http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/07/17 /EDGSI7MUGM1.DTL The real story is those struggling for justice Editor -- Our nonviolent resistance to the illegal Israeli occupation and wall continues ("S.F. Jewish activist held as security threat in Israel," July 14). As I write, Ann Petter is at her (Israeli) Supreme Court hearing. We anxiously await her return and her news. We all expect that she will be deported, but I think we all hold a glimmer of hope that she will win. If so, this sets a precedent for our cases. (The Supreme Court decided to send Petter's case back to the District Court, requiring that the court has the right to review the "secret evidence" that is being used against her. It should also to be noted that the defense still has not seen this secret evidence, and most likely will not ever be allowed to. Petter has her next hearing on Sunday. My hearing has been set for Thursday.) Meanwhile, it seems that all the media coverage of our detention and our resistance has propelled the International Solidarity Movement into most Israeli homes. Our hope is that many more Israelis will go out and march and demonstrate against the wall. Two days ago, we completed a lengthy interview with a young Israeli journalist for a weekly paper owned by Ha'aretz called Kol-Hair. We asked the young woman what she thought of people like us, coming into her country/region to protest. She said that while she hesitated to make comparisons with the Holocaust, she saw parallels. She said every Jew always asks, "Why didn't anyone do anything to stop the massacre and injustice?" She continued, "As in that war, we need people to come from the outside to push us to see, and to stop the craziness." Her body language told a more complicated story. She blushed, looked away, and moved her hands in a gesture of uncertainty. She was clearly ashamed and confused. I can't imagine the heaviness of that on a personal level. No, actually, I can and do relate. I remember watching the sunrise over Alcatraz for the Un- Thanksgiving Sunrise Ceremony three years ago. Standing in a circle with several hundred indigenous, Chicano and African American people and allies, I felt tremendous shame and horror. So I can relate to this young woman's shame and confusion. I remain committed to working toward racial and social justice in my community. I feel very lucky about the media attention we have been able to attract, but the real story is with the thousands of Palestinians and Israelis who are struggling for justice here in this region. At the end of our conversation, we encouraged the journalist to spend some time in the West Bank and see for herself the realities of life under occupation. I hope she does that some day soon. I thank everyone for their support, and feel my community here with me. JAMIE SPECTOR Ben Gurion Immigration Detention Center Tel Aviv -- See also: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/07/14 /MNGBS7L5V71.DTL http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/451241.html