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The next global social media campaign should bring the stories of Palestinian women who live (or were killed) under the Israeli occupation

#AnaKaman (#MeToo)
The next global social media campaign should bring the stories of Palestinian women who live (or were killed) under the Israeli occupation

When the #MeToo global campaign against sexual harassment and assault ebbs, a different campaign, no less just and no less important, can begin.
#MeToo was launched on social media in response to the allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and it brought testimony from Hollywood. It reached Israel due to the generosity of Yedioth Ahronoth, a newspaper that holds nothing dearer than women’s equality, body and soul. The 12 million women around the world who have joined the campaign have described their own sexual assault experiences and expressed solidarity with Beverly Hills celebrities.
The next campaign should also address respect for women and their bodies, their fates, their rights, their life and death. It must start in Israel and spread throughout the world. A single Weinstein will not ignite this campaign. It will accuse an entire state. And the testimonies will not come only from the rich and famous. They will come from female victims who never dreamed of Hollywood, or even of the beach in Tel Aviv.
The next campaign should be called #وأنا كمان, ana kaman, "me too" in Arabic. Let’s see how the world responds to this campaign, especially Israelis – the same Israelis who took part in #MeToo and are now tut-tutting in the streets of Ramat Hasharon and Ramat Aviv over the painful testimonies of Limor Livnat, Meital Dohan, Orna Banai and Yael Abecassis.
#AnaKaman will bring the testimonies of Palestinian women who live (or were killed) under the Israeli occupation. We provide the first ones below. All are from this summer, a relatively quiet one in the history of the occupation.

“Me too,” Zeinab Salhi of the Deheisheh refugee camp will write despairingly. She is 52, a single mother who for years cleaned the homes of Jews in Jerusalem, until illness forced her to quit. She lives in the West Bank refugee camp in nearly indescribable poverty and neglect. Her live-in partner, an Israeli Jew from Jerusalem, suffers from cancer.
One night this summer, she watched as soldiers fired seven bullets into her son Raad Salhi, 22, as he tried to flee. As he lay dying in Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, she sought to see him one last time, but soldiers stationed outside his room chased her away.
A week after Raad was shot, soldiers came and arrested his brother Mohammed, again in the middle of the night and with the brutality of those who snatch people from their bed. Raad died a few days later; his mother never had a chance to say goodbye.
“Me too,” Asma Abu Kharma, a young mother from Kafr Ein, will say. Because her musician husband, Nazzal, was involved in recording a song praising July’s terror attack in Halamish, Israeli forces raided the family’s home on two consecutive nights, first to arrest her husband and then to confiscate his electric organ.
“Me too,” the Israeli voice of Raba Abu al-Kiyan will chime in. For nearly a year, she has been living in a tent with her 10 children, after Israeli police killed her husband Yakub, a teacher, while demolishing their home in Umm al-Hiran in order to build the Jewish town of Hiran there.
“Me too,” Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar will write from prison, where she was ordered to remain for six months, without trial, on account of her political activity. That, after serving a 15-month sentence for a series of ridiculous offenses, including participating in a book fair and paying a condolence call.
Nouf Enfeat won’t be able to participate in the campaign. She was just 15 when she was shot to death after brandishing a knife at the Mevo Dotan checkpoint. “Die, suffer, you kahba [whore, in Arabic],” shouted soldiers and settlers who celebrated around her as she lay dying on the road.
The same is true of Fatima Hajiji. “Mother, please don’t be angry,” said a note the 16-year-old girl left in her bookbag. She, too, brandished a knife at a checkpoint, wearing her school uniform. Israeli soldiers fired some 20 bullets into her, even after she was already lying on the ground, bleeding.
All this is just the start of the campaign that will never happen, certainly not in Israel.

Gideon Levy

Haaretz Correspondent

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The next global social media campaign should bring the stories of Palestinian women who live or were killed under the Israeli occupation

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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