Ramallah – Go through your wallet some day and you might see a surprise. Along with Queen Elizabeth on a British pound, George Washington on the US dollar or Jewish leaders on the Israeli shekel, you might see something new.
It could be “Free Palestine” engrained across those familiar images.
The new message is the product of a new non-violent resistance campaign by Palestinian protesters against Israel’s occupation. With the help of Facebook, its organizers said they hope to turn it into a worldwide movement, and it is one of many attempts by Palestinian groups to use the social-networking site to get out their message.
The most recent campaign was launched Saturday with one 50- shekel (13.80-dollar) note across which appeared the handwritten slogan in big black letters. Before long, organizers said, they hope “Free Palestine” will show up on paper currency everywhere.
Israeli shekels are used in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but the initiative, defined as an “everywhere campaign,” has quickly spread around the world.
“No matter what country you are from, no matter what currency you use, every time you get any note, write on it in pen or permanent marker ‘Free Palestine,'” the Facebook page said. “This message must be spread far and wide.”
One day after being launched, another Facebook page showed photos of Indonesian rupiahs, euros and US dollars stamped with the message.
Queen Elizabeth II seems to be shouting the slogan on a 20-pound (32.53-dollar) note while a note of 20 Canadian dollars (20.54 US dollars) also demands “Stop the Gaza blockade.”
The three organizers said they have a “firm belief in non-violent national resistance.”
“This is a simple, creative, non-violent, innovative way to resist” against Israeli occupation, they said.
“This is an ingenious way of sending a vital message to so many people,” a statement said on the Facebook page. “Just ‘Free Palestine’ will sit in people’s heads. Some will look into it more. Some won’t. This vital message will reach people on something that is handled in every part of the globe each and every day.”
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