Eitan Isaacson and Wendy Elisheva Somerson’s op-ed (“Solidarity with Palestinian non-violent resistance,” Feb. 8) is interesting in its focus on Palestinian non-violent resistance. Unfortunately, Palestinians are using it against the wrong side. Instead of blaming Israel for all their misery, Palestinians would benefit by weekly demonstrating against their own leadership. As long as that leadership refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist in its ancient homeland and refuses to negotiate a two-state solution, that same leadership will continue to be the problem.
Isaacson and Somerson falsely accuse the IDF and Israel of violence and aggression. Ironically, pro-Palestinian groups like JVP and SUPER accuse Israel of abusing Palestinians’ civil rights when Palestinian media, schools, and mosques teach hatred of Jews and glorify terrorism instead of preparing Palestinians to live in peaceful co-existence with Israelis. That is why it’s difficult to take “5 Broken Cameras” and liberal pro-Palestinian rhetoric seriously.