I don't know what to do anymore. It breaks my heart to keep reading this stuff, but I can't seem to stop either. Like moving to the front of the line to get a better look at a bad car accident.
I've been photocopying the entire article where this information came from and leaving them everywhere around town, but I need to do more. I can't sleep at night because of it. I lay there awake in my bed, hearing my daughter's light snores coming from her room, and I think of how many parents can no longer say the same thing.
Trapped in a car this Summer with a friend of mine on a road trip for 4000 miles really gave me a clear idea of what racism and bigotry are really all about. When our CD player in the car died driving through the middle of Nevada (on our way to Area 51), and the radio boasted nothing but Christian redemption for our souls, our talk turned to Middle Eastern politics. A touchy subject to begin with, but really touchy when it's 120F outside the car and walking back home to Vancouver is just one badly worded remark away.
That was when he told me the expression, "The only good Arab is a dead Arab."
When asked of his position on what should be done in Israel, he told me that the only solution is to take every last Palestinian and ship them off to Jordan. And if the Jordanian government didn't like it, we should just nuke them. Needless to say it was a fucking long drive through Nevada!
Let me just say, as someone wise just pointed out, that this article is definitely one-sided. I make no qualms about that. In a day where we have 1 corporation owning 99% of the Canadian print media (Excluding the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star), and openly displaying pro-Isreali propaganda, we have no choice but to counter-comment whenever and wherever we can.
Robert Fisk, writer for The Independent, on December 13th 2000 states it simply. "The abuse being directed at anyone who dares to criticise Israel is reaching McCarthyite proportions."
If you want to see what the world's reporters are facing these days, I suggest you go here"
This article is but one taste of what is going on in the Holy Land these days. And with Ariel Sharon voted in for another term, things will only get worse... Much worse. We, as a people, need to stand up and say no! We won't allow the indiscriminate killings of innocent civilians to go on anymore! We won't allow a people to be driven off the face of the Earth by an oppressing government, that your government and mine, whether you live in Canada, the US, or the UK, sanctions and fully supports.
Never forget the words of Moshe Ya'alon, Ariel Sharon's new chief of staff, describing the "Palestinian threat" as "like a cancer – there are all sorts of solutions to cancerous manifestations. For the time being, I am applying chemotherapy."
More information then I could ever convey to you here is located on the website http://www.electronicintifada.net. I plead with everyone here to spend some time there. It is from them that these statistics came from. It is to them that I give my thanks for opening my eyes to the truth. The truth may cut worse then the sharpest blade, but I would rather my blood be spilled, then to live my life in ignorance.
This is just a small sampling from October 31st to December 2nd of some of the atrocities that have been committed on the children of Palestine.
31 October to 2 December 2002
December 2: Jenin: Mutaz Odeh, 18, died of a gunshot wound to the heart when Israeli occupation forces opened fire on a group of civilians who were stoning Israeli tanks and armored vehicles. 21 others injured, two seriously. (PCHR, LAW)
Gaza City: Hatem al-Ajla, 16, shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, with gunshot wounds to the back, according to hospital sources. (AFP)
Hebron: Abbas al-Atrash, 3, was in his house, when he was killed by bullets fired by Israeli occupation forces. Doctors said that he was hit by a bullet in the abdomen as he stood at the window. The occupation army claimed the toddler was killed by shrapnel from an explosive device thrown at its forces. No occupation forces were injured by the alleged bomb. (Agencies)
Nablus: Jihad Al-Faqih, 8, was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces with a bullet to the heart. The killing occurred as many Palestinians decided to ignore the permanent curfew imposed on the city and go to school or work. Some unarmed Palestinians confronted the occupation forces who were in tanks and armored vehicles, and some people stoned them. The occupation forces opened fire on the civilians, killing Jihad, who was not among the stone throwers. 13 others were injured by the soldiers, including 7 other children and two women. (LAW, Agencies)
