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‘Protest in the form of a prayer’: Dream Defenders demonstration in Nazareth makes connections from Ferguson to Palestine

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We sit in a sea of settlements

While the sound of suffering

Sails lost in the listening

As the voices of heartache hail

The power of presence

People as portals

Passports to heaven

Here is a protest in the form of a prayer

– Poet Aja Monet

This powerfully moving video of a flashmob in Nazareth by the recent Dream Defenders delegation to Israel/Palestine is an earth shifter. The demonstration was coordinated by Patrisse Cullors co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter and the video’s Vimeo page explains:

a historic trip to Palestine, freedom fighters from Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Ferguson, and Atlanta were able to witness firsthand the effects of Israeli apartheid and occupation, and to learn from the people who are actively resisting on the front lines.

In Nazareth, the delegates decided to do a solidarity demonstration as a call for support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that was called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005.

Having witnessed Israeli apartheid and the occupation “first hand – from the people who are actively resisting on the front lines” journalist Marc Lamont Hill says (2:22 min):

We came here to Palestine to stand in love and revolutionary struggle with our brothers and sisters

We come to a land that has been stolen by greed and destroyed by hate

We come here and we learn laws that have been co-signed in ink but written in the blood of the innocent and we stand next to people who continue to courageously struggle and resist the occupation

People continue to dream and fight  for freedom

From Ferguson to Palestine the struggle for freedom continues

As the demonstration continues, my heart is captured.

This action was beautifully filmed and edited by Thorstein Thielow. The protesters echo Sweet Honey in Rock’s famous ode to Ella Baker, movement building and working for justice, Ella’s Song:

We who believe in freedom cannot rest

We who believe in freedom can not rest until it’s won

We who believe in freedom can not rest

We who believe in freedom can not rest until it’s won

We who believe in freedom can not rest

We who believe in freedom can not rest until it’s won

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Marwan Barghouti IS Michael Brown!

What a thing of beauty to behold. Thank you Dream Defenders for blessing the land with your presence!

It has been so incredible to watch light bulbs go off in black America about the decades long struggle for the Palestinians and the similarities of this struggle to apartheid in South Africa and to the struggles African Americans have dealt with for several centuries. Drawing parallels..healthy This has been a long time coming and is happening

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good news from Nazareth
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G-d Bless
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