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The Palestinian story: Remember us

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The Palestinian story: Remember us
Sat, 27 Dec 2008 18:55:08 GMT
By Anna Denise Aldis and Dex A. Eastman, Press TV


When the passage of time finally brings the men of many lands to the tables of judgment, politicians from countries that have emboldened Israel with their silence will gaze into the eyes of delegations from around the world only to see the same eyes gazing back. Remember us for we may not be at that table.

There are reasons for this.

We were once free to roam the lands of our fathers, to feel happiness and to cry when in despair. From the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River was our realm, but how were we to know what they intended to do to our nation.

They provoked wars and committed the most terrible of sins against the Jewish population, but when it was time to compensate, they put the burden of their own wrongdoings on our shoulders. One nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third.

Everyone had a say, the then president of the United States Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the leaders of the Zionist movement and even the representatives of Anglo-Jewry opposed to Zionism. There was no need to canvass Arab opinion.

They sat at round tables, signed agreements, sent the text to other powers for approval but no one consulted us. Remember us the native people of the ancient land of Canaan, Palestine it was called.

We protested, signed petitions, held rallies but to no avail; the process of nullification had already begun. They had decided to create a 100% Jewish state for the Jews of the West who had suffered under anti-Semitism in Europe. Nobody asked whether we were even responsible for the anti-Jewish propaganda in Germany. Remember us who sought your helping hand when they threatened us with annihilation.

Why were we for decades the main victims of the horrific massacre of the Jews by the Germans, Rumanians and Hungarians?

United under the Zionist slogan of 'A land without a people for a people without a land', certain powers opened the floodgates by telling Jews that our land is one that lacks inhabitants and must belong to a nation with no land.

They helped the 1948 creation of Israel based on the 'Judenstaat' which had been envisaged in 1896 by the founder of political Zionism, Theodor Herzl.

Then the flood suddenly hit us. We were no longer welcome in our own homes, our own towns and villages and on our own lands. They tried to bribe us into leaving the land of our ancestors. They promised to pay for all our expenses for us to leave Palestine and settle in neighboring Arab states.

But how could we leave? How could we leave our homes, our lands, the graves of our fathers and the hopes of our children? How were we supposed to forget and make our children forget that we had roots in Palestine? We objected.

We knew our resistance would cost us dearly, but we were ready to save our lands from the foreign invaders. Those oppressed in the Holocaust were transformed into the tormenter of the Arab population in Palestine.

Remember us in 1948 in the unarmed village Deir Yassin where 254 of us men, women and children were awakened from our sleep with the sound of bombs ripping through neighboring houses. Irgun and Lehi terrorist groups had received orders to uproot us, the Arab population of the village.

They threw bombs into our houses and slaughtered all of us they could find. About twenty-five of us were brought out of our houses on a 'victory tour' and then to a stone quarry where they shot us in cold blood.

The Red Cross came to understand our fate when they looked into our lifeless eyes and at nearly 150 of our maimed bodies abandoned in a well.

Several of us survived to tell the story of this indelible blemish carved in the pages of Zionist history.

"I saw a soldier grabbing my sister, Saliha al-Halabi, who was nine months pregnant. He pointed a machine gun at her neck, then emptied its contents into her body. Then he turned into a butcher, and grabbed a knife and ripped open her stomach to take out the slaughtered child with his iniquitous Nazi knife," Halima Id, a survivor of the attack, told her sister later.

They failed to plant fear in our hearts for what is home if it is not to be cherished?

Remember us in 1953 in Qibya when our women were preparing meals for the men and children and nearly 600 Israeli soldiers moved toward our village. We heard explosions, screaming and artillery fire, but the collapse of our roofs and the following darkness was the last we saw.

The then commander of the "101" unit, Ariel Sharon, later said that his leaders' orders had been clear on how to deal with the village. "The orders were utterly clear: Qibya was to be an example to everyone."

Original documents of the time showed that Sharon personally ordered his troops to achieve "maximal killing and damage to property".

UN observers say they saw our bullet-riddled bodies near the doorways and multiple bullet hits on the doors of our demolished houses and that we had been forced to remain inside until our homes were blown up over us.

They then wished to deny us presence in neighboring Lebanon, which had allowed us refuge from the anti-Semitism victims turned against us.

Remember us in 1982 in Sabra and Shatila. The Israeli army watched as the murderers they had provoked against us entered our two Palestinian refugee camps in the southern outskirts of West Beirut.

Us women were lying in houses with our skirts torn up to our waists, our children with cut throats, rows of us young men were shot in the back after being lined up at an execution wall.

Our babies were lying like discarded dolls on the streets, blackened because they had been slaughtered more than 24 hours earlier and their small bodies were already in a state of decomposition.

We were tossed into rubbish heaps alongside discarded US army ration tins, Israeli army equipment and empty bottles of whiskey.

3,500 of us were slaughtered; some of us men as young as 12 or 13 were killed with our arms and legs wrapped around each other, picturing the agony of our death. All of us had been shot at point-blank range through the cheek, the bullet tearing away a line of flesh up to our ears and entering our brains.

Award-winning Middle East correspondent Robert Frisk recalls that "On one blackened wrist a Swiss watch recorded the correct time, the second hand still ticking round uselessly, expending the last energies of its dead owner."

