by Neve Gordon, September 28, 2009
When compared to Nofal and thousands of other Palestinians, Kobi Snitz is indeed paying a small price. But his act is symbolically important, not only as a sign of solidarity with his Palestinian partners, but also because he, like thousands of Palestinians, has decided to follow the lead of Henry David Thoreau and commit acts of civil disobedience in order to resist Israel’s immoral policies and the subjugation of a whole people.
The problem is that the world knows very little about these acts. A simple Google search with the words "Palestinian violence" yields over 86,000 pages, while a search with the words "Palestinian civil disobedience" generates only 47 pages – this despite the fact that for several years now Palestinians have been carrying out daily acts of civil disobedience against the Israeli occupation.
Thoreau, I believe, would have been proud of Nofal, Snitz, and their fellow activists. It is crucial that the media and international community recognize their heroism as well."