Sep 03

Mubarak Awad Takes the Gaza Rubble Bucket Challenge

On August 28th 2014, NI staff took part in the Gaza Rubble Bucket Challenge in front of the White House to remind President Obama that Gazans are living in rubble caused by US bombs delivered by the Israelis.

This idea was from a Gazan woman who was inspired by the Ice-Bucket Challenge for ALS.  She hoped the Gaza Bucket Challenge would raise awareness of the appalling loss of life and property destruction under an Israeli siege.

Below are video of Mubarak Awad taking the Bucket Challenge for Gaza in front of the White House. NI continues to promote a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict in many ways.


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Aug 15

The ‘Palestinian Gandhi’ Who Still Believes Non-Violence Is the Answer


Excerpt from Newsweek August 12, 2014

Amid the smoke, rubble and blood, the idea of nonviolent protest in Gaza seems as preposterous as it is naive.

Indeed, those Palestinians who preached nonviolence and led peaceful marches, boycotts, mass sit-downs and the like are mostly dead, in jail, marginalised or in exile.

Mubarak Awad is one of the latter. Often dubbed “the Palestinian Gandhi” or “Palestinian Martin Luther King Jr,” Awad now teaches the theory and practice of nonviolence at American University in Washington, DC, far from his Jerusalem home.

Israel kicked him out in 1988. Five years earlier, he had opened the doors of the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem, with the goal of fomenting mass resistance to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. Do not pay taxes, he lectured. Consume only local goods, like the Indians who followed Gandhi’s movement against British colonial rule. Engage in peaceful protest. Plant olive trees on land coveted by Jewish settlers. Above all, do not pick up the gun. March, and sit down, like civil rights protesters in the American South in the 1960s. Take the beatings, clog up Israeli jails.

It started to take, here and there, even though the leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Hamas disdained it. Awad was arrested on the orders of then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir and deported.

Today, beefy and white-haired at 71, with his TV flickering images of Hamas and Israel trading bombs and rockets, Awad insists he is optimistic about the prospects for a nonviolent protest movement in his homeland. “I am very hopeful. I mean, you are talking to a very hopeful person,” he says, ticking off negotiated resolutions to what once seemed implacably violent conflicts in Northern Ireland and South Africa. “Of course, there is violence along the way. Germany and France killed each other for 100 years, and now they are friends.”

Read the full story here

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Jul 21

No Justice, No Peace: The Women of Argentina and Chile’s Long- Term Mobilization

By Emily McGranachan


During the military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile thousands of people were illegally detained and disappeared by military forces. Out of desperation and despair mothers, grandmothers, and other loved ones of the disappeared began to gather, demonstrate, and eventually demand justice in both countries. Mothers and grandmothers of the disappeared are best known from the work of Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo and Las Abuelas de la Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. In Chile, La Agrupación de los Familiares de los Detenidos/Desparecidos is the best-known family organization. For decades they have relentlessly brought attention to the crimes of the military regimes and have demanded the safe return of all the disappeared. While at first glance these two countries and different groups have many similarities, the methodologies, ideologies, and trajectories of the groups are divergent and at times oppositional. Though the years, however, the human rights discourse that is a fundamental identity of the organizations and the members has remained central.

The varied reactions, adjustments, and development of similar organizations that formed for the same reasons raise questions as to why and how the groups differ. How do members of the groups explain their mission and methodology of women-led organizations of family members of the disappeared during and after the transition to democracy? What roles do the makeup of the organizations and the frustrated reconciliation processes play in the ways the groups reacted to the transition to democracy? Through the publications, testimonies, and writings of the core members of the groups, this paper examines the paths of three major family of the disappeared organizations and their very different trajectories over the past several decades.


Read Here: No Justice No Peace

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Jul 21

The Role Of Human Development In The Lack Of A “North Korean Spring”

By Rosa Park.

It is undeniable that thus far, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), otherwise known as North Korea, has a severe dearth of social movement at the grassroots level. Although Victor Cha covers the existence of social protests within North Korea, this has not resulted in significant social change for a “North Korean Spring” and argues that a “North Korean Spring” is not likely.[1] Respecting the sovereignty of nation-states, change in the DPRK must not be forced, but come from the bottom-up.

However, to address the likelihood of a “North Korean Spring,” we must first analyze what is required for such social movement. Relying on Randall Kuhn’s work in “On the Role of Human Development in the Arab Spring,” the Arab Spring consisted of three human development factors, which were present: 1) “basic human development led to a significant increase in population needs and expectations, creating new policy challenges and reducing public dependency on regimes;” 2) “human development and new information technologies created new opportunities for political protest;” 3) “collective realization of human development gains resulted in new values conducive to regime change.” [2] Using this framework, the main research question that this paper will address is: why have there been no signs of a “North Korean Spring?” What is lacking for such social movement? The argument put forth in this paper is that despite the beginning stages of two of the three human development requirements for political change, there is a missing element of the people’s new values in order to induce regime change.


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Jul 21

Read: Justice In Morocco: Achieving An Integrative Approach To Reform

Written by: Giselle Lopez.


