It is Tuesday morning in Jerusalem and I fly home to DC early tomorrow (Wednesday)
This last week has once again been a week of amazing contrasts. This past Tuesday night, we were on Jaffa road (where our apartment is). We were just walking to dinner, when we got caught in an ugly, racist mob scene with hundreds of young, mostly Orthodox Jewish men, throwing rocks, pulling Arabs out of stores, shouting, ”We want revenge” and “Kill Arabs,” and waving banners proclaiming, ”We are all Kahane”. I have never been more pained– or more terrified. What has happened to our people?
The horrible events of the past week, the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers and the horrific revenge killing of the Palestinian teenager only added to the information I had been receiving all month from the tours to Hebron, the Jordan Valley, the South Hebron Hills, and the Negev. All together, each event and each tour has given me a stark, realistic picture, not only of the horrors of life for Palestinians under the Occupation, but also, the depth of collusion, rigidities, and racism of the settler movement, the Israeli army, and the Israeli government — and it’s leadership. The events of this past week only confirmed what I was already learning and witnessing on the ground all month.