Palestinians get another dose of Gandhi

The Ben Kingley version

Jeff Skoll, philanthroper and co-founder of eBay, has joined the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, Arun Gandhi (the Mahatma’s grandson) and the Christian Science Monitor in calling for Palestinians to adopt a non-violent approach in their struggle. Unfortunately though, these calls were not particularly effective in the past.

Skoll arranged for the screening of an Arabic version of Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley. Film can be a simple, yet effective way to get the message across, especially if the audience can stand all 188 minutes of it.

Getting Gandhi’s message across is a good idea; screening the movie is well worth the effort. In the post-Arafat climate, it may even manage to catch on among at least a segment of the Palestinian leadership.