Why I Got Arrested at the Border – Lucy Duncan

Why I Got Arrested at the Border – Lucy Duncan

We arrived at the beach and paused. Rev. Theoharis offered a prayer and then Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and other faith leaders read the names of those who have been killed at the border trying to cross. The waves crashed as the names were read, and I was moved to bear witness to so many who died trying to find sanctuary. I thought of all those who stand in the tragic gap Quaker Parker Palmer speaks about, “the gap between the hard realities around us and what we know is possible”: the gap between oppression and justice, the gap between lies and the truth, the gap between scarcity and abundance, and the gap between understanding that we are one people and that some are more deserving than others.

As we walked, I thought of a different fence, the boundary fence at the green line that separates Gaza from Israel. Since March 2018, Palestinians in Gaza have been organizing each Friday to protest that fence, the occupation of Palestine, and the blockade of Gaza. Most weeks Israeli snipers kill several of them. Since they began their protest to seek their rights as refugees, over 228 people have been killed and over 24,000 injured. Each week they return, seeking justice and the right to live as they desire. I thought the risk we were taking is so small in the face of what they have been risking, so small in the face of what the people migrating on the caravans from Central America have been risking.

via Friends Journal Why I Got Arrested at the Border – Lucy Duncan