Role of Youth in Peace

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Mahatma Gandhi used the term “Satyagraha” to refer to a kind of active but absolutely non-violent resistance to oppression. In his words:

“Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force. I thus began to call the Indian movement Satyagraha, that is to say, the Force which is born of Truth and Love or non-violence, and gave up the use of the phrase “passive resistance”, in connection with it, so much so that even in English writing we often avoided it and used instead the word “satyagraha”... [Satyagraha in South Africa, 1926 from Johnson, p. 73., (found on Wikipedia, Satyagraha)]

To counter the hatred which exists on BOTH sides of the Israeli-Palestine conflict I call on all peaceful, freedom loving people to engage in satyagraha to bring a swift end to the violence and guard the dignity for the Palestinian people.

The nine rules of a satyagraha campaign are:

1. harbour no anger

2. suffer the anger of the opponent

3. never retaliate to assaults or punishment; but do not submit, out of fear of punishment or assault, to an order given in anger

4. voluntarily submit to arrest or confiscation of your own property

5. if you are a trustee of property, defend that property (non-violently) from confiscation with your life

6. do not curse or swear

7. do not insult the opponent

8. neither salute nor insult the flag of your opponent or your opponent’s leaders

9. if anyone attempts to insult or assault your opponent, defend your opponent (non-violently) with your life

10. as a prisoner, behave courteously and obey prison regulations (except any that are contrary to self-respect)

11. as a prisoner, do not ask for special favourable treatment

12. as a prisoner, do not fast in an attempt to gain conveniences whose deprivation does not involve any injury to your self-respect

13. joyfully obey the orders of the leaders of the civil disobedience action

14. do not pick and choose amongst the orders you obey; if you find the action as a whole improper or immoral, sever your connection with the action entirely

15. do not make your participation conditional on your comrades taking care of your dependents while you are engaging in the campaign or are in prison; do not expect them to provide such support

16. do not become a cause of communal quarrels

17. do not take sides in such quarrels, but assist only that party which is demonstrably in the right; in the case of inter-religious conflict, give your life to protect (non-violently) those in danger on either side

18. avoid occasions that may give rise to communal quarrels

19. do not take part in processions that would wound the religious sensibilities of any community

[Gandhi, M.K. “Some Rules of Satyagraha” Young India (Navajivan) 23 February 1930 (The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi vol. 48, p. 340) (found directly on Wikipedia, Satyagraha)]

Note in particular point number 9: “if anyone attempts to insult or assault your opponent, defend your opponent (non-violently) with your life” That means that in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABjE_7uwA0I the protesters should have THEMSELVES FORMED A PROTECTIVE QUARDEN AROUND THE LONE STUDENT WITH THE ISRALI FLAG AND DEFENDED HIM FROM BOTH PHISICAL AND VIRBAL ABUSE

I know some of you will have problems with this philosophy. I cannot argue with the anger of those who have lost loved ones to the violence from either side. But consider that further violence does neither side any good. For instance, attacks on Israeli citizens merely fuels propaganda against the peace movement.

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Mahatma Gandhi used the term “Satyagraha” to refer to a kind of active but absolutely non-violent resistance to oppression. In his words:

“Truth (satya) implies love,...
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