Sunday, October 19, 2008

Non violent resistance in Palestine

Tuesday, 4th November 2008 at 6.30pm
Committee Room 10, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A (Via St. Stephen's
Entrance) - Nearest Underground: Westminster

All Welcome (on first come, first seated basis)

About the book:
In A Quiet Revolution, King presents the remarkable and previously untold account of
the first intifada as a massive non-violent social mobilization. The Palestinians’
deliberately chosen methods for resisting the Israeli occupation effectively debunk
the widely held notion of the first intifada as violent. A decades-long spread of
knowledge about non-violent strategies throughout Palestinian society shaped the
uprising, which was years in the making, not a spontaneous rebellion as press
accounts led many to believe. Joint Israeli-Palestinian committees were the earliest
harbingers of a political evolution underway, and stood in contrast to the PLO's
military doctrine of “all means of struggle.” Once under way, the intifada’s ability
to continue despite harsh reprisals relied on thousands of “popular committees,”
often started and run by women, to sustain communities under curfew or on strike.
From the 1987 uprising would emerge the most cogent pressure to date to create a
Palestinian state alongside Israel, with implied acceptance of the latter’s
permanence.

Drawing on the history of non-violent movements―from the strategies of the U.S.
civil rights leaders in the American South to the Czech and Slovaks’ velvet
revolution to the Serbian activists who brought down Slobodan Milošević―King argues
that through the use of non-violent strategies, Palestinians and Israelis can
achieve peace.

About the author:Mary Elizabeth King worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. (no
relation) as a student. Now professor of peace and conflict studies at the
UN-affiliated University for Peace, and senior associate fellow, Rothermere American
Institute, University of Oxford, King is author of Freedom Song: A Personal Story of
the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, which won her a 1988 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
Book Award, and Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr: The Power of Non-violent
Action. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Oxford, UK.

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