In this month alone, Israel has murdered 20 Palestinians via nightly invasions of villages in the West Bank. In all of 2022, it murdered nearly 200 Palestinians. Not since 2004, has Israeli killed as many Palestinians. It has arrested thousands of Palestinians, including 300 children as young as 8 years old, who remain in custody for many months. A new hallmark of the Israeli-induced violence is the murder of teenage boys, who become willing shahids for the cause of Palestinian freedom.
This week there were two new teenage martyrs, Amer Al-Khamour and Adam Ayyad. Al-Khamour wrote a farewell letter to his community, the Daheisheh refugee camp outside Jenin, and his mother. He both expressed his steadfastness in opposing Israeli aggression with his life; and apologized to his family for the pain he was causing them. In this conflict, in which pain is constant and everywhere, this has added a new and deeper sense of agony. Seeing a boy barely 14 leaving his home as the soldiers announce their presence with stun grenades and tear gas, knowing he faces certain death–what can one say? Can any of us who have raised children imagine losing your 14-year-old in such a heartless and cruel way?
You are beyond pathetic. You murder Palestinians with F-35s, Apache helicopter gunships and murder drones and you are AGHAST that a Palestinian has a gun to defend themselves. https://t.co/uLoHsuWiqk
— Tikun Olam (@richards1052) January 21, 2023
I save my anger and disgust for the IDF, whose snipers pick off these boys like fish in a barrel. And then practically boast about it in disgusting tweets like this one. Look at the pathetic weapons laid out neatly on the floor for the world to see. You are supposed to feel anger at the guns and ammunition meant to kill Israeli soldiers. But all I could think of were the Israeli F-35s, Apache helicopter gunships, murder drones, white phosphorous shells, and the world’s most advanced sniper rifles offering 1,000 times the lethal power of these puny weapons. How dare Israel expect us to feel disgust at Palestinians for defending their homes from invaders? Turn that feeling back on Israel itself for engaging in mass murder.
When will the ICC finally decide to take up a formal investigation of Israeli war crimes? When will the chief prosecutor, who international law experts assured me was an independent, unbiased legal expert, get off his chair and send investigators to amass the evidence needed to prosecute Israel’s crimes? It is beginning to look like the ICC will delay this process forever. But I assure them the issue will not go away; and the longer they delay the more dead there will be, stacked like cordwood in Israeli morgues, and held for ransom by the authorities. Who will stop this Parade of Death?
Here is an English translation of the letter I mentioned above:
The hero martyr Amer Al Khmour
The hero martyr Oday Al Tammimi
My Will to you
In the name of Allah
Oh God, steadfastness and victory [martyrdom].
I have many things on my mind. I also want to deliver a message to the people of our beloved camp: Dheisheh camp. Take care of my mother. I hope everyone forgives me.
Thank God who helped make my dream to become martyr come true.
My friends and loved ones–don’t forget me, care for my mother. Remember me all the time.
I salute The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and all other national parties. We follow the way of our martyrs and prisoners. With God’s help will we follow in the path of the hero martyr (Oday Tammimi).
I salute to all of our valiant prisoners in the occupation prison (Ibrahim Al Khmour). Release [from prison] nears, you are closer to freedom.
Take care of my beloved mother.
I hope people will wake up to realize we are under Zionist occupation.
I hope freedom will be in the hands of our next generation
I send good wishes my bothers, friends and loved ones.
Mom, If I turn up a martyr don’t cry but ululate [ie. celebrate].
Mom, forgive me for every mistake I made.
Dad don’t be sad, I wished to be a martyr and God bestowed it upon me.
I have a dear person to my heart (Karawan).
Friends, my family is your family. Mom, we will meet in heaven.
Thanks to those who provided a translation of the Arabic letter to English.