Jerusalem:  10 minutes of human movement

Jerusalem: 10 minutes of human movement

Video of human movement by Jaffa Gate during Passover/Easter. As traditionally the various communities of Jerusalem live in separate areas (in Palestinian East Jerusalem and Jewish West Jerusalem), the Old City is a unique arena in which one may see Hassidic Jews, tourist groups, couples, religious families,  Muslims, Orthodox priests,  Mizrahi Jews, religious Zionists, Palestinians and Israelis all walking peacefully in the same space. However, there is a caveat. On minute 5:13, a Palestinian youth is detained by two female soldiers. This is common practice in East Jerusalem as Israeli soldiers frequently seek out people who appear to them as Palestinian, in order to see if they have an Israeli ID or permission to visit. Most Palestinians in the West Bank are not allowed to visit Jerusalem and such permissions are rarely granted....
Fifty Alums of Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem Call on Israeli Youth to Avoid the Draft Despite the Legal Risk

Fifty Alums of Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem Call on Israeli Youth to Avoid the Draft Despite the Legal Risk

[Exterior of Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem. Image by Neta via Wikipedia]Jadaliyya Dec 30 2014 by Joshua Tartakovsky  On 28 December 2014, over fifty Israeli and Palestinian alumni or teachers of the Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem, issued a letter calling high school students in Israel to refuse serving in the Israeli army and enabling its occupation of Palestine. The students, teachers and alumni who signed the letter called for an actual refusal and did not choose the safe route by engaging in a mere condemnation of Israeli policies, therefore placing themselves at risk of prosecution by Israeli courts for breaking the law. For example, in April 2009, the Israeli police arrested seven people who were running the anti-draft websites of New Profile and Target 21, and were accused of “incitement for draft evasion”. The signers stated that “We, Israel Arts and Science Academy alumni, former staff members, Palestinians and Jews, from different ages and diverse world-views, approach you, alumni and future alumni – dare to refuse.” The signers explain that “refusing to serve in the Israeli military is not an easy choice, but a moral stance against a collective mood manifested in racism and violence on every street these days. It is a choice to withstand the pressure coming from one’s home, friends, professional environment and the media, and to not take part in the crimes done in our name.” This was also the first letter signed by both Israelis and Palestinians who are associated with the academy. The signers of the letter seek not only to refuse to take part in a military...
In The Now:  “The occupation is daily terrorism against everyday lives of Palestinians.”

In The Now: “The occupation is daily terrorism against everyday lives of Palestinians.”

In a protest in the West Bank on December 10, Palestinian protesters were attacked by Israeli soldiers although not a single act of violence has been committed against the occupying forces.  Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Ein was physically attacked, collapsed and died. You can view the protest here: My appearance on In the Now where I discussed with Anissa Naouai my experience of begin an activist for Palestine, December 10,...