In the U.S., the act of demonstrating is generally a show of weakness – a few placards on a street corner, honking horns and finger salutes. It produces no tangible results except to demonstrate that the population is largely under control and that access to government for redress of grievances is a joke.
In Gaza, it’s a matter of life and death. People who show up for mass protest against Israeli apartheid risk their lives and livelihoods. There, like here, there is no access to government for redress of grievance. Here, where a photo or two might wind up in FBI files, these matters are otherwise ignored. There, Israeli intelligence infiltrates, takes names, and figures out who the leaders are for eventual removal.
What the people in this photo are doing takes courage. Real courage.