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Staging the Occupation in Nabi Saleh: Nonviolent Resistance as Theater

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This 2016 oped offers essential insights on the  value of theater as nonviolent resistance in Palestine: "if an image is worth 1000 words, how much is a video worth? Especially when it’s of young children and their mothers fighting a heavily armed soldier—grabbing, punching, and biting him—as he detains one of the kids, a kid whose arm is already in a cast from an injury caused by soldiers the week before? Apparently, the video is worth over 3 million hits by the 3rd day." While Israel makes accusations of "theatrics,"  especially against the Tamimi family, the authors show how theatrics are a valuable and effective tool: "Theater of immediacy...performances offer citizens greater possibility of pursuing deep and even revolutionary change...The strategy of using the protests to reveal the raw face of the Occupation" has employed the arts to engender int'l support.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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