Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
Opinion Editorials, April 2010
Charles Schumer and the Ghetto of Bethlehem
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, ccun.org, April 26, 2010
Bethlehem ghetto uprising continues
The Ghetto of Bethlehem is shrinking, the people are resisting but feel abandoned by the self-appointed leadership. Many people complain who come to give their blessings to projects or to plant a tree for the cameras or to promise support that never materializes. Planting a tree for the photo opportunity is not a replacement for real action.
Internationals and locals did replace the children’s swings and
slide in Mitri’s home in Beit Jala only to see them pulled out again a few
days later (see video of the dragging of nonviolent protesters from
the garden and its destruction here
As the Italians were crossing the apartheid wall, the Israeli army was extending the wall around Al-Walaja village of Bethlehem and destroying more of Mitri’s land. But Al-Walaja people were heroic on Sunday. These people were displaced in 1948 and are being displaced again today. They delayed the uprooting of their trees at a great cost Sunday: over 30 Palestinians and a few internationals were injured and several detained. Photos are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/
We will try to get you the link to a video of the actual action. It is hard for us to be at many places of destruction at one time and we lack resources to get video cameras in the hands of qualified people to document the atrocities so this initial video (photographed by another person) has little of the more rough and tumble action.
SCHUMER: I don’t know. I would like it to be, I recommended the first one. I have 3 criteria for Supreme Court Justices: they should be legally excellent, they should be moderate as is typical of my politics I don’t want too far right or far left, and diversity, which means different ethnic groups and everything else. Luckily in terms of Jewish people we have good representation in terms of the Supreme Court. That will continue. One thing I want to assure your listeners Nachum, my name as you know comes from a Hebrew word. It comes from the word shomer, which mean guardian.
My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov and I believe
Hashem, actually, gave me name as one of my roles
that is very important in the United States Senate to be a shomer for Israel
and I will continue to be that with every bone in my body..
Popular Committee to Resist the Apartheid Wall and Settlements-Beit
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