Saturday, September 5, 2015

Face of a boy - by Uri Avnery

Here is the link to Uri Avnery's latest article on occupation inside Palestine. He says, 'Soldiers shoot with guns. The Palestinians shoot pictures. It is not yet clear which are more effective in the long run: the bullets or the photos.
A test case is a short clip taken recently in a remote West Bank village called al-Nabi Saleh.
Every Israeli has seen this footage many times by now. It has been shown again and again by all Israeli TV stations. Many millions around the world have seen it on their local TV. It is making the rounds in the social media.
The clip shows an incident that occurred near the village on Friday, two weeks ago. Nothing very special. Nothing terrible. Just a routine event. But the pictures are unforgettable.
The village al-Nabi Saleh is located not far from Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. It is named in honor of a prophet (Nabi means prophet in both Arabic and Hebrew) who lived before the time of Muhammad and is said to be buried there. His extensive tomb is the pride of the 550 inhabitants.
Al-Nabi Saleh is build on the remains of a crusader outpost, which in its turn was built on the remains of a Byzantine village. Its history probably goes back to ancient Canaanite times. I believe that the population of these villages has never changed – they just changed their religion and culture according to the powers that be. They were in turn Canaanites, Judaeans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and finally Arabs.
The latest occupation (until now) is the Israeli. These new occupiers have no interest in converting the locals. They just want to take their land, and, if possible, induce them to go away. On part of the lands of Nabi Saleh an Israeli settlement called Halamish ("flint") was set up.
The conflict between the village and its new "neighbors" started immediately. Between them is an ancient well, which the settlers have renovated and claim as their own. The village is not ready to give it up."
You can view the full text of the article in the antiwar.com link provided above.

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