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Re: FW: [pga] FW: 1 - News from israel-palestine
by Jessica Shadian
12 March 2002 00:12 UTC
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Sabri Oncu-
I really do not want to try and deny any of what you
are saying and i believe that everything you are
saying indeed is correct.  
However, this problem (while inevitably must can only
begin to be resolved by giving the Palestinian's a
state) has more than one dimension. 
A large problem that fuels the Sharon government and
the majority of the Israeli opinion (which to my total
shock- Sharon's gov is wavering not because of his
tough stance, but quite the opposite) is that the
Israeli's are living on the verge of insanity as well.
 From what i know from my family members who live
there it is quite stressful no matter how numb one
becomes to violence to live in a place where you have
to wonder if every time you step on a bus or get a
coffee it might be your last one.  People are
persistently on edge (suicide bombings attempts are a
daily occurrence and successful ones almost as common
recently) and people have become crazy because of it. 
Where the Palestinian's feel a sense of haplessness
and lack of freedom their stress comes out and we see
a female teacher turn into a suicide bomber....for
Israel's who feel the same lack of freedom we see a
sense of violence as well which because it has state
institutions comes out with a democratically elected
(and what i believe, racist) real-politik leader and
worse an Isreali public who is losing confidence in
him because he is in fact not being tough enough.
I am sorry, but I just don't think we can
parsimoniously conclude that the middle east problem
is one of oppressor and oppressed.  I think both sides
are very much victims and aggressors and nothing will
change until both sides can begin to understand their
responsibilities in maintaining and more recently
exacerbating the hatred and killing going on right

--- Sabri Oncu <soncu@pacbell.net> wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mblevy@actcom.co.il
> [mailto:mblevy@actcom.co.il]
> Sent: Saturday, March 09, 2002 6:20 PM
> To: undisclosed-recipients
> Subject: 1 - News from israel-palestine
> Hello to all,
> I hope you are well.  i took a short jaunt through
> some
> major internet media sources today, from all the
> major
> continents, and found very little about what is
> really
> happening here.  i'm sending a little bit of
> information
> from here, because it is really very serious. even
> to those
> living it, and those of us having to watch is, it is
> very
> difficult to comprehend how it can continue to get
> worse,
> but it really does.  a just resolution to this
> conflict will
> not come without international pressure.  please
> feel free
> to pass on any information here you think might be
> of
> interest to anybody.
> sharon made a public announcement a few days ago
> that,
> basically, he was now going to beat the palestinians
> into
> submission.  it was something very close to: "They
> need a
> really good blow, and then they'll go back to
> negotiations."  the israeli establishment cannot
> afford to
> not return to negotiations, because negotiations are
> where
> the palestinian basic needs can be compromised to
> israeli
> benefit. it is the palestinian people who are
> refusing to
> allow their leadership to negotiate under these
> terms, which
> is precisely why sharon is attempting to clobber
> them into
> submission.
> The "escalation of violence" in the last days is
> largely
> comprised of a series of Israeli military incursions
> into
> Palestinian refugee camps.  the pretense for their
> actions
> is "hunting down terrorists".  One of their tactics,
> quite
> well publicized here out of a need to explain how so
> many
> people could be injured in one day, is hte
> following:
> rather than going from door to door, which would put
> the
> military at a physical disadvanatage to all the
> palestinian
> people on the street, they are going from home to
> home
> through by breaking down the common walls between
> the
> cramped camp homes.  F-16s and tanks are being used.
>  there
> have been several reports of targets being adjacent
> to
> schools, in both gaza and the west bank.
> refugee camps in both gaza and the west bank have
> been
> targeted.  camps outlying ramalla, and one small one
> inside
> of bethlehem are two that have not been targeted
> yet, and
> people are just waiting.  not sleeping at night.  i
> spoke
> with someone at azza camp in bethlehem yesterday,
> and she
> says the tiny camp is surrounded by tanks.  they can
> walk
> within the camp, but don't leave the camp.  if a
> child goes
> outside with firecrackers, they fear for their
> lives,
> thinking it could give the military pretense to
> enter, and
> shoot.
> freedom of movement not only outside of refugee
> camps, but
> between various locations, has been almost
> completely
> stopped for days.  friends that work in jerusalem
> can
> perhaps get to ramalla for a meeting, but it might
> take all
> day, or they may stay overnight.  these locations
> are less
> than an hour apart.  in places where there was a
> checkpoint
> two weeks ago, there are now three.  one checkpoint
> is
> military control of your life; three checkpoints is
> complete
> restriction of freedom of movement.
> i just spoke with a palestinian child psychologist
> who has
> been going from school to school, classroom to
> classroom,
> just letting children speak their truths, process
> something
> with her guidance.  she says she feels like her head
> is
> about to explode from the level of helplessness she
> exists
> in everyday.
> i don't know how much i can say here, and i know
> much, much,
> much less than the people that live it every day. 
> should
> you want to try to get a glimpse of something
> happening here
> - and are able to read between the lines quite well
> -  you
> may try the English internet version of Ha'aretz,
> one of the
> israeli newspapers.  they of course don't write
> everything,
> and scew almost everything, but they do give some
> framework
> of what's happening: www.haaretzdaily.com more
> useful would
> be to check palestinian or other arab press.
> concerning palestinian violence, i am almost as safe
> as you
> are, whereever you may happen to be.  this is not an
> equal
> fight, or a fight between equals: this is a fight
> between
> oppressor and oppressed, and i'm on the side with
> the bigger
> bat.  there is a well known statistic here that more
> than
> twice as many people have died in car accidents in
> israel
> than have died as a result of the Palestinian
> Intifada. on
> the other hand, one of the reasons the numbers of
> injured
> Palestinians have escalated so high in the last days
> is that
> palestinian men in the refugee camps are fighting
> the
> israeli military, on their streets.  facing the
> tanks,
> weapons, tear gas, they are refusing to be
> victimized and
> are fighting.  in one camp near bethlehem, there was
> a
> public decision made that all the men should leave
> the camp,
> so that when the military comes, they have no one to
> look
> for, no one to fight, no excuse to do damage.  in
> this way,
> they are trying to preserve everyone's safety.  in
> the camp
> written about below, hundreds of people blocked the
> entrance
> to the camp, trying to keep the military out; many
> were
> injured, many died.  rumor has it that hundreds
> (200-400)
> have been arrested and are being held under
> god-knows-what
> conditions.
> As an example of one of the most recent atrocities,
> this
> message was posted today to a listserv for primarily
> israeli
> activists.  Tamar Pelleg Sryck is one of isreael's
> foremost
> human rights lawyers.
> [1] A report on what is still going on in Tul Karm
> right now
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