Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, Jews were among the leaders in fighting for human rights-not merely for themselves but for ALL people. When Martin Luther King marched in his civil disobedience campaigns there were rabbis by his side. That was then, now is now. Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader, who most probably has once supported terrorism, now urges civil disobedience. He called on Palestinians to engage in large scale popular resistance, just as Martin Luther King urged people during the 1960s and just as Nelson Mandela urged in the 1990s. The Israel government placed him in solitary confinement.
It is one thing to urge violence and another to urge civil disobedience. Nelson Mandela at one point in his career supported use of violence and then changed. Why not allow Barghouti to support non-violence? Will this attitude prevent violence is the real question?