On his first trip to a foreign country after being released from prison, South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (l), in Zambia to attend a meeting of the ANC National Executive Committeee, warmly gree
Wedding dresses are displayed above stalls at a market in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Sept. 14, 2013.
(L-r) Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) amendment calling for a suspension of military aid to Egypt was opposed on behalf of AIPAC by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, September 2012, Page 63
Friends of Sabeel DC Barbecue
While some organizations promote solidarity and encourage networking by holding lavish galas, Friends of Sabeel DC Metro was able to accomplish the same thing at a July 14 summer potluck barbecue hosted by Susan Bell at her home in Alexandria, VA.
But first each of the guests working for peace and justice in Palestine-Israel had to pass through Bill Plitt's simulated Israeli checkpoint—no easy task, since it was a little too much like the real thing. Organizers issued each guest a note card describing his or her situation: a pregnant mother with a 6-year-old child, a sick man going to the hospital, a young person trying to get to work... Then officious Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers interrogated guests, often turning them away or requiring more documentation. Frustrated attendees bit back sharp retorts, or smiled eagerly trying to comply with the guards' unreasonable demands—hoping to gain admittance to the party without provoking the cocky and arbitrary guards.
When guests were later asked how they felt trying to get past the checkpoint, and experiencing a daily fact of life in the occupied Palestinian territories, a provocative conversation ensued. In fact, despite a summer downpour, guests enjoyed catching up with local movers and shakers involved in the peace movement. They left feeling motivated and recharged (not to mention very full) after enjoying an afternoon spent in solidarity with others working for peace.
—Delinda C. Hanley