From: Saber Ahmed Jazbhay - Durban, S.A.
30th December 2005
The Editor - via email
2006 will not be a good year for Palestine
2006 will be a great year for us in South Africa. The economy is looking up, with employment prospects and greater opportunities beckoning all who have the will and the grit to embrace prosperity under the banner of freedom and human rights. We have a constitution with justiciable human rights. We have every reason to reach out for and achieve our full potential festooned with freedom, equality and human dignity.
But what of those long sufferers, human beings like us, in Palestine where death and humilation are the handmaidens of history?
Hundreds of people ( fifty years ago it could have been you and I in South Africa) gather each morning at three narrow steel revolving doors at the Qalandiyah checkpoint,for instance, that demarcates their prison from Israel, and the gates do not turn because some unseen person has blocked them by pushing a button. The number of people crammed behind them grows and grows, and they wait for an hour, and the anger at another day being late for work or for school is piled on top of previous residual tensions brought on by anger, bitterness and helplessness.
Amira Hass says that ‘we Israelis have created and continue to create an economic, social, emotional, employment and environmental crisis on the scale of a never-ending tsunami.’ (courtesy of Haaretz, 28-12-2005)
So 2006 will not be a good year for the Palestinians. There will be busines as usual with checkpoints, road closures, movement ban, and traffic restrictions, through the concrete walls and barbed wire fences, through the land expropriations (solely for the purpose of security, as the High Court of Justice in Israel, which is part and parcel of the Israeli people, likes to believe) and so on and on………..
Is there any wonder why is peace so elusive in the land of milk and honey ? The Israelis push an entire people into impossible , blatantly inhumane situations, in order to steal their land and time and future and freedom of choice and the world blindsided by fabrication expects those who desire freedom through martyrdom to dismantle their backpacks and benignly accept yet another bout of silent scream.