Sleepless in Palestine
The Reality Show....Not the Movie By Nidal Sakr
Just past 3:00 am, my cell phone beeped to let me know I got an SMS. I thought it was a dream, so I shrugged it off and went back to sleep. Then it went off again. I checked and the message said: “Now we stand as human shields on top of the houses Israel threatens to bomb. Pray for us.” I woke up and realized I was not the only one who was asleep. The whole world was. One place, though, seemed to be sleepless. In Palestine, women and children stay awake to witness their own killing, as if refusing to be murdered in their sleep. And there it was - the perpetrators. Gangs of settlers (lest all Israelis are settlers) are also awake with guns, artillery, and fighter jets picking their civilian targets. With thirty-something Palestinians killed in 24 hours, all innocent and indigenous, I wonder: where have we all been??!!! One “unlawful” settler killed in over 9 months, and we never hear the end of it. But with over thirty indigenous women and children murdered, we only read about the new one hundred F-35 Joint Strike Fighters US is supplying Israel, as if thirty dead in a day is just not enough. It seems we ought to find a solution. One solution is that we all find a rehab program to enroll in. A rehab so we may one day be able to fit back into a specie called “human.” As for those who are responsible, why am I reminded of a sign I once saw in a demonstration? The Arabic sign read something like: “To you: Your Majesties, Highnesses, Honorables, and Royals: “Etphoo”!!!!” Indeed, some words need no translation.