Monday, June 15, 2015

Haya Shalom Dances for Us All--in Jerusalem

The video I posted on the previous entry is a moment of hope in this too said, too armored world. Haya, an old friend, Woman in Black activist, dedicated feminist, was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last year. Dance, we all said, dance and it will keep your body flowing. Haya's body which has stood for years on anti-Occupation vigils both in Israel and in New York, which has loved the earth under her feet, now moves in another way.

After 3 years of coordinating the 45+ lesbian group in J`lem, I resign' to give more opportunity to other women to take responsibilities, and also because I need more of resting time .  So, these wonderful women made a party as a tribute to my activities.  As a respond, I thankedl the women by dancing.  Here it is.
just wanted to share it with you.  We have a wonderful small feminist lesbian community here, in Jerusalem............

So much of what is happening in the world today, so much that is done in the name of people's who should know better, makes for huge sadness and often, rage. Then comes Haya's few minutes of women reaching out to each other, bodies honoring bodies, holding Haya in their arms in this most contested of cities. May we all leave our chairs, our side lines, and bring gentle persistence, almost tenderness, to our struggles.

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