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“Before they let us leave, they lined us up, and one of the armed men said to another, with a wink, ‘Choose one. Which one deserves to have her throat slit?’ “
“The other replied, ‘No, we don’t want to kill them now.’ They made us walk to Sports City. There, three armed men in a jeep told us to turn around and go back.”
They didn’t know what to do. A mine or cluster bomb exploded nearby. Wounded victims fell. Others were shot at. “Everyone was running in all directions.”
“We flagged down a car….There were foreign journalists. Some spoke Arabic. They photographed us and asked what happened. We told them there had been a massacre, but they didn’t want to believe us.”
“We told them we were the first survivors to get out of the camp.” Killing was ongoing at the time. Other survivors had their own horror stories. Archived photos reveal them. How do you describe blood, gore, and dismembered bodies piled on each other?
How do you explain who’d commit, order, and direct such atrocities? They happened during Israel’s High Holiday Yamim Noraim period.
One survivor lost her husband and two sons. “I have eight children,” she said. “What can I do with them? I don’t have anyone to help me. My house has been razed.”
“Where will I go? Is this what America wants? Is that what Israel wants? And the Arab countries agree? They took away our (protection and) killed our men. What more do they want of us?”
Thirty years later, nothing changed. Occupation harshness remains ruthless. America supports it. Other Western leaders ignore it. So do regional despots. Palestinians struggle to be free. Maybe next time.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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