For more on #WeAreSumud see here.
This is a compilation of shots from the video camera strapped to my arm from the Friday morning establishment of 'Sumud: Freedom Camp' to the Saturday night arrival of, as well as violence and destruction by, Israeli soldiers. Today Sarura stands because of the work Palestinian, Israeli, Jewish diaspora, and international activists are doing together and the steadfastness of the people who call Sarura home.
For more on #WeAreSumud see here.
This was originally published at +972 Magazine.
The Israeli army really wants to see Palestinian nonviolent activist Issa Amro in prison. We ask Issa why he’s facing 18 charges now, and what ‘winning’ would mean for him.
Video Aaron Rotenberg, interview by A. Daniel Roth, and text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Nonviolent Palestinian organizer Issa Amro has been practicing and teaching nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience in the occupied city of Hebron since 2003, in part through the local activist group he helped establish and operates, Youth Against Settlements. Recently, the Israeli army announced that it plans to prosecute him for 18 separate charges going all the way back to 2010.
Almost all of the charges are related to his political activity and nonviolent action. Under Israeli military law, there is no legal avenue for Palestinians to protest or demonstrate politically. Amro’s activism, much of which is the basis for his current charges, has been reported by +972 here, here,here and here.
+972 sat down to speak with Amro earlier this month. In the three-part video interview below, Amro talks about the charges against him and why he thinks Israel wants to suppress his and others’ nonviolent resistance to the occupation, particularly in Hebron. “Winning,”he explains, would be if the entire Palestinian people adopted nonviolence and civil disobedience as their method of ending the occupation. Amro also discusses the Cinema Hebron project he is working on with Jewish partners from activist groups All That’s Left and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence.
Amro was scheduled to have his first court date for the long list of charges on Sunday, but the hearing was delayed at the last minute. Considered a human rights defender by many in the international community, his latest persecution by Israeli military authorities has spurred several activist campaigns and garnered international media attention. Earlier this year, Amnesty International said it believed Amro and another activist from Hebron had been arrested “solely for their peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and assembly.”
Issa Amro on the charges against him, and why he believes they are politically motivated:
Issa Amro on what “winning” means in his political struggle:
Issa Amro on the ‘Cinema Hebron’ project and how his and the lives of other Palestinian residents of Hebron are affected by Israeli settlers living in the middle of their city:
, On Friday, July 15th Youth Against Settlements brought together around 85 people including members of All That's Left: Anti-Occupation Collective, participants in the Center for Jewish Nonviolence "Occupation is not my Judaism" delegation, and others. The aim was to clear out an old factory on private Palestinian owned land in order to build a cinema on Tel Romeida, one of the most violent places in Hebron and throughout the occupied territories. The cinema will be the first there in decades. During more than two hours, the volunteers from the community and around the world cleared much of the site. The #CinemaHebron project continues for the people living under occupation there, and the people standing with in solidarity from around the world.
You can read more about it in +972 Magazine, The Forward, Haaretz, Maan, the JTA, more from The Forward, The Canadian Jewish News, and in this post and this one, and this one.
Much of the day is chronicled in these photos and videos.
Tonight thousands of Jews and Palestinians took to the streets of Jerusalem to say no to racism, no to violence, no to occupation, and no to despair. It was an important night. There was opposition out there threatening us and looking to hurt us, but tonight we were many.
The sign in the top left reads "Want Security? End the occupation."
Photos taken by Karen Isaacs and A. Daniel Roth on our road trip/honeymoon between August 18th and September 6th, 2015 traveling Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Portland, Seattle, The Canadian Rockies, and on through Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
I spent much of the last month and more organizing to take part in work, learning and action in Susiya in occupied territory with an incredible group of partners from Palestine, Israel, North America and other places. Nearly 100 (mostly diaspora Jews) joined us. It was a lot of work and I am still thinking about how and what to express. We took part in an important thing with our partners in Susiya and we will continue to push on the system of injustice at work in this occupation, and we will continue to grow this movement, and we will continue to demand that our community(s) stand up with us against violence and oppression. We will continue expressing, continue telling, and continue working.
What happened last weekend was important. Many are paying attention, and we will continue. Here's just a bit of what happened. More to come.
Jerusalem Day carries with it the sentiment of violence, which easily becomes real. Israeli authorities annually facilitate and allow thousands of Rightists to march through the Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem, to remind the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem - as their movement is restricted for the day - that the city belongs to the Jewish people alone. Stickers and signs make clear marchers' support for Jewish supremacists such as Meir Kahane, as racist chants and physical violence fill the space.
Members of All That's Left joined Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills, Ta'ayush and others to stand with people living under constant threat of land theft at the hands of illegal Israeli outposts and demolition of entire villages.
If you are in the area, join this action/solidarity work.
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