Everything I know about Nonviolence I learned in At-Tuwani
While I was cleaning out some files, I found a document I started a year ago. It's a list of the things I've learned about nonviolent resistance from the people of At-Tuwani and while it's very far from being comprehensive, I thought it might be interesting. I think that I had intended to the describe events and people that taught me these lessons and I could still do that if I get requests to do so. But I think this is pretty interesting as it is.
Drink your tea. The soldiers will probably still be there after you're finished. If they aren't, there was no need to go any way.
There’s always time to be polite.
When you thinks things are bad, ask a haji* and she’ll tell you that they could be worse.
Having a gun doesn't make you strong. It certainly doesn't make you brave.
If it's really important, have the women and children demonstrate. When all else fails, send in the hajis.
Nonviolence is risky.
Persistence is powerful.
The real victims of this occupation are people who give into paranoia and hate.
*Elderly woman (women)