Palestinian hip hop artist and activist Raffoul drops his new video dedicated to Gaza with a powerful intro by Professor Dahlia Wasfi.
When you helplessly watch your people (who are less than an hour away from you) being slaughtered by a vicious occupier, theres a sense of absolute desperation. You are so angered you demonstrate and again, that same occupier comes out and shoots hundreds as if we were roaches to them…not humans. Watching masses shot in the Kalandia protest including many friends, was gruesome enough. I can’t imagine I could handle what Gazans are seeing.
A couple of days ago we got word that there are wounded Palestinians being brought from Gaza to Arabic hospitals in Jerusalem and the West Bank. We immediately mobilized and decided to raise money in order to take gifts for the children and their families.
Yesterday we visited Makassed Hospital and St Josephs French Hospital, both in East Jerusalem. Upon arrival to St Josephs, a seven year old Palestinian boy, Zaher Ahmed Najjar, brought from Gaza for treatment was pronounced dead due to his serious injuries.
Here are some of the Palestinians we met yesterday:
Sohaib AbuShalat, 2 yrs old was found under the rubble of his home. His father was killed. His mother and siblings are all wounded and are currently in hospitals in Gaza. His aunt traveled with him to Jerusalem and he remains in a coma.
Khaled, AbuMaraheel 6 yrs old was injured by rocket shrapnel which cracked his skull. Khaled has not spoken a word since the incident and seems to be in total shock.
We didn’t get to see everyone yet. It is difficult and painful.There are many more being brought in on a daily basis. I wanted to grab all the babies and bring them home with me. To think these are a handful of the 7000 plus that are wounded was devastating and emotional.
The only thing that weighs heavy on my heart is the fact that these children will all be sent right back into Gaza as soon as they are better….to fight, yet again, to stay alive.
These families need your help. Please consider donating via our paypal (email@example.com ) or if you are interested in sponsoring a child who has lost everything on a long term basis please email us at that same address. Thank you.
Chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain was awarded the Voices of Courage and Conscience in media award by the Muslim Public Affairs Council for the episode he did on Palestine on Parts Unknown, his new show on CNN.
In the episode he travels to the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and the West Bank to explore and experience Palestinian cuisine.
One memorable moment during his trip to Hebron, he asks about the racist Israeli graffiti that was spray painted on a Palestinian home that said “Death to Arabs”.
In his acceptance speech for the award he says:
“I was enormously grateful for the response from Palestinians in particular for doing what seemed to me an ordinary thing, something we do all the time: show regular people doing everyday things, cooking and enjoying meals, playing with their children, talking about their lives, their hopes and dreams.
It is a measure I guess of how twisted and shallow our depiction of a people is that these images come as a shock to so many. The world has visited many terrible things on the Palestinian people, none more shameful than robbing them of their basic humanity.
People are not statistics. That is all we attempted to show. A small, pathetically small step towards understanding.”
Watch his acceptance speech for his award below:
Photographer Andrew Courtney presents a photo-documentary exhibit of the little known African Palestinian community whose lives and history are centered in the heart of the old city Jerusalem.
The opening of the exhibit on May 9th will feature an artist talk, music & light refreshments
As many of you have heard, President Hugo Chavez passed away earlier today. As a community, we would like to show our condolences, and our support towards the Venezuelan people, by having a vigil at the Venezuelan Consulate on 51st and 5th Ave.
Furthermore, there have already been rumors of American intervention in Venezuela, as well as American officials being expelled due to suspicion of conspiracy. We would like to also denounce any intervention in the sovereignty of Venezuela, and exclaim that the future of Venezuela lies solely in the hands of the Venezuelan people.
Wednesday March 6, 2013.
7 East 51st Street, New York, New York