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Palestinian Youth Riot in Isawiyah on Yom El-Nakba

Yom El-Nakba in Isawiyah

Jerusalem Police prepare to disperse a few dozen Palestinian youths rioting in Isawiyah on Yom El-Naqba. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/05/2011.

Yom El-Nakba in Isawiyah

Jerusalem Police prepare to disperse a few dozen Palestinian youths rioting in Isawiyah on Yom El-Naqba. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/05/2011

Yom El-Nakba in Isawiyah

Jerusalem Police prepare to disperse a few dozen Palestinian youths rioting in Isawiyah on Yom El-Naqba. Jerusalem, Israel. 15/05/2011.

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High Alert at Bab El-Amud

With threats of a 3rd Intifada getting hundreds of thousands of "Likes" on Facebook and the Palestinian Yom Al-Naqba (Day of Catastrophe) coming up on May 15th, Jerusalem Police on high alert at Bab Al-Amud Damascus Gate. Jerusalem, Israel. 13/05/2011.

A young Palestinian boy among worshipers being screened by Israel Police for Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Jerusalem, Israel. 13/05/2011.

Palestinian woman at Bab Al-Amud Damascus Gate. Jerusalem, Israel. 13/05/2011.

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Speak to us of children!

First, there are the children of Sheikh Jarrah …

And then there are the adults …

And a whoman who held a babe against her bosom said,
– Speak to us of children!

And he said:
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come trough you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of to-narrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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Visiting Sheikh Jarrah Once Again

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The High Court of Justice on Thursday (2010-03-04) criticized the Israel Police for banning a demonstration planned by left–wing activists in Sheikh Jarrah. The hearing was petitioned by residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood asking the court to allow the Saturday night protest against the eviction of Arab families from homes in the neighborhood. Judges were surprised why the police had not made every effort to find a fitting time and location for the demonstration, asking rhetorically, “Are we in the year 1980?”. The hearing was interrupted when Judge Dorit Beinisch suggested both sides negotiate to find a solution. She also asked that Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco personally attend the afternoon hearing to represent the police.
Finally, Beinisch ordered police to allow the protest to take place, as well as a small group of activists to enter the area near the occupied homes in the neighborhood. “Reality is tough but it is the police forces’ duty to overcome its’ obstacles,” Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinisch reportedly said.
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Beyond expectations, thousands showed up for what was to be a very colorful rally. Flags of all colors were displayed although the most dominant were red, with the communist hammer and sickle. There was also significant controversy among the speakers on stage and in the crowd below. While Jewish speakers hailed the joint effort of Palestinians and Israelis and declared the rebirth of the Israeli political left aiming to strengthen democracy and to bring a two-state solution, most Arab speakers only had one state in mind – an Arab Palestine state from sea to sea (Mediterranean to Dead Sea).
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Boys

A young Jewish boy holds an Israeli flag at a counter-demonstration in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem

A young Palestinian boy tries to understand what Israeli flags are doing in his neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah

As the two young boys confront each other, for just a split second, frustration and anger form a raised fist in an act of retaliation with no real intent

29/1/2009, Jerusalem – Violence, dozens of arrests and claims of police brutality have characterized the last few weeks in Sheikh Jarrah, every Friday, following weekly rallies protesting Palestinian eviction from homes and the takeover of these homes by Jewish settlers. Today, police seemed embarrassed and more hesitant in their dealings with ‘unruly’ Arabs and leftist protesters.
Yesterday, January 28, Justice Gad Erenberg of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, rejected police request to extend the remand of those arrested for disorderly conduct last week, January 22, until the end of legal proceedings, and ruled that leftist demonstrations in Sheikh Jarrah are not illegal as claimed by the police. The judge wrote, “Because freedom of assembly and freedom of expression are basic rights, the police must protect those who assemble from others and not declare their gathering as illegal because they fear retaliation from others.” He further stated that the gatherings are legal as long as protesters do not disturb public order or disrupt traffic. The judge noted that according to eyewitness accounts, the protesters yelled at worshipers and even spat at one of them. From that moment on, the judge said, the gathering became illegal and therefore the arrests made afterwards were legitimate.
Turnout today was greater than previous weeks. Several hundred activists assembled carrying signs reading “Free Sheikh Jarrah”, “Stop Apartheid”, “There is no holiness in an occupied city” and “Eviction from homes hurts”. Across the street several right-wing activists staged a counter demonstration. The atmosphere was joyful but tense as both sides awaited police reaction. But, as the sun sank in the West, the serenity of the Sabbath overcame politics and all involved disperssed very quietly.

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From West To East

11-Dec-2009, Jerusalem – Parallel to the first human rights march taking place on the International Day For Human Rights in Tel-Aviv, several dozen Jewish-Israeli activists in Jerusalem marched in solidarity with East-Jerusalem Palestinians. From West to East was the slogan for the march that began in Jerusalem’s downtown area in the west and progressed to the Arab neighborhood of Sheik Jarach in the east, ending in a demonstration at the El-Kurd home, from which the Palestinian El-Kurd family were evicted by court order in November. Their home has since been taken over by Jewish right-winged settlers.

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President Obama, you have a lot of work cut out for you!

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Just hours after US President Barack Obama’s Muslim-conciliatory

speech at the Cairo University in Egypt, Israeli-Palestinian Arabs in
East Jerusalem remain doubtful, suspicious and indifferent. Obama’s
statement “So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian
people is intolerable” did not stop shoppers from flooding the Arab
market within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, just inside the
Damascus Gate.

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

Very few shoppers or shopkeepers were willing to engage in

conversation with this Jewish-Israel photographer who made attempts in
Hebrew, Arabic and English. To the question “What do you think of
President Obama’s speech in Cairo? Will he be able to bring peace
between Palestinians and Israelis?”, the most common answer was
“baarafesh”, literally meaning in Arabic “I don’t know”. But, it could
also mean “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” or even “I
couldn’t care less!”

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

The price of zucchini seemed more interesting to the shoppers. An

assortment of lingerie scattered on the sidewalk sold by a young boy
for one Israeli Shekel a piece was a clear sign of the economic
hardships these people face. I could not make out anyone contemplating
“America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian
aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

One brave man, who identified himself as Achmad, said to me “It is

good! Peace!” and then quickly looked away after gesturing me to move
on as others gave him stern looks for his ‘collaboration with the
enemy’.

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

President Obama, you have a lot of work cut out for you!

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

 

Jerusalem, June 2009

Jerusalem, June 2009

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