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Valentine’s At A Check Point: Love Under Apartheid


Resisting the siege for the right to love is the main idea behind the project ‘Love under apartheid’ conceived by human rights activists to denounce the obstacles placed before the most noble of feelings by the countless Israeli barriers imposed against Palestinians. In the website, launched for the occasion on Valentine’s day, there are videos describing the adventures and hardships faced by those who have wanted to visit loved ones or messages for thoe who wish to send ‘their love across the checkpoint’.

You can learn of the story of Taiseer and Lana Khatib who speak of the difficulties in maintaining a family of four people together ‘struggling’ between Akka and Jenin against the Israeli citizenship law. Then there is Amer, from Gaza, who has had to give up his love story with a woman who lives in the West Bank. “For two years – says Amer in a video – I have tried to get a visa, which through the pass at Eretz or Rafah in Egypt, would allow me to go to her parents to ask for her hand in marriage. That document has never arrived”.

This is love made unhappy by the lack of freedom of movement as gathered by the activists who want to enable foreigners, Europeans and all others understand the sensation of difficulty that one meets living under an “apartheid” regime. There is even room for humor in the video called “Checkpoint date: When dinner isn’t the only check you have to worry about”. A European man tries to reach his girlfriend for a Valentine’s dinner; but first he is stopped by soldiers under the shower, then forgotten in a lineup for hours and then at the end he finds soldiers sitting at the restaurant table he had booked for his date.

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MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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