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'No Longer Complicit in Genocide': World Pays Tribute to Aaron Bushnell, Called The 'American Bouazizi' | Morocco News |

For many Arabs, Bushnell's tragic act evoked memories of the catalyst of the 2011 Arab Spring - the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi after his cart was confiscated by authorities.

Bouazizi's despairing protest stirred public anger against the Tunisian regime and sparked a revolutionary wave that swept across the region.

"American Bouazizi has died," wrote one user on social media platform X, while another asked if it was "time for an American - European spring?". Bushnell was hailed as "America's Bouazizi" and an "American martyr" by Arab netizens and commentators.

Anti-war organizations also declared Bushnell's tragedy an "act of martyrdom" and his self-sacrifice a reflection of shifting attitudes in America against Israel's violence. Brian Becker of the American ANSWER Coalition called it an "indicator of the profound change in consciousness in the United States."

Another American activist group, Palestinian Youth Movement, said Bushnell sent a global message that "people of conscience everywhere will refuse complicity in the unfolding genocide against the Palestinian people until our last breath."

Vigils were held for Bushnell across the United States, including on Monday outside the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. where he staged his protest. Attending the gathering was 88-year-old artist, activist and Holocaust survivor Marione Ingram.

"I urge you, Mr. President, I urge you Congress, start defunding Israel. Start making peace. It is time we stop killing children," implored Ingram, according to Democracy Now. "Mr. Biden, you should stop supporting the genocide in Gaza." She carried a sign reading "Survivor says peace not wars in our name."

"Wie Wieder": Holocaust-Überlebende verurteilt Gaza-Bombardierung, verlangt Frieden | 9 Nov. 2023 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 2nd, 2024 at 09:18:01 PM EST

Planned speaking tour in Hamburg 🇩🇪 "postponed" 🇮🇱 😡

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 2nd, 2024 at 09:19:23 PM EST
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Previous peace activities ...

'The Hands of War': A Washingtonian Reflects On Childhood Consumed By Conflict | 8 March 2013 |

Marione Ingram, 77, says if it weren't for one of the 20th century's worst firestorms, she may have been lost in the 20th century's worst genocide.

Ingram grew up Jewish in Hamburg, Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and recounts the infamous 1943 bombing of her town in her new memoir, "The Hands of War: A Tale of Endurance and Hope, From a Survivor of the Holocaust."

"We had gotten a notice to report to the place where all the Jews were rounded up," Ingram recalls. "My mother tried to commit suicide, and I found her and managed to pull her away from the gas oven."

As the bombing began, Ingram says she and her mother were barred from the bomb shelters because they were Jewish, a fact made evident by the bright yellow Stars of David they were forced to wear on their clothing.

"We went into hiding for a year-and-a-half for the rest of the war, and miraculously survived both the genocide as well as the 10-day and 10-night bombing of civilians," she says.

Surviving war as a child

Ingram begins the book by describing herself as a child of war: "As a tree may be forced by fire or lightening to bloom in winter," she writes, "a child can be compelled to become an adult long before it is time. I was such a child."

"Starting as a 5-year-old, I was aware that there were forces that wanted to kill me," Ingram explains. "And because we were so isolated, because all of my mother's family had already been exterminated, there were no children to play with.

"So you start asking yourself as a child: `Why is this? Why are people trying to kill me? What have I done? Why is being Jewish a reason to kill me?' All of these things add to the sense that you have to be more grown up than your years would indicate."  

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 2nd, 2024 at 09:20:07 PM EST
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Talk with Contemporary Witness Marione Ingram

On August 16, 2021, contemporary witness Marione Ingram from the USA visited the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial together with her husband Daniel. In front of students of the Marion-Dönhoff-Gymnasium and the Louisengymnasium, she read from her book "Kriegskind. Ein jüdische Kindheit in Hamburg" and then spoke with moderator Karin Heddinga and the audience about her experiences in World War II and her political struggle afterwards.

Marione gave a very vivid and detailed account of how she had experienced anti-Semitism in Germany as a child and the horrors of the bombing. Her experiences before and after the war had strengthened her resolve to continue fighting discrimination and not to remain silent in the face of injustice; be it in the 50s and 60s USA - where she was part of the civil rights movement - or in the four years of the Trump presidency, up to the present day. She made an urgent appeal to the students present to work for a better future and to become active with regard to the growing dangers posed by anti-democratic politics and the climate crisis.  

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 2nd, 2024 at 09:20:42 PM EST
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