Thursday, December 17, 2009

Let's Make It Now: Mustafa Barghouti in the New York Times asks "When Will It Be Our Time?"

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, the independent politician best known either for his involvement in nonviolent resistance to the occupation (if you're "in the know") or as the only guest to be interrupted in the history of the Daily Show had an excellent op-ed in yesterday's New York Times. Titled "When Will It Be Our Time?" Barghouti's column asks how long Palestinians are expected to wait for justice, and emphasizes the role of nonviolent action--including boycott, divestment, and sanction--in the movement for a just peace in Palestine and Israel:
"Through decades of occupation and dispossession, 90 percent of the Palestinian struggle has been nonviolent, with the vast majority of Palestinians supporting this method of struggle. Today, growing numbers of Palestinians are participating in organized nonviolent resistance....A new generation of Palestinian leaders is attempting to speak to the world in the language of a nonviolent campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions....The same world that rejects all use of Palestinian violence, even clear self-defense, surely ought not begrudge us the nonviolence employed by men such as King and Gandhi....There comes a time when people cannot take injustice any more, and this time has come to Palestine."
Two things on this. First, the New York Times deserves to be thanked for publishing this column--but this is the same New York Times that posed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "man of peace" only a few days ago. Use our media action tools to respond. Second, Dr. Barghouti's article is a call for solidarity with the nonviolent struggle for justice and peace--a solidarity expressed internationally via the growing movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israeli occupation and apartheid. Click here to read about our latest victory in the Motorola boycott, and click here to get involved with BDS by signing up as a local organizer for our Motorola or Caterpillar campaign. Dr. Barghouti wants to know when the time comes for justice for Palestinians. Let's make the answer to that question a resounding "Now!"