The struggle for the liberation of the Palestinian people has always been a central theme in Jamel’s life. From the moment he became aware of the Israel-Palestine conflict, he took part in the struggle. He knew that the struggle for his people’s freedom was right, proven by the wide international support for a Palestinian State.
Jamel took an active part in the struggle. He raised flags, threw stones, closed off streets, set fire to tires, and marked Fatah, PLO and The People’s Front in public places. He felt that he was doing his part for the struggle, but it was not sufficient. He felt a drive to engage in more meaningful actions.
While throwing stones he was shot by 3 live bullets, which left him disabled for 7 months. After a difficult recovery, he went back to throwing stones, and this time he was arrested. There was terrible violence in the prison against the inmates. He was released after 6 days with his corneas torn in both eyes. He was taken from prison directly to the hospital near the Russian Compound, where he remained for nearly 2 years.
During his time in hospital, visitors came who tried convince him to return to the violent struggle. It was at this time that Jamil began to develop the understanding that stones do not deliver results. Apart from injuries, arrests and surgery he had not achieved anything. He ended his connection with resistance groups.
Then came that moment when Jamel heard about a Combatants For Peace meeting in Anata. The Israelis in Combatants for Peace respected him as a man for fighting for his rights: they embraced him; he embraced them back.
Over time, he became the Jerusalem group coordinator. This was the beginning of his meaningful resistance to the Occupation.