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Fri Apr 19, 2013, 12:15 PM

My Eyes Were Opened By Palestine Journey

By Emma Cooney

BASKING in olive groves under a hot sun sounds like an ideal holiday, but for one Whitstable resident it was an eye-opening experience.

When Richard Stainton went on an olive harvest tour in Palestine, in the Middle East, he stayed with families in Bethlehem, visited a refugee camp and saw the towering 350-mile wall, dubbed the Apartheid Wall by some, because it divides Israelis and Palestinians.

Almost 40 per cent of Palestinians in the West Bank are aged under 14.
Mr Stainton, 66, says not only are they growing up under military occupation but their prospects for employment and safe and secure family life are limited.

He said: "I saw so much and met so many interesting people that it is difficult to share my experience with other people in a manageable way. But during the trip what Palestinians most frequently said to me was 'please just tell people what you have seen'."


Read more: http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/eyes-opened-Palestine-journey/story-18745957-detail/story.html#ixzz2QvVkkYlR

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 12:18 PM

1. Bookmarking to read later...

Thanks for this post. I'm always looking for first hand accounts about the West Bank and Palestine.

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Response to haikugal (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 20, 2013, 03:48 AM

3. suggest you bookmark this site to ....

http://www.mahsanmilim.com/index.html

The site Mahsanmilim is the conceptual space and visible face of our encounter with reality, and our protest.
We walk about, two privileged Israeli women devoid of a flag, and as the years go by, that which we came to shake up and protest, emerges through the personal fate of people whom we have come to know and became close to, through them and with them that ominous principle reveals itself.
Mahsanmilim includes reports, testimonies, articles, videos, films, stories and moments.
But more than anything else, it holds within, what for us is the only relevant channel for this reality to reveal itself through; the absent, silenced and nullified voice of the victim.

Aya Kaniuk and Tamar Goldschmidt

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Response to Israeli (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 20, 2013, 10:29 AM

4. Thank you so much for this link!

I will visit and try not to feel so sad about the current ongoing state of affairs. I have to figure out how to translate to English....but I'll do it

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Response to haikugal (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 20, 2013, 12:38 PM

5. you are very welcome ....

... but its in english and hebrew ,
sorry about that ,
try this link :

http://www.mahsanmilim.com/journeys.htm

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Response to Israeli (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 20, 2013, 01:07 PM

6. Ah...that's better...maybe I missed it the first time.

Thanks!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2013, 03:25 PM

2. Read it , was very boring !

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