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ISM Updates: Jocelyn Hurndall Guardian Editorial

ISM Updates 10/30/03

1) Guardian Editorial by Jocelyn Hurndall 2) IOF kill 9 year old boy, 500 queue at Huwwara 3) The Side I See 4) Restricion of movement = restriction of freedom

Guardian Editorial by Jocelyn Hurndall

Six months after my son was shot by Israeli troops, the British government has yet to condemn the act

Jocelyn Hurndall Monday October 20, 2003 The Guardian

Last Thursday, I delivered a letter to Mr Blair expressing my despair at the Israeli government’s lack of response to our call for a full inquiry into the death of my son, Tom. While working as a photojournalist, Tom was shot in the head by an Israeli commander in Rafah, Gaza. He had been walking down a calm civilian street where 20 children were playing when snipers began shooting at them. He was carrying the children to safety when he was shot, and was wearing a fluorescent human rights jacket. He posed no threat. His brain is severely damaged and he will not recover.

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Read ISM\'s statement on the proposed military ivestigation on the shooting of Tom Hurndall at


IOF kill 9 year old boy and 500 queue at Huwwara checkpoint

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Nablus 29 Oct 03 Aron

Tonight, once again, the Israeli occupation force came to Balatta refugee camp in Nablus. Do they have a purpose in their deadly little visits? Not a discernable one. They arrived driving a distance into the camp and back out, hanging around the entrance, then driving off before returning a few minutes later, driving past, then returning and stopping again. We went to the entrance to find them gone but soon returned, causing the boys to flee from the entrance where they had gathered. I watched as live bullets sprayed the building opposite me, aimed at children throwing stones from the roof. We left the scene when we thought they had gone, thinking there were no injuries, but heard awhile later that a boy had been killed, followed an hour later by an announcement over the Mosque loud speaker that the boy who had been shot in the head tonight had died. His name is Bahai Jaber Simele,

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The Side I See

Tulkarem flo 28 Oct 03

I’ve come to this world as an outsider, as one actually born to the occupiers, as one to fight, one to learn, one to carry the truth home. It has been over six months now since I set foot, for the second time in my life, on this much disputed land. This land that I, my allies and those I have come to support, call Palestine.

And that is where the conflict begins, the verbal attacks, the insults on my intelligence, the regurgitation of a brainwashing that I myself was raised under. I have seen though, am seeing, the truth that escaped my brainwashed upbringing. The part of the story that missed me because I was too busy being told about all the Arab terrorists and the importance of protecting the security of Israel, the place I was taught to strive for, my supposed homeland. Six months now, spent across the line from the side, that according to my birth, I should be on. Six months of waking almost every morning inside a cage, surrounded by the walls, fences and gates of those from that other side.

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Restricion of movement = restriction of freedom

Jenin CJ 30 Sep 03

How long to you plan when you go out on a trip? To the neighboring city, let\'s take Chicago to Milwaukee. A day trip, right? It\'s about 100 miles - an hour and a half there and an hour and a half back. What do you plan to take with you? I\'d plan on my wallet, my phone, and some tunes for my car, and I could stop along the way for snacks, bathroom, etc.

A similar trip, one that under normal circumstances would take about an hour and a half perhaps two since the roads are windy took my companions and me 8 hours. It also caused a lot of worry for the people who were expecting us to arrive in Jenin. We should have planned on taking not only our wallets and phones, but also lunch, dinner, and if only there had been a bathroom break on the way! Between the cities of Jerusalem and Jenin we faced FOUR checkpoints. At every single checkpoint we waited over an hour for checking IDs.

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