on khalil

everything you ever wanted to know about zionist colonialism and terrorism in palestine can in many ways be encapsulated by visiting khalil: from refugees (new and old) to martyrs, to house demolitions, to political prisoners, to military and colonist terrorism all within a few square kilometers.

my friend and i went to khalil today to do some shopping–she wanted to visit a pottery factory to order plaques for her parents’ graves and i wanted to continue my quest for palestinian-made kuffiyas, which are only made in one palestinian factory now. and it is in khalil. (for those in the united states who wish to buy palestinian-made kuffiyas please click this link for the kufiyeh project–and they also have a video on their site about the last palestinian kuffiya factory.) everywhere else in palestine if you really ask and look closely you will find they are all made in china now. and we finally found them at the palestinian women’s cooperative in the old city. but we wandered around the old city of khalil first and along the way met some interesting families. the first family who invited us into their home live at the end of a street because it has been boarded up because israeli terrorists colonized the entire area on the other side. he wanted us to come up to see his home which has been taken over, on one side, by the colonists, and on top of his roof is an israeli terrorist sniper tower. the room on the top floor of his house was set on fire by these israeli terrorists and two of his brothers were murdered by them as well. he gave us an overview of his neighborhood from the roof of his house. for instance, he showed us where some families had cows, but israeli terrorists poisoned them.

as we walked around the city we saw dozens of israeli terrorist soldiers’ jeeps patrolling the streets and terrorizing the palestinian residents. we saw dozens of israeli terrorist colonists in full prayer gear with m-16s strapped around their back. we saw palestinian homes demolished. we saw dozens of checkpoints compacted into a tiny area. i’ve been here before, but not for at least three years–not in this area where the streets are blocked off and where many palestinians cannot walk down the street (we actually got stopped at a checkpoint for walking the wrong way today). we also met another man who lives across the small valley separating his street and the israeli terrorist colony known as kiryat arba. he gave us tea and some respite from the sun and showed us film footage of his neighbor’s home in the valley below that was set on fire last december by israeli terrorist colonists (i blogged about this here). the photographs i took today that you will find below are pretty much self explanatory, but important with respect to showing the ongoing nakba of khalil. this is, of course, no different than the ongoing nakbas in al quds or aqraba or the naqab, but the difference here is that it is tightly packed into such a small space. below you will see many israeli terrorist colonists and their settlements, including a new one that is merely a tent right now. rory mccarthy’s report in the guardian the other day makes it clear that there is increasingly stronger rhetoric from the u.s. about israeli terrorist colonies. however, in electronic intifada ali abunimah reminds us of the fact that words mean nothing unless followed by action:

Obama has told Netanyahu firmly that Israel must stop building settlements on expropriated Palestinian land in the West Bank, but such words have been uttered by the president’s predecessors. Unless these statements are followed by decisive action — perhaps to limit American subsidies to Israel — there’s no reason to believe the lip service that failed in the past will suddenly be more effective.

for those who do not know a lot about khalil here are a few short videos that explain the context with maps and palestinian witnessing of events in their own homes and neighborhoods:

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door to family's home with zionist terrorist checkpoint on roof
door to family's home with zionist terrorist checkpoint on roof
family whose home was set on fire by zionist terrorists
family whose home was set on fire by zionist terrorists
zionist terrorist colonies taking over family's house in khalil
zionist terrorist colonies taking over family's house in khalil
israeli terrorist soldier in his checkpoint on the roof of palestinian family's home
israeli terrorist soldier in his checkpoint on the roof of palestinian family's home

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palestinian children on the roof of their house with israeli terrorist soldier aiming at them
palestinian children on the roof of their house with israeli terrorist soldier aiming at them
palestinian made kuffiyas at the women's coop
palestinian made kuffiyas at the women's coop
israeli terrorist colonist with his m16 walking the streets of khalil
israeli terrorist colonist with his m16 walking the streets of khalil

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palestinian pottery factory in khalil
palestinian pottery factory in khalil

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palestinian homes demolished with another israeli terrorist checkpoint
palestinian homes demolished with another israeli terrorist checkpoint
israeli terrorist checkpoint below kiryat arba colony
israeli terrorist checkpoint below kiryat arba colony
israeli terrorist colonist coming out of kiryat arba colony with his m16
israeli terrorist colonist coming out of kiryat arba colony with his m16
israeli terrorist colonist walks to his new "outpost" colony (aka the tent)
palestinian home below israeli terrorist colony kiryat arba that is regularly attacked by israeli terrorists
palestinian home below israeli terrorist colony kiryat arba that is regularly attacked by israeli terrorists
israeli terrorist soldiers terrorizing the palestinians of khalil
israeli terrorist soldiers terrorizing the palestinians of khalil
palestinian boys retrieving their ball in the old city of khalil
palestinian boys retrieving their ball in the old city of khalil

2 thoughts on “on khalil

  1. thanks for the info about the kuffiya. i will order one soon. also – thanks for your blog. on obama.. i was in al-khalil last year w/ the cpt. in 24 hours we excitedly cheered obama as the democratic nominee….. and then had our hearts broken when we read that he’d spoken to aipac about a united jerusalem being the rightful capitol of jerusalem. it blows my mind… everyone i speak to who has seen what is happening there first hand knows it is wrong.. obama has been there, he has the power to stop it, why doesn’t he? *sigh*

  2. re: that would be “and then had our hearts broken when we read that he’s spoken to aipac about a united jerusalem being the rightful capitol of israel..”

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