Despite a downpour of rain and hail, about 100 people gathered today for the weekly protest in Sheikh Jarah. Along with their regular chants today they added: Gam Bageshem, gam bakor, hafashism lo yaavor/ Despite the rain and the cold we will not let Fascism prevail.
I attended the protest with Rabbi Tirzah Firestone who was visiting from the States.
Steven Ruebner, a representative from J Street, read a statement of solidarity that was extremely well received.
Earlier in the week I visited the neighborhood with Rabbi Firestone and met Nasser who has been evicted from his home and has been living with his family on the sidewalk opposite his home since August. I thought about him today in the downpour of rain and hail which has continued now for close to 24 hours. The settlers are in his home and he is on the street, all because he is Palestinian and they are Jewish.
I am so glad that Rabbi Tirzah urged me to go out to the demonstration today despite the rain. It was a privilege to be with these inspiring and dedicated mostly young Israelis just a few hours before Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath on which we remember the Amalekites who attacked our people as we left Egypt. Who is Amalek today? Could Amalek be alive within us? What are we commanded to remember?