PALESTINE: When they smile

Have you ever been in a difficult, sad, or traumatizing moment and your first reaction is to smile or burst into laughter? You are neither alone nor crazy; a smile can be a stress reaction, and there are psychological and contextual explanations for this human experience. Palestinians are often photographed or filmed smiling while the Israeli occupation forces arrest, beat, and imprison them. This reaction is often unexpected and misinterpreted by the occupation soldiers, the media, and viewers worldwide.

Joint Statement Calling on Biden Administration to Condemn Israeli government plans to Forcibly Displace Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem

"The world is watching what Palestinians have endured for decades: forcible dispossession at the hands of Israeli forces and settlers. This statement is supported by a broad list of progressive organizations that believe that Palestinians should be free.”

“When they have their foot on your neck, they can’t go anywhere either.”

As CPT continues to work alongside local communities for racial justice, we have to ask ourselves two questions: Beyond sit-ins, street demonstrations, and direct action, what is racial justice for our communities? And, what is a vision that will liberate people of colour (POCs) and white people collectively within and outside of CPT?

CPT Palestine: “To whom do you complain if your opponent is the judge?”

On 14 March 2021, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visited ancient Susiya in the South Hebron Hills (SHH). The visit aimed to open a museum in the archaeological area of Susiya. This visit has triggered the Palestinian identity of this place, causing dozens of Palestinians to gather at the intersection between ancient Susiya and “Khirbet Susiya”, where Palestinians were forcibly displaced. The crowd gathered to reject Netanyahu’s visit and all the meanings this visit may carry, like more demolition threats or more promises for the settlers.

Vaccinated. A new category of privileges: Israel is taking the lead.

Israel was one of the first countries that raced to buy up large numbers of the COVID-19 vaccine and now have vaccinated almost 60% of its citizens. At this point, 116 of every 100 persons have been vaccinated with a total of 10,290,033 doses. The Israeli prime minister announced that Israel will be a model country having vaccinated all of its citizens over the age of 16 by the end of March. Now as the restaurants have resumed indoor service up to 75% capacity, "we are coming to life," the prime minister said.
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