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On Travelling in Palestine

Even though I love being in Palestine, I have to admit that I hate traveling around it. The idea of movement here scares me, but movement seems to be intimidating for most. Take my travel yesterday as an example. I went in a taxi with five other Palestinians from Ramallah to Balata refugee camp in Nablus. We started the journey going through the massive Qalandya checkpoint, a permanent fixture and now unfortunate mandatory stop for Palestinian travelers.

We then passed one flying checkpoint (non-permanent checkpoint set up by army jeeps in the road), had our passports and id’s checked, and then pulled up to another checkpoint five minutes later! The driver snarled with grief as we pulled into a never-ending line of cars.

A suffocating heat had descended upon Palestine, and no one had the patience to wait as each car was held up by a soldier for at least ten minutes. Taking no bullshit, our driver pulled out of the line, turned around 180 degrees, and started off for an alternate route. Of course, this alternate route was much less desirable than the first, and it brought us through crowded roadside villages and along bumpy, pot-hole riddled dirt roads.

No one was having a good time. The ride was long, hot, and stressful. When we finally got to the Beit Iba checkpoint outside of Nablus, we were exhausted and didn’t feel like putting up with the soldiers on duty.
 One of them had the gall to warn us against going to Nablus, saying, “It’s your life…make sure you’re careful.” It’s really strange hearing that coming from a man who is the only one holding a gun in the vicinity.

Anyways, I arrived in Balata where I felt the most safe as I had been in the last twelve hours. It doesn’t take anyone long to realize that checkpoints have little to do with security, but are rather part of an oppressive structure designed to systematically demoralize the people of Palestine.

On our way back out of the Beit Iba checkpoint this morning, a young man in front of us was stopped and pulled aside. I couldn’t hear what the soldiers were telling him, but it was obvious by the broken look on his face that he was not being allowed through. Feeling sympathy for this man who looked about my age, I went to ask him what happened. He told me, in fluent English, that he is a student at the Arab-American University in the Jenin area.

 He was trying to get to school, and the soldiers stopped him simply because he had forgotten his student id card. I thought about how mad he seemed. I thought about how this could be me. I thought about how the soldier who stopped him was probably the same age or younger than he was. Maybe he hadn’t had a chance to pick up the books before picking up the gun. Just last Thursday, the Israeli Occupation Forces announced that they would halt their policy of punitive home demolitions.

They had found that these home demolitions had probably made more enemies for Israel than they had stopped. This is really amazing deductive logic at work here. Good for them. Three enthusiastic cheers. But now I wonder how they have come to this conclusion about home demolitions and not about checkpoints. If I were stopped by a foreign occupying power every day outside my own town, and forced to prove not only my own identity, but also where I lived and where I was going, I would certainly come to hate my occupier. I think it is the only natural reaction.

Later on in the morning, we were on our way to a demonstration in the village of Kafer Qadum. After the outbreak of the second Intifada, the army put up a metal gate to block access to Qadum’s only main road. Settlers from nearby Kadumim are now the only ones allowed to use it. Qadum’s residents have been forced to construct a shabby dirt road to lead into their village.

Most cars can’t go more than 20 km/h on it, and we saw some milk trucks struggling pretty hard to make the turns. The school teachers have to ride to work on tractors. Villagers can barely come in or out. Qadum has been turned into a ghetto. However, unwilling to back down, and fed up by isolation, Qadum held a demonstration today.

 Under the banner “Free our only road”, hundreds of women, men, children, Israeli anarchists, international activists, and even doctors and nurses marched towards the gate in open resistance. Again, we were met by a line of soldiers with M-16s – a clear symbol that Qadum’s ghettoization will be enforced by any means necessary. As the grotesque and illegal settlement of Kadumim loomed above them, it became evident why the army was really there.

It’s sad, but Israel is good at what it does. Under a curtain of “protecting national security”, it has managed to implement a much more shocking and much less politically-correct project; the gradual colonization of Palestinian lands. One Palestinian woman at the demonstration put it best.

She said that her family had been using Qadum’s roads for generations, and Kadumim had only been there for 30 years. Now the occupation forces are there ensuring that the settlers are the only ones to use it. Traveling anywhere in Palestine can be a nightmare. Perhaps one day Palestinians will just give up and stay put in their homes, and I’m afraid that no one in the Israeli government would shed a tear.

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On May 15, 1948 Rothschild Jewish militias launched a massive attack on the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine to ethnically cleanse them from their land in order to establish Israel as their Jewish state. This lead more than 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes and become displaces as refugees in the neighboring countries. Most of the families that fled did not even have time to pack their belonging or anything in fear of being massacred by the vicious Jewish militias who went through villages massacring its inhabitants who refused to leave, most of whom were poor villagers and unarmed farmers. “We must do everything to insure they never return. The old will die and the young will forget” David Ben-Gurion – First Prime Minister of Israel, 1949.

Zionist Identity Thieves

“For the Mandates Commission, Palestine had never ceased to constitute a separate entity. It was one of those territories which, under the terms of the Covenant, might be regarded as “provisionally independent”. The country was administered under an A mandate by the United Kingdom, subject to certain conditions and particularly to the condition appearing in Article 5: “The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be . . . in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power”. […] Palestine, as the mandate clearly showed, was a subject under international law. While she could not conclude international conventions, the mandatory Power, until further notice, concluded them on her behalf, in virtue of Article 19 of the mandate. The mandate, in Article 7, obliged the Mandatory to enact a nationality law, which again showed that the Palestinians formed a nation, and that Palestine was a State, though provisionally under guardianship. It was, moreover, unnecessary to labour the point; there was no doubt whatever that Palestine was a separate political entity.” DocumentLink

The Rothschild's Jews stole the identity of Judaism and then the identity of Palestine.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (1867-1948)
"We wish to express our definite opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine."

Contrary to the Hasbara, Palestine has existed far longer than any Jewish kingdom or Jewish State. By denying the existence of Palestine and the Palestinian people, the longer history of Jewish existence in the region, as Palestinian Jews, is being denied.


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"There can be no kind of discussion of a voluntary reconciliation between us and the Arabs.... Any native people ... view their country as their national home.... They will not voluntarily allow, not only a new master, but even a new partner.... Colonization can have only one goal. For the Palestinian Arabs this goal is inadmissible. This is in the nature of things. To change that nature is impossible . . . colonization can, therefore, continue and develop only under the protection of a force independent of the local population-an iron wall which the native population cannot break through. This is, in total, our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would only be hypocrisy."--Vladimir Jabotinsky --(18 October 1880 – 4 August 1940), was a Revisionist Zionist leader, author,orator,and founder of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa. With Joseph Trumpeldor he co-founded the Jewish Legion of the British army in World War I and later established several Jewish organizations, including Beitar, haTzohar and the Irgun (terrorist group).
The Hebrew word for Bramble is Atad אטד which is called in Arabic Gharqad:
Hidden, difficult to penetrate.