Enough!- Another Israeli-American Says No to Zionism

Access: Who gets in and who doesn’t, Al-Kuds 6/4/2010

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Though the following videos are from June- when I was visiting Palestine with a delegation from the Interfaith Peace-Builders organization- they provide a snapshot of Palestinian life under occupation which is reiterated in many forms . In this instance, on the friday after the deadly assault aboard the Mavi Marmara, all Muslim men between the ages of 16 and 40 were denied access to the old city of Jerusalem under “threat of a possible protest”. Those inside were unable to leave. Jews, Christians and Muslim women were however allowed to enter the old city. It is important to bear in mind that friday prayer at Al- Aqua Mosque is considered the holiest prayer of the week. In this first video, Lara Elborno, a Palestinian-American activist attempts to question the Israeli police who is blocking the entrances to the city as to the motives behind this action. At aprox. 0:44, one Israeli police member tells the others not to speak to her and to “ignore her”.

“We Just Check the Muslims”


Once the calls to prayer were sounded, the men denied access resorted to breaking down cardboard boxes and using them as prayer mats on the sidewalks instead. A large gathering of hundreds of Palestinian men gathered on the street opposite the Dung Gate and an impromptu sermon began- with appropriate attention paid to resistance to the occupation which has prevented them from praying in their Mosque. Please pay careful attention to the young boy walking hand-in-hand with his father at the end of the prayer session. What should this child think? What should he grow up to be one day? How should he see himself when the IOF views him as a “security threat” and arms itself with horses, battons, grenades, rifles and cameras when this boy prays with his father in the street…

Prayer in the Streets



Written by Keren Carmeli

October 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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