A bomb thrown from a passing taxi at a bus in the Palestinian residential quarter outside Herod’s Gate, Jerusalem, on 29 December 1947 killed seventeen Palestinian civilians. The perpetrators were members of the Irgun. This was one of hundreds of such attacks by Zionist terrorist groups that occurred in the subsequent months.
September 18th marks the memory of the massacre of around 3,500 old men, women, and children at the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon. Just like the world insists on remembering 9/11, it must also NEVER forget what happened at Sabra and Shatila!
Deir Yassin Remembered
Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents.
The village lay outside of the area to be assigned by the United Nations to the Jewish State; it had a peaceful reputation. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Deir Yassin was slated for occupation under Plan Dalet and the mainstream Jewish defense force, the Haganah, authorized the irregular terrorist forces of the Irgun and the Stern Gang to perform the takeover.
In all over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. Fifty-three orphaned children were literally dumped along the wall of the Old City, where they were found by Miss Hind Husseini and brought behind the American Colony Hotel to her home, which was to become the Dar El-Tifl El-Arabi orphanage.
Part of the struggle for self-determination by Palestinians has been to tell the truth about Palestinians as victims of Zionism. For too long their history has been denied,
and this denial has only served to further oppress and deliberately dehumanize Palestinians in Israel, inside the occupied territories, and outside in their diaspora.
Some progress has been made. Westerners now realize that Palestinians, as a people, do exist. And they have come to acknowledge that during the creation of the state of Israel, thousands of Palestinians were killed and over 700,000 were driven or frightened from their homes and lands on which they had lived for centuries.
Will always do no matter what the circumstances are. Our resistance is stronger than Israel and it’s army.
“I would like to become a doctor. If Israel attacks again, I’d like to be able to take care of the injured people. We all hope the borders will open soon. We would like to be able to go outside of Gaza, to play with the kids of the foreigners, and see how they live.”
- Amal Samouni, 11 years old. A Palestinian child who lost 29 members of her family during the Gaza Massacre
For those who aren’t familiar with the tragedy that befell the Samouni family 3 years ago during the Gaza Massacre
This is Mona Samouni. She is 12-years-old. Three years ago, she witnessed her parents and 46 of her relatives murdered in cold blood by Israeli soldiers in their home in Zeitoun, a village southeast of Gaza City.
Mohamed Faraj Dardouna, 98 years old, saw his house destroyed and his donkey, which was his only mode of transport, killed in January 2009 in Gaza City. What was his crime?
“We are not numbers. We are stories. We are feelings. We are Iman Hijjo sitting in her mother’s arms and breastfeeding when the bomb tore her small innocent smile apart. We are Mohammed Al-Durra hiding behind his Dad’s arms bleeding, while his very Dad screams tearfully: The boy died by a bullet. We are the Al-Samouni family that was given a promise to survive if only if they moved inside a tiny room. The next day, the entire family was erased. We are the steps of millions of refugees who were forced to leave their homeland to be displaced till their very last day in life. We are not invented numbers, Sir.”
Ola Tamimi, the sister of Mustafa Tamimi (may he rest in peace)
The anguish and heartbreak in this photo speak volumes.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)
This week in history marks the 24th anniversary of the first Palestinian Intifada (Uprising). “Palestinians all over occupied Palestine stood as one against the brutal Israeli occupation and said: enough is enough! They said enough to the continued Israeli oppression, to the murderous military occupation, to land theft, to water theft, to economic exploitation, to house demolition, to deportations, to mass arrests, to illegal Jewish colonies on Palestinian land, to the on-going ethnic cleansing of occupied Palestine, to the Judaization of Jerusalem.”