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As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the protests against Southern segregation in Birmingham and celebrate Tuesday’s anniversary of Martin Luther King’s penning of his fiery “Letter from Birmingham jail,” we are challenged by King’s deeds and voice. In October 2012, under the leadership of the Dorothy Cotton Institute, a delegation of African-American civil rights leaders, theologians, scholars and activists, (many of whom are Jewish), traveled to Israel and the West Bank to see for themselves. Informed by our experiences and knowledge of the segregated South, sit-ins, bus boycotts and nonviolent marches, many were unprepared for the striking parallels we faced.
The blood has not yet dried on the streets of Boston after a horrific attack which left three dead and dozens injured, yet the question for many now is not the identity of the perpetrator but how long his beard is. The local authorities have not identified any suspects yet a plethora of minds have clearly been made up as to who committed this abhorrent act; the hashtag #Muslims went on to trend for hours alongside #MuslimsDidIt.
The Tel Aviv neighborhoods of Shapira and Neve Sha’anan are the parts of town where cracks in the concrete do not get fixed and they’re never featured in guidebooks for the White City. Crumbling between the 1960s era homes and recently fabricated tin structures is a ghost of Israel’s past: a Palestinian mansion only a five-minute walk from the center of the city’s transport system. Dubbed the “Red House,” this structure serves as a reminder that Israel’s first city was not built from empty sand dunes.
The Israeli attack on the al-Dalou family home killed 12 people, and instantly became a grim symbol of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense. But the Israeli military will not open a criminal investigation, according to a report in Haaretz. The decision to not open an investigation comes despite the fact that Israel repeatedly changed its story on who they were targeting in the strike.
Faisal Abu Alheja, 23, is an actor with the Jenin Freedom Theatre, now visiting the U.S. Following street performances in December 2011, he was arrested in the middle of the night and handcuffed, blindfolded, and interrogated. The experience strengthened his commitment to his art, but also frightened him. “Maybe they will kill you and nobody will ask, man… Look if they can enter my room. Really I woke up and found them in my room, like a Hollywood movie.”
Mohammad Saba’aneh, the acclaimed Palestinian Cartoonist who was detained February 16th at the Allenby Bridge checkpoint, was sentenced by the Israeli Salem Military Court on April 4th to 5 months in an Israeli prison for “contact with a hostile organization”.
Not a day goes by without a Palestinian like Mohammed Khalek being arrested by the Israeli military. But Khalek’s case is making headlines–and it’s because he’s a teenager with American citizenship. The New Orleans-born Khalek was taken from his home last week by eight rifle-toting Israeli soldiers. He’s accused of throwing stones at Israeli cars near Silwad, northeast of Ramallah.
In landmark case on Israel and Jewish identity, British tribunal says anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism
Math lecturer Ronnie Fraser, assisted by Jewish groups, wanted a British court to condemn anti-Israel speech as anti-Semitism because an affinity to Israel was an intrinsic part of his and others’ Jewish identity. The court rejected Fraser’s case saying his pro-Israel advocacy constituted political activism and added “a political activist accepts the risk of being offended or hurt on occasions.”
Various news sources report that the Obama administration has notified the Palestinian Authority that the new U.S. approach to peace negotiations will be based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, but with some notable changes. In a move to assuage Israel, the U.S. is looking to move away from the 1967 lines as a starting point for negotiations and wants to include “stronger security guarantees” which is usually a euphemism for less Palestinian sovereignty
New York City’s Beit Simchat Torah synagogue hosted a discussion of whether Israel is, or could be, a democracy. Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, a long-time activist, and Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson, argued that Israel is not a democracy because it so discriminates against non-Jewish citizens. Opposing them were liberal Zionists Kathleen Peratis and J.J. Goldberg, who said that Israel within the Green Line is a democracy, if a flawed one. BDS was hardly mentioned. Above, the panelists from the left: Kathleen Peratis; Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark; Lizzy Ratner; Rebecca Vilkomerson and J.J. Goldberg.
Palestinian prisoner’s death sparks West Bank demonstrations, but protests likely to end without leadership
The death of Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a prisoner who succumbed to cancer, has sparked demonstrations and clashes in occupied Palestine. Palestinians launched a two-day general strike, closing shops in East Jerusalem with light clashes breaking out by the Qalandia checkpoint. But while Hamdiyeh’s death has sparked new unrest within Israeli jails and on the streets, it remains unlikely the protests will grow into anything larger. Above, shops closed in East Jerusalem as part of a general strike in response to Hamdiyeh’s death.
‘Do you know any Arabs in London?’ Israeli airport authorities grill British photojournalist before kicking him out
Mark Kerrison was detained at Ben Gurion airport and then deported earlier this month for reasons that were never explained, though border officials seemed very concerned that he might talk to Palestinians. Here he relates his ordeal, including one comfort he had in jail: “My eyes were most drawn, though, to some words in small, inconspicuous lettering immediately above my head: ‘I don’t pretend to know night-time from day, but if I were your God I’d have something to say.’”
