Sad to see that Israel does not have freedom of speech or freedom of assembly. Lucas Koerner an American-Jewish student, who attends Tufts University in Boston, was in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day, June 1st, 2011, when he was grabbed, beaten, and arrested by Israeli police because he was "wearing a kippah and a keffiyeh [and] standing with the Palestinians."
This YouTube video and his blog tell the story of Israeli brutality.
Lucas Koerner / Stronger Than Slavery:
The Arrest --
As we walked up and down the sidewalk, waving our peace signs, many Palestinians of all ages approached to join us. With twenty or thirty people now gathered on the sidewalk facing the parade, we turned over leadership of what had become a demonstration to Palestinian activists, and we happily clapped and danced to their songs and chants. Standing on two feet high pylons, we tried to maintain our visibility as internationals in order to confer as much protection as possible to the Palestinians. The demonstration remained totally peaceful - just singing, whistling, and clapping. In fact, much to the chagrin of the paraders, we often danced to their music. Many Palestinians, fascinated with my kippah, approached me and exclaimed, “I love you”. For a moment, a space was opened for Palestinians to freely gather in their own streets and protest, peacefully demanding their basic rights. We were soon to learn just how brief that moment would be.related:
Suddenly, the police moved in without warning of any kind. Officers on horseback came so close to the sidewalk, nearly hitting some of the demonstrators. I stepped down from the pylon. In that instant, my impulse to flee was counteracted by the firm realization that, standing on a sidewalk waving a peace sign, I had every right to be there, and if I fled, who would stand with the Palestinians? I stepped back up on the pylon. Moments later, an Israeli police officer ran up, seized me, and dragged me to the other side of the street. He then punched me in the face, put me in a choke hold, and with four other officers, slammed me to the ground. I was eventually handcuffed and carried to the car; I allowed my body to go limp and refused to walk on my own in a gesture of nonviolent defiance. Throughout the whole affair, the only thing audible coming from the policemen was a constant stream of curses words, “motherfucker”, “piece of shit”, etc., which was to me a ringing confirmation of how infuriated and threatened they were by a 19-year old wearing a kippah and a keffiyeh standing with the Palestinians...
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American Jewish activist, Lucas Koerner says "Not in my Name" --
This annual [Jerusalem Day] march is little different to the Orangemen marches that took place in Northern Ireland. The pro-British Protestant Orangemen would deliberately march through the Catholic Republican neighbourhoods, The Orangemen march, like this march by Israeli Jewish Zionists, was all about the Occupier exerting their presence on an occupied people...OpEdNews:
Jewish American Teenage Hero Lucas Koerner takes on two World Powers --
One would expect a massive outcry of indignation against Israel but it won't happen...Covering Delta:
American Jewish Man Beaten and Arrested by Israeli Police --
I get really sick to my stomach when I see this type of police brutality, whether it is in Israel, the US or anywhere else.
Lucas Koerner / Stronger Than Slavery:
Jerusalem Day march --
Jerusalem Day march through the Arab quarter at 4 am. Their celebrations are so excessive, so over the top that they approach the hysterical. Beneath this triumphant veneer, lurks a deeper fragility and vulnerability: normal, sane people in a regular country do not typically feel the need to scream “this country is ours forever”, as if for fear of losing the country if their voices are not loud enough...