Monday, May 20, 2013

George Meek presents Palestinian Settlement problem in Arlington VA

On Monday, May 20, 2013, George Meek again spoke about Israeli settlements in Palestine, at the Arlington VA Central Library.  This meeting follows up on a similar meeting at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA Dec. 23, 2013. 

This time he showed many more illustrations, and spoke about how, starting in 1948 (or 1967), Palestinian homes were destroyed without notice, often when children were at school.  Palestinian families were even assessed demolition fees.

He also covered the burdensome checkpoints for Palestinian workers and children, who in one case have to crawl through a culvert to go to school. 

Most of the areas he described were relatively near East Jerusalem.  The Palestinian population gets a much lower percentage of the budget from Jerusalem.  
He called upon churches to help raise money to send members for two week stays, and for three-month stays, which cost around $10000.  His organization is the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine (link).

A couple members of the audience did raise the usual questions about Israel's security, and the reduction of suicide attacks, and seemed to take the position that Palestinians, even civilian families, had made themselves into enemies -- or perhaps international and UN agreements had let them be cast that way/

Wikipedia has a detailed history of the Israeli Settlements in this article.

Meek mentioned two films: "The Gatekeepers" (Movies blog, Feb. 28, 2013) and "Five Broken Cameras".

Update: June 30

Note this chart that Meek has about "Closure Obstacles":

  Update: April 23, 2014

There is a review of the film "Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine" (Connie Field, FilmfestDC) today on the Movie Reviews blog.

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