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  •  It hasn't helped their cause. Half the West Bank (2+ / 0-)
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    has been stolen while they've protested non-violently, and the us continues to increase military aid to Israel as a reward.

    There was a violent faction in India and South Africa, too.  They were the minority there, just as they have been in Palestine since the early 1980's.

    As long as the US continues to pay for the occupation, there is no chance of non-violent resistance succeeding.  Non-violent resistance does not work by appealing to the sympathy of people who don't view you as human.

    It works by making abusing you financially unsustainable.  

    The British left India because it was costing more to occupy it than they were making by doing so.  These are the people who starved 16 million Indians to death in two years and weren't bothered - they had no morals to appeal to.

    If you watched the news in the 1970's, you'd think resistance in South Africa was nothing but "terrorism" too.

    "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

    by JesseCW on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:53:52 AM PST

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