#wib: A new woman in black is born

why I love & support women in black & wish to consider myself as one:

  • Women in black has been protesting against the Israeli occupation since 1988.
  • They stood up against the Israeli aggression since the first Intifada & made their stand against Gaza strip war aka. as Cast lead operation.
  •    women In black, like me, do not hold a coherent agenda or pretend to have the ultimate solution for colonialism, moral conflicts related to armed resistance, colonies within 67' occupied territories etc.  Like myself, they wish to keep civilians away from the never ending circle of violence & bloodshed. I am in favor of 1 state solution that includes right of return for Palestinian refugees, but I would support any other resolution that will bring Justice & reconciliation & will be agreed upon.
  • As Edmond Levy said: "There is no occupation in Israel", and I partially agree with him: we cannot see the occupation because the Apartheid is hiding it. Personal safety within 48' borders is increasing. There hasn't been a war since 2008 cast lead operation (and it's difficult to call that "war" as IOF was facing guerrilla warfare and not an organized army). No suicide bombings inside Israel's 67" borders etc.  The Israeli public, in general,  sees the Palestinian as "non issue" (that is how I perceive the public opinion where I am).  Women in Black make the occupation visible to the Israeli eyes at least for one hour in a week , they call it by the name & oppose it, voicing an un-poplular opinion within the closed minded Israeli discourse. They are acting for change within our community. I heard how the Zionists cussing  & shouting the elderly , wishing them to die. I have seen the hatred the women in black endure. Yet they continue to act according their conscious & carry on with their peaceful protests despite everything.
  • I identify with wearing black : It shows my feeling of mourning , my constant  grief about those who are dying, arrested, not being heard.It shows that I have no pride or joy in being an Israeli.
  • You can't dislike peaceful actions!

We will not let you evict #AlAju family from #Ramle

Stop (again) the eviction of the Al-Aju family (rabbis for human rights)

From ’48 to Israel 2011: The Story of the Al-Aju Family from Ramle/ Hadas Ben-Eliyahu

Justice for the al-Aju family from Ramle, Palestine

Those are pictures I took from the "Resistance Affair" at Al Aju family house in Ramle. I had a good time, and more important than that, no police came to evict Al Aju family that day, probably because they did not want to confront that many people. I had a chat with Mermit, a twitterer, Yusuf Asfur, my former Arabic teacher, Miri & Michal. I enjoyed the live music.One would call it "celebrating resistance". At a certain level, I do feel that we should not be celebrating anything until Palestine will be free, that we should limit our exploitation of our privileges as occupiers. But I am not that strong to live up this ideal, though I somewhat try.

"This is Ramadan, why can't I go to the land?" Ma'asara (videos & pictures)

Haggai Matar and other journalists activists wrote great pieces about Al Ma'asara, yet my feeling that the media coverage  of Al Ma'asara demonstration is missing remains.

Ma'asara protests stress non-violence as a method of resistance, and the self restraint the protesters show is quite spectacular in face of the soldiers arbitrary violence

. But more than that, Ma'asara has been blessed with eloquent speakers such as Hassan Bourjia & Mahmoud A-Zawaur,

other thing I like about the protests- they are very much "to the point".

Protesters march to the entrance of the village & ask the soldiers who are blocking the road to "allow" them to go to their lands.

During week days, the villagers can get to their lands , but what happens in Ma'asara weekly demonstrations illustrates what I think is an important point: even the most peaceful, non violent form of resistance is banned within the lines of the west bank according to the martial law. This time the soldiers didn't even  bother to present a closed military zone warrant, ignoring  their own regulations, and absurdity: how come going on that road is safe during weekdays, but becomes dangerous for about half an hour when a group of un-armed villagers and internationals show up? People who join the weekly demonstrations of Al Ma'asara for the first time seem to complain the demonstration isn't effective but rather symbolic, that the scenario is already known before the demonstration started  and it looks like a staged act for the internationals. But what I see is that this "staged act" highlights some of the reality of civil population living under martial law:  the soldiers can arbitrarily decide wither a gathering is legal or not, as they see fit. Unlike protests within 48 borders, where police is instructed not to intervene small-medium protests, the villagers are met with ridiculous protester-soldiers rate , and are met with heavily armed forces.

"They have a wall within their mind" said one protester as another person offered the soldiers to drop his guns and come visit his home. Another villager asked the soldiers where is the promised peace. Dialogue with heavily armed soldiers produces a lot of unforgettable scenes , although this kind of dialogue is futile by nature & has certain theatrical quality.

It is important for me to keep in mind that  a  large  portion of Al Ma'asara agricultural lands has already been confiscated  &  over 3000 dunums are at risk of being seized to build the annexation wall. Attending the weekly protest help me remember that.