Land Day is an annual commemoration of six killed during a 1976 march against land expropriations in the Galilee. Last year Palestinians protested in thousands to mark Land Day. This year’s protests, at Qalandia, Damascus Gate and the southwest Jerusalem village of Beit Safafa, failed to capture the same momentum– and may signal a change in Palestinian attitudes about demonstrations.
Hundreds of Israelis traveled over the Green Line to observe Passover this week at a carnival-like event as Israeli officials closed the Ibrahimi Mosque to Palestinians in the West Bank’s largest city. The contrast between the Palestinian and Israeli Jewish areas was stark. While most Palestinians closed up shop in Hebron’s Old City due to the threat of settler harassment, Israeli Jews marked Passover by dancing in the streets, surrounded by high-flying Israeli flags and armed soldiers.
If you ever had a burning desire to see the American-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn’t a better place to be than Jerusalem last week. Those three days were full of symbolic gestures that testified to the rock-solid U.S.-Israeli alliance. It was more than enough time to appreciate the enormous work ahead of those wishing to shift policy on the conflict in the U.S.
US President Obama’s hurried appearances in two West Bank towns provided the desired imagery for his ‘listening’ trip to the Middle East. In both Ramallah and Bethlehem, he was well-insulated from the Palestinians themselves. His arrival in Bethlehem was like a surreal wake following some natural calamity or apocalypse. Above, Obama’s fleet exits through the locked-down streets of Bethlehem.
By embracing “the idea that people deserve to be free in a land of their own,” President Obama dispensed with the idea of political rights of citizens, no matter where they live, and committed himself to the blood-and-soil ideology of the right-wing Zionist movement– and its belief that cultural identity is the basis of national integrity.
President Barack Obama and the residents of Beit Safafa village experienced the same sandstorm in Jerusalem yesterday. But that’s where the commonality ended: while Obama traveled freely around Jerusalem, residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood protested the construction of a highway set to slice Beit Safafa in half. The highway will serve illegal Jewish-only settlements that surround Beit Safafa–part of a larger plan to fortify “Greater Jerusalem.” Above, graffiti decrying the mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barakat near the protest site
Palestinian protesters in Ramallah vented their anger at Barack Obama today as about 200 demonstrators took to the streets to urge Obama to get out of Palestine. “Oh Obama, out, out,” chanted the small group of Palestinian protesters in Arabic, as they headed from the center of Ramallah to as close to Abbas’ compound as they could get. They were met by rows and rows of Palestinian police officers. And later in the day, clashes between the Israeli army and about 100 Palestinian protesters in support of Palestinian prisoner and hunger striker Samer Issawi broke out near Ofer Prison. Above, a Palestinian demonstrator holds up a poster against President Obama outside the Palestinian Authority’s compound as police block the road.
Obama-mania is not contagious in Palestine. As Israeli authorities are occupied trying to make Barack Obama’s visit a big success, Palestinian activists have quietly rebuilt a protest encampment that was raided and demolished three months ago, on E-1, Palestinian lands on the east side of Jerusalem, that Israel has targeted to build more Jewish settlements.
On their tenth meeting, Obama called Netanyahu “Bibi” ten times, called Sara Netanyahu a “rose,” and undid the grave political mistake of visiting an Arab country first, in 2009, but achieved no policy goal whatsoever. Is he just fulfilling a campaign promise of last fall to the Israel lobby? Don’t count on Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell or Erin Burnett to answer that question.
President Barack Obama received a hearty welcome from his Israeli hosts this afternoon as Air Force One touched down in Ben-Gurion Airport for an official ceremony that saw the president and prime minister of Israel praise America’s commitment to the state they represent. Obama returned the favor with kind words for Israel. The speeches praising Israel capped a morning that consisted of the Israeli and American elite mingling with one another before the president arrived.
Day One of Obama in Israel/Palestine — ‘It’s good to be back in the land of Israel,’ Obama says in Hebrew
A live blog of the first day of President Obama’s trip to Israel/Palestine.
Today as Barack Obama arrived at Ben Gurion Airport, hundreds of Palestinians erected a new neighborhood of the Bab al Shams protest village. An organizer of the action says, “An administration that used the veto 43 times out of 79 (between 1979 to 2011) in support of Israel and against Palestinian rights, an administration that grants military aid to Israel of over three billion dollars annually, can’t have any positive contribution to achieve justice and rights of the Palestinian people.”
In photos: On eve of Obama visit, Rafah children remember Rachel Corrie and protest US aid to Israel
On Saturday, Palestinian children held a vigil in Rafah to commemorate the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in the Gaza Strip border town a decade ago. Twelve-year old Heba Saqir read a letter to US President Barack Obama, due in Tel Aviv, asking that the president “sincerely speak out against military occupation, demand an end to the siege, don’t send more guns to Israel, and don’t oppose our unity. Please don’t empower those who have tormented my family and me for so long.”