Popular Protest in Palestine - The uncertain future of unarmed resistance

Popular Protest in Palestine - The uncertain future of unarmed resistance

Marwan Darweish

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Popular Protest in Palestine provides an overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil resistance in the Palestinian national movement.

Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby focus on the contemporary popular resistance movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, prefaced by a historical review of the thread of unarmed civil resistance that has run throughout the history of the Palestinian liberation struggle.

The authors explore this underemphasized dimension of the Palestinian struggle, arguing that at the present juncture the popular resistance movement, especially in the West Bank, is the most significant form of struggle against the ongoing occupation.

“With Israeli occupation forces and the U.S.-led 'peace process' limiting both military and diplomatic options for achieving their freedom, Palestinians and their supporters are utilizing the power of popular unarmed resistance in their struggle for a viable independent state. Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby have written the most significant and comprehensive study of this important but under-appreciated part of the Palestinian resistance.”

-- Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco

"Darweish and Rigby, authors of Popular Protest in Palestine, discuss many of the major settings for Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the occupation—the villages of Bil’in, Nabi Salih, the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah, the South Hebron Hills, and so on. It is certainly true, as I can attest from personal experience, that one meets many remarkable, courageous, and astonishingly articulate people in these settings."

― New York Review of Books


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