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Monday, November 14, 2011

Freedom Rides to East Jerusalem as to U.S. South

Eleanor Roosevelt
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Editing by Carolyn Bennett

Call for solidarity

“Fifty years after the U.S. Freedom Riders staged mixed-race bus rides through the roads of the segregated U.S. South, Palestinian Freedom Riders will be asserting their right to liberty and dignity by disrupting the military regime of the Occupation through peaceful civil disobedience.

“The Freedom Riders seek to challenge Israel’s apartheid policies, the ban on Palestinians’ access to Jerusalem, and the overall segregated reality created by a military and settler occupation that is the cornerstone of Israel’s colonial regime.”

Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 15, 2011), Palestinian activists, mostly youth, will attempt to board segregated Israeli public transportation headed from inside the West Bank to occupied East Jerusalem in an act of civil disobedience inspired by the Freedom Riders of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

Selma-to-Montgomery 1965
“Palestinians understand that this act of nonviolent disobedience may result in violent attacks and even death at the hands of Israeli settlers who are to Israel as the Ku Klux Klan and those who supported them were to the U.S. ‘Jim Crow’ South.…

“Nonetheless, the Freedom Riders believe that this act of civil resistance is necessary to draw the attention of the world to the illegality and immorality of Israel’s occupation and apartheid system as well as to urge justice-loving people to take a stand and divest from Egged, Veolia, and all companies that enable and profit from this oppressive system.…

“Civil disobedience carries dire consequences for the Palestinian people as it did for the U.S. Freedom Riders. The threat of imprisonment or physical attacks by settlers and the Israeli military is very real.

“The Freedom Riders are calling for solidarity from people of conscience around the world.”


“Palestinian Freedom Riders to Board Settler Buses to Jerusalem” [Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.], News posted on November 14, 2011 by Palestinian Freedom Rides Occupied RAMALLAH, http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/palestinian-freedom-riders-to-board-settler-buses-to-jerusalem-8352

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Britannica Captions: The Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama (U.S.), civil rights march, 1965.

Eleanor Roosevelt holding poster of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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