I am writing to you now to the sound of Israel's "Defense Forces"
pounding the living daylights out of my hometown Ramallah. As the
whole world is too busy paying tributes to the victims of terror
attacks in NYC and DC, Israel has had a field day in terror attacks
of their own on us here. Since the attacks in the US, the Israelis
have taken their assaults on Palestinians to new heights. Every day
they have invaded a few cities using tanks, helicopters, and fighter
jets. Since the beginning of the intifada, there has not been so much
Israeli aggression like that witnessed since last Tuesday. No one
could put this clearer than Shaul Mofaz, Israel's Chief of Staffs,
who boasted that his forces have killed tens of Palestinians and no
one in the world said anything. Indeed, since last Tuesday there have
been unrelenting attacks on each Palestinian city for no reason.
Since the beginning of the
Intifada Israelis have carried out only 2 or 3 such attacks, while
since Tuesday, there has been at least a dozen. Tens of Palestinian
martyrs have fallen, and their cries have fallen on deaf ears in
Everyone seems to be more interested in backing that raging cowboy
Bush as he declares his country going into war against a yet
unidentified enemy. The attack on the WTC and Pentagon, is a clear
act of terror that I, and millions of Palestinians, denounce. Yet it
must be really painful to see how the whole world has had nothing to
do in the last few days but mourn the victims, while more than a
million and a half civilian Iraqis have died since the beginning of
the US terror campaign on Iraq. Why did no one weep for them, why
one weep for the hundreds of thousands in Rwanda, and why is my
people's suffering under the illegal Israeli occupation no longer
interesting to anyone?
Excuse me if my thoughts are a bit incoherent, or if my sentences
seem to make little sense, but it is really hard to concentrate with
Apache choppers hovering a few hundred feet above your head, armored
tanks unleashing their might on your neighborhood, all sorts of
missiles flashing across your window, and a nearby building being
obliterated to rubble. If you don't hear from me anymore, then know
that one of those missiles has managed to find its way to my room,
turning me into a meaningless number in a meaningless statistic that
no one will pay attention to.
For some inexplicable reason I felt like writing this here and now,
and sharing it with you, I would really appreciate it if you could
pass it on to as many people as possible.
Israel must not be allowed to continue its attacks on Palestinians.
If terror is to be fought in this world, state terror is the first
terror that must be eradicated. American attacks on civilians in
Iraq, Sudan, and Yugoslavia, and Israel's continued terror in
Palestine are primary examples.
Finally, my heart goes out to every victim of terror in the world,
to the people of Hiroshima, Auschwitz, Rwanda, Baghdad, Belgrade,
Vietnam, New York, and DC, it is at moments like this that I feel
your suffering and pain. I can now honestly say that I know what it
feels like to be a victim.
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