Hanan Ashrawi: The most blatantly racist
slur is the Israeli theft of our humanity as parents. In an attempt
to rob us of our most basic feelings for our children, we are accused
of sending [our] children out to die for the sake of
scoring media points. The horror is further compounded
by the total and unquestioning equanimity with which such a grand
national slur is repeated by Israelis of all parties, with no critical
distance or even awareness of the enormity of such a racist charge.
(Jordan Times, October 29, 2000)
Dear Ms. Ashrawi:
I am sure that Hussam Abdo Bilal will be glad to hear that you
feel that way. You remember Hussam, don't you? he is the sixteen
year old kid that someone offered 100 NIS to to put on a suicide
belt and cross into Israel on a mission of homicide and incidentally,
suicide. I say incidentally, since I take your statement
at face value. You are sending your children out to kill. Clearly
all the world should know by now that you are sending your children
out to kill.
Their deaths are merely what is called 'collateral damage.' Simply
the 'innocents' who die in a military strike against the hated enemy.
Not quite as innocent as the women and children, your own and the
truly innocent of other countries who come to your aid and who walk
the streets in close lockstep with the masterminds of murder and
mayhem, who are there to raise the toll of dead and injured. Their
job is to inflate the toll of casualties on your side if and when
the Israel Defense Force attempts to remove another of the plotters
and executers of mass murder. Interestingly, though, the normal
course of legitimate war is to inflate the casualties of the enemy
and minimize the casualties of your own side, even if the numbers
are sometimes juggled.
The war against Israel is not a conventional war, and you Ms. Ashrawi
know this as well as anyone else. You have been a high ranking member
of the Palestinian Authority from the beginning. You, a mother,
are responsible for the mother's milk of PA television which features
children, 5 and 6 years old, parading with mocked-up guns and Shaheed
Belts, and sweat bands. You are responsible for fronting for the
PA and its leader, the richest Palestinian alive, you know
the Egyptian guy whose wife lives in luxury in France and Switzerland
like a Princess.
Ms. Ashrawi, please tell me about the plans you have for the Palestinian
Economy. Please show me the industry and public works and agricultural
projects that you and your colleagues in the PA have sponsored and
built and dedicated for the good of the Palestinian people whom
you love so dearly.
So, Ms. Ashrawi, tell me again how much you love your children.
Tell me while you are looking into the eyes of Hussam Abdo Bilal.
Tell me that you are not responsible for sending him to kill and
to die. And while you are at it tell me how the "oppressor"
stopped him from getting to heaven, by disarming him. Tell me, incidentally,
why in the quote above the word "[our]" is inserted in
square brackets.Tell me about him and about the 11 year old who
was sent last week. I know you love your children. By the way I
haven't seen any Ashrawi children or grandchildren among the Shaheedeen,
or any of Yasser's either, have I?
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