We will likely be debating what exactly occurred aboard the Mavi Marmara for some time to come. In the meantime, similar tragedies are occurring throughout the Occupied Territories on a virtually daily basis.
An indication of the power of effective nonviolent resistance is when not only the oppressor, but also the "bystanders," are confronted with the choice between aiding resistance or publicly siding with brutality.
For the last five years our village, Bil'in, has been holding weekly protests against the apartheid wall and settlement built on our land. In Bil'in we fight against the theft of our land with creative nonviolence.
Ebadi told me that part of her job is to help women interpret Islam "correctly" in order to assert their claim to equal rights. If she is any indication, the Iranian Women's Movement is in extremely capable hands.
Much is heard of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the story of the determined, long-term nonviolent resistance of many Palestinian villagers to the loss of their lands, striking as it may be, is seldom told.