One of the best people I’ve met in a very, very long time, a social activist and community organizer from the Shuafat Refugee Camp, Baha Nababta, was murdered three days ago by an unknown assailant, while fixing […]
I have actively loved my home since April 1st, 1998. I am sure that before that, as a kid in Jerusalem and Haverford, I must have loved my home in an abstract, whelpy sort of […]
Jerusalem, Fall 2015: where methods of collective punishment go virtually unchallenged, and where challenging these methods can get you death threats. I’ll explain. The Situation On October 1st, 2015, “the situation,” as it is euphemistically called […]
Originally posted on The Leftern Wall:
Are you crazy!?! According to the IDF I am… But seriously, you went into East Jerusalem today!?! In the midst of Armageddo- I mean- Intifad– I mean- you know…
Abdallah Abu Nab has lived in his family’s home in Batan al-Hawa, Silwan, East Jerusalem, since he was born; if the settler organization Ateret Cohanim’s plans go through, Abdallah and his family will be made […]
Ok. Time for a Twitter-Photo Essay. I'm going to call it.."Just Another Strange Afternoon as a Guest in Occupied East Jerusalem." Here goes: — Mori Rothman-Zecher (@Moriel_RZ) August 3, 2015 1. We arrived in Issawiya, […]
Only after arriving in jerusalem today did he begin to ask himself: did I really want to come to Jerusalem today? — Mori Rothman-Zecher (@Moriel_RZ) May 17, 2015 The conundrum of this place (&perhaps of […]
Next year in a better Jerusalem (18 Mini-Prayers)
1. May our pharaohs’ hearts be unhardened.
(May we teach our pharaohs how to act by allowing the pharaonic that lives in each of our hearts to be replaced with softness).
2. May those seeking refuge find refuge.
(May those who came here from places like Sudan and Eritrea find hope, rather than scorn).
3. May this city be a city of shelter.
(May the Shamasneh family remain in their home. May the Sub Leban family remain in their home).
4. May we be blessed with real leadership.
(May we rejoice as Ayman Odeh marches up the hill).
5. May we defy the demonic biddings of false prophets.
(Those who intone scriptures of vengeance and bellicosity).
6. May we scorn the comfort of corrupt Kings.
(Those whose doctrines of indifference leave us all without real shelter).
7. May we honor the memory of the holy young man from Shuafat murdered in Jerusalem’s forest.
8. May we honor the memories of the beautiful worshippers slaughtered during their morning prayer in Har Nof.
יהי זכרונם לברכה
9. May we honor the memories of all of the others senselessly killed in this city.
Chaya Zissel Braun. Muhammad Sunqrut.
10. May we honor them by doing all that we can to ensure that no more are senselessly killed.
— all that we can, all that we can, all that we can —
11. May the practices of children’s arrests and home demolitions be abolished.
Surely we can see that this is nothing but cruel affliction. Surely we can hear their cries.
12. May the children studying at the bilingual school be allowed to study (peace) in peace.
(May the children studying at all schools be allowed to study in peace).
13. May the bilingual school turn into a trilingual school.
(?פארוואס נישט). Or make it hexalingual: Tigrinya and Russian and Ladino, too.
14. May we allow laughter in when it is possible to do so.
(Sometimes it is possible).
15. May we weep whenever necessary to do so.
(Often it is necessary; how often do we allow ourselves?)
16. May we make room for contradiction, for confusion, for unsureness, for unknown.
17. May we love.
(May we be loved; May we be love)
18. Next year in a better Jerusalem.
(Jerusalem is exactly as holy or as profane as we make it)
10:00 AM, Sunday, March 22nd: Ahmad Sub Leban, a friend and colleague, welcomes a group of about 60 activists and journalists outside of his family’s home in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City: “We are […]
Yesterday, I was part of the biggest group of unarmed Israelis to enter the Shuafat Refugee Camp in over a decade. At least that it what the Palestinian organizers of the tour told me. And […]