Palestinians Try Less Violent Resistance

Peaceful protests, boycott of Israeli products gain traction
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2010 5:41 AM CDT
Palestinians Try Less Violent Resistance
Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinians plant trees during a protest, against the uprooting of trees belonging to Palestinians by Israeli settlers, in the West Bank town of Burin, Jan. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Burnt out on both armed struggle and diplomacy, Palestinian leaders are looking to a third path: political resistance that seeks to be non-violent. The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority's new strategy to try to end Israeli occupation includes unarmed protest marches, boycott campaigns against goods produced by Israeli settlers, and illegal tree-planting in off-limits West Bank areas, the New York Times reports.

It's an approach that fits the times: While Palestinians are in a "crisis of vision" about how to deal with Israel, daily life on the West Bank has become increasingly normalized and functional in the past two years—offering the business community hope that the push to ban settlers' products will give Palestinian companies a chance to replace Israeli goods with their own.
(More Palestinian Authority stories.)

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