Inspiring Courage In Gaza – Huwaida Arraf

Please watch this example of inspiring courage – as Danny Schechter notes, you’re not likely to see it in the MSM:

Danny Schechter writes about this video at his blog:

A Korean camera crew in Gaza documented one of the most heroic actions we have ever seen or heard of. In the spirit of Rachel Corrie, who gave her life to defend a Palestinian home. Unlike the iconic image of the Chinese man standing in front of the tanks come to crush the Tiananmen protests in Beijing, 1989 and images splashed all over the world’s media, you are unlikely to see this video or its images in the U.S. media. It is also a video of some hope. Her courageous action seems, at least, momentarily successful.

She has been identified as Huwaida Arraf, a co-founder and central figure in the International Solidarity Movement and, recently, the Free Gaza Movement (the folks organizing the boat trips from Cyprus to Gaza).

The stated mission of the ISM is to resist the Israeli occupation using nonviolent tactics. Arraf is married to Adam Shapiro, another ISM co-founder, whom she met while both were working at the Jerusalem center of “Seeds of Peace*,” an organization that seeks to foster dialogue between Jewish and Palestinian youth.

Arraf, who is Christian, is the daughter of a Israeli Arab father and a Palestinian mother. Arraf majored in Arabic and Judaic studies and political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and studied Hebrew on a kibbutz.

Huwaida later earned a JD at American University’s Washington College of Law. Her focus was on International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, with a particular interest in war crimes prosecution.

Thanks to Brian Drolet of DeepDishTV for calling this video to our attention. And, thanks to for enabling people to break through the censorship blockade.

* DISCLOSURE: I directed the first feature-length documentary about Seeds of Peace in 1996. For more information, visit the film catalog at

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