The Common Good
November 2004

In the Mahatma's Footsteps

by Rose Marie Berger | November 2004

Palestine

Arun Gandhi,

Arun Gandhi, grandson of India’s liberation leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, led a delegation of faith leaders and activists to Jordan, Israel, and Palestine in August to carry his grandfather’s vision of nonviolent resistance to the people of the Holy Land. "We can only achieve peace through nonviolence," Gandhi, director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Tennessee, told the Independent/UK. "When we respond to the oppressor the way the oppressor has done - with the use of violence - then we lose our moral strength."

Mordechai Vanunu, the former Israeli nuclear technician who was jailed for blowing the whistle on the country’s nuclear program, was among the hundreds of Israeli activists who joined Palestinian protesters, according to the Palestine Media Center. Gandhi met with a number of Israeli peace groups on his tour, including Gush Shalom, which works with Israeli conscientious objectors.

"I would like to see the day when thousands of Israelis and Palestinians will march together to resolve the conflict," Gandhi told the crowd in East Jerusalem, "and break the wall that divides them."

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories

Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)