Gandhigiri proposed for fighting Israel, 13 January 2009

Bangkok, Jan 12: Drawing inspiration from Mahatama Gandhi's non-violence, Timor Leste president Jose Ramos-Horta today advised Palestinians to adopt his civil disobedience-style to achieve their freedom and asked them to "Stop fighting violence with violence".

Ramos-Horta, the 1996 Nobel Laureate for Peace and Timor Leste President made these remarks while speaking at the Foreign Correspondent Club here as part of the International Peace Foundation's 'Bridges' series.

"Stop fighting violence with violence and engage Mahatma Gandhi's civil disobedience-style," Ramos-Horta said.

"You can paralyse the entire economy of Israel, and even get sympathy among Israeli people and millions around the world," he advised Palestinians.

Jose Ramos-Horta said that absence of figures like India's Gandhi or South Africa's Nelson Mandela is the reason that after more than 50 years, Palestinians’ struggle could not reach to a logical conclusion.

Ramos-Horta, who founded the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor and served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance to the Indonesian Government from 1975-1999, won Nobel peace prize in 1996.

Bureau Report