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Newsletter ~ November 2000
On the other hand and before the beginning of the summer holidays, Mrs. Rihab El-Nammari, the supervisor of art in the Palestinian Authority Schools led a one day art workshop at the school for the teachers of the kindergarten.
From Neville & Sue Usher (England) in lieu of flowers for the funeral of their friend Gretta Healthy from England.
From Wadi Nassar from Jerusalem in memory of his wife, Salma.
Many of our friends have been concerned and wondering why the mothers allow their children to be out there to be killed. "This is a horrendous accusation, betraying an obnoxious racism. It contains the belief that Arab parents do not care about their children dying" writes the Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery. He continues: "In the struggle waged by our underground organizations before 1948 and during our War of Independence, boys and girls played an important part. The arms training of Palestinian boys is no different from the training of our own Gadna youth battalions. The boy who, in 1948 destroyed a Syrian tank at Kibbutz Deganya has become a national hero. When a people fights for its very existence and freedom, its youth cannot but take part. ( I joined the Irgun, defined by the British as a terrorist organization, at the age of 14 and a half. By the age of 15 I carried guns.) It is an illusion to think that Palestinian parents can restrain their children from going out into the street and throwing stones, when they live under a cruel occupation and their brothers and sisters provide examples of heroism and self-sacrifice. It is quite natural for the Palestinian people to be proud of them. Joan of Arc, by the way, was 16 years old when she led the French army into battle. The settlers routinely exploit their children and babies, not hesitating to put them in harm's way."
It is worth noting that these children are getting killed on Palestinian Territories. It is the Israeli forces which have invaded their streets, alleys and playgrounds; the only space and haven for those children who live in crowded conditions, especially in the refugee camps. The children did not go into the Israeli Territories, so the Israeli forces cannot claim that they are defending themselves. Their mere presence in the Palestinian Territories is provocative, and they mean to kill because all their snipers have been aiming at the upper part of the bodies of those children.
A Special Play for Mother's Day
Another show was presented by Ar-Ruwa Theater which passed on a special message to the children emphasizing moral values.
Special thanks go to Mr. Youssef Nawas and to Mrs. Vera Tissier-Houri for making a substantial gift of $5,000 each to help cover part of those unforeseen expenses.
Special thanks go to our local members Muna Khouy, Hala Iqal Hallak, and Nadia Shakhsheer for their
substantial and consistent commitment towards the scholarship fund.
From the Common Global Ministries $3,500
We are very grateful to our partners the Bible Land Society and the Common Global Ministries-Child Sponsorship Program/UCC, who sponsor our children, for responding to our appeal for a special grant to help us cope with the difficult financial situation, under the present circumstances. And we are certainly grateful to all our friends who have been asking about us and how they can help. Many thanks to those who have already taken the initiative to make a special gift.