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What would Gandhi do in Gaza? Finkelstein on Gandhian strategies and myths

An interesting snippet on strategy from a Q and A following a Norman Finkelstein lecture in Canada a few days ago. Here is the link to the main lecture which I am not posting — it follows closely an article Finkelstein recently wrote, reproduced here at PULSE — but I thought this shorter clip was worth highlighting for the first couple of responses (thanks, 99). See also this lecture dedicated to Gandhian lessons for I-P, delivered a month earlier.

As for the myth of the two blue lines in the hafrada regime’s flag representing The Nile and the Euphrates rather than the tallit prayer shawl, the correct meaning does not prevent people from speculating beyond symbolism about the greater israel project; see this piece from Wayne Madsen: Israel hopes to colonize parts of Iraq as ‘Greater Israel’.

2 comments on “What would Gandhi do in Gaza? Finkelstein on Gandhian strategies and myths

  1. 99
    31 January, 2009

    I was swooning when he got to the stuff about Gandhi, because I have been on the subject of distinguishing “pacifism” from “pusillanimity” for people for years and years now. In one fell swoop Finkelstein took a huge burden off my psyche there.

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