In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, governments across the Middle East and North Africa have been forced to respond to public demands for change while facing challenges to develop and reform state institutions. In Morocco, the ruling monarchy avoided the fate of leaders in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen by passing constitutional reforms and holding parliamentary elections soon after the eruption of mass protests in February 2011. Three years after the constitution was passed, however, Morocco has yet to implement these reforms through substantial legal, structural, and political changes. The development of a well-functioning, independent judiciary is considered a critical aspect of the rule of law and has been a particular focus for reforms in Morocco. The judiciary in Morocco suffers from major structural issues including corruption, inefficiency, and a lack of independence. Although the government has long recognized the need to reform the judiciary, thus far, Morocco has failed to implement changes that are necessary to fundamentally address these issues. This essay describes the context in which Morocco responded to the uprisings of 2011, provides an overview of major issues in the judiciary, illuminates challenges to the implementation of reforms, and assesses the potential for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to support the judicial reform process. In light of complex challenges facing judicial reforms in Morocco, I recommend that the government embrace an integrative approach to reform by increasing the inclusiveness of the reform process, empowering organizations to enforce judicial ethics, and supporting the development of ADR mechanisms to enhance access to justice. These steps build upon existing efforts in Morocco and are essential for the government to provide recourse to justice and rebuild public trust in state institutions.


Read Here: Justice in Morocco – Achieving an Integrative Approach to Reform

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Jul 21

Read: An Integrative Approach To Peacebuilding And Good Governance

Written by Julius Nyambur Wani.


Conflict resolution interventions in any conflict situation in Africa have proved difficult due to competing and conflicting cultural values and practices. Besides the Western-Indigenous binary, there are also the local variations across nationalities and tribes. Whereas the Western techniques have been bitterly criticized for their individualistic, neo-imperial, and low-context orientations, the traditional systems have equally fallen short in majoring up to the imperatives of modern statehood. The notion of ‘statehood’ is foreign and almost untenable. Claiming sovereignty and constitutionalism in highly ethnicized societies is nearly becoming hypothetical. Plainly granted, African ancient institutions of governance recognized only two levels: individual and society.

On the other hand, the purely indigenous governing structures have been impacted and nearly eroded to extinction, both culturally and geopolitically. There are however isolated exceptions. This paper examines the Mundari Model of peacemaking and reconciliation as an evidence-based qualitative case study. The Mundari Model provides a compelling argument because it substantially continues to resist the crippling and delusory effect of colonialism. Not only is the Model rooted in the democratic traditions of African culture and history, but it is also practically voluntary, collectivistic, raw and therefore cheap. Its inadequacies to accommodate and weather national and international regimes, however, demand a renegotiated social contract.

Read Here: Effective Peacebuilding and Governance


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Jul 21

Israel estorba el fútbol en la Palestina ocupada: 2008-2014

En la Palestina ocupada, el fútbol ha sido atacado como resultado de una tendencia israelí de combinar asuntos deportivos y políticos. El conflicto afecta la Federación de futbol Palestina (PFA), una entidad no-gubernamental. Por desgracia, el fútbol y la mayoría de la gente involucrada en él se han convertido en las victimas de acciones de violencia y otros atentados cometidos por el ejército israelí bajo el pretexto de ‘amenazas a la seguridad’. La FIFA intentó mejorar las condiciones del fútbol en Palestina a través de la FIFA Circular- 1385 de octubre 2013. Desafortunadamente, falló en cumplir con su meta.


Aquí: Español FIFA Palestine

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Jul 15

Gaza’s Ark Deliberately Targeted by Israel

It is with sorrow and outrage that we announce that Gaza’s Ark was totally destroyed by a direct hit from the Israeli Occupation Forces at 2:00 AM local time on Friday, July 11th.  It caught fire as result of the hit and was damaged beyond repair. In the context of all the death and destruction caused by Israel, the material damage to our project pales in significance.

Read full article HERE

Watch for more information on Gaza’s Ark HERE

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Jun 10

NI issues report on how Israel is hindering Palestinian Football

Nonviolence International and Palestine Football Association released a 45 page report documenting numerous Israeli practices which sabotage the sport in the Palestinian occupied territories.   Today, June 10th,  the FIFA representatives have converged on Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 64th FIFA congress. High on the agenda will be complaints from the Palestinian Football Association detailing continued difficulties caused by the Israelis and the failure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter to address these hardships.

Download the report here: English | Spanish 

FIFA has not fulfilled its mandate” said Jonathan Kuttab, co-founder of Nonviolence International and well known Palestinian attorney.  “This is the first comprehensive report which has documented scores of examples of obstacles enacted by the Israelis in the area of movement of Palestinian players and in many other areas outside FIFA’s current efforts.

The Palestine Football Association has threatened to sponsor a resolution calling for the suspension of the Israeli Football Association.

 The report outlines 5 major areas of Palestinian victimization:

1) Obstruction of Movements of Palestinian Players, Coaches, and Officials,

2) hindering delivery of football equipment,

3) construction restrictions of sports facilities, 

4) Israeli dissuasion of visiting teams,

5)  and violence against Palestinian players.


“The pro-active assaults on Palestinian Football will never stop us” said Mubarak Awad, president of Nonviolence International.  “Playing and watching sports is a human right and the whole world supports us.  FIFA needs to suspend Israel for its misconduct.”

 The report was authored  by Mariabruna Jennings and edited by Jonathan Kuttab and Susan Shalabi-Molano.

Download the report here: English | Spanish 

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May 23

NI Opens Office at the UN in NYC


Nonviolence International announces the establishment of our new office near the UN headquarter in New York City. On May 13, 2004, we celebrated the opening with our founder Mubarak Awad, our Executive Director Michael Beer, Finance Director Paul Magno, Treasurer Jonathan Kuttab as well as with David Kirshbaum who will direct the New York office.  We were joined by Mel Duncan of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, John Miller of ETAN and the War Resisters League and others.


With our office in the UN, we are hoping to promote nonviolence and disarmament at the UN programs. This is a big step for our organization. Apart from the UN, our New York office will also serve as the center for our Palestine Media Project, which advocates for accurate reporting for Palestinian dignity and rights in the media.  None of this could have happend without the diligent work of David Kirshbaum.

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