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what the Occupation is like. Here is a disgusting tale of soldiers shooting up a West Bank town at 1:45 in the morning with random firings, to show off to a girl, or because they're drunk.

And here, from the same American Jewish narrator, is a literary, you-are-there, beautifully sick-making description of a 5-hour trip with 1-1/2 Palestinian companions, from Jayyous to Nablus and back, which used to take 50 minutes. Excerpts:

We hike up a steep hill in the blazing sun. A single house, with a
military encampment on the roof, along with Israeli flags, shadows the top
of the hill, at the village of Sara. The house belongs to the family of a
friend of Mahmoud, and the upper floors were built by a friend in Nablus
expectation of getting married. Instead, two months later, it was occupied
by the Israeli army….

[In a taxi] It is
difficult to see out the front window, because an Israeli soldier
attempted to smash it, leaving a radiating crack like a spider web….

As we pass the occupied house that Mahmoud's friend's family lives in, a
soldier on the roof calls us into the courtyard. He lowers a can tied on a
string, directs me to put my passport in, and pulls it up for inspection.
It is difficult to see the soldier's face, as the midday suns beats down
from behind him.

Yahir lives on the ground floor of the building
with his wife, Hanna Ahmad Kaid, 52. The second story of their house, and
their roof, have been occupied for six months by 30 soldiers who are
shifted every two days. Saleh, Mahmoud's university friend who built the
upper floor in anticipation of being married, refuses to come back to the
house, and has gone to the United States, as has another brother. Three
brothers are renting an apartment in Nablus. Nearly every night, the
couple says, the soldiers fire on anything that moves, so as to inhibit

[At Jeet] They refuse to let us
through, saying it is forbidden, that we must go back to Nablus and go
through the dreaded Huwwara checkpoint instead. We protest that we were
let through that morning, and my white-skin Jewish privilege was invoked.
This draws the epithet "mother fucking asshole" from one of the soldiers.
Another says he doesn't care what Americans think of them. Gradually they
relent, but Sami is sent back to Nablus. "He's a troublemaker," says one
soldier. "He comes every day and makes trouble." Mahmoud protests that
that's impossible, as Sami has never even been to Nablus before in his
life. But there is no persuading the soldiers.

15 Responses

  1. liberal white boy
    November 19, 2008, 5:30 pm

    No Shit Phil?

    If The Israeli Defense Forces Cannibalized Their Palestinian Murder Victims…Would American Media Consider It News Worthy?

    link to homo-sapien-underground.blogspot.com

  2. Steve W
    November 19, 2008, 5:33 pm

    It's really easy to take a video these days. There are 140 dollar cameras that can fit in your jeans' change pocket. Israeli human rights organizations have been handing them out to Palestinians.
    How odd that none of these "atrocities" ever get filmed!

  3. Duscany
    November 19, 2008, 5:56 pm

    Steve W: "How odd that none of these "atrocities" ever get filmed!"

    Well, Steve, as a matter of fact, they do get filmed. Didn't you ever see the threatening teenage settler on You-Tube shouting "We killed Jesus Christ. We're proud of it."

    But you're right, there should be a lot more videos. And there would be, if the IDF didn't confiscate the cameras.

  4. observer
    November 19, 2008, 6:40 pm

    If, instead of the Obsession cd come free in the US mail, we were
    given cds depicting how little Israelis care about the Americans who
    keep them in the latest weapons and in general comfortable power, you would see a sea change.

    It is coming.

    The epitome of the spoiled brat, the worst stench of the entitlement
    generation–will fall–due to its counterpart over here: Wall St.

  5. Alana
    November 19, 2008, 6:46 pm

    At least Steve W. is claiming it never happened. The person who posts as Richard Witty always claims this kind of thing is perfectly justified. So it's progress of a sort.

  6. LeaNder
    November 19, 2008, 7:50 pm

    Richard Witty wouldn't claim, that it is justified, he thinks the devil is in the detail. Or it is a complicated conflict. Both sides are guilty.

    Concerning the devil is in the detail: to quote one of my Jewish friends:

    "The devil is in the details" has nothing to do with evil or with Satan.
    Printer's apprentices were known as "devils" (perhaps as in "You little
    devil") but not otherwise related. The printer laid out the grand plan for a
    sheet and the apprentice was left with doing all the detailed work of
    putting each letter in place so that the grand plan might be realized.

  7. Richard Witty
    November 19, 2008, 8:29 pm

    Its a bad arranged marriage.

    No way out, except to reconcile.

  8. Richard Witty
    November 19, 2008, 8:31 pm

    We (all of us) refuse to hurt the other.

    That must include Zionists, Palestinians, Iranians, Americans, Leftists, Left/rightists.

  9. Steve W.
    November 19, 2008, 9:04 pm

    So some kid saying we killed Jesus Christ (which is true, right?) is an "atrocity?" You guys really gotta get out more!

  10. Q
    November 19, 2008, 9:25 pm

    Search for video of "Operation hot Winter" and you will find out this is hardly uncommon.

  11. CHA
    November 19, 2008, 10:11 pm

    Here's the best place to find the "Operation Hot Winter" films–
    link to a-films.blogspot.com

  12. observer
    November 20, 2008, 9:48 am

    Its a bad arranged marriage.

    Or is it more originally a bad arranged shotgun marriage? With no sex involved yet…

  13. observer
    November 21, 2008, 5:39 pm

    Who but a German could believe that the problem is an antique press
    problem. Actually, he or she is not wrong but it has nothing to do
    with the actual manual operation of old printing presses.

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