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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

 

Palestine Reaps Bitter October Harvests

Abdalkarim Freij, 14, one of the "harvested" of Kafr Qasem in 1956

"Harvest Them"


by Kafr Qasem Artist Abdel Tamam


Fifty-one years ago today the shocked villagers of Kafr Qasem left their houses after a two day curfew. Two days earlier forty-nine of Kafr Qasem's people were "harvested" to quote the commander of the Zionist executioners, who later went on to become some sort of minister of Arab affairs.
Samia Halaby, the Palestinian artist, writes in her devastatingly poignant Memorial on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Kafr Qasem Massacre, "Kafr Qasem becomes Palestine and all the pain that has been poured down our throats throughout my life."
Typically, Israel turns a massacre into positive spin. According to its Education Minister:
The massacre and the trial that followed it have become milestones in the
national psyche of Israeli society and have instilled in generations of
commanders and soldiers a moral border one should abide by
.
Quatsch as the Germans would say. Bullshit. Whatever.
Eight years earlier between October 29-30, Zionists massacred people in SafSaf.

The Jews gathered all the people on the Bayader and the second massacre
started, shooting at the people and over their heads and randomly to terrorize
them, then later chose more than 70 young men, Blind Folded them, and executed
them by firing heavily on them, killing the seventy young men. That is in
addition to four women and a girl were raped in front of all people. Also
Shehadeh and Saleem eye-witnessed their uncle Abd Ahmad Shraydeh killed by an Israeli soldier with an Axe dividing his head immediately into two parts sending
him to death instantly.

Israel continues to "harvest" Palestinians. According to Palestine Center for Human Rights, from October 18-24

7 Palestinians, including 2 children, were killed by IOF.
3 of the victims, including a civilian, were extra-judicially executed by IOF.
A Palestinian worker was run down to death by an Israeli settler.
16 Palestinians, including 3 children, a woman and a journalist, were wounded by IOF.
IOF conducted 27 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 ones into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 37 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank and 4 others in the Gaza Strip.
IOF razed at least 150 donums of agricultural land Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip.
IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.
IOF have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world and a humanitarian crisis has emerged.
A patient died due to the obstruction by IOF troops at Erez crossing of his access to an Israeli hospital.

October has been yielding bitter harvests for Palestine for sixty years now.



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