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Count Folke Bernadotte Af Wisborg

The “Prince Of Peace!” Count Folke Bernadotte Af Wisborg, in his Scouts uniform, taken between 1940-45, by photographer Frederic Lewis in New York. "Bernadotte had long been involved with the Swedish Boy Scouts (Sveriges Scoutförbund), and took over as director of the organization in 1937. At the outbreak of World War II, Bernadotte worked to integrate the scouts into Sweden's defense plan, training them in anti-aircraft work and as medical assistants." (Wikipedia)

The original 10x8 print was scanned at 2,000 DPI and has been extensively retouched to remove damage, dust marks and other artifacts. These are limited run A2 (420mm x 594mm) posters, printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag using 6 colour archival inks.

The text reads as follows...

When the Zionist leaders heard of Bernadotte’s peace plan they became furious, considering it to favour the Arabs and against their goals, especially in respect to Jerusalem, Jewish immigration and the return of refugees and now considered Bernadotte to be an enemy. The Israeli government hated the idea of giving up Jerusalem and bent on military victory rejected the Bernadotte plan.

In the Qatamon Quarter we were held up by a Jewish army-type jeep, placed in a road block and filled with men in Jewish Army uniforms. At the same moment I saw a man running from this jeep, he put a tommy gun through the open window on my side of the car and fired point blank at Count Bernadotte and Colonel Serot. I also heard shots fired from other points and there was considerable confusion... the man was still firing. Colonel Serot fell in the seat at the back of me and I saw at once that he was dead. Count Bernadotte bent forward, I asked him “are you wounded?” He nodded and fell back, I helped him lie down in the car. I now realized that he was severely wounded. The Jewish liaison officer was urging us to get to the hospital as quickly as possible. When we arrived I carried the Count inside. We had sent for a medical officer, but while waiting, I saw that he was wounded around the heart. When the doctor arrived, I asked if anything could be done, but he replied that it was too late.

Statement by General Aage Lundstrom, Chief of Staff, United Nations Truce Supervision and Personal Representative of Count Bernadotte in Palestine. September 17, 1948.

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Talk by Dr. Bill Dienst and Greta Berlin, co-editors of the book "Freedom Sailors: The Maiden Voyage of the Free Gaza movement and how we succeeded in spite of ourselves" recorded March 7, 2013 at the Common Good Cafe at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA.


Saeed Amireh

For Saeed Amireh the 12th of January 2010 was like any other abnormal day in the village of Ni'lin, with the structure of the daily grind binding this together into something that resembled the life of any 18 year old in the world. When his father, Ibrahim Amireh, and several others from the village of Ni'lin were arrested during midnight home invasions and jailed for peaceful protest, Saeed was elevated to ‘head of the family’. Embracing the necessary responsibility to change the immediate situation Saeed sort help from the virtual community to raise 9,000 shekels ($2236 USD) to secure the early release of his father. Saeed's conscience would not permit him to assist his father while two others who had been unjustly detained in the same midnight raid remained in jail. He raised a total of 27,000 shekels ($6708 USD) and secured the early release of his father and the other village elders who had been unjustly imprisoned.

Through challenging this adversity using little more than honesty and his natural and very Palestinian charm, Saeed has since taken up opportunities to speak in Europe and Australia. Our goal is to assist Saeed by collected $5,000 to make his coming 4 month speaking tour of Europe slightly less stressful. This is his story.

 

 

 

 

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this time you are going to get there. We are going to make sure of it!

Extract of interview 23 August 2012

“I’ve never been to Hebron, Bethlehem, Qalqiliya or any other city in Palestine besides Ramallah and Nilin,” Amireh recounted. “Once I got to Sweden, I was completely shocked. I could not say a single word for the first two weeks; I spent the first two weeks crying because you could feel how there is a huge difference [between life in Europe and life under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank]".

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