Haaretz, Jul 30, 2017


A Palestinian girl watches protestors against Israeli restrictions on entry to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza. July 28, 2017 MOHAMMED ABED/AFP

The truth is that every little girl in the West Bank who crosses a checkpoint to get to school is a Rosa Parks.

[...] How many more thousands of prayer rugs have to be unfurled on the streets of Jerusalem before Palestinian nonviolent resistant is not just acknowledged but supported and encouraged? How many more weekly Friday protests need to take place in Bi’lin and other villages in the West Bank? How many peace tents need to be erected and torn down in Jerusalem and in the Naqab?

[...] The bill, drafted with the participation of AIPAC, would make it a crime punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $ 1 million dollars to advocate for the use of nonviolent economic tactics against Israel.

Can you imagine Rosa Parks serving 20 years for organizing the boycott of segregated buses? Or Martin Luther King Jr. forced to pay a million dollars for a boycott of racist lunch counters?

It should be clear to all of us that punishing freedom of expression in the service of ending an injustice is wrong. When given the facts, Americans get it.