going to school in Palestine

inkognitoFebruary 15, 2012

A snippet from the attached link

"In November we reported with joy about the new school structure at Susiya (Susya). (see also an earlier report here).

Only a few weeks later, the Occupation regime's fraudulently named "Civil Administration" handed down demolition orders to the school."

Here is a link that might be useful: palestinian school

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heri_cles

Batya?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 4:53PM
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batyabeth

yes?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 10:48AM
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punky215

I have been to Susiya myself and, although it was before this school was built and before the demolition order was issued, I have seen the courage and sumud (steadfastness) of the people of Susiya in the face of the horror the Israeli Occupation and Israeli settlers have wreaked on their village.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 5:22PM
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inkognito

Welcome punky 215. I get my information via the internet, personal experience is always useful,

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 5:42PM
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punky215

Yes, inkognito, nothing can replace being there.

I visited Susiya as part of a tour by "Breaking the Silence," a group of former Israeli soldiers who tell the truth about their military service. They visit Susiya today because it was one of the villages they helped to ethnically cleanse and destroy in preparation for the building of an Israeli-only settlement.

All of Susiya's wells were confiscated by the settlers and are located in what is now called a "buffer" between the new Israeli-only Susiya and the Palestinian Susiya (today little more than a camp with huts made of salvaged materials).

The Palestinians have to truck in their water because if they step into the buffer zone to draw from wells they themselves dug they are likely to be shot by soldiers guarding the settlement.

Here is a link that might be useful: Breaking the Silence

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 8:41PM
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inkognito

Stay in touch spunky. I have added 'Breaking the Silence' to my Twitter account and you have my utmost admiration for your bravery.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 11:26AM
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punky215

Aw, shucks, inkognito! I'm glad you found BTS and will follow them on twitter.

But I have to ask you to explain what you mean by "bravery." I lived in Israel-Palestine (occupied East Jerusalem, to be exact) for two years. I felt every bit as safe there as I did in my neighborhood in St. Paul, Minn. I witnessed the oppression of the Palestinian people daily, but experienced only inconvenience.

I'm a journalist myself and hate to admit it but much of the reporting coming out of Israel-Palestine is incomplete at best and racist at worst. All we hear about are the flare-ups -- the mostly localized, isolated incidents that are covered as though the region is in flames. And they report them from the Israeli point of view.

Where are the stories of Palestinians and internationals begin shot with gas canisters, deadly rubber-coated bullets and live ammunition during peaceful vigils? Where are the stories of soldiers harassing Palestinian children on their way to school? Where are the stories of 100-year-old groves of olive trees -- many times a family's only means of support -- being uprooted to make way for an Israeli-only highway?

I appreciate your compliment, inkognito, but I believe American media has given you a false impression of the "danger" I faced in Israel-Palestine. Please see the bravery in the Palestinians, who continue to get married, have families, pray, laugh, cry and hope in the face of a hopeless situation.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 11:49AM
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inkognito

I had the impression that you were Israeli living in Israel and rowing up stream hence the "bravery".

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 12:18PM
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punky215

Got it, inkognito.

You are exactly right -- Israelis who have these viewpoints are few and are vilified by those who disagree with them.

I appreciate your awareness of the situation and advocacy for Palestinian children!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 2:04PM
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