Monday, February 19, 2001

Haaretz Daily Newspaper - English Internet Edition

It would seem that our own press also accepts that Israel bears sole responsibility for Palestinian poverty. The attached link contains a report from today's Ha'aretz. I don't know why they don't mention their own report of 11th February that I sent you outlining the reasons that the PA does not get Arab funds to solve their dilemna. One can only assume that foreign correspondents will not feel an obligation to be more balanced than the Israeli papers they read.

Letters can be addressed to l

I received the following by forward - I only assume that it is true. I am not personally familiar with the author.

As 3 Jewish girls fight for their lives after a Gazan bus driver deliberately struck them killing 8 others, another young woman, Chamutal is involved in another type of battle.

When Chamutal was 13, she was critically injured in a similar attack in Jerusalem's Kiryat HaYovel neighborhood. A group of girls from the Jewish Quarter were waiting by a bus stop whan a Gazan Arab plowed his car into them. Chamutal suffered multiple injuries necessitating numerous operations over the years.

Today Chamutal is a doctor on call at Kaplan Hospital in Rechovot.
And today she is in the operating room saving the life of the terrorist bus driver.

I am overcome with emotion as her parents, my neighbors, share this with me.
Contrast this with Sunday night's murderous attack in Gush Etzion where paramedics fighting to save Tzachi Sassoon's life came under sniper fire.

Of course the murderer's life is saved in order to extract information from him. Nevertheless, her ability to overcome her past experiences and participate in the surgery shows a tremendous amount of strength.

It is too easy to perpetuate past grievances to justify inhumane behaviour.
Oslo showed the Israeli people's willingness to turn the other cheek and attempt to create a safer Middle East for both peoples. 550 deaths later we are finally realizing that we are speaking different languages.
Peace vs. Guns & Missiles.

Our partners in peace are shooting at us daily (it doesn't even make the news anymore it's become so commonplace), placing road bombs and car bombs with growing frequency.

We're all angry! We all want our land back! But the Jews, as depicted by Chamutal, represent the human side of the conflict. We shoot when shot at, and then only when the point of fire can be ascertained. We allow the violence to continue so as not to destroy all chances for peace. Yet, we attend funerals on an almost daily basis.

I don't know why fate put Chamutal in that operating room today. But I can hypothesize.

I can visualize her looking into this murderer's eyes screaming, "Am Yisrael Chai". We are here. You and your cohorts will try through the generations to destroy us but we will remain and retain our humanity.
Despite the pressure of world leaders and despite the lies being perpetuated by the world press and despite the self-haters amongst us, we will not only survive, but will be strenghtened."AM YISRAEL CHAI!"

From: Barnea and Shoshanah Selavan, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem "AM YISRAEL CHAI"



Post a Comment

<< Home