The connections between black people protesting state violence in the United States and Palestinians fighting occupation in Gaza and the West Bank have been well-documented. At times, they’ve even been under the oppression of the same security company. To show how intertwined the two groups are, we asked Palestinians:
لفتا، بوابة القدس الغربية | Lifta, the western gate of Jerusalem
لفتا قرية فلسطينية محتلة عام 1948 تقع غرب وشمال غرب القدس ،على ارتفاع 700م عن سطح البحر. ويمر الطريق العام الممتد بين القدس ويافا جنوبي غربي القرية مباشرة, كما تربطها طرق ترابية بمجموعة من القرى المجاورة.
تعتبر لفتا من القرى الاولى التي اخلت العصابات الصهيونية المسلحة سكانها منها عام 1948، واسكن فيها اليهود الشرقين من بداية الخمسينات وحتى الاعوام الاولى من الستينات.
الصور: ما تبقى من لفتا.
تصوير: عيسى غريّب
Lifta was a Palestinian Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The population was driven out during the Palestinian 1948 Nakba. The village, which is mainly intact, is located on a hillside between the western entrance to Jerusalem and the Romema neighbourhood.
Lifta is the last remaining Palestinian village that was depopulated to have not been either completely destroyed or re-inhabited.
Photos: Lifta, all that remains.
Photography by Essa Grayeb
Israeli security forces have used unnecessary force to arrest or detain Palestinian children as young as 11. Security forces have choked children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts.
Last month, my colleague and I stood at the Cathay Pacific check-in counter at the Vancouver airport, my well-worn passport in the hands of a customer service representative. “Sir, you haven’t been cleared by U.S. Customs,” she said. “There appears to be a problem with your passport." Instead of feeling panicked, I felt more of a familiar, dull anxiety. This has been happening for years and reveals a subtle form of racism we as a country have yet to address.
Members of the Palestinian youth movements, the Ashbal. The Ashbal-literally, the cubs- saw themselves, and were seen by Palestinian society, as an elite group who excelled not only in sports, but also in combat.
The Ashbal weapon was the RPG, known in the Soviet Union, where it is manufactured, as “The weapon of the brave”. The Ashbal were expected to fight like “ten fedayeen”. “Every grenade in an RPG costs 34 liras, and you only have six, so don’t waste them” they were told. “Don’t hit your target”- usually a tank-”until it gets close to you, and then immediately move away”
The Israelis dubbed them “the RPG kids” during their 1982 invasion of Lebanon for the devastating number of hits they scored with their grenades and the agility with which they moved. In every battle the Palestinians waged, all the way from the battle of Karameh in 1968 to the Syrian invasion of Lebanon in 1976, from the Israeli invasion of 1978 to the one that came four years later, the Ashbal played a major role.