Abir Kopty مدوّنة عبير قبطي

You will never be free until you respect the freedom of others


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Israel is unable to cope with unarmed Palestinian activism

First published on Mondoweiss:

This week, Israeli Knesset passed the anti-boycott bill, which outlaws the un-armed action of economic, academic and cultural boycott. Last week, it attacked another un-armed action, the fly-in campaign, and week before that, it was the flotilla. Every Friday, it oppresses un-armed demonstration in Bil’in, Nabi Saleh and other Palestinian villages.

Let’s look at the fly-in campaign: To the simple question, why Israel behaved so hysterically towards the arrival of international and Palestinian activists through Ben Gurion airport, there is a simple answer: Israel can’t cope with un-armed Palestinian activism. Continue reading


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My story: racial profiling in Israeli airport

Sunday morning, July 10th 2011, Eilat, the southern Israeli city on the red sea:

I arrived to Eilat airport, one hour before the flight, which is reasonable time for local flights. My flight was scheduled at 9:30 in the morning, I waited on the line until my turn for security person to call me, so she calls, I give her my ID. Here comes the look! “oh she is an Arab, this is a real threat and I need to make sure she won’t hit the airport and the flight”

My Arabic name was enough to be a suspect. She left me, and went to her boss, man of course, showed him the ID. “Hey, she is an Arab, ARAB, what should we do with her?”

Meanwhile, other passengers were winning graceful regular questions, “who packed for you? “Do you have anything that looks like weapon?” “Did anyone give you anything to give to someone?”…That’s all. Then, their bags were subject to a regular baggage check and they are free. Continue reading


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كيف تحارب إسرائيل استحقاق أيلول

لقد بدأت إسرائيل منذ وقت مبكر بالعمل لمواجهة استحقاق سبتمبر، أي توجه منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية للأمم المتحدة بمشروع قرار للاعتراف بفلسطين عضو في هيئة الأمم. إسرائيل ترى في هذه الخطوة خطورة كبيرة على مكانتها الدولية، حيث تخشى أن يمنح هذا القرار زخماً للحملة الدولية لعزل إسرائيل ومقاطعتها، على غرار جنوب أفريقيا. كما وتخشى من أن يدفع الاعتراف بالقرار نحو احتجاجات شعبية فلسطينية تجتاح الأراضي الفلسطينية على غرار الثورات العربية.

 ووفق ما توفر من معلومات في الإعلام الإسرائيلي وضعت الخارجية الإسرائيلية إستراتيجية، مفادها أنه، في حال وصول طلب الاعتراف إلى الجمعية العمومية، لا يمكن منع أغلبية من تأييده، ولكن يمكن المس بنوعية القرار، أي وزن وثقل الدول التي ستؤيده، تمتنع عنه أو تعارضه. Continue reading

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