05-21-2011, 07:31 PM
Our most recent project was The Return to Palestine on May 15 this year. I worked with the organizational committee of this march for several months. The march was designed from the very beginning to be peaceful: a demonstration of non-violent resistance. Organizing the march involved dozens of civil society organizations, both Palestinian and Lebanese, from inside and outside the refugee camps, and like the meetings for the educational center project in 2006, it was most inspiring during those moments when dozens and dozens of people, sitting around many tables, focused energy on this shared project, putting differences aside. Now in Lebanon as well as in the West, however, various naysayers have emerged, casting aspersions on the Return to Palestine by darkly alluding to the "rabble" being manipulated by political and religious parties and factions. Those naysayers must be answered, for they reveal, in and of themselves, the class distinctions that drive and divide this country, indeed this world. It is to those naysayers that I address this missive.