You only have to look through the casualty lists at B’Tselem to see that in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, a tragedy equal to Rachel Corrie’s death happens every week, in bad times every day.
Maamun Muhammad Zuhdi a-Dam: 12 year-old resident of Gaza city, killed on 20.06.2012 in Gaza city, by a missile fired from a Aircraft. Did not participate in hostilities. Additional information: Killed when hit by a missile as he played near his parents on agricultural land belonging to them east of a-Zeitun in Gaza City.
On 5th February this year I wrote about Khirbet al-Tawil – one of the Palestinian villages on the West Bank that is scheduled to be destroyed because Israeli settlers are to have their land and their water.
This is not unusual. Roads and settlements which can only be used by Israel citizens are being built all over the West Bank.
Khirbet al-Tawil sits on the sides of a hill that descends into the Jordan Valley, between the Palestinian town of Aqraba and the Jewish settlement of Gitit. The village is accessed by a muddy road, which took us a long time to find. On the rocky terrain in between the fields, there were several buildings – either houses or shacks – next to animal pens and coops. When we entered the mosque, accompanied by two researchers from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and a researcher from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the residents were absorbed in lively conversation. It was noon, and they turned first to pray, kneeling on the wet rugs, their faces toward Mecca.
The stone ruins of the ancient, magnificent houses in Khirbet al-Tawil attest that Palestinians lived here for centuries.
I’m not a rap fan. Having just listened to about 8 minutes of Hip Hop M1X with Charlie Sloth, I can say this with some certainty. The rapper I listened to is “Margate’s finest, Mic Righteous” – and I can’t imagine I’d be writing a blog post about him except that something weird happened during his rap: one word was obliterated with the sound of breaking glass (and the shot used did not show Mic’s mouth, so the BBC are wise to lip-reading).
The word obliterated was “Palestine”: Mic Righteous, explaining to his fans that despite his recent success he’s no sellout, says “I can scream Free Palestine for my pride/still pray for peace” or as the BBC preferred “I can scream Free *SMASH GLASS* for my pride/still pray for peace.”