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May 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment
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When a Jew is not Jewish enough, is a problem people who moved to Israel are experiencing. Jonathan Levitt migrated to a Jewish state, to serve, in the idea that he believes in the Jewish people. The lady behind the desk wasn’t able to put in his id that he was a Jew. The problem was that his mother was not born a Jew, she was converted. It isn’t an issue in U.S., but it is in Israel, they are not considered a Jew and neither would their children.
Having his identity questioned is making him feel like he came over there for no reason; he isn’t allowed to be part of the culture. He can fight for them, and die for them, but he still wouldn’t be Jewish enough. The army offers its own 3 month conversion course for those serving, those who pass will be considered Jewish by the Israeli government, have the right to get married and buried in Israel. There was an article in the newspaper about massive industry of fake conversions, conducted by the army. One person says, one of the fights we are having now are people want to become Jewish and we are turning them away. This is dividing the Jewish world.
Cairo- the april 6th youth movement
Plan and national protest fueled by the internet. Ahmed mar is their leader. He spreads anti-government messages through the internet to eager young Egyptians. The April 6th movement was made to prevent Mubarak or his sons to run for presidents, showing what happening in Egypt in the past 2 years. There was police brutality that was filmed on mobile phones. The power of seeing people being beaten was very shocking, only very few of these were investigated. This youth movement started in 2008. The non-violence struggle was a form of warfare. The Serbia example highlighted that movements don’t need to be violent, especially when the police are incredibly violent .Jan 25th they showed how powerful the internet can be with uniting people, it was called police day. Mar showed how he put pressure on the regime with a second protest. In this protest the spokesman was arrested and he spoke of the brutality he went through. He was hit by every officer that saw him, and they told him to now go to facebook for help. Jan 28, 2011, mobile phones and internet were taken down; this was called the day of rage. Mubarak showed how desperate the regime was, and the protestors were using the media.
Cairo seemed like a warzone, the police were trying to prevent the people from going to Tahrir square. People were being beaten on the streets. April 6th headquarters became like a clinic. Mubarak eventually resigned. The people finally put their foot down and said enough is enough. Now the neighboring countries Iran, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, and Iraq are also having activists have protests, people now know their rights. The social networks played a very crucial and important role for these people. They were able to show others the real truth under the Mubarak regime.

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // May 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Interesting post, Safia. I’m glad you were able to learn more about the “April 6 movement.” While some people may know that it was perhaps the key mobilizing force behind the Egypt uprising, too few realize that its roots go back to 2008, and that it originally formed to support *workers* protests in an industrial town, Mahalla, far afield from Cairo. You bring up another overlooked — and globally significant — dimension of the uprising and the April 6 movement: how it gained inspiration and borrowed tactics from the youth-led, nonviolent protest movement, Otpor!, from Serbia.

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