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Every Pedal-Push Is For Palestine

 

By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
By Sami Haven
[Text by Jennifer MacKenzie]

Some powered up hills with ease and some wobbled and fell. Some pedaled bravely on their own, with just a little extra help from training wheels, and others rode perched behind their parents. But all 220 riders in this Friday’s “Cycling for Palestine—Give to Jerusalemarrived to the Dead Sea with a joyful smile.

They were happy to have helped each other complete the 20km journey, and happier still that their achievements would outlast the day by supporting athletic and cultural projects in Jerusalem. Funds raised by the riders in this year’s fourth edition of the ride will go to Silwan, a youth sports development project targeting 200 youth aged 8 – 16, and Ishrakat, a creative arts development initiative from Yabous.

Organized by the Welfare Association and the Welfare Association for Youth in partnership with the Jerusalem Forum, the ride gathered cyclists from all over Jordan, including members of Cycling Jordan, Nader Bikes, Bike Rush and Bedouin Bikes. With so many young faces shining among the participants, the event emphasized the leading role of youth in raising awareness of the Palestinian struggle and contributing to the development and empowerment of Palestinian society.

“We have chosen to dedicate all our efforts to Jerusalem this year as the city is especially targeted by the occupation’s ongoing attempts…to distort and erase its Arabic Palestinian culture,” affirms WAY’s Ahmad Bashir.

For more info – Cycling for Palestine

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Sami Haven

Sami Haven was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1987. His mother is originally from Yabroud, Syria, and his father is English born in the Caribbean. He grew up in his grandmother's house in Jabal al-wehbdeh, in the heart of Amman. In 2003 Sami moved to Al-Saru, on the outskirts of Amman, where he studied graphic design at Al Ahliyya University, graduating with the highest grades of his class. In 2005 he moved to Rome, Italy, where he did his masters in Photography. Sami worked with the world's most famous photographers like Steven Klein and Oliviero Toscani, along with many others. His works have been included in the Biennale of Venice directed by Kazuyo Sejima, Paris-Photo, and also in Tokio. After working in various editions of X-FACTOR Italia - making video clips for the contestants - in theatre with Fendi, and in the high fashion industry, Sami felt there was something missing, and so he decided to go to Gaza, Palestine, because it is an example of resistance and humanity, and to try and contrast the image constructed by the Western media that serves only the powerful. Today Sami is co-funder and part of an on growing conceptual group called Jasmine. A group united through passion against fear, a smell that's to spread out from the Mediterranean like a virus, to contaminate the world with Love, and heal from indifference. All can be part, and all shall be armed: Culture, Art, Music and Sport shall be our weapons of mass construction.

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