In December 2003, Abu Ahmed and others in the village started to organize and called on the International Solidarity Movement -- a grass-roots Palestinian and international movement promoting nonviolent, direct-action methods of resistance (in the spirit of King) -- to join them in protesting the wall.
For days, hundreds of Palestinians marched against the wall, joined by international and Israeli civilians, mirroring similar protests elsewhere along the wall. Ultimately, and not unexpectedly, the Israeli Army struck back.
On one day, dozens were injured by live and rubber-coated steel bullets. On Dec. 26, an Israeli civilian, Gil Na'amati, was shot by Israeli soldiers at another protest, and on Dec. 30, a Swedish parliamentarian was arrested with eight other foreigners. One day later, Israeli Army Jeeps rolled into the village and arrested dozens of Palestinians, including most of the organizers. Nonetheless, Abu Ahmed and his fellow villagers continued, and on the night he was arrested, Jan. 14, he was planning the next day's demonstration.
The IOF's violent response is probably discouraging, and shows that non-violence is dangerous, but I still think it will be the only way to show the world the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause.