"May we all live our daily lives with ease." This Buddhist phrase, sometimes used in meditation, suggests that our daily lives not be just a struggle to survive. The daily struggle to earn a living is often seen on the faces of Palestinians who have lost farmland and jobs due to the illegal Israeli occupation of
Monday, May 4, 2009, an MPTer visited the hospital in
Saed with seventeen other men was able to cross into
The soldiers then placed the men in front of the jeep and forced them to run or to be rammed into by the jeep. The soldiers took the group to the Nil’in checkpoint inside
The group was kept all night near the Nil’in checkpoint. Saed was forced to sit with his back to the soldiers who then threw stones at him. He was not allowed any phone calls. Saed's eye was so painful, that he feared he had a very serious injury, but when he complained to the soldiers about pain and possible damage to his eye, they threatened to damage his other eye. At 5:00 a.m., they gave him his ID and told him and the others to go.
Two days later, MPTer and their Palestinian contact met Saed in the hospital in
Saed appeared to be traumatized by the incident and although the incident was reported, there will be no repercussions for the Israeli soldiers who will probably continue to act inhumanely to other Palestinians. What trauma was experienced by the Palestinian men who are forced to witness the torment/torture inflicted on Saed? To live in an occupied country is to be subjected to suffering with little or no recourse, but it also produces an occupying nation that becomes more and more insensitive in their actions to a people they have dehumanized. When there is true peace here, how will these inhumane actions be dealt with on both sides?
This plaque on the wall of the hospital entrance informs all of the US AID contribution to the construction of parts of this
Saed has to find work. Will he and the others try to go back into