Thursday, November 02, 2006

[ePalestine] 2-yr old released from Israeli prison!

Dear friends,

Before calling it a night, I feel I must pass the attached two pictures to you. They have been stuck in my mind ever since I read this morning's paper.  I would have preferred to write an article in English about this story, and may still do so when time permits.  However, the pictures speak volumes.

The attached are from our local Al-Quds newspaper on Nov 1, 2006. They are from a story about a 2-yr old girl who was released from an Israeli prison near Ramallah, only a few minutes from our home.  Her name is Aiysha, which in Arabic means "life."

Aiysha's mother gave birth to her while detained in an Israeli prison.  Aiysha was released yesterday, her mother is still being detained under "Administrative Detention," in other words, no charge, no trial, nothing...just a unilateral Israeli decision to detain her for 6 months at a time, already renewed 4 times!

This poor baby.  She knows nothing in life but the walls of her mother's prison cell.  She only knows her father from visits, when they were possible.  She has never seen a road, a city, grass, trees, a real bed, her own bedroom, a park, a real meal, friends, real toys, etc, etc.

I weep for this girl tonight and pity the father as he is bound to be faced with her first question, "Where's mom?," and her mom, who sleeps tonight, alone.

May all the strength of those in solidarity with us around the world allow Aiysha to grow up without hate in her heart, and may all the Israeli soldiers that stood guard over Aiysha for the past 2-years and remained silent wake up.



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