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Sunday, April 08, 2012


It's always a bit humbling to see someone doing something so important, and that one feels one ought to have done ... perhaps someday I'll find that opportunity and take that chance. In the meantime, hats off to you and your compatriots. Well done.

This is first rate. Thank you.

Thanks to both of you. Almost to the finish line (I'm selecting/cropping/resizing/uploading the photos for each part as I get to it--they're the main reason I put off posting it in the past).

By the way, all, TypePad just switched from their old comment verification system to reCaptcha, which I've always found very difficult to decipher. So I'm switching to open comments for a while and hoping my comment spam filters are enough to keep the spammers at bay.

Thanks for writing and posting this, John. Reading first hand accounts like this is always much more informative than a generic news article. And a major issue is that the people of Palestine, like many victims in other places, lack a voice, so you can help to give it to them.

BTW, I read the interview with the person you refer to in Part 3, Moshe Nissim. It was quite disturbing; this person is clearly mentally ill. However, it helps one understand the kind of people who do such things.

Amazing story, thank you very much for sharing it. (I've been lurking for a while on your site but this was so powerful I just had to say something.)

I'm always happy when someone de-lurks; glad this was enough to inspire you to do it.

Yeah, Faheem, it's disturbing to read Moshe Nissim--though I do appreciate his honesty.

Amazing pics throughout. Glad you took the time to add those. Thanks again. This is a book.

Thank you for what you have done, and thank you for sharing it. I'll spread it as far as I can.

Thanks very much for that, AFU.

john: Along those lines, it's just 500 words shy of novella length--at around 17,000 it's apparently still in the novelette range. To those of you who followed it all the way through, thanks for taking the time; I still think it's one of the best things I've ever written, and without a doubt the most important.

Hi John,

Comment number 2. I've now read through the whole thing. I think you
were very brave to do this, and fortunate you were not hurt or
killed. It sounds extremely dangerous.

This was a very educational read. I didn't realise the people of
Palestine were subjected to violence on such a casual and everyday

One question - you mentioned US settlers, from Brooklyn, I think. Is
there still significant immigration from the US? Also, since
presumably (even in Brooklyn) taking pot shots at ones neighbors is
frowned upon, do these people learn new social paradigms when moving
to Israel, or is this a purely racist thing? Did you ever get a chance
to talk to any of these people?

Immigration to Israel from the US looks like it's stable or even increasing, though overall immigration is apparently down.

A few of the internationals I met had been assaulted by settlers while walking children to school (since attacking children is a settler pastime), but that's the closest any of us got to them. Generally speaking they're more extreme than most other Israelis, and they're just as bad while they're still in the U.S., so it's not that moving to Israel radicalizes them. Racism is one component but there's also the virulent nationalism and the religious zealotry--basically the ultimate combination of forces that twist a human mind.

Thanks for the links and the comments, John. They were very educational.

Thank you so very very much. For participating in such risky activities.

And now for writing it out and sharing the photos. I have only taken in about 20% of your output, but it is such an important report on such an important event.

Over the past ten years, the destruction that our American Armed Services have wrought upon the civilian populations of Iraq and Afghanistan almost blot out the bloody and murderous events regarding "the usual Israeli military procedures." You bring it all back to life, and make anyone reading it wonder WHY!?! How can the world allow the Israeli forces to continue to do this? And meanwhile our media censors most of this.

We weren't even told about the quarter million person anti-military protest held in Tel Aviv late last summer. (Which in a nation of 7 million people is quite remarkable.)

Again, thank you.

An amazing and heroic witness YOU'VE written, John Caruso.

The situation in the West Bank is similar to conditions of the Warsaw Ghetto. We need to bridge the disconnect and help people see the connection. I say this for Jew and Gentile. I believe that many people today, would respond more appropriately to the plight of the Palestinians, if they understood the association and abuses of the Warsaw Ghetto. How is this achieved? It starts by writing boldly on all Occupation walls, the words "WARSAW GHETTO". The message is then seen and read by even the occupiers. The Palestinians should take yellow cloth and fashion two triangles into a Jewish star and pin this on the front of their clothing. In the center of the star they should mark a large letter "P". This wil be offensive to many Israelis, and it should be. We, around the world, should do the same. Making and wearing yellow stars with the letter P, to show solidarity. As long as the atrocities and persecution in South Africa was kept hidden, it was not challenged by the world. It was only as it became more public in knowledge that its offensiveness was protested. Imagine families, school children, officer workers and college students around the world, wearing yellow stars with a "P". It would not be the end all, but it will initiate the ending of world ignorance. We could only hope that this could of been done in the 1930's as Jews were being persecuted by the Nazis.

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