I was so sad when I heard this news. My friend an I were just commenting the other night about who is going to fill the shoes of these great thinkers/activists such as Chomsky, Said, Zinn and Terkel.
Said was a great advocate for the Palestinian people, a staunch critic of Arafat, and he advocated nonviolence as the only effective means for the Palestinian people to gain their independence.
Regarding the rock throwing incident: the SF Chronicle obituary had this to say:
"Professor Said later said his toss was a spontaneous-and innocent-gesture aimed at celebrating the end of Israel's occupation of Lebanon.
"It's not hatred for Israel", Said told a reporter. "It was an anti-occupation gesture. I have many Israeli friends. I've lectured in Israel, and I continue to have contacts there. It's certainly very much against military occupation of any kind, whether by Israel or Arab countries, Iraq, Kuwait or whatever. I've opposed occupation of any kind".
Call me jaded, but considering that fact that I know folks that have burnt draft cards and destroyed warheads at Lockheed Martin I don't consider Said's actions so "radical". ( However, I am sure that many of the folks that consider Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount with a platoon of soldiers "not a cause for provocation" had a field day over Said's action
It is sad that he never got to witness the creation of the Palestinian State and self-determination for Palestinian people. I am comforted to know that he believed it might actually come before the end of this decade.....