Us, as experienced by our Occupied neighbours


By Stanley Walinets
January 3, 2011
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Just received this from an aquaintance in the West Bank. Interesting.

Dear Stanley,

At the threshold of the New Year, I write to wish you a new year of freedom and liberation. This has been an unbelievable year for me in both highs and lows. A year during which I have witnessed how, despite repression, ordinary people all across Palestine take to the streets for freedom.

In my village, Bil'in, thousands of people marched on the Wall today to take it down. During the demonstration, one protestor, a 36 year old resident of the village, Jawaher Abu-Rahmah, was critically injured by severe tear-gas inhalation. She is currently hospitalized in Ramallah, unresponsive to medical treatment as the doctors are fighting for her life.

Bil'in has been struggling for almost six years against the Wall that was built on our lands. The illegality and absurdity of this wall has been recognized worldwide, and even by the Israeli Supreme Court, which ruled it must be dismantled over three years ago. Yet the Wall still stands. We, the people of Bil'in, the people of Palestine, have waited enough. Today was therefore declared by the Bil'in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements as the last day of the Wall. Together with our supporters, we managed to bring a substantial part of the wall down but we still have a long way to go.

On a personal note, the beginning of 2011 also strikes notes of fear. In just a few days, on January 3rd, 2011, my trial in front of an Israeli military court will draw into conclusion. Captain Sharon Rivlin, the soldier-judge presiding in my case, will hand down my verdict. If found guilty of "incitement", my next letter will likely be written from inside a prison cell; If found guilty, despite having proved that evidence against me was falsified, I will proudly join my friend and comrade, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, who is now spending his second new year's eve behind bars. PSCC's media coordinator, my friend and brother in struggle, Israeli activist Jonathan Pollak, will also be going to prison, again, for three months on January 11th, for protesting Israel’s siege on Gaza.

We are all facing tremendous challenges, as individuals and as a movement. It is our pride and strength that keeps us going. It is your support and involvement, which is becoming more crucial than ever. Join us – take our struggle forward, so that the year of 2011 will become an historical year of Palestinian liberation and a just peace.

In solidarity,
Mohammad Khatib

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This message was sent to Stan Walinets by Popular Struggle Coordination Committee,Ramallah, Occupied Territories

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Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:01

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As I said - you can go take a running jump


Joe Millis

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:09

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Actually, he wasn't there. I would have noticed him if he was.


Joe Millis

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:19

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As I said to the person, his comments were unfair and that you were a well-tempered rational person who was much maligned and even more misunderstood.


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:21

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excellent, thank you


jose (not verified)

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:23

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Something to say about the subject, for once, Milligramsam?


Joe Millis

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:24

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You are more than welcome, Jonathan.


Joe Millis

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:41

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Jonathan, what is the subject of your Harrow Limmud talk?


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 10:51

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http://www.limmud.org/day/

The programme will appear on the site and will be provided to participants, it is probably not right for me to pre-empt that.


Joe Millis

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 11:04

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OK, fair point. Might even make the trek to Harrow.


Stanley Walinets

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 16:37

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I'm back again, after that lost start mentioned above - clearly all the gloating critics above think I'm beneath contempt for being less computer-savvy than they are. Guess you're right, sorry. Still, I can write understandable English, a skill many of my critics must envy -- or would, if they could read....

Enough. To the main business.
It is very sad that when I write something people disagree with, the reaction is just a furious onslaught of insults rather than cogent argument. Well, maybe I'd best just accept such reactions -- indeed, their fury does suggest I've revealed facts they'd rather not face.

Let me draw attention to one short extract from the Palestinian's letter I started this blog with.
Mohammad Khatib wrote:

"Bil'in has been struggling for almost six years against the Wall that was built on our lands. The illegality and absurdity of this wall has been recognized worldwide, and even by the Israeli Supreme Court, which ruled it must be dismantled over three years ago. Yet the Wall still stands...."

Please read this again. Especially that last sentence... Try to imagine - if I wanted to keep you off my land so came and built a wall ON YOUR LAND, wouldn't you resent it? Especially if my wall then stopped your access to your own land and liveliehood? And if I stubbornly kept my wall on your land despite my own country's Court ruling it illegal? And kept it there for six years? What would YOU do? Please, think about it.

And now to one of my most determined objectors above, that chap who's so politely (ha ha) critical of anything I ever say, whether he understands it or not... yes you, Mr Hoffman. You asked me to write another poem to help you fall asleep. Well, I know you don't have a very good attention span Jonathan so here's a short one:

Said Hitler, "I wanted the World to hate jews
But how can I do it, I'm dead?
I know - sneak into some Israeli brains
And get them to do it instead!"

There now Hoffie. And it even rhymes. Night-night. Oh - before you close your dear little eyes, here's another quote from you:

"However, the IDF has now stated that Jawahel Abu Rahma died of leukemia or lung cancer, and had been in Ramallah hospital for ten days before passing away. The story was a fabrication intended to delegitimize Israel, the IDF said."

They would say that, don't you think?

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