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It Shall All Come Tumbling Down

Sam Bahour • 21.09.02

What more is there to write. Today is our 4th day under 24-hr lockdown and their is no indication that this curfew will be lifted tomorrow. As you are seeing on TV the Israelis are proceeding to do what they know best - destroy!

Personally, I'm not surprised. As the first article below, "Fruitless Foursome" explains, the world community started to set the end game - one that, as weak as it is, Israel has no intention of accepting, so it is expected that they will create a new reality - something that they are experts at. Also, as the last three articles in this message show, Israel's economy is starting to show the pains of occupation, and thus, we should expect Sharon to escalate his tyranny against us in order to move domestic attention of Israelis to an external problem - today it is Palestinians, tomorrow Iraq, the next day Syria, and so on.

As I write (6pm Sat), thick black smoke billows above Arafat's headquarters compound. Something is on fire but we cannot tell what. The wind is moving the smoke clouds over all of Al-Bireh. Also, we can hear explosions in the city. For the last two nights we have returned to the escalation we lived through this past April. At around 3 pm the unmanned plane starts wizzing overhead, out of sight but making a wizzing sound for hours on end. A nerve wrecking tactic. At 9pm the Apache helicopters, usually 2-3, start flying at low altitudes over Ramallah and Al-Bireh. They stay in the air overhead for 1-2 hours. Then the tanks and APC's rumble through the streets. The children are horrified. Parents are in deep depression.

Last night the IDF destroyed what remains of Arafat's headquarters. The windows of our house shook with each explosion. The number of tanks roaming the streets are three-fold now. We can hear the Israeli soldiers on loudspeakers at night calling for all in Arafat's headquarters to surrender. Every hour or so during the night a tank fires a shell at the headquarters. We now sleep during the late morning hours after day break when it is relatively more quiet.

Before the last suicide bombing I hope it was reported that a 10yr old was shot in the chest with 6 tank machine gun shells in front of Al-Amari refugee camp (a few minutes from my home). His name was Abdel Salam Sumerin. We heard the barrage of gunfire and heard the ambulances but only learned of his death via the media. Some say he ventured out of the curfew to but his father cigarettes from the refugee camp store, others say he threw a stone at a 60-ton tank -- it does not rally matter to me - he did not deserve to die, any more than the Israelis on the bus in Tel Aviv did later that afternoon.

In a separate, similar incident, a Palestinian girl was wounded in Kafr Usserin near Nablus after residents who have been under curfew for over two months confronted soldiers.

As we ration our supplies and try to fill the long days Areen asked me a question while I was sitting on our outdoor veranda staring at the Pesgot settlement (where my family has land that was confiscated). She asked, "Dad, do the settler kids go to school when we are under curfew." I explained that they did, knowing that the Israeli media machine will one day say, see they teach their kids to hate us!

My wife is worried she says it looks like this is as bad as it can get - no school, no supplies, no work... I tell her to be thankful - we still have running water and electricity. I wonder what Sharon and Peres will tell their people after Arafat is long gone and we still demand our freedom and an end to occupation...more importantly, I wonder when the Israeli public will stop believing their myths.

I pass the following materials with the hope that a cumulative effort will one day bring the occupation tumbling down like Apartheid before it.

The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue &
Democracy

Fruitless Foursome
By MIFTAH, September 19, 2002

From a Palestinian-American friend being torn apart from the inside
by occupation!!!

The Rape of a Nation, by Salam Rahal
CounterPunch, September 19, 2002

'6 Weeks of Quiet'
By Chris Meyer, chris@mytechs.com

 

 

 

 

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29 September 2002

 

Other Articles From This Issue:

 

Landlordism and the Housing Question
Liam O Ruairc

 

No Rest Days

Anthony McIntyre

 

The Meeting
Davy Carlin

 

It Shall All Come Tumbling Down
Sam Bahour

 

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IRA Volunteer Charlie Hughes and the Courage of the Brave
Brendan Hughes

 

A Question of Identity

Billy Mitchell

 

Road Kill
Liam O Ruairc

 

Pakistan and Military Dictators

Anthony McIntyre

 

Baghdad's Think-Tank Bomb
John Chuckman

 

Solidarity: 2 Notices
Sam Bahour and Fred Schlomka

 

 

 

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