ABC: a Journey in the nonviolent Palestinian rsistance

In the complex scenario of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where ideologies are at play and the international equilibrium is at stake, the project A Journey in the nonviolent Palestinian resistance and its daily life under Israeli army aims to tell about the everyday life of the non-violent Palestinian resistance, in Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, in the Jourdan valley, among the villages and the colonies of the West Bank, in the A, B, C areas, giving voice to people who are too often ordered to silence.

In fact, beside the single episodes of violence reported by the media and the attempts of establishing a peace agreement, which catalyse the efforts of the international diplomacy, still lots more remains to be told: the everyday resistance. The life seen with the eyes of a common Palestinian person appears to be very challenging and the desire of opposing the Israeli occupation manifests itself in carrying out one’s habits and traditions, reconstructing one’s own identity. To go to school, to learn a job, to study the history that is often censored from textbooks, to speak one’s own language, to graze sheep on the land illegally occupied by Israeli settlements, to plant olive threes, to grow farms, to defend the house.

The resilience of a people that despite being disorientated, dispossessed of its own land, and constrained in too small areas, still does not surrender. Yet in many areas that are formally administrated by the PNA, the control of the Israeli army “for security reasons” is still very invasive, while the economy is completely subjugated to the Israeli state. A condition of dependency which de facto limits the freedom of a people oppressed by laws that are created to maintain control and by continuous abuses.

It is called Sumud: the silent resilience that Palestinian people are carrying out everyday to oppose Israeli oppression.