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Israel Is Crushing My Right to Protest Its Occupation

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I’ve lost my right to protest.

A few decades ago, protests and demonstrations were a family affair. My husband, Dr. David Gild, and I thought nothing of taking our kids with us to Peace Now demonstrations, even when the kids were in strollers. But that changed, over time.

In 1983, in the wake of the first Lebanon War, after the massive demonstration we helped organize demanding a commission of inquiry into Israel’s role in the Sabra and Chatila massacres, we had a march in Jerusalem that was subjected to much violence. At the close of the march, a hand grenade was thrown at us, killing Emile Grunzweig, an MA student at Hebrew University.

Members of the Begin government had called us, Peace Now, a fifth column, and a young man who lived a few streets from me apparently believed the slander. It was he who threw the hand grenade that also injured several of our activists.

Demonstrating became a dangerous........

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