The murder of unarmed women in Palestine and the great courage of these women

Originally published 11/10/06:

· Jameela al-Shanti is an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for Hamas.  She led 1500 unarmed women in protest against Israeli military incursion into Gaza, in defiance of the Israeli set curfew.  The Israeli military, in a now common place act of brutality, murdered some of these women.  Read this amazing story:

“We faced the most powerful army in our region unarmed. The soldiers were loaded up with the latest weaponry, and we had nothing, except each other and our yearning for freedom. As we broke through the first barrier, we grew more confident, more determined to break the suffocating siege. The soldiers of Israel’s so-called defence force did not hesitate to open fire on unarmed women. The sight of my close friends Ibtissam Yusuf abu Nada and Rajaa Ouda taking their last breaths, bathed in blood, will live with me for ever.”

“Later an Israeli plane shelled a bus taking children to a kindergarten. Two children were killed, along with their teacher. In the last week 30 children have died. As I go round the crowded hospital, it is deeply poignant to see the large number of small bodies with their scars and amputated limbs. We clutch our children tightly when we go to sleep, vainly hoping that we can shield them from Israel’s tanks and warplanes.”

Read the rest of her poignant words here:,,1942942,00.html

My purpose here is to bring to light works of darkness.  Israel is enacting a huge work of darkness as we speak.  Someday we’ll all know what Israel was doing while we supported them or at best, sat by and did nothing.


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