From Occupied Ni’ilin to America: Happy Independence Day!

Ni'ilin resident Mohammed Amireh raises the American flag on July 4th. Behind him are photos of village residents killed and wounded in the unarmed struggle against the Israeli separation wall.

Ni'ilin resident Mohammed Amireh raises the American flag on July 4th. Behind him are photos of village residents killed and wounded in the unarmed struggle against the Israeli separation wall.

Ni’ilin is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank that has been a center of unarmed resistance and civil disobedience against the Israeli separation wall for over two years. The construction of the wall has sliced off the village from hundreds of dunams of its privately owned farmland, effectively annexing the land to an adjacent Israeli settlement. Since Ni’ilin’s popular committee initiated its struggle against the wall in 2008, dozens of villagers have been imprisoned without charges for extended periods of time — three members of the popular committee currently languish in Israel’s Ofer prison — while numerous others have been maimed and killed by teargas canisters, rubber bullets and live .22 caliber ammunition. Among those badly injured by Israeli fire was the American activist Tristan Anderson, who sustained severe brain damage after being shot in the head by a self-propelled teargas grenade (the grenade was designed to pierce concrete walls) and is struggling to regain use of the left side of his body. (After closing its case on the basis of a “lack of wrongdoing,” Israel has been compelled to reopen its investigation of Anderson’s shooting by revelations that it had not even interviewed the Border Police officers accused of firing at him.)

niilin-july4-twoThis July 4th, Ni’ilin resident Mohammed Amireh raised an American flag in the village’s ad hoc museum to honor Americans like Anderson and Rachel Corrie (Emily Henochowicz also deserves mention) who were wounded and killed while demonstrating in solidarity with Palestinians. Though America’s Independence Day has been transformed into a vapid national picnic symbolized by barbeque sauce-stained American flag napkins, the holiday was in fact established to celebrate the country’s anti-colonial tradition. Even as the United States consolidates its role as an imperial power, a few Americans are continuing the tradition of their country’s founders in the rocky hills and olive groves of the colonized West Bank.

Amireh, who speaks English as a third language after Arabic and Hebrew, emailed me the following statement yesterday:

A palestinian farmer raises the palestinian flag and the american flag together on the occasion of the 4th of july an independence day close to the aparthied wall which built by the israeli occupation, to prevent him from reaching to his olive trees field,and carrying a message to mr obama and to all the americans, congradulating all of them. and hope  for the future to  spread the peace on the earht , and hope that the god bless the free americans ,and work together to end the suffering of the palestinians, specially in nileen village, where the american activist mr.tristan anderson got shot by tear gas canester from the israeli soldiers, and we wish and hope that he recover his health again soon. and also mrs ratchel khouri who died in gaza, she came from america to solidarity with the palestinians, and died by an israeli bulldozer in gazza,when the driver who is a soldier tread her several times after he killed her. we will never forget her and we called the streets and the schools with her name. here we are  sharing you with your independence day as you are sharing us our struggle and protest to get our own independence and freedom.

8 thoughts on “From Occupied Ni’ilin to America: Happy Independence Day!

  1. poyani

    It’s not ironic. It’s beautiful. It shows that the meaning of the flag has shifted greatly.

    At the time Rachael was involved in the demonstration in which they burned flags, the American flag represented the government which was responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the greatest contributor the the continued suffering of the Palestinians.

    Today, the flag stands for the brave activists who come to places like Gaza and Iraq to resist the policies of their government. People like Rachael Corrie are responsible for that shift in attitudes.

  2. walt kovacs

    poyani.

    corrie was a disturbed young woman who committed suicide

    the ism is a terrorist front group who is not adverse to sacrificing internationals for their cause

    you see, i know many people who have dedicated their lives to helping others in third world countries

    they help create farms, schools, infrastructure…. they dont protect tunnels used to smuggle in arms…they dont stand in groups of children and burn american flags on foreign soil

    corrie was no hero…she was an ignorant dupe with a death wish

  3. poyani

    “you see, i know many people who have dedicated their lives to helping others in third world countries

    they help create farms, schools, infrastructure…. they dont protect tunnels used to smuggle in arms…they dont stand in groups of children and burn american flags on foreign soil

    corrie was no hero…she was an ignorant dupe with a death wish”

    I guess like this guy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-nXT8lSnPQ
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Man

    What an “ignorant dupe with a death wish” eh?

    The difference? The Chinese soldier was decent enough to STOP! What does that say about human rights in Israel when communist China treats people more humanely?

  4. kraft

    It is so cynical to pretend that America has some kind of anticolonial past it’s now betraying. The American revolution didn’t interrupt the colonization of North America in any way. Israel’s anticolonial bona fides are better.

    God forbid people have fun on the fourth of July.

  5. Cliff

    There is no fair comparison between Manifest Destiny and Zionism in terms of opposition.

    Our conceptualization of ‘human rights’ and such is still somewhat ‘new’. It’s only last century that we had a ‘Declaration’ of human rights.

    Israel exists in spite of all this progressive reform and maturation of the social consciousness of ‘Western’ countries.

    Israel is a racist, apartheid State and will continue to exist as such.

    http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1475

    A Nazi settler twerp shoots a Palestinian kid and then the inbred IDF charge the Palestinian on a bogus rock-throwing allegation.

  6. Saraz

    Max,
    I am a Jewish American who sympathizes with the Palestinians 100%. I love you and your work.

    That said, these particular videos are indistinguishable from a Univerisity tuition-increase demonstration in California. We should use the term “brutalization” carefully. Surely, we have seen enough real examples of major brutilization employed by the Israeli government. We don’t need to resort to exaggeration to make our point.

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