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Thursday, August 17, 2006


Chief Joseph in Palestine

"My children are all gone; I will fight no more forever," wrote a bereft Chief Joseph. One hundred Palestinian limbs severed since June 25. A young handicapped woman deliberately left alone in an airport room naked bleeding on herself. A young resistance fighter bleeding to death in the street denied medical care. The horrible savagery that Erica Silverman chronicled in Al-Ahram. Really, what is left to Palestinians? What is left to do? How many pictures of dead Palestinian kids and now dead Lebanese kids do we print to no avail? Our politicians sing the praises of the Zionist butchers. What's a Palestinian? Someone who is chic in a kuffiyeh at a protest march that politicians and journalists ignore or someone who is dead. Or someone who keeps his or her eye on Gatsby's distant green light?


by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

It is cold and we have no blankets.

Across the board, the misery index is rising as thousands from the Rafah district were forced to flee their homes under Israeli fire, taking refuge in UNRWA schools and tents, while the residents who remain are without water and electricity in sweltering summer heat. The economy has come to a grinding halt. The only sound in the street is the drumming of Israeli drones and funeral processions. Rafah is under siege.

The little children are freezing to death.

My people, some of them,

Have run away to the hills

And have no blankets, no food.

No one know where they are-

In the West Bank, 649 Palestinians have been taken prisoner since June 25th.

Perhaps they are freezing to death.

I want to have time to look for my children

Israeli forces have killed 203 Palestinians and injured 800 others since the start of their operations in the Gaza Strip, dubbed "Operation Summer Rains," launched June 25.

And see how many of them I can find.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the number of children under 18 killed in the operation so far is 58.
Maybe I shall find them among the dead.

Israeli tanks plowed into Rafah Thursday, beginning an incursion that claimed the lives of 17 Palestinians, including five children (one, a three-day-old baby) and wounding 50, half of them children.

Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired.

My heart is sad and sick.

800 Palestinians were reported injured due to the Israeli aggressions, including 100 with severed limbs due to the new and lethal type of missiles and shells used by the Israeli tanks, artillery, combat helicopters and unmanned drones.

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