A Palestinian woman fears for her life on the Jerusalem light rail

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Jerusalem light rail train

Jerusalem light rail train

Amjad Shbita, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, an activist in the Israeli Hadash-Maki party (Jewish and Palestinian socialists), who has also worked at the Knesset as a parliamentary assistant, introduces this harrowing account on Facebook by asking a theoretical question:

“Fascists in a colonial regime? Is that a historical precedent?”

The account was written by Nijmeh Ali, a woman. It follows, in translation: 

“The light train in Jerusalem. I am sitting quietly. Some yelling is heard and the train gets stuck. Hundreds, maybe thousands are banging on the windows of the train. “Death to the Arabs”, they are chanting. I am scared. I hide behind my sunglasses. I pray that they will not recognize my nationality. A woman is crying, screaming hysterically from the rear seats. I run towards her. She is a young mother with a head scarf. She is holding a 5 year old boy. Another woman is pushing her, wanting to forcibly shove her out of the train. Thousands are banging on the windows, baying for blood, and that woman wants to sacrifice the young mother. “She has no place with us, they murdered three of our sons”. Is she the one who murdered your sons? Did her son murder them? She keeps yelling, the thousands keep banging on the windows. A terrifying sight, nothing is more frightening, and the thundering silence of tens of passengers on the train, as if nothing happened!

These were the longest 12 minutes of my life. 12 minutes on the road to a  lynching.”

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  1. just
    July 5, 2014, 1:08 pm

    “Israeli woman pushes Palestinian woman into water

    This video is not particularly graphic, but it is shocking for the underlying hatred this act of violence reveals.

    It was posted on the Israeli “StatusHunter” Facebook page on 4 July with a comment from Facebook user Daniel Libman:

    For whoever still needs proof of how sick our country is, here’s this video. The place: Sakhne [hot springs in the north of present-day Israel]. What happened: a Jewish woman pushes an Arab woman into the water, just because. The video was uploaded by May Nachman. When asked in a comment if the woman she shoved was elderly, she responded, “No just some effing Arab, 30 years old tops.” To someone who commented that it was inappropriate she responded: “Have a laugh, don’t be square.” After a few more LOL-type comments she added: “If I get kidnapped because of this clip, come and save me.”

    This example of every day contempt and racism towards Palestinians in Israel, including citizens, comes amid a growing atmosphere of incitement and anti-Arab protests.

    With thanks to Ofer Naiman.”

    link to electronicintifada.net

  2. a blah chick
    July 5, 2014, 1:42 pm

    No, the film of the lake pushing isn’t graphic but I did notice that it was two women, not one They stand on either side of the victim and while one distracts her the other pushes her into the lake.

    That’s how bullies operate, they can’t do one on one its always 2 or 3 or a 12 on one.

  3. justicewillprevail
    July 5, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Lynch mobs, burning, scapegoating, destroying property and life with impunity. The bitter fruit of the Klu Klux Klan reborn in Israel should be the obvious message to Americans who have even a passing acquaintance with their history.

  4. Justpassingby
    July 5, 2014, 1:52 pm

    What the hell, there is no end to the racism coming from Israel!?

  5. talknic
    July 5, 2014, 3:20 pm

    A demon was unleashed May 15th 1948 when it wasn’t stopped from exceeding its boundaries, now its children watch and learn

  6. ritzl
    July 5, 2014, 4:10 pm

    F’ing Rosewood redux.

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    21.C Jim Crow, brought to you by people who know better and proudly sponsored by “Never Again!™ Snake Oil for the Rest of Us.”

    Disgusting.

  7. just
    July 5, 2014, 4:39 pm

    “Thousands are banging on the windows, baying for blood, and that woman wants to sacrifice the young mother. “She has no place with us, they murdered three of our sons”. Is she the one who murdered your sons? Did her son murder them? She keeps yelling, the thousands keep banging on the windows. A terrifying sight, nothing is more frightening, and the thundering silence of tens of passengers on the train, as if nothing happened!

    These were the longest 12 minutes of my life. 12 minutes on the road to a lynching.””

    Rosa Parks (RIP) comes to mind.

    Israelis shame themselves. From the comments in Haaretz and other articles, the incitement for violence by Israeli leaders followed by the outrageous violence perpetrated by terrorists who heeded the call is leading to further self- delegitimization of the state and her people. It also did not help that collective punishment on the Palestinians was being planned and wrought from the git- go.

  8. Kay24
    July 5, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Imagine the cries of “woe is us, it is antisemitism” that would be deafening, if Palestinians went on a rampage shouting racist insults, and chanting “death to the Jews”. The Israeli PM, is totally responsible for the violence and deaths, he unleashed, when he yelled for revenge, and urged his people to avenge the deaths of 3 Israelis.
    It seems once again Israel decided to collectively punish all Palestinians.
    Shouldn’t the Palestinians now collectively punish all Israelis?
    Netanyahu has been the monster that allowed his brutal troops, and the vicious Israeli people, to attack and kill at will, any Palestinian they could lay their hands on.
    He is a disgusting, racist leader.

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