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Arafat as Ghandi?

by from Palestinian web forum Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 at 7:02 PM

If anyone has the ear of Abu Amar (Arafat), here is a suggestion. Right now, he should simply get close to Jerusalem and march, unarmed to pray at the Dome of the Rock.

"If anyone has the ear of Abu Amar (Arafat), here is a suggestion. Right now, he should simply get close to Jerusalem and march, unarmed to pray at the Dome of the Rock. Gandhi (I realize how odd to use this man's name in the same sentence as Abu Amar) provoked the British colonialists into arresting him several times. It was the best action and statement for him at the time.

He is 72 and how many more times might he get a chance to pray on the Eid in Jerusalem? Would they let him? Certainly not. What would they do? Shoot him? Spray him with tear gas? Whatever they do...they would be in a bind. If they let him through to pray, they lose...if the stop him...they lose...if they tear gas him...they lose...the cameras would all be on Abu Amar, especially if he made a dramatic announcement that he planned to lead a congregation in a prayer for peace.

The simple beauty of a strategy like this...while Apache helicopters buzz...while missiles slam into the Friends school...while Gaza is under tank fire...is a breathtaking possibility. Abu Amar is not afraid of his physical well being...only afraid of losing his grip.

I truly do not want any harm to come to ANY Palestinian...yet someone needs to have a strategy that can use the opponents strength against them. Stopping people from praying with tanks seems like a visual that could be burned in the mind like the Chinese boy at Tiannamen Square."

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