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July 1st marked the last Friday of Ramadan and International Al-Quds Day. At Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, hundreds of protesters of all ages and religions turned out to stand with the people of Palestine and in opposition to the Israeli Occupation. The interfaith aspect of the day was apparent, as Hasidic Jews, Christians, and atheists turned up to support the mostly Muslim Al-Quds protesters. There was also a wide range of ages represented, from young children to teenagers to adults, and all of them had thoughts to share on the day.
I saw a contemporary of my father, Adnan Askar, at a funeral a few weeks before the passing of one of the most important people of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali. Askar is a good man, a retired worker whom I’ve always liked and respected. He is from my parents’ home village of El Jib, considered part of the Jerusalem municipality prior to 1967, but redistricted into the Ramallah area after that year’s war and the beginning of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, and the Syrian Golan Heights.
Have you ever wonder where did the presidential candidates accumulated their views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Well today you will be reading about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump previous relation with Israel and Palestine and their views about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Not surprisingly there are changes from their previous to their present views. Particularly, there has been a transformation in the views of Hillary Clinton over time. Even though Hillary Clinton has wrapped up the Democratic nomination, there will be a party platform fight between Clinton selected and Sanders selected representatives on this issue at the Democratic convention. At a time when many young Americans are shifting to be more sympathetic to the Palestinians, for two of the leading candidates the move has been to more pro-Israel support.
By Liqa Affaneh
Many media outlets portray Palestinians as terrorists. However, the story of many Palestinians living through each day of the occupation of their land the best way they can is rarely told. I am fortunate to be living in a city like Chicago that has a very active Arab-American community plus many organizations that promote human rights, justice, and self-determination for the Palestinian people. Unbiased news outlets constantly remind us of Palestinian suffering as well their unreported suffering.
After Israel recently electing a government that has been described by Al Jazeera News as “the most extremist in the country’s history,” the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer, killing 2,139 Palestinians, reached its first year anniversary on July 8th. The current elected government of Israel includes members that want “a full- scale invasion and reoccupation of Gaza to wipe out the Palestinian factions”.
On Friday in Chicago, a diverse crowd of 250 people commemorated Al-Quds Day that takes place annually in multiple cities around the world. This year’s event was held on the one-year anniversary of the Israeli attack on Gaza. Speakers focused on the continuing siege of Gaza, the campaign to end the mistreatment of Palestinian children, and called for the U.S. to end military aid to Israel.
The full-page ad that I saw in The New York Times the other day was just one more reminder that we need to keep hammering away at the differences and intersections between the state of Israel; the ideology of Zionism; and the religion of Judaism. In reporting on recent votes by Lutheran synods on U.S. financial aid to the state of Israel, I said: Members of Protestant denominations are deeply concerned about what our Jewish brothers and sisters think. We are learning that “Jewish” is not equivalent to “pro-Israel.”
On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the Metro Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), meeting in assembly, voted to approve a resolution entitled, “Resolution on U.S. Government Aid to State of Israel.”
Three weeks before the April 15 deadline to file federal tax returns, the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization based in Palos Hills, IL, has placed electronic billboards asking the question: “Have you declared Israel a dependent on your tax returns?” The ad, which ran last year in Washington DC, says Americans are “sweating April 15 so Israelis don’t have to,” and calls for an end to U.S. aid to the Israeli occupation. In Chicago, the ads can be seen on digital billboards at I-294 and 95th Street and I-294 and Southwest Highway through April 19.
In a trial that Judge Drain declared was “not political,” Rasmea Odeh was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison, a $1,000 fine, immediate revocation of her citizenship, and deportation to Jordan after serving jail time. Odeh was released on bond pending appeal. As Odeh said in her statement at the hearing, “every time I try to build my life up, something comes along that puts me back to zero.”