IN PHOTOS ~~ BRAVE PALESTINIAN FATHER TELLS OF HIS FAMILY’S HORRORS IN NEW YORK

The meeting was sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and the NY Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace

The meeting was sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and the NY Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace

On the evening of September 15th Bassem Tamimi spoke to a packed room at the New School University in NYC.  The meeting was sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine and the NY Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.  Every seat was filled, people stood leaning on walls and sitting on every inch of floor space for 2 hours listening attentively to the story of resistance to Israeli occupation by the people of Nabi Saleh, a village of about 600 people living in occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank.

Bassem Tamimi has been arrested 9 times and tortured while in Israeli prisons.  His wife was shot in the leg and has to use crutches to walk and his sister and brother-in-law were murdered.  The land belonging to the village has been stolen and their ancient olive trees, which many Palestinians are very attached to, have been stolen or destroyed.  Each week Israel gives them the equivalent of 24 hours worth of water which they must make last a week so it is stored in tanks on their roof.  When Israel sprays their land and inside their homes with ‘skunk water’, an extremely foul smelling liquid that is projected at high intensity from tanks on trucks, they also spray the water tanks which makes the water unusable.  This is done regularly and the odor remains 2-3 weeks.

The residents of Nabi Saleh have studied the non-violence taught by Gandhi and Martin Luther King as well as the South African model.  They do not want to maim or kill anybody but they do want to put an end to the occupation and the colonial project in Palestine.  They are focusing on the big picture.  They strongly support the freedom of women and consider the participation of women in the resistance to be very important.  Their only weapons are cameras.

After giving the audience an opportunity to answer questions Tamimi concluded by saying that their goal was having a country where there would be one-person, one-vote.  He doesn’t see the possibility of  a 2 state solution because of the theft of their land to build colonies.  Answering the question, what can we do to help, he said that the support of the international community was very important.  The US supports Israel to the tune of $10 million a day and an unlimited supply of weapons.  Americans should pressure their government and support BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions).  However, they should do so not with an attitude that they are helping the Palestinians but with the understand that they are doing this for themselves because they understand the importance of having a just world.

This was the first stop on a speaking tour for Mr. Tamimi.  He is a powerful speaker and has a lot to teach all of us.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer, Commentary by Chippy Dee

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3 Comments

  1. September 17, 2015 at 19:55

    I met an Englishwoman who told me her extended family in England are an organized crime gang who frequently do killings in other countries on contract for the U.K. government or other employers. She said she was often forced to help with some of thse plots.

    She said that once her uncle, whom she says was a “psychopath”, decided she was expendable and attached a bomb to her in a way that she could not remove, then sent her off with orders to blow herself up in a crowded public place in Tel Aviv. She was able to attract the attention of the Israeli police who got a bomb disposal expert who was able to remove it without blowing her up. She was punished when she returned home to England for not obeying orders to kill herself.

    She has no idea who the client was who paid her uncles to stir up more conflict in the Middle East.

    For more about this, see: http://www.hermajestysothersecretservice.blogspot.com

  2. R Davis said,

    September 18, 2015 at 06:14

    Israeli skunk water –
    It is said that, in general, the whole of Israel has a strong noxious & repugnant odor.
    The israeli’s just want to spred its perfume around.

  3. nilzeitung said,

    September 19, 2015 at 19:05

    Reblogged this on Nilzeitung.


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