ALL this love

My picture from Ramle prison protest on behalf of hunger striking prisoners got posted on facebook hate group "we are all against the radical left"

This picture got 200+ likes & 75 comments. Here are some of them:

  • god forbid, she is so ugly
  • put her in a cell with a serial rapist
  • pure garbage
  • stupid & ugly, does not shave & shower, this is how they like them
  • I wouldn't touch this ugly whore even as a joke
  • I wish you'll get cancer & your children will die
  • throw her to the crematorium
  • Seeking attention because no one will piss at her direction
  • I was sure it's a male
  • shoot her
  • A lunatic escaped from mental
  • burn her & the rest of the leftists
  • She was not touched by a man for a long time, so she enjoys this

 

When existence is resistance, Restraint is power & suicide is political

I am sorry I didn't go to the neighborhoods' protest today.

I passed out hard after I got back from Bet Umer weekly demonstration.

I haven't been to Bet Umer for a while

and two weeks ago I ended up there after being released from detention during Shuhada street action.

I met Saggar, a sweet person & local activist, he asked me why I don't attend Bet Umer protests anymore.

I really had no good answer, so I waited till I could make it & joined the weekly demonstration. I made it in early,

so I had time to listen to Younes & Mousa brief about Bet Umer annexation.

Younes told us how several weeks ago IOF confiscated all the fruit from the local market.

How Israel set a watch-tower at the entrance to Bet Ummer,

cutting off the people's freedom of movement by laying curfews at will.

How Israel drives the people of Bet Umer into poverty,

both by confiscating  their lands in favor of the 6 (!) colonies that surround Bet Umer & by denying the Palestinian farmers the ability to export their goods.

He said his father's income shrank from 40,000$ annual revenue to 4.000$,

but he also said that the Palestinians are holding on to their lands despite the heavy loses they endure,

& by that they turn their existence to a form of resistance.

The protest itself was rather peaceful. We chanted slogans against the occupation & Younes carried a speech.

The soldiers

issued a closed military zone order on the very own lands of Bet Umer & threatened to arrest us if we don't leave in 5 minutes.

We calmly stayed for 15 minutes & left without having

anyone arrested, a small achievement that left the soldiers somewhat bitter as they were eager to conduct arrests.

The whole event reminded me of what Ada, a Jerusalemite woman, yoga teacher & an activist told me about the power of being restraint.

The heat today was rather devastating.

I passed out with a great headache & only woke up to learn that a man,

Moshe Suliman set himself on fire because of debt.

I don't think it is exaggerated to say that there is a feeling of collective grief in the air.

I feel I understand why he did what he did.

I too felt the fear of being homeless (I didn't become a

homeless because I was eventually helped by good people).

I felt the walls of despair closing on me.

I encountered the deaf & blind, evil bureaucracy.

This person could have been me

& if I could I would go to the offices of social security & public housing & smash their windows myself.

Now again I am finding comfort in not knowing what is the right thing to do.

Watching two edges, between bursting in flames & calmly carrying speeches,

I can't tell which combination of tactics, strategies,

spontaneous actions will spark an uprising, bring the much awaited change.

I am unsure if we can change. As Josh Shahryar said, violence do solve problems,

but it also creates new problems.

I don't know what does it take to fulfill my duty as a moral being & not to stand still  while people are being oppressed.

How to be fair. How to be judged by history for good. Sometimes I think I can lay back & relaxed because Kul Al Maktub, it is all written down for us from above,

I can try my best but things are not in my hand. Anat once told me you don't have  to be a believer to pray. You don't pray for a supernatural power, a prayer is a wish for your will to

come true. I am going to close my eyes & pray for Moshe Suliman, the man of fire, for Saggar, who was badly beaten & arrested a few weeks ago, for a friend who is seeking asylum, for

my own mother who struggles life, for my sister, for my baby Will who is fighting evil in his way, and for myself, because I need to make peace with myself, have some peace of mind.picture credit @cheimonette

Butthurt : my response to @LinahAlsaafin

I am butthurt.

I am butthurt because I care.

I wish to stand in solidarity

with the Palestinian people who are being oppressed by country.

But my privileges set barriers,

block my hopes & dreams about Palestinian Arab Jewish society.

I want co-existence, dialogue, normalization.

I know those are things I can't have under apartheid regime.

I want to follow my conscious ,

I want to protest & resist ,

but it seems that even my most sincere attempts are

not good enough. 

Linah Al Saafin says that as an Israeli,

I should be working for change within my own community other than attending west bank weekly demonstration.

I am a private person, not an NGO.

Right now,

there is no active group in Jerusalem that calls for 1 state,

equal rights & right for return in Jerusalem & I lack the resources & ability to

mobilize people into starting such.

I think the best chance we have for change  for the Israeli society is by pressure from the outside,

as result of BDS movement activity.

I am also part of national liberation struggle, simply because I am not  a nationalist.

I can not, under any circumstances,

support violence against civil population.

Under those boundaries & limits,

I will go protest wherever I am wanted/ needed / useful,

& I will stand with those who are willing to stand with me.