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Israeli solidarity activist interrogated by police for “incitement”

Sara Benninga, whose speech I reposted here on the blog, was interrogated by the police after speaking at the JStreet conference I attended. She provided one of the voices for a new direction for Jewish and Israeli activists working alongside Palestinians for justice. For this she rewarded with an interrogation.

From Didi Remez’s facebook page:

Sara was interrogated for “incitement” because she made a call for solidarity with the #Jan25 protesters at Tahrir sq. She was also questioned on “subversion” because she dared chant “settlers, thieves”. I kid you not. I’ll update if there are indictment.

At the same JStreet conference, lawyer Michael Sfard of Yesh Din reminded us that there are hundreds of Palestinians arrested every week for nonviolent protest, (indeed four of the seven activists interrogated were Palestinian citizens) and now the same criminalization has spread to Jewish Israelis. I am struck by the courage of the people who stand up to the theft of settlers when Barack Obama won’t, and how sad that the sincere solidarity people around the world felt for the Egyptian protesters is now apparently a crime.

Sheikh Jarrah activist Sara Benninga honored @ J Street’s “Giving Voice to Our Values” conference from Isaac Luria on Vimeo.

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JESSE BACON (Philadelphia) is a freelance activist and father. He has a Masters in teaching from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is an observant progressive Jew, and is trying to be a good ally for Palestinians and all dispossessed peoples, while staying true to the best traditions in Judaism. He visited Israel and Palestine in 1996, 2001, and 2002. He served for three years on the local steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, and one year on the board of Pursue the Peace in Seattle. Read his posts here.

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