‘If we can overcome coronavirus, we can overcome the occupation’ – +972 Magazine

“This is the first time we feel we are in the same boat as our political leadership,” Manasra continues. “The first time we can decide when to impose a curfew and when to lift it. It’s not the Israelis controlling us — we are controlling ourselves, in our own city, our fates. If we can overcome the coronavirus, we can overcome the occupation too.” Lucy Thaljiyeh, a city council member and a feminist political activist, joined the emergency committee and the aid committee, “Isnad.” She says that soon after the first cases were discovered, an emergency meeting was held at the municipality. “We immediately reached a decision to disinfect central locations in the city: the Church of the Nativity and its plaza, bus stops, markets, mosques, churches, and hotels,” says Thalijieh, “We haven’t left out a single street or alleyway in the Bethlehem district (which includes Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Aida, and 40 other villages).” “We started with the most basic disinfectant we had,” continues Thaljieh. “We collected garbage. We gave sanitary workers an expedited course on how to disinfect and safeguard themselves with masks, protective suits, and disinfec

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