the Middle East and Central Asia.

    “I’m looking forward to speaking in person with the many Canadians who have defended their right to hear me, including those who disagree with me,” said Mr. Galloway from London, UK. “I’m also looking forward to challenging Jason Kenney to a public debate, who has yet to account for his role in trying to keep me out of Canada.”

    Mr. Galloway’s tour includes the following cities: Montreal (Nov 17), Halifax (Nov 18), Toronto (Nov 20), Hamilton (Nov 21), Vancouver (Nov 22), Calgary (Nov 23), Yellowknife (Nov 24), Edmonton (Nov 25), Winnipeg (Nov 26) and Ottawa (Nov 27).

    Details of each event are available at http://www.defendfreespeech.ca/

    On September 27, the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney had attempted to ban Galloway from Canada for purely political reasons: “It is clear that the efforts to keep Mr. Galloway out of the country had more to do with antipathy to his political views than with any real concern that he had engaged in terrorism or was a member of a terrorist organization” (bit.ly/cKc7nd – paragraph 8). The ruling cleared the way for Galloway to return to Canada. On October 2, he arrived in Toronto. The next day, he addressed a crowd of over 800 people at a downtown church.

    For more information, please contact:

    Ron McKay
    Spokesperson, George Galloway: realmckay at gmail.com

    James Clark
    Spokesperson, Defend Free Speech Campaign: defendfreespeech.ca at gmail.com or 416-795-5863 (cell)

  27. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 29th, 2010 at 2:41am #

    Of course Kenney will attempt some dirty tactic, mary, because his Zionazi owners expect it from their Sabbat Goy stooges. If Kenney shows any reluctance, he will be replaced by something even more craven, even more adept at self-abasement. I saw something analogous in Rupert Moloch’s ‘The Fundament’ (aka The Australian) recently. The indescribable Christopher Hitchen’s, currently paying his debt to nature, and still spewing the crudest Islamophobia, was berated by the even (if such things are possible) more repellent Benny Morris. His crime? The lack of sufficient ardour in his hatred of the Palestinians. Morris’ oily paws ticked Hitchens as ‘acceptable’ on his hatred of Islam and Moslems, but apparently he had once or twice (possibly in the past, before his soul was bought by the Zionazis) inferred that Palestinians might just, possibly, be human beings, deserving of some measure of justice. This had little Benny’s holy blood boiling, I can tell you. Lesson? As ever, no matter how low the Sabbat Goyim prostrate themselves, no matter how much dust they swallow, a second’s deviation is punished with ritual abuse of unsurprising intensity.

  28. demize said on November 7th, 2010 at 1:07am #

    I’m a bit late to the game here, but this is one of my pet topics. The reason the dogma of non violence is so appealing to certain types.is quite frankly they are cowards and cannot fathom themselves using they’re natural right of self defense. They delude themselves into.thinking it is somehow noble to allow a bully to thrash you, when it is indeed only debasing. While I may or may not be a coward myself, I would never deign to instruct an oppressed people on their choosen strategy of resistance. If I would not have the courage to offer in kind to the soldier or police who would brutalize me, I most certainly would not rhetorically disabuse one who would. After all it is the very least I can do.

  29. demize said on November 7th, 2010 at 1:08am #

    Please forgive my misspellings, my KB insists on correcting me when I am already correct

  30. mary said on November 7th, 2010 at 1:26am #

    From the Herald Scotland by David Pratt

    ‘Here’s one to ponder. When is a war criminal not a war criminal? The answer: when you’re an Israeli. This appears to be the premise the British Government would like us to sign up to, if Downing Street’s latest willingness to dance to Jerusalem’s tune is anything to go by.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague had barely set foot in the unholy land this week on his first official visit when the Israelis were springing the mother of all diplomatic ambushes. British officials were said to be “irritated” that Israel had suddenly decided to suspend “strategic dialogue” with Britain over defence and security issues in protest at attempts to use British law to prosecute visiting Israeli officials for war crimes.’

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    http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/guest-commentary/it-is-criminal-how-britain-grovels-to-israeli-bullying-1.1066162