Wednesday May 22, 2013
Buried Two YoungDr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com
The simmering anger will only grow as Israeli society seems oblivious to the suffering of Palestinians.
(BETHLEHEM) - In Bethlehem there were two young people buried Wednesday, both executed by occupation forces in the prime of life and both not discussed in mainstream western media. We buried a 15 year old child, Saleh Ahmed Alamarin. The funeral march moved from Al-Azza refugee camp to Aida Refugee camp cemetery. These are two of the three refugee camps in Bethlehem. Saleh, like millions of Palestinians, was a refugee whose family was ethnically cleansed to create the “Jewish state” on top of Palestine. We Palestinians refer to parents by the name of their first born child.
Abu Saleh (father of Saleh) is perhaps in his mid 30s, he seemed to have endless tears during the many hours of burial and receiving condolences and hugs. I did not meet Im Saleh but I cannot even begin to comprehend the pain of these two parents who lost their only son. There was talk over email of a cover-up and delay of reporting the death for political reasons. But for the nearly 2000 mourners there was only sadness and anger. Some young people mobilized and started throwing stones at the tall apartheid wall and watchtower that separates Bethlehem from its agricultural lands to the north (and thus also separates us from our city Jerusalem). Some of these young people will be arrested by the Palestinian authority (a dozen were apparently arrested in Aida refugee camp the day of the funeral).
We also buried in Bethlehem Lubna Mounir Hanash (21 year old) who was murdered by an occupation officer who shot at a group of Palestinian civilians on the road near the refugee camp of Al-Aroub. She was a senior studying political science at Al-Quds University. Two other civilians were injured in the hail of Zionist bullets. Lubna’s blood stained the asphalt at the road curb next to early spring grass. It reminded me of the famous painting by artist Suliman Mansour of the 15 year old martyr Lina AlNabulsi.
The simmering anger will only grow as Israeli society seems oblivious to the suffering of millions of Palestinians and instead focuses on the political maneuvering of cunning rich Israeli politicians with fake smiles and lots of lies.
I returned from the US to Palestine nearly five years ago. In this period, I witnessed many Israeli atrocities. Atrocities cover just about every item of the Universal Declaration of Human rights: Forcible displacement, home demolitions, extra judicial executions, theft of land, theft of natural resources, religious persecution, destruction of infrastructure, use of illegal weapons like White Phosphorous on civilian population, unlawful imprisonment based on political beliefs, economic deprivation and many more. I also witnessed atrocities from Palestinians towards other Palestinians ranging from corruption, greed, collaboration with the occupiers, suppression of free expression, unlawful imprisonment, theft of public funds, and many more. But I also witnessed amazing generocity, kindness, heroism, self-sacrifice, intellectual thinking, acts of principled resistance, love, kindness and more. I am blessed to have hundreds of friends who exemplify what our late friend Vittorio Arrigoni used to describe as “staying human.” We did lose many of those great individuals (added to the tens of thousands of Palestinian martyrs). But for each lost hero, ten arise. Hence our optimism. And today a group of us demonstrated in front of two Israeli colonies in the Gush Etzion complex of settlements
The struggle goes on.
In Pictures (funeral etc.) http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151408931711181.536348.539056180
Video from hospital treating injured and where Lubna was pronounced dead facebook.com/photo.php?v=419138858161608
We host occasionally some young Jews who come after the so called “Taglit - birthright” Zionist program and who chose to extend their stay to come and see what life is like in the cantons/concentration camps of the West Bank. The Zionist program boasts that it brought 340,000 young Jews (most from the USA, the other Zionist occupied territory) aiming at “strengthening Jewish identity, Jewish communities, and solidarity with Israel.” The few who chose to come see us get the real picture not that doctored Zionist hasbara. Most though do not hear about us or the possibility of coming here. Here is an example of a blog from one such young Jewish lady who chose to do the right thing and see beyond the scripted hasbara/propaganda program: http://larksongs.wordpress.com/
Five ways of looking at the Israeli Knesset by Neve Gordon
How Muslims and Christians are getting together, an example from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania!
and here is another interfaith group promoting justice/peace
Occupation Diary (compiled by Richard)
Israeli soldiers demolish Bab Al-Karamah village, Jan. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/YiLWmT
Israeli soldiers demolish home, water well,Yatta, Jan. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Tar2oj
Protest in support of prisoners, Hebron, Jan. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/11LNB5e
Protest in support of prisoners, Ramallah, Jan. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/UeKhuZ
Protest in support of prisoners, Gaza City, Jan. 21, 2013: http://on.fb.me/WRhwBu
Protest in support of prisoners, Ramallah, Jan. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/10EyA4N
Protest in support of prisoners, Nablus, Jan. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/WGDl8k
Malaysian premier arrives in Gaza Strip, Jan. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Xx3ju6
Life in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 22, 2013: http://on.fb.me/145ya7E
Palestinian female student, 21-year-old killed by Israeli fire near Bethlehem, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/WtaGni
Mourners bury Palestinian boy killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/WMsVEc
Clashes with Israeli soldiers, Budrus, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/SCukiK
Officials visit demolished Bab al-Karamah village, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/VjK4JD
Life in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/145yrYf
Za‘im village in E1 area under threat of displacement, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/WLVEck
Israel to demolish two houses in Jordan Valley, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/Vs0k7Q
Israel releases Palestinian after 20 years, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/V7v9Np
Aftermath of demolitions by Israeli Forces, Al Maleh, Northern Jordan Valley, Jan. 23, 2013: http://on.fb.me/W0Ce6f
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine since 1999. He previously held a similar position at Duke University. Professor Qumsiyeh has authored over 110 scientific papers in areas of mammalogy, biology, and medicine including mammalian biology and evolution, clinical genetics, and cancer research. He has published over 100 letters to the editor and 30 op-ed pieces in International, national, regional and local papers on issues ranging from politics to environmental issues. His appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is the founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-President of the Middle East Genetics Association, and Prof. Qumsiyeh won the Jallow activism award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. He is author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and just published “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.” Visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more: qumsiyeh.org.
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