Palestinian women from South Hebron lead the march, protesting the Israeli shooting of Harun Abu Aram.
Palestinians protest shooting of Harun Abu Aram
For the last several days, the Good Shepherd Collective has been protesting in solidarity with our Palestinian partners against the shooting of Harun Abu Aram from al-Rakeez in the South Hebron Hills. Israeli soldiers shot Harun in the neck at point-blank range, likely leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his life. Harun is 26-years-old. Israeli soldiers shot him in the neck after entering his village to confiscate his generator—used to help construct a shelter for his neighbors after their home was demolished—among other building materials and construction tools. He is one of the 2,500 Palestinians injured this year by Israeli forces in only the occupied areas of East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and the West Bank.
The acts of solidarity between grieving Palestinians demanding justice and accountability are crucial. It can create a space of empowerment and resolve in the face of tyranny. During the protests, women led chants and reclaimed space,, directly confronting armed soldiers—reminding the Israeli military that despite decades of killing and imprisoning their family members and demolishing their homes, they will continue to stay on their ancestral lands.
The powerful display of resistance by the indigenous peoples of Palestine is inspiring. Still, if their willingness to risk physical assault and imprisonment isn't met in kind by folks abroad pushing for strategic policy changes, then their efforts will be for naught.
Because the violence Israel carries out against indigenous Palestinian communities is directly linked to international funding, the Good Shepherd Collective and a coalition of Palestinian organizations call on the New York Attorney General to investigate the US charities that are financing the Israeli squatter movement. It is absolutely crucial you take the time to sign this petition, send out emails out to your network, and leverage your social media accounts to gain momentum on this action item.
Lastly, despite Covid-19 shutting down all programs that generated operational revenue, such as our political tours and overnight stays our in communities, the Good Shepherd Collective was able to stay actively engaged in the most vulnerable communities. We continued to be powered by individual donations of 5, 10, and 20 dollars. We are hoping to raise an additional $2,000 a month to support our field workers and community activists.
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