Posted: August 19, 2011 in Blog

First of all, I would like to say that all my thoughts and prayers go to the Palestinians suffering in Gaza tonight!

I am heartbroken, the news is the reason I’ve been depressed for the last two days. I rarely get depressed, but when I read the news of innocent Palestinians dying in Jerusalem and Gaza, I couldn’t hold my tears.

Two days ago, I came home, logged on to twitter and read the news of a Palestinian teenager, Sa’d al-Majdalawi 17 years old, murdered in Gaza. More details were revealed, apparently the victim was a disabled teenager who suffered 10 bullets in his head and the upper part of his body. The part I don’t understand is why did this happen? WHY? He was shot for being in close distance to the barbed wires which marks the borders of the besieged Gaza strip. The medics who carried the body of the teenager to the hospital couldn’t identify him immediatly because “bullets mutiliated his face”. This is not humanity, this is a war crime! For what reason did this kid die? Was he the victim of some IDF woman testing this new remote lethal technology as Ali suggested?

Later, I read the news of a 30 year old father who was brutally run over by Israeli border police jeep in Jerusalem! This Arabic report emerged after the incident, it really worsened my situation. Amin Taleb Dabsh of Sour Baher neighborhood was a 30 year old father, he had a two year old son waiting at home! He was heading to his work that evening when the Israeli jeep poped up and drove over him dragging his body for 150 meters therefore he died on the scene, as witnesses said. The border police jeep was said to have mistaked Amin Taleb for West Bank workers whos presence in Jerusalem is considered illegal by Israel without special work permits. Again I ask the question, for what reason did this man die? All I want to see is justice, all I cry for is justice! Why can’t we have it?

Those two heartbreaking events lead to today’s even worse events. I woke up this morning to the news of multiple attacks on Israeli targets which included Buses and private vehicles in Southern Israel. There were Israeli civilian victims as well as IDF victims due to the gun battle which proceeded after the initial attacks. The attackers were said to have penetrated the borders from Egypt near Taba-Eilat, no one has any clue of their background, no single faction claimed responsibilty for the attacks, yet.

A couple of hours after the sad events in Eilat, the Israeli Minister of “terror department”, excuse me, Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak jumped to the claim that the attackers had links to Gaza or might have even come from Gaza. Later on the Israeli cabinet met and discussed the possibilty of new raids on Gaza in order to retilate for Eilat attacks. Hamas was quick to respond saying they had nothing to do with the attacks, and the people of Gaza shouldn’t be punished for Israel’s internal ills. Unfortuantly no one listens, the Israeli airforce commenced and attacked targets in Gaza yesterday evening killing 6, among them was this 2 year old kid in the picture below. Should I presume he/she was a terrorist? was he/she one of the masterminds behind Eilat attacks?  *sighs*

Embedded image, on Imgur







For a while after the first air strikes, calm returned to Gaza, but citizens weren’t feeling comfortable or safe at all. They were expecting even more strikes. The Strikes continued after midnight, a family in Gaza were stricken while safe at their home, the victim now is the 13 year old Mahmoud Abu Samra, as you can see him left in this picture:

But why?? This 13 year old kid had his childhood taken away, he had his dreams taken away by an occupier who attacked him for no reason! no reason!!

Until now, there is no evidence at all that would link anyone in Gaza to Eilat attacks, but Israel needs a scapegoat, someone to blame for all the wrongs it has. Gaza has indeed become the scapegoat suffering severe attacks whenever an Israeli is attacked, or even with no reason! Collective punishment is a war crime, what Israel is doing today is terrorize the population living in the Gaza strip! This is inhumane! absurdity! Just like shooting fish in a barrel, Palestinians have nowhere to escape to!

I wrote this based on my feelings of only the past three days, it is unimaginable what Palestinians suffer througout the years!

Speak up today against this inhumanity! We want justice! We are humans, nothing less than anyone else!

  1. ronnielle says:

    jalal, i appreciate you very much for speaking up on the whole matter.

    in my opinion, both sides’ leaders are fools. there’s no use in trying to find “who started this time?!”. it’s childlish in a bad sense. violence is simply worthless and pointless.

    but here you are writing, a palestinian teenager from ramallah,
    and here i am reading your voice, an israeli teenager from raanana.

    so there is still hope in the hearts of the youth 🙂

    now i will say something rather provocative.

    we need to come to an egoless understanding.
    what do i mean?

    as long as both sides’ PEOPLE won’t learn to let go of their egos, this will never be solved.
    as long as each side believes, to some extent, that he has got the right/promise/mission to live in this very soil (call it hebron/alkhalil, call it alquds/jerusalem.. you get me), we will keep, directly and indirectly, killing each other families.

    i say this because i know that each side is being fed such “truths” about their “heroic mission” in clinging to this piece of soil. and i know that each side’s people learns, early on in life, how to differ good from evil in seeing that your side is always good and the other side is always evil. i know this teaching begins in kindergarden and schools and keeps feeding into your brains from the press, may it be maan or ynet. i know this far too well for me, for jews and israelis, because naturally ive been to this schooling system and i have my own closeminded family. and i know this for you, because ive learned arabic since middle school so i can read/hear the arabic news by myself, thank you.

    for example, i was raised in madrassa diniyyeh. i know far too well all this bullshit from judaism about “holy city is ours” blah blah – and i know the bullshit from the islam is just the same. damn, our holy books even sound the same. ive read out loud surat alfatiha for friends who dont know a word in arabic and they could guess the meaning of the opening lines by instinct. so, does it makes any sense to you that a book will turn people into monsters? no book is allowed to do that!

    so back to your post, i want to share my empathy for all immoral deaths on your side. but i do not forget that my side is also being hurt as i write to you today. it dates back to my childhood memories that the shopping mall in my then residence city (i lived 5 mins. from it) was bombed 3 times in a few years. and yep, people were killed. it dates back to my childhood that i celebrated pesakh holiday with my family in a hotel and we all heard a faint sound of bombing from a nearby other hotel, what then turned out to be yet one of the dirtiest terror attacks on israel during the 2nd intifada – the park hotel. at this very event, half of my friend’s family died, and she and her parents were saved cuz they were running late as they forgot some keys in their house, so they didnt make it to the place.

    i dont say this to compare deaths, i say this solely to share that both sides are, in my eyes, play lame.

    if i could ask a genie to do me a favor, i’d tell him to ban all weapons forever, because humanity never really know how to use them for pure matters.

    but since i dont like to rely on faint chances, i believe we have to educate. educate ourselves and our friends.

    please do educate yourself, even in times that it is hard and you feel the hate in you emerges. i believe you already do that, because your posts are intelligent. i just want to stress this importance. please do learn that humanity can go ego-less (there is a book by author eckhart tolle called “a new earth” which explains what i mean better). please do learn that we are first and foremost human, and if our humanity is at risk because of some religion, or some nationality, we shall let our humanity step alone ahead. that resounds of john lennon’s “imagine”, isnt it?

    btw, when we’ll learn to go ego-less, we will need no leaders anymore anyways.

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