Jenin: Muhammad Bilalweh, 12, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces with a bullet to the left eye. The occupation forces opened fire on a group of children who began stoning them after an Israeli armored bulldozer had demolished a building that was home to six families. Earlier the army had entered the camp in force, firing indiscriminately. Three other children suffered serious injuries from gunshots and shrapnel. (LAW, Agencies)
Tulkarm: Ehab Alam al-Zalqa, 16, was shot and killed by a member of an Israeli death squad disguised as a Palestinian. The killing occurred when the death squad, who had been spotted by civilians, was stoned. After killing Alam, the death squad caught and executed on the spot the person they were hunting after confirming his identity. Two other civilians were killed by the death squad, and ten others, including five children injured. (PCHR, LAW)
Tulkarm: Amr al-Qudsi, 14, was shot dead by an Israeli soldier with a gunshot to the back. Following an earlier incident, in which an Israeli death squad killed four people in the town, a group of children gathered and stoned an Israeli jeep. The jeep stopped, a soldier got out, took aim at Amr, and killed him. (LAW, Agencies)
Jenin Refugee Camp: Ibrahim al-Sadi, 17, was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces. Israel surrounded a number of houses in the center of the refugee camp, including the house of Sheikh Bassam Ragheb al-Sa'di, wanted by Israel for alleged activities in Islamic Jihad. Israeli soldiers noticed al-Sadi's son Ibrahim, 17, passing near a house with a gun in his hands. Immediately, they fired at him without warning. He was killed by a live bullet in the chest. According to eyewitnesses, the son passed by the area accidentally and he did not fire at the Israeli soldiers, rather he was trying to get away from them. Ibrahim's brother, Abdulkarim, had been killed by Israeli occupation forces on September 5. (PCHR)
Nablus: Imran al-Shila, 15, was killed by a bullet to the chest by Israeli occupation forces who opened fire on a group of children who threw stones at them in the Old City. (LAW)
Nablus: Jalal Awijan, 17, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest, when Israeli occupation forces in tanks and armored vehicles opened fire on a group of school children. (LAW)
Rafah, Gaza: Hamed Asad Hassan al-Masri, 2, was killed by a live bullet to the chest. That evening, Israeli occupation forces began shelling Block J in Rafah refugee camp, forcing the little boy's family to flee their home. As they left the house, Hamed was hit by a bullet fired by the occupation firces. His mother, Asmaa, 31, was critically injured by live ammunition and shrapnel to the abdomen, pelvis and limbs. (PCHR)
Rafah, Gaza: Nafez Mishal, 2, was shot by Israeli occupation forces who opened fire on civilian homes in the Tel al Sultan neighborhood of the refugee camp. He died two hours later of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Nafez had been sitting on his father's lap playing with a balloon, when the balloon escaped. The toddler got up to run after it and was then cut down by a volley of bullets from an occupation army watch tower. The occupation army claimed it was "returning fire," although all witnesses said that the soldiers had, as they often do, opened fire without provocation. Two other children, aged 9 and 14 were injured in the same incident. (The Independent, PCHR)
Rafah, Gaza: Muhammad Rifat Abu al-Naja, 9, died of wounds he sustained the previous month. Abu al-Naja was seriously wounded when Israeli forces at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, shelled Palestinian houses in Block O in Rafah refugee camp on 17 October 2002. Six Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and 2 women, were killed in that incident, and more than 40 others, including Abu al-Naja, were wounded. (PCHR)
Rafah, Gaza: Adham Ibrahim Hamdan, 16, shot by live bullets in the head and Eyad Nafez Abu Taha, 17, shot by a live bullet in the head. The two boys were killed by Israeli occupation forces who had invaded Block L of Rafah refugee camp, demolished three houses, and fired indiscriminately at civilians. 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children under the age of 18, were wounded. (PCHR)
I found these statistics on the website http://www.electronicintifada.net.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights -- Gaza (PCHR)
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights and the Environment (LAW)
Wire services: Agence France Presse, Associated Press