When an abused, repressed and oppressed people fights back using means that cause genuine hurt to members of the oppressor group, even members who are not directly involved in oppression themselves, and even when the acts are even arguably “counter productive” with respect to the struggle for justice, these acts must not be equivocated with the acts of violence used to pacify their resistance and maintain an unjust status quo.
I disagree with acts of resistance that are not legal under international law. However as a matter of priority, it is qualitatively more important to condemn and bring to a halt acts of pacification that suppress even these acts of resistance. Acts of resistance, even those which are not morally justifiable, must be recognized in the context of oppression and reverse oppression, rather than the “terrorism” discourse which only sees violence that challenges the status quo as a problem.
Political violence must come to an end through an agreement based on the recognition of Rights and real promises to dissolve institutions that sustain oppression, not through counter insurgency, policing, and military actions.