We join this demonstration, because EAPPI shares the goal of ending the occupation. On this Friday there were a dozen women in black, one man in black, and 6 EAs (including some from placements outside Jerusalem). The woman next to me is Dafna from Detroit, who emigrated to Israel in 1951. She has been with Women in Black from the start in 1988. She told me, "I don't believe in ruling another people. Jews are trying to take over all the land, not just the part they were given in 1948."
Across the street stood a woman with an Israeli flag and a sign reading "Israel forever," the only counter protester. Some people driving by made obscene remarks or gestures against us, or simply honked, but there were no confrontations. No soldiers or police were present. But the reaction was not uniformly hostile. One orthodox man walking though the plaza with his wife and child said "I appreciate what you are doing."
|Mohammed Shamasneh at the demonstration (holding microphone)|
|Shamasneh family home|
For four years the families in Sheikh Jarrah have been holding a non-violent protest demonstration every Friday against the settlement takeover. It takes place in a small park on the road to Ramallah. When I observed it, there were about 85 people--a larger turnout than usual, because many had come from the nearby demonstration at the Shamasneh house. There were even some of the Women in Black there.
|Weekly protest against evictions at Sheikh Jarrah|