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Issue 2454 | March - May 2004

Nonviolent Action in Israel/Palestine

Editorial Note

Before you get stuck into reading this thematic section on nonviolent action in Israel/Palestine, we thought it important to point out some inconsistencies in language that you are about t

The soldiers at my front door

I live in a tiny, remote, impoverished, three-block-long town in the desert of north eastern New Mexico.

Smoking the peace pipe

On the last evening of the World Social Forum, I was standing in the Azad Maidan, surveying the crowds and getting ready for the evening's concert.

Angola: two years after the endof decades of war

Angola is one of the countries in the world that has been most affected by war and violence over the past four decades.

Do we need a contraceptive for the machine [1]? Or "why is everyone smiling?"

We receive important personal and social blessings from technology of all kinds, but for a quarter century we have been completely dominated by a seriously unexamined technology of which S

All change!

Well, not quite, but we would like to take the opportunity to say fond farewells and enthusiastic welcomes to volunteers and staff on the PN team and to flag up two opportunities

... an escalation of nonviolence

The current bloody struggle between Israel and the Palestinians has continued for about two years.

Nonviolence as a strategy of struggle and method for peace-making

Bernard Shaw once said, “If you break a nation's nationality, it will think of nothing else but getting it set again.

Asserting our humanity

“Can you dance your tragedies? Can you dance your dreams?

The value of nonviolent inaction

I spent last summer as a volunteer on the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

Heading in the right direction

The principal focus of non-violent campaigns in Israel-Palestine is the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip.

A growing phenomenon?

In January 2004 Rudi Friedrich met Gush Shalom activist and member of the Refuser Parents Forum Adam Keller at his home.

The crucial fire

As a Palestinian dance choreographer working in the midst of conflict, I am often asked: what is the rationale of your artistic engagement under the circumstances?

Palestinian women against the Apartheid Wall

The “Apartheid Wall”, intended to be about 350 miles long and which confiscates 60% of the occupied West Bank's land and encloses numerous communities in several enclaves or Bantustans, is

Nonviolence in the Israeli women's peace movement

Non-violence as a strategy has been practised throughout the Israeli women's peace movement since the founding of Women in Black in early 1988, one month after the first Palestinian Intifa

Between the lines

It is January 2004, the sun is shining and it feels like a warm day in Jerusalem.

Apartheid Israel: a critical reading of the Geneva Accords

In the face of the lack of progress in any official “peace process” in Israel/Palestine, there have recently been some unofficial proposals prepared - by peace campaigners or by less entre

Non-stop nukestopping

Trident Ploughshares (TP) activists seem fuelled by something as long lasting as radioactivity, never ceasing in taking bites, sometimes mosquito size, at the bases and companies in England and Sco

SOA activists sentenced

In late January, 28 peace activists were sentenced to a cumulative five years and ten and a half months in prison, five years probation, and US$8,500 in fines as a result of a nonviolent p

Japan says no to deployment

The deployment of Japanese troops in Iraq, which began in January and is the first such operation since the second world war, continues to attract opposition from the majority of Japanese

Reaction against reactors

Up to 15,000 people took to the streets of Paris in January to protest against a new nuclear programme about to kick off in France and across Europe.