Remember us in 2002 in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin where hundreds of us were buried alive in our homes. Our bodies were crushed and smoldered by buildings when the heavily-armored Caterpillar D-9 tore down our homes, our shelters and all of our belongings.

The IDF was fulfilling the orders of the then Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon who in 1956 vowed to "burn every Palestinian Child that will be born" in Palestine. "I would burn him and I would make him suffer before killing him".

They struggled for a fortnight to bury our bodies and the evidence of the atrocity. They piled us in houses and when the pile was complete, they bulldozed the building to bring its ruins down on our corpses. Then they flattened the area with a tank.

Remember us in 2008 in the Gaza Strip where the bombs of hatred rained down on us to prove that world New Year celebrations have no meaning. They called into action F16 bombers and apache helicopters to put fear into the very hearts of our nation even though we had long been left with no real method of defense.

Over 230 of us were killed and 800 of us were wounded. Remember us!

Let world leaders hold imprecise debates about what constitutes a massacre. Let Israel and its allies cover up their crimes. You can even call the state built upon the ruins of our homeland 'the de facto democracy of the Middle East'.

But as our bodies lie in mass graves in our backyards, know that we are the children of Palestine -- a nation of people who as our last words utter the Muslim declaration of faith (Shahadatain) and pass on our mantle of resistance to the next forgotten person.

Remember us...



'The Palestinian story' is the title given to a series of articles that will look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a different perspective than that of mainstream media. 'Remember us' is the first part of the series. The writers have dedicated this article to the many Palestinians that have lost their lives in the deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza on December 27, 2008.

If you would like to contact the writers please write to eastman@presstv.ir

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Post by Leoneljb » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:49 am

Very deep one!
That will bring tears to every Human eyes (I hope).
I will remember you always!!!!
For decades, I was raised to think the Palestinians were "Evil". Until, I've done my own personal research... I was wrong!
Unfortunately, my money is contributing to your slaughtering and I am very sorry!!!
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Post by Marilyn » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:21 am

What is it about human nature that turns those who have been abused into even more masterful abusers, those who have been tortured into even more masterful torturers?

Reading reports out of today's Gaza reminds me of the huge historical novels I read as a teenager describing the Warsaw Ghetto under the Nazis.

My heart was with the abused (The Jews) back then.

My heart is with the abused (The Palestinians) now.

No amount of past pain or suffering can justify the inflicting of pain and suffering upon others, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter what vested interests we fear may be diminished or lost by granting the same human rights to others that we wish for ourselves.

How can humanity be so silent right now?

What we permit by our silence to happen to Palestinians today might very well be visited upon us tomorrow.

All that's required for that to happen is for us to be some place that someone more powerful wants, or for us to possess something someone more powerful desires.

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Post by Serge » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:30 am

What a story indeed! Leonel, this is one more example of the power of brain-washing.

Do you remember when, as kids, we used to watch those cowboy movies, when the American soldiers were blasting the bad, drunk , scalping, primitive, savage Indians? Boy, how we used to applaud when we heard the American cavalry arrive to teach a few things to those dirty Indians! Until we grew up and started reading and understanding the plight of the Native Americans, we were totally ignorant.

Marilyn asks a key question: "How can humanity be so silent right now?" There is enough material in this question for a whole dissertation if we go back in history to slavery time up to now. How could humanity be silent now? How could the Catholic Church tolerate slavery in the 1800s? As Marylin suggests - and I am extrapolating here-, how can the Jews, who in the 1940s were fighting for their survival and were considered terrorists precisely because they were determined to survive, do the same thing now to the Palestinians who are fighting against the oppressor, who happened to be ...Israël? This should give us real insight into human psychology and behaviour.

What is to the Palestinians today, happened with the slaves in Hispaniola before 1804 and after with the freed and Independent Haitians. It happened with the Bolivian Indians in the past, and Evo Morales is trying to change things today against tremendous odds. And the powers that be are conveniently keeping silent, or turning their heads, as the ostrich who buries his head in the sand, no matter how dirty and smelly that sand may be, hoping the problem will evaporate......

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Post by Leoneljb » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:28 am

I believe the answer is, People are afraid to be anti-semitic. It's a tool some People used and are still using when one is trying to tell it like it is in the Middle East.
If we said anything bad about Rome. It doesn't mean you hate Catholics. But, Israel is different! Even though, Israel has every Religious Group living in...
I've met some People from Israel who really understood and sympathized with the Palestinians. But, not in the US. I met a lot who really thought that Sharon was a Great Guy (Human)...
I believe, there will be a time that Americans and the World will wake up and understand what Israel is trying to do. Talking about Peace? Please! Any person who wants to live in Israel as long as you're Jewish, they will find a place in Palestine in the settlements for you!!
I really hate that story! The extermination of the Palestinians needs to be stopped! I don't know how and when. But, every story has an end!
The equation is not equal. One Israeli does not equate three hundred palestinians. And, the US Government is responsible for this quagmire and the atrocities that are going on...
And Marilyn, you are absolutely right. The Powerful think they are God's will to take over whatever lands they land on. God Bless only Them... Others are Satans who need to be destroyed.
The same way the World didn't care about the Jews during the 1930s, they are blind, silent and deaf about "Palestine"...
Leonel

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