Defending the Palestinian Right to Resist
Amira Hass, a Jewish-Israeli journalist who spent almost 20 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank, received a lot of hate mail and calls for her prosecution after she defended the right of Palestinians to resist violent occupation.
Throwing stones is the birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule. Throwing stones is an action as well as a metaphor of resistance. Persecution of stone-throwers, including 8-year-old children, is an inseparable part ? though it’s not always spelled out ? of the job requirements of the foreign ruler, no less than shooting, torture, land theft, restrictions on movement, and the unequal…
According to Hass Israelis deny “how much violence is used on a daily basis against Palestinians. They don’t like to be told that someone has the right to resist their violence.”
Hass was invited to Democracy Now to discuss the reactions to her piece against the background of John Kerry’s visit to Israel.
Transcript at Democracy Now.