Was it a Non-Violent Flotilla or Intentionally Violent, Even Military Action?
By Rob Kall
I’ve been accustomed to seeing activists using the non-violent approaches of Ghandi and ML King to bring change to Gaza. I thought the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was one of those peaceful efforts. Rachel Corrie died hewing to those precepts. Her death has special meaning because she was engaging in non-violent protest.
Now I’m having some doubts. I have yet to speak to or hear from any of the people who
were on the flotilla, but a May 25th press release of the Free Gaza Team, which was one of the leading organizations of the flotilla stated, “”However, we will non-violently resist Israeli attempts to seize our boats.”
Non-violence is not easy in the face of police or military actions. It requires strong intention, strong group discipline and, often, significant training and preparation.