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Israeli Mother Addresses European Parliament

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    Israeli Mother Addresses European Parliament.

    Dear Friends,

    Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan is the mother of Smadar Elhanan, 13 years old
    when killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in September 1997. Below
    is Nurit's speech made on International Women's Day in Strasbourg
    earlier this month.. Please listen to the words of a bereaved mother,
    whose daughter fell victim to a vicious, indiscriminating terrorist
    attack. I wish her words will enter the hearts of all peace seekers in
    our troubled and divided world.

    For better days,
    Professor Avraham Oz
    Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
    University of Haifa

    by Nurit Peled-Elhanan

    Thank you for inviting me to this today. It is always an honour and a
    pleasure to be here, among you (at the European Parliament).

    However, I must admit I believe you should have invited a Palestinian
    woman at my stead, because the women who suffer most from violence in
    my county are the Palestinian women. And I would like to dedicate my
    speech to Miriam R`aban and her husband Kamal, from Bet Lahiya in the
    Gaza strip, whose five small children were killed by Israeli soldiers
    while picking strawberries at the family`s strawberry field. No one
    will ever stand trial for this murder.

    When I asked the people who invited me here why didn't they invite a
    Palestinian woman, the answer was that it would make the discussion
    too localized.

    I don't know what is non-localized violence. Racism and discrimination
    may be theoretical concepts and universal phenomena but their impact
    is always local, and real. Pain is local, humiliation, sexual abuse,
    torture and death, are all very local, and so are the scars.

    It is true, unfortunately, that the local violence inflicted on
    Palestinian women by the government of Israel and the Israeli army,
    has expanded around the globe, In fact, state violence and army
    violence, individual and collective violence, are the lot of Muslim
    women today, not only in Palestine but wherever the enlightened
    western world is setting its big imperialistic foot. It is violence
    which is hardly ever addressed and which is halfheartedly condoned by
    most people in Europe and in the USA.

    This is because the so-called free world is afraid of the Muslim womb.

    Great France of "la liberte ├ęgalite et la fraternite" is scared of
    little girls with head scarves. Great Jewish Israel is afraid of the
    Muslim womb which its ministers call a demographic threat.

    Almighty America and Great Britain are infecting their respective
    citizens with blind fear of the Muslims, who are depicted as vile,
    primitive and blood-thirsty, apart from their being non-democratic,
    chauvinistic and mass producers of future terrorists. This in spite of
    the fact that the people who are destroying the world today are not
    Muslim. One of them is a devout Christian, one is Anglican and one is
    a non-devout Jew.

    I have never experienced the suffering Palestinian women undergo every
    day, every hour, I don't know the kind of violence that turns a
    woman's life into constant hell. This daily physical and mental
    torture of women who are deprived of their basic human rights and
    needs of privacy and dignity, women whose homes are broken into at any
    moment of day and night, who are ordered at a gun-point to strip naked
    in front of strangers and their own children, whose houses are
    demolished , who are deprived of their livelihood and of any normal
    family life. This is not part of my personal ordeal.

    But I am a victim of violence against women insofar as violence
    against children is actually violence against mothers. Palestinian,
    Iraqi, Afghan women are my sisters because we are all at the grip of
    the same unscrupulous criminals who call themselves leaders of the
    free enlightened world and in the name of this freedom and
    enlightenment rob us of our children.

    Furthermore, Israeli, American, Italian and British mothers have been
    for the most part violently blinded and brainwashed to such a degree
    that they cannot realize their only sisters, their only allies in the
    world are the Muslim Palestinian, Iraqi or Afghani mothers, whose
    children are killed by our children or who blow themselves to pieces
    with our sons and daughters. They are all mind-infected by the same
    viruses engendered by politicians. And the viruses , though they may
    have various illustrious names--such as Democracy, Patriotism, God,
    Homeland--are all the same. They are all part of false and fake
    ideologies that are meant to enrich the rich and to empower the powerful.

    We are all the victims of mental, psychological and cultural violence
    that turn us to one homogenic group of bereaved or potentially
    bereaved mothers.. Western mothers who are taught to believe their
    uterus is a national asset just like they are taught to believe that
    the Muslim uterus is an international threat. They are educated not to
    cry out: `I gave him birth, I breast fed him, he is mine, and I will
    not let him be the one whose life is cheaper than oil, whose future is
    less worth than a piece of land.`

    All of us are terrorized by mind-infecting education to believe all we
    can do is either pray for our sons to come back home or be proud of
    their dead bodies.

    And all of us were brought up to bear all this silently, to contain
    our fear and frustration, to take Prozac for anxiety, but never hail
    Mama Courage in public. Never be real Jewish or Italian or Irish mothers.

    I am a victim of state violence. My natural and civil rights as a
    mother have been violated and are violated because I have to fear the
    day my son would reach his 18th birthday and be taken away from me to
    be the game tool of criminals such as Sharon, Bush, Blair and their
    clan of blood-thirsty, oil-thirsty, land thirsty generals..

    Living in the world I live in, in the state I live in, in the regime I
    live in, I don't dare to offer Muslim women any ideas how to change
    their lives. I don't want them to take off their scarves, or educate
    their children differently, and I will not urge them to constitute
    Democracies in the image of Western democracies that despise them and
    their kind. I just want to ask them humbly to be my sisters, to
    express my admiration for their perseverance and for their courage to
    carry on, to have children and to maintain a dignified family life in
    spite of the impossible conditions my world in putting them in. I want
    to tell them we are all bonded by the same pain, we all the victims of
    the same sort of violence even though they suffer much more, for they
    are the ones who are mistreated by my government and its army,
    sponsored by my taxes.

