A year since Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem day is a racist colonial celebration of the conquest of territory and the domination of the victors over the indigenous people. Last year I saw the march with my own eyes as 20,000 Israelis carried their victory flag over the green line into East Jerusalem at Damascus gate, and hundreds who descended and marched through the Arab quarter of the old city on their way to the wailing wall, on the site of the demolished Mughrabi quarter.

A true of act of peace today would be to refuse to celebrate “Jerusalem Day”, to insist on the separation of Religion and Politics, to call substantively for equal rights for Arabs in East and West Jerusalem, and to call Jerusalem by both its names – Jerusalem/Al-Quds.

EDIT: Good and scary coverage from Mondoweiss on this year’s Jerusalem day racist colonial violence.

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