Within much of Palestinian society, though, nonviolent resistance is viewed as suspect. After a recent showing of “Budrus” at An Najah University in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, much of the discussion centered on whether nonviolence was an implicit attack on “legitimate armed struggle” and whether joining with Israeli activists was an illicit act of “normalization” — meaning granting recognition of Israel.
he said: “It is obvious that the filmmaker was not there. The movie represents what happened as more nonviolent that it really was.”
Bassem Tamimi, a Palestinian activist, listening to the conversation, added: “Our enemy is so violent that he doesn’t give us a chance to be nonviolent. So it is no wonder that Palestinians do not believe in nonviolence.”