We are experiencing a wave of violence spreading fear in the hearts of people all over Israel and Palestine.
Last year’s war was focused mainly on Gaza and the Western Negev where I live: in the shadow of rockets, mortars and tunnels. In contrast, this current wave is spreading a clear and present danger throughout the land. However the thing is, this is not something coming top-down, from the governments (although, sadly, I have yet to hear any Palestinian official denounce the violence, while the reactions of some of my MKs only serve to further feed the flames).
This is a grass-roots, bottom-up rumbling; on the brink of wide-spread explosion. Those presently spreading terror in our collective heart, are young individuals, who wake up in the morning and decide to grab a knife or screwdriver or anything at hand, in the belief that that is their option for their despair to be heard. Their acts stem from anger, abject frustration and hate for those who make them feel like second-class citizens, trapped in a life of hopelessness, left stranded without leaders who truly lead or act in order to improve their opportunities in life.
In response, come the acts of revenge, “Price Tag” (in Hebrew: Tag Mechir”) against Arabs, Palestinians, this morning: Bedouin.
Violence is like a stone thrown in the water. When you throw the stone into even the calmest pond, the tranquility of the surface explodes with a sudden splash… and then it sinks; but the resulting ripples reach much farther and effect much more in their wake than did the original, singular stone. Such is the current wave of violence.
The onslaught of verbal outbursts that are running rampant in the social networks — curses and calls for more attacks — can potentially be just as devastating as the actual acts of physical violence.
One wonders, just as violence produces more tsunami-sized waves of brutal, recurring acts, could the same be possible for non-violence and organized objection to that bloodshed?
Asking that question and responding creatively is Angy, a slight-framed young woman, a resident of this land who believes that coexistence is the only way to keep us all safe. She has a really big idea: to throw another sort of stone in the water — a stone objecting to acts of any violence committed in her name. Her aim is to make a huge collage, objecting to violence in anyone’s name.
I’m joining Angy — and asking you to join us, as well, and make the ripples spread.
Please post a picture of yourself with the words “Not in my name”, written on your palm. Share it on all of the social networks, with the comment posted below, and the hashtag #NotInMyName (if you could post it in Hebrew, or Arabic, that would be even more meaningful):
“I object to violence as a means of dealing with this conflict. I object to ANY act of violence being committed in my name. I expect my leaders to find their way to the negotiating table.
I call on all my friends who live in this land — Israelis and Palestinians, Muslims, Jews and Christians: Please join me. Please share on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: #NotInMyName”
Please join me: #NotInMyName