There is no question that Israel occupation of the West Bank is in violation of international law and violates the essence of what it means to be a Jew. Amira Hass is an Israeli journalist who hates the occupation of Palestinian land by Jewish soldiers and settlers. She justifies violence against those who occupy the lands of Palestinians and argues, “throwing stones is the birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule.” She is correct in noting the presence of “systematic, institutionalized violence” on the part of Israeli occupiers.
However, throwing stones is bound to receive a response that is violent. During the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King youth were urged to respond to violence with peace and love. During the anti-Vietnam war demonstrations, youth threw flowers at soldiers rather than hate and anger. Sorry, Ms. Hass, throw a flower with love, it will not receive hate in return-maybe confusion.