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Friday, June 29, 2007

Butterfly Kisses in Palestine

There is a song sung widely here in the States, “Butterfly Kisses” It’s a Christian song sung widely at weddings. It’s about a father giving his daughter away at her wedding, and remembering back when he would kneel with her at bedtime prayers and then receive from her “Butterfly Kisses”. Now we have in the first video below, a Palestinian mother whose husband was shot and killed for NO reason by the IOF, telling her daughter that her father will “come at night like a butterfly”. In the song, the father is still there for his daughter, raising her, and finally giving her away at her wedding like all fathers do who are living. Fida’s father will NOT be there to give her away, he isn’t even there to raise her OR recieve her “butterfly kisses”. Instead we have a mother trying to comfort her daughter by telling her that her father will come to her while she is asleep like butterflies flittering in the night. One is real, one is a mother comforting her daughter for a loss which last her lifetime. This is what comes to my mind. A father singing to his daughter here in America which is the entity giving power to these monsters, the IOF, He lives comfortably while those in Palestine suffer. There is blessing in living comfortably, there is NO blessing in supporting the suffering of another who deserves as a child of our creator, safety, and every human right affordable to ALL mankind. No words can express how I feel about my country doing this. No words at all. Bless you Fida, bless your mother. Bless all the children of Palestine who have lost a father or mother in this brutal illegal occupation. We all wish so much that your Babas and Yammas were with you. Yes, their love for you is a “butterfly” floating on the breeze of hope. May they come to you always and share your “butterfly kisses”.

“Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
You know how much I love you Daddy, but if you don’t mindI’m only going to kiss you on the cheek this time
(Father) With all that I’ve done wrong, I must have done something right
To deserve her love every morning, and her kisses at night”

And for all the parents who have lost their children, may their "butterfly kisses" come to you on a gentle breeze. And may our loving creator hold you gently in the palm of his hand.

From Sabbah's blog: the following videos:

29. June 2007 1226hrs Part of Haitham's adventure in Zionism, War Crimes, Video, Human

Here is a new sample of the “peace loving Israeli occupation“.

The following video testimonies produced and published by B’tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) shows a sample of Palestinian daily
misererable life under the Israeli occupation:

Video testimony - Maysun al-Hayek:
In February 2002, Maysun al-Hayek and her husband were on the way to the hospital, where she was to give birth to their daughter. Suddenly, soldiers opened fire at them, killing her husband and wounding her and her father-in’-law. The soldier undressed the wounded victims and had them lay on the ground, naked and uncovered, until Red Crescent personnel arrived.

Video testimony - ‘Udai Abu Hamdiyeh:

‘Udai Abu Hamdiyeh was six years old in June 2003, when he was playing with friends near the village’s well. A soldier fired at the children, wounding him in the head.

Video testimony - Nahed a-Za’anin:

Nahed a-Za’anin markets his tomatoes abroad through an Israeli export company. Because of delays at Karni Crossing, his tomatoes lose their quality and are rejected, forcing him to sell them in Gaza at lower prices.

Video testimony -

Video testimony - Jamal Nasser:

Jamal Nasser is a resident of Tulkarm who runs a small business in Gaza. He obtained a permit to enter the Gaza Strip, but when he and his son went to the Erez checkpoint, soldiers informed him that a closure had been imposed and he would have to turn around and go home.


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