Iman Jilani in front of the Israeli Consulate of Los Angeles on the second anniversary of her brother Ziad’s murder. Yehuda Weinstein is the Israeli State Prosecutor who can bring charges against Ziad’s killer, Maxim Vinogradav.
We gathered on a windy corner of Wilshire Blvd. in front of a nondescript high-rise office building. A group of LA activists who “will not be silent” “because everyone deserves justice”. These are the answers I was given when I asked people, “What drew you out here today?”
By the time I spoke to Iman that evening, I knew that JVP-LA could not be just another organization she had yet to hear back from or one that politely said, “we are very sorry to hear your story.” She explained to me how last year, she had attempted to reach out to different communities to have a Memorial / Demonstration on the first anniversary of her brother’s murder, but in the end it was just her and her family, alone with home made signs speaking to people passing by the Israeli consulate about her family’s quest for the Israeli legal system to bring her brother’s killer to justice. ”This year you won’t be there alone.” It suddenly felt very important to me that my new friend and her family know, that they are not alone.