A few days ago I met Matan Cohen in my hometown of Cambridge MA, a young Israeli member of Anarchists Against the Wall. He’d been in the small village of Bil’in where struggle against the separation fence has been ensuing for over two years. One month before I first attended those actions in 2006, he was shot in the eye by Israeli soldiers, hit with a rubber-covered metal bullet and partially blinded. Now he’s in the United States beginning his first year at Hampshire College, my older daughter’s alma mater, “the college with a conscience” whose slogan is “to know is not enough.” They gladly admitted him with a full scholarship.
I plan to leave the States for Palestine & Israel on October 23, returning approximately 3 months later. Bil’in will be a central focus, also Bethlehem where similar creative non-violent struggles occur every week, all this as part of my photographic coverage of non-violent resistance to the occupation. (Thanks to Scott Kennedy for suggesting this theme.)
Fondly and in solidarity,
Matan Cohen recovering, shot in the eye by an Israeli soldier, February 2006
(photo: Yaron Brenner)