UPDATE: THE CODE PINK WOMEN’S DELEGATION ARE NOW IN GAZA CITY. They — and their donations — were allowed to pass from Egypt’s Sinai through the Rafah crossing into Gaza today. Apparently, this was accomplished with the intervention and support of Egypt’s First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak.
After all … Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day.
So, it’s a good occasion to remember Um Kamel, who has been living in a tent — all winter — down the hill from her former home in East Jerusalem, perhaps a kilometer north of the Old City, from which she and her husband were evicted at dawn one day in mid-November, when he was on his death-bed.
He died, in the nearby St. Joseph’s hospital, just a week-and-a-half later.
A separate mourning tent was erected next to the tent where Um Kamel has been residing.
In the photo above, Um Kamel’s house is the low stone structure seen at the far right of the picture, just above the white plastic extension of the tent.
She stayed in the tent, on land owned by another East Jerusalem Palestinian, and remained there, despite the agony of her husband’s final days, despite the fact that the tent was literally bulldozed (it was just a tent! ) on several occasions by the Israeli Border Police (even a tent, on private land with the permission of the owner, needs a permit! ), despite the fact that there was no toilet, no shower, no kitchen, and all kinds of small animals and insects were running around, and that it was winter, and rainy and windy and cold. With a gentle manner, but evident determination, Um Kamel has received visitors — dominated by the Islamic movement, with a few Jerusalem-based Palestinian Authority figures, and the steady accompaniment of a few international solidarity activists — explaining her situation and her feelings.
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