“Nearly all of the kids who attend the children’s club have experienced some form of violence by the [Israeli] soldiers. It’s very difficult to talk to these children about peace when they are being hurt all the time and their friends are being killed.”
— Ayman Ramahi, the director of the Palestinian Children’s Club in Jalazoun, says of the violence by non-lethal weapons
“There were clashes and soldiers were firing tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets. The soldier was about 10 meters away when he fired at me. I was hit in the head and the arm. I fainted and fell to the ground.”
— Ahmad, on the way to a wedding in a Palestinian refugee camp, hit by non-lethal (but now turned deadly) weapons by the Israeli forces.
“Thousands of men and women still flood into the streets of slums, towns and villages across the country every Friday and on many of the days in between — even as captured friends and relatives receive prison time and death sentences”
— Just out of the spotlight, Egyptians’ anger lives on and feet continue to hit the streets across the nation despite the largest crackdown in decades
“As I watched the white mobs in green on Saturday night, I was struck by the lack of law enforcement. I can personally recall several family cookouts, block parties, birthday parties and informal gatherings of black and brown family members and friends in which multiple men and women in uniform and police cars and even police dogs showed up. How over one hundred drunk people could be loitering on a major street and not one police officer be noticeably present was astonishing. It was also a reminder of the kind of society that we live in. To most of America, more than one Black/Latino standing next to each other wearing the same color equals gang, threat, flash mob. Not drink specials, themed parties, and excused belligerence. You call it St. Patrick’s Day; I call it white privilege — or being white in Philadelphia and America.”
— J.N. Salters on being white in Philly on St. Patrick’s Day weekend