    Islam in itself, like Judaism in itself and Christianity in itself, is
    not a threat to me or to anyone. American imperialism is, European
    indifference and co-operation is and Israeli racism and its cruel
    regime of occupation is. It is racism, educational propaganda and
    inculcated xenophobia that convince Israeli soldiers to order
    Palestinian women at gun-point, to strip in front of their children
    for security reasons, it is the deepest disrespect for the other that
    allow American soldiers to rape Iraqi women, that give license to
    Israeli jailers to keep young women in inhuman conditions, without
    necessary hygienic aids, without electricity in the winter, without
    clean water or clean mattresses and to separate them from their
    breast-fed babies and toddlers. To bar their way to hospitals, to
    block their way to education, to confiscate their lands, to uproot
    their trees and prevent them from cultivating their fields.

    I cannot completely understand Palestinian women or their suffering. I
    don't know how I would have survived such humiliation, such disrespect
    from the whole world. All I know is that the voice of mothers has been
    suffocated for too long in this war-stricken planet. Mothers` cry is
    not heard because mothers are not invited to international forums such
    as this one. This I know and it is very little. But it is enough for
    me to remember these women are my sisters, and that they deserve that
    I should cry for them, and fight for them. And when they lose their
    children in strawberry fields or on filthy roads by the checkpoints,
    when their children are shot on their way to school by Israeli
    children who were educated to believe that love and compassion are
    race and religion dependent, the only thing I can do is stand by them
    and their betrayed babies, and ask what Anna Akhmatova--another mother
    who lived in a regime of violence against women and children--asked:

    Why does that streak o blood, rip the petal of your cheek?
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    she is blind just as you are!pole

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    Wewe na yeye nani wa kupewa pole, kama si wewe unayefuata mkumbo!
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    Nina hakika kuwa si wasomaji wengi ambao wameipita hii Thread. Ukweli kwa yeyote aliyesoma hii taarifa atakubaliana na mimi kuwa huyu mama ni muungwana.

    Mawazo yake si tu ni ya kupongezwa bali yanahitaji utekelezaji wa hali ya juu sana. Watanzania wengi wanaweza kupigwa na butwaa na kushangaa kuwa iweje mama wa Kiisrael awatetee wapalestina? Hii inawezekana kabisa kwa waungwana ambao wapo katika taifa lolote lile.

    Kifupi kuna waisrael wengi au vikundi vingi vya kiisrael ambavyo vinapinga ubarbarian wa kiisrael nchini palestina. Hawa wameona mbali na kuelewa kuwa vitendo vya kiisrael nchini Palestina si kwamba vinaifanya Israel iwe yenye kushemika bali inadharaulika. Hali hii inasababisha hata wale waisrael waishio nje ya Israel ( ambaoni wengi kuliko waishio Israel) kuchukiwa.

    Nategemea kuwa hao wa EU hawakumwita huko kuwa vichekesho, bali wawe wenye kusikiliza na kutekeleza maoni ya mama huyo. Nawe wasemaji.
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    Mkuu ni kweli watu wanasoma heading tu wakifunua na kuona maandishi marefu wanaishia ku-comment kwa kutumia prejudices walizo nazo. Nimejaribu kutafuta video ya speech hii sikuipata ila nafikiri katika speech yake hii ya "No peace without justice" watu wanaweza vutiwa na kuisikiliza na kuelewa: Hebu fikiria mtu kafiwa na mtoto wake kwa shambulio la kujitoa mhanga lakini amediriki kuvaa viatu vya akina mama wa gaza ambao watoto wao wanauwawa kila siku kwa mabomu, njaa, huduma mbovu za kijamii.

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    Inasikitisha kwa kweli...!

    No Peace Without Justice.
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    Zawadi Ngoda JF-Expert Member

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    Hivi mbona wazee wa JF, miamba ya kujadili mambo ya Israel, wameingia mtini katika.

    Huu ni ujumbe mahsusi sana au ndio hawapendi amani? Siwezi kuamini kuwa maneno hay ya Mamam huyu yakachukuliwa kwa wepesi. Au ndio kama Kofi Annan alivyo sema kuwa "GOOD NEWS IS NOT A NEWS".

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    Mtazamaji JF-Expert Member

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    Huyu Mama aongea point ila kuna sehemu amekuwa too politocal. Ange concetrate na matatizo ya israel na palestina.Naona mama katoka kwenye hoja ya israel na pelstina na kuibadilisha kuwa hoja ya Muslim Vs western

    Mfano Mmoja
    Ni haki ya wanawake kuvaa burkha kama anapenda. Hapa hakuna anayebisha. Huyu mama na wengine inabid watambue ni haki ya mtu kumkiss mpenzi wake mahali popote.lakini kwa kwa nchi za kiarabu wanafungwa.

    Na kwa kasumba na propaganda tulizojazwa za akina aljazeera, cnn,bbc, etc.Tusishangae watu tunaguswa zaidi na vifo, mateso, mataizo ya mashariki ya kati kuliko mambo hayo hayo yanayotokea vijijini, wilayani sababu wajanja wachache wanayahusanisha na dini.