Muhammad and Mona Al-Kurd .. among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2021
Jerusalem activist Muhammad al-Kurd said that his selection and his sister Mona, by the American "Time" magazine, among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2021, "may be a positive indication towards the centralization of the Palestinian cause in the global public sphere."
However, the Kurds, in a statement posted on his Twitter account, commenting on the choice by the American magazine, said: "But making symbols - which reduces the struggle of an entire people to one face - is not enough to support the Palestinian people."
He added, "What we are asking for is a radical and tangible change to the media system, which includes (Time) to end its bias towards Zionism, and push it to be more daring in talking about liberation movements and Palestinian resistance in all its forms."
He stressed that "the new era that the Palestinians and the Palestinians are witnessing and witnessing was the product of a cumulative organization and struggle of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians," noting at the same time, that "the Palestinian struggle against the colonial system for seven decades was without any thanks or international recognition."
The American "Time" magazine chose the 23-year-old twins, Mona and Muhammad Al-Kurd, among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2021, in a list that included many celebrities, actors, pioneers and politicians from around the world.
In its article on Mona and Muhammad al-Kurd, Time wrote that the two Kurdish brothers, through online posts and media appearances, provided the world "a window to living under occupation in East Jerusalem (...) and their activities helped to bring about an international transformation of discourse regarding "Israel" and Palestine.
She added: "For more than a decade, the Al-Kurd family has struggled with dozens of their neighbors in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against the possibility of their homes being forcibly evicted by "Israeli" settlers."
And she continued, "In May, tensions in Sheikh Jarrah spread to the Old City of Jerusalem, where "Israeli" forces attacked worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and Hamas activists in Gaza responded by firing rockets at "Israel"."
She said that Muhammad and Mona, who were briefly detained by "Israeli" authorities this summer, challenged accounts of Palestinian resistance through publications and interviews, in which they responded to allegations that the violence was predominantly by Palestinians.
According to the newspaper, the two Kurdish brothers had charismatic and daring personalities, and became the most famous voice of those threatened with losing their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.
Muhammad and Mona al-Kurd helped inspire the Palestinian diaspora to resume protests against "Israel", and in the United States, "Israel" 's long-standing staunch ally, opinion polls show growing support for Palestinians.
Since she was twelve years old, Mona and her twin, Muhammad, have begun documenting settlers' attempts to take over homes in Sheikh Jarrah.
And in early June, the "Israeli" police arrested the twins, Mona and Muhammad, on charges of "carrying out acts that disturb order and peace and riotous acts", before releasing them, in light of broad solidarity with them inside and outside the occupied Palestinian territories.