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Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week 2014 at Ohio State University

To cap Israeli Apartheid Week at Ohio State University, the Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) created a paradoxically beautiful mock-up of Israel’s barbarous Apartheid Wall. The art for liberation festooning it included yearning visions: the Dome of the Rock, “disappearing Palestine,” and a nod to Michelangelo’s Pietà.

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Students and other members devoted hours throughout the day to talk with passersby about freeing Palestine from the illegal Israeli Occupation.  I snapped a few photos of the animated conversations, particularly of visitors who lingered during the 3-4 hours I was there:

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

Israeli Apartheid Week at OSU

 Fervent Israel-defenders appear on the scene

Lots of discussion of Israeli practices 

Steve Palm-Houser’s excellent report in the Examiner describes the event–complete with a six-minute video sketch of Israeli apartheid by Jeff Halper of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and a poignant analysis by Belal Daoud, Mondoweiss contributor, who reminds us:

“Palestinians and Israelis are closer to each other than anybody imagines — in culture, in food, in everything,” Daoud said. “But this wall was created to divide and breed mistrust between these two peoples. If you want this to end, let the people work together, see each other, talk to each other, live with each other. If that happens, and you allow everyone the same rights, then the extremists on both sides will just fizzle out.”

That humanity inspired this day of connection.

(First photo by “Alex,” who queried “Israeli Apartheid” but promised to read more and kindly offered to snap a group picture; the rest by Susie Kneedler.)

Thanks to Connie Hammond and Annie Robbins.

Susie Kneedler

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10 Responses

  1. Pamela Olson on March 10, 2014, 4:59 pm

    Fantastic stuff. I look forward to meeting many of you in Columbus soon!

  2. Susie Kneedler on March 10, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Yes, Pamela, thanks for coming: we can’t wait!

  3. Daniel Rich on March 10, 2014, 6:16 pm

    “To further protect itself against long range missiles from anywhere, I propose Israel builds a concrete dome to shield its citizens against grave and omnipresent danger.” – Vladimir ‘Crimeariver’ Putin

    • ToivoS on March 11, 2014, 12:27 am

      What are you referring to? This comment is in quotes but where did it come from? Are you suggesting Putin? No way, Rich.

    • on March 12, 2014, 2:12 am

      who are you rich? let us all in on your little private joke, will you? or did you just make that socalled quote up out of thin air like a typical truth-perverting, reality twisting psycho-zionazi.
      “i propose israel build a concrete dome around itself to shield the citizens of the world against its grave and omnipresent danger”
      thetruthhurts, doesn’t it
      problem is, they just can’t seem to find that darn border, after all, those pesky border things could get in the way with that grand scheme of illegally settling all that land up to the nile and euphates, now wouldn’t it?

    • Daniel Rich on March 14, 2014, 4:21 pm

      No use explaining humor. Sorry folks.

      I thought ‘Cry me a river’ was a dead giveaway…

  4. chammond on March 10, 2014, 11:03 pm

    Great article and pictures Susie. CJP OSU – what a great group!!

  5. Kathleen on March 11, 2014, 9:43 am

    Susie thank you so much for sharing. What a great group and effective strategy. Visual with important information.

  6. Susie Kneedler on March 11, 2014, 12:25 pm

    Thanks to all. Kathleen, hope we see you soon, too.

    • annie on March 12, 2014, 10:01 pm

      great job susie! and all the students did a fantastic job!

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