THE SHOE AS A POLITICAL WEAPON

The first instance of a shoe being used to make a point, that I recall, was when then Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union banged his shoe on the podium at the United Nations. It was a bang heard around the world. His point was made….

The second more recent incident was the shoe that was thrown at President Bush in Iraq last week….

Today, in Bil’in, shoes were carried by protesters during the weekly anti apartheid demonstration. It happened in Palestine so you most probably won’t be reading about it in your local press…. but here is a report of the situation….taken from
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Demonstrators marched today after the Friday prayer carrying Palestinian flags and banners calling to end the Israeli occupation, stop the wall and settlement building, stop land confiscation and settler attacks, closures and roadblocks, and the release of all detainees. The demonstration was joined by internationals and Israeli activists. Members of the Peoples’ Struggle Front also joined the protest today and carried banners.


Protesters carried pictures of U.S President George Bush having shoes thrown at him. They also carried their own shoes as a symbolic refusal of the Israeli occupation.


The protest today marched towards the wall singing slogans and attempting to reach the confiscated land behind the wall. The Israeli army was stationed behind concrete blocks and fired teargas and sound grenades when the protesters tried to reach the gate. Dozens suffered gas inhalation and eight demonstrators were shot with rubber coated steel bullets, two journalists, one of them from Israel, his name is Israel, and the second, Issam Arrimawi working in Wafa Media. Two others were taken to the Ashshikh Zaid Hospital in Ramallah : Mohammad Abu Rahma and Baseb Abu Rahma .and the others we treated in the village: Adeed abu Rahma, Sabri Abu Rahma,Jehad Alhaj, and Mohammed Imran. The demonstrators responded to these attacks by throwing their shoes at the army.


The Israeli High Court accepted an appeal by the residents of Bil’in two days ago against the route of the Israeli Annexation Wall which is confiscating a lot of farm lands from the village. The court ruled that the Israeli authorities should change the path of the wall according to the July 4, 2007 High Court decision and that the Israeli government should pay a fine of 10,000 NIS

3 Comments

  1. KIm said,

    December 19, 2008 at 20:27

    Our Imperial Shoe Magnet, as an outgoing sign of magnanimity and forgiveness, which as a professing Christian are qualities he should possess-right?, should request clemency or a pardon for the Iraqi shoe thrower, who has been beaten, tortured and faces 7 years of prison. After all, the shoe thrower didn’t even HIT him. All those years avoiding swats from Barbara as a child has served him well.

    The truth about Palestine will never come to America over the controlled airwaves. It will have to come in the churches, one person at a time, and it will be a PAINFUL awakening to the hard headed, thoroughly brainwashed Christians in this country.

  2. netfa said,

    December 19, 2008 at 22:43

    Great move by the Palestinian people,finally you have a answer of how to win this war. you cant fight fire with fire, water is nunviolent, the more people you have,the more water you have to out the zionest fire. More power to the people.One love

  3. DavidG. said,

    December 20, 2008 at 07:19

    Yes, this brave, passionate man has done more for the Muslim cause than a million suicide attacks. Why?

    Because he targeted those who make the decisions. He struck at one of those in the top echelons, the ones who plan and undertake wars, the ones who control the world for the benefit of the elite.

    That is the secret. Attack those who lead (with shoes if necessary), those who call the shots. Killing the foot soldiers achieves little. They are expendable.

    Threaten the leaders. Make their lives miserable!


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