Sumud Palestine was pleased to welcome Juman Nijim to Keele to talk to CAABU’s report ‘Palestinian Detainees: no security in injustice’ (September 2012).
Juman holds a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Claremont Colleges USA. She has worked for CAABU and is currently an intern with Reprieve UK. She is a board member of Military Court Watch which monitors the treatment of children in Israeli military detention.
A video clip, alone, set the scene for anyone who doubted the veracity of Israel’s aim to break the spirit of the coming generation.
The occupation also poisons the souls of many Israelis serving in the West Bank and Gaza. We heard the voices of two former combatants, Zuhar Shapira and Oded Na’aman, who’ broke the silence’ when they could no longer contain or suppress the knowledge of their actions against Palestinians during their service
Not as many people turned out as we had hoped. We wondered if it had become easier to turn away ‘bleeding Palestine’ or was it merely indicative that whole issue of Israel and its occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza is more familiar territory for many people than a few years ago. It certainly suggests that Sumud Palestine needs to step up its part in creating a groundswell of public opposition to Israeli apartheid and to find more imaginative ways of the BDS campaign real in North Staffordshire.