Release Date: 1/11/2009
An earlier edition of this post incorrectly stated that the event happened in Gaza, implying that it just occurred. In fact the event took place in the West Bank at least a year ago. We apologize for the error.
A Korean camera crew in the Occupied Territories of Palestine documented one of the most heroic actions we have ever seen. The courageous action of Huwaida Arraf is in the spirit of her colleague from the International Solidarity Movement, Rachel Corrie, who gave her life to defend a Palestinian home. This video seems to have been recorded in the West Bank near Bil'in. Huwaida was on two of the boats that sailed to Gaza in the last few months with food and medicine--the second was rammed by the IOF and had to dock in Lebanon.
Deep Dish TV is also distributing a 6 part series on the reality of life for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, living inside Israel and in exile. Chronicles of a Refugee. Produced by Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa and Aseel Mansour.
Huwaida Arraf (born 1976 in Detroit, Michigan) is a co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-Palestinian organization. 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 Mitchell Cohen for calling this video to our attention.