For more than a year, the women and men of Beit Safafa fought the construction of the highway and the imminent harm to their way of life through civil and legal means..
One of the most decent human beings I know lives in Beit Safafa, a Palestinian village of about 10,000 in southern Jerusalem. My friend, Abu Nasser, is a wise and generous man, a man of dignity, integrity and peace, who is slow to anger and quick to find a diplomatic solution to any conflict.Recently, my friend woke up, together with the rest of Beit Safafa, to discover that the village’s residents had once again become the target of a hate crime. Vandals had slashed the tires of about 30 cars in the neighborhood and sprayed the walls with anti-Arab graffiti in what police suspect is the second “price tag” attack on the village in six months. The graffiti read “Arabs=Thieves” and “There is no coexistence.”