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A Palestinian at the January 21 Women’s March

Yesterday, January 21, 2017, I joined the hundreds of thousands of women who united in the Women’s March to protect diverse women’s rights, safety, health and families following the controversial election of President Donald Trump. An unprecedented number of men and women took to the streets of Washington, D.C. and in numerous cities around the United States and the world to non-violently demonstrate, demanding respect for women and their rights. I was fascinated by the various home-made banners held by men, women and children. Some wrote slogans of discontent in response to Trump’s statements during his election campaign regarding women and different minority groups such as immigrants and refugees.

An American at Allenby Crossing - Part 3

As we wait, I watch the tired crowds move from line to line - old men and women, little children releasing pent-up energy and playing tag.  A young woman moves slowly with two hand crutches.  Her legs are uneven.   It is getting late; I can sense that it is dark outside. 

An American at Allenby Crossing, Part 3

As we wait, I watch the tired crowds move from line to line - old men and women, little children releasing pent-up energy and playing tag.  A young woman moves slowly with two hand crutches.  Her legs are uneven.   It is getting late; I can sense that it is dark outside. 

An American at Allenby Bridge Crossing - Part 2

Finally, we enter the Israeli border which is graced with a green lawn surrounded by dusty hills (Amazing, what one can do with 80% of the aquifer that sits under the West Bank).  We collect our suitcases and get in line to collect a new luggage tag.  After receiving our tags, we enter an outdoor line where we wait to show our passports so that we can enter the building. Then, we join a new line to go through security and check our luggage.  This room is air conditioned! 

An American at Allenby Bridge Crossing

For myself, the Allenby Bridge crossing from Palestine to Jordan is a cultural experience, but for my Palestinian friends it is the sole entrance and exit from the West Bank to the rest of the world.  The crossing begins in Jericho, where one passes from the Palestinian to the Israeli border, and from the Israeli border to the Jordanian border.  This process can take anywhere from a few hours to all day long.