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August 13, 2004
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Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson will spearhead a Palestinian campaign of nonviolent protest against Israel. Arun Gandhi was invited by a group of Palestinians from Ramallah interested in nonviolent protest against Israel’s West Bank security barrier and Israel’s military presence in Palestinian-populated areas, Ha’aretz reported. The group is headed by Palestinian Authority Cabinet minister Kadura Fares. Gandhi said he will promote his grandfather’s philosophy of nonviolent conflict resolution. “I will tell the Palestinians that it is their responsibility to change. If the Israelis do not want to listen, it does not mean we cannot act,” he said. Organizers are planning to bring thousands of protesters to rallies, and donors in Switzerland and Norway already have begun supporting the effort.

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