Palestinian photographer Hamde Abu Rahme visits Jerusalem for the first time, and posted video: “Finally, after 30 years of waiting, I got the chance to see my beautiful capital Jerusalem, which is only a 30 minute drive from home in the West Bank town of Bil’in… It makes me sad because maybe it will be my last time or maybe I visit this place in another 30 years.”
Photojournalist Hamde Abu Rahme writes, “Palestinian journalists defy the continuous harassment and abuse, and thanks to the internet and outlets like Mondoweiss, we are succeeding. Using the web’s broad and rapid global reach, we are exercising our fundamental right to freedom of expression and challenging Israel’s constant portrayal of Palestinians as violent terrorists. If you are among those around the world who believe in what I do—in the value of journalism in exposing Israel’s crimes—please decide how you will give material impact to that belief. You can buy my book. And you can donate to Mondoweiss, which supports the work of me and others seeking to spread the truth.”
Bassem Abu Rahma was killed by Israelis during a protest in occupied Bil’in in 2009. His sister Jawaher was killed three years later. Last night 8 helmeted Israeli soldiers raided the family’s home.