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|Victim Sucide Bomber Speaks Out against occupation|
|07/08/02 at 17:49:36|
|OUR DAUGHTER'S DEATH IS ISRAEL'S FAULT|
EXCLUSIVE: Our daughter was killed by a suicide bomber... but it is
the terror of Israel's occupation that is to blame for her death
Jun 25 2002
The Mirror (London)
From Alexandra Williams In Jerusalem
A BIG red "Free Palestine" sticker has a prominent place on the
Elhanan family's front door.
But this is not a Palestinian house in the occupied territories.
Remarkably, this home is in an affluent Jewish area in Jerusalem
and belongs to a couple whose daughter Smadar, 14, was killed by a
|Re: Jerusalem campus blast kills seven|
|08/01/02 at 10:03:41|
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i alway's try to dua for Palestine but sometimes it just does not seem enough. I looked at a couple groups on the internet that actually go to Palestine and volunteer (don't know if they do anymore) but they were all Christian groups. These groups would protest in front of checkpoints and other places that looked prejudice. I forgot the gombs and a shooting which killed
30 Israelis, Israel hardened its military tactics. This resulted in the
deaths of innocent Palestinians - five children on Friday alone.
Rami said: "I was devastated when the Palestinian children were
killed in Jenin, like I was the day before when a suicide bomber killed
Israelis. Palestinians grieve and cry exactly the same way as Israelis
do. We all have the same blood."
Some brand the couple apologists for suicide bombers. At a peace
rally, an Israeli called them "Leftie traitors" and shouted, "Pity you
weren't blown up with your daughter."
Smadar was killed in a double Palestinian suicide bombing in
Jerusalem in September 1997.
It was 3pm and the first day back at school. She was buying books
with two of her closest friends.
As terrified shoppers tried to escape the first bomb, they fled into
path of the second terrorist, who unleashed his lethal device
Smadar was killed instantly with one of her friends. The other was in
a coma for six months.
Five years on, the pain is still too intense for the family to talk of
RAMI, whose father survived Auschwitz and whose grandparents,
aunts and uncles died in the Holocaust, said: "The pain of losing our
beautiful daughter is unbearable, but our house is not a house of
"You can sink in your misery and just wait for death or you can try to
do something meaningful.
"We started to look for contact with people like us from the other
side. We now have many Palestinian friends, parents who have lost
"We are in a position of power. We couldn't stay silent. We have to
tell the world. This power was brought to us by our disaster. Some
people say we use it cynically."
Some argue that ending the occupation would fail to halt the suicide
bombers. Groups behind the killings, like Hamas and Islamic Jihad,
have vowed to continue the campaign until the Jews are expelled
But Rami and Nurit said terror organisations drew their strength from
a persecuted people.
Nurit said: "Hamas take power from the anger of people. If you
restored people's dignity, honour and prosperity by ending
occupation, Hamas would lose power."
Rami added: "If a man who has cancer in his leg goes to the doctor
and asks if it is amputated will he be well, no doctor in the world
would say, yes, you'll be fine, but no doctor would say don't
"Getting out of Gaza and the West Bank will serve the good of both
Israelis and Palestinians."
The couple have three sons - Elik, 25, Guy, 23, and Yigal, 10.
Elik and Guy, who now study in Paris, were conscripts in the Israeli
army. They fought in the troubles on the Lebanese border.
Nurit and Rami believe that if their sons were called up today, they
would refuse to serve in the Palestinian territories. Rami, a veteran
of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1982 Israeli invasion of
Lebanon, said: "The refuseniks are the heroes."
The anger of Rami and his wife is vented on Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and America, rather
than the bomber who killed their daughter.
Nurit, whose father General Matti Peled spoke out for a two-state
solution, said: "The war is not between the Israeli people and
Palestinian people, but these life-destroying men who call
"The US is reluctant and bored with the situation. And the rest of the
world is going on as if blood has never been shed."
The couple founded the Bereaved Family Forum with Palestinian
Izzat Ghazzawi, whose son Ramy, 16, was killed by Israeli troops.
Last December, Nurit and Izzat were given the European
Parliament's freedom of speech award, The Sakharov Prize.
Nurit said: "I have been asked many times if I feel any need to
avenge the murder of my little girl, who was killed just because she
was born Israeli, by a young man who felt hopeless to the point of
murder and suicide, just because he was born Palestinian.
"I quote Hebrew poet Bialik who said, 'Satan has not yet created a
vengeance for the blood of a small child'."
|07/09/02 at 23:45:30|
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