chapter  5
Direct action beyond the villages
ByMichael J. Carpenter
Pages 21

Having introduced the global outlook of the popular committees and their new organizational partnerships, this chapter shows that they were active on the ground, leading campaigns of disruptive protest beyond their rural home base. The committees worked together to target and breach the concrete wall around Jerusalem and promoted the symbolic events like press conferences. They also developed other kinds of direct action, including blocking settler highways with chains of international activists, building protest camps on land threatened by settlement expansion, and reclaiming lost villages in the Jordan Valley. This chapter also reflects on 2011, showing that the Arab Spring was not lost in Palestine; attention is paid to the March 15 youth movement, the border marches, and the Olive Revolution, all of which were novel, although unable to materialize into mass movements.