By Kwara Kekana
Actor Jesse Williams, who plays Dr Jackson Avery in the popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy, has joined other prominent actors, artists, authors, sports people and icons in backing a call by Dream Defenders for the release of the Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi. The 17 year old Tamimi is being held in an Israeli prison for almost two months now.
Others to have signed the call include actresses Rosario Dawson from “Seven Pounds” and LisaGay Hamilton from “The Practice”; Lethal Weapon’s Danny Glover, former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave band member Tom Morello; American Football sport-star Michael Bennett; hip-hop artists Vic Mensa and Talib Kweli; as well as Professors Cornel West and Angela Davis.
In their statement they write: “In the US, we know all too well what it’s like to be oppressed simply because you exist, because you refuse to give up your fight for freedom.” The signatories also call on lawmakers in the US to support a bill being introduced in the US congress: “In a bold move to protect Palestinian children like Ahed from widespread abuse by Israeli forces, Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota introduced an unprecedented bill last November entitled: Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. The bill has 22 co-sponsors and counting. We the undersigned call on all US representatives to sign this bill and protect the lives and childhoods of Palestinian children.”
The statement ends by pledging solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and a broader commitment to social justice: “Now, and always, we commit to building a more just and loving world for us all.” Click here for the full statement with all signatories.
UPCOMING PROTESTS: On Thursday 15th March BDS South Africa will join the SACP together with other civil society organizations in holding pickets at the US consulate in Sandton and Cape Town calling for the release of #AhedTamimi and all #PalestinianPoliticalPrisoners and for an end to the US support of Israeli Apartheid. The pickets will start at 10h00 with the one in Cape Town being addressed by General Secretary Blade Nzimande (click here) and the one in Sandton addressed by Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila (click here). Members of the media and public are invited to attend.
Creative commons / BDS South Africa