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DogPoundPup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:57 PM
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Gazan Family Opens What's Left Of A Home
Family patriarch Abdel Nasser al-Ajrami said the entire family had been sheltering in the room he was trying to close off when an Israeli soldier burst into the adjacent room, tossed a grenade, and closed the door. The carpet is seared. A pit has been blown in the floor, and the walls and ceiling are peppered with holes from small, sharp-edged, arrow-shaped projectiles called flechettes, a weapon designed to clear enemy positions like bunkers, not family living rooms.

The al-Ajramis were ordered to leave, and their home became an Israeli base.

When the fighting was over, the family came back to chaos.

They even destroyed our personal memories, Abdel Nassers wife Samaia said as she swept dirt, while her three-year-old granddaughter Saly, dressed in a pink jump suit, collected stray bits of debris. They broke everything. Is this the culture of Israel? I dont know how those people could come into a well-organized house and leave it destroyed. With no reason.

All the Hamas rockets that had fallen on Israel, she believed, did not inflict as much damage as the Israeli shells had done to her home.

Nonetheless, Mrs al-Ajrami was determined to clean up, clear up and make it home again. Her family, she said, had to stay together.

I wish that the American people could come to see the tragedy we have to live in, she said. I want the American people to understand that we have been destroyed without any reason. Id like them to sympathize with us and help us.

It came out not as a whine, but as a simple statement - a message from a woman who perhaps hoped other women might understand and, one supposes, in so doing make some small difference.

As for what difference she thought a TV crew might make, Mrs al-Ajrami didnt say. But she did insist we join the men of her family in what remained of their living room for a cup of sweet, steaming tea.

As we sipped it, Abdel Nasser said there was something that puzzled him. Why, he asked, did we think that in a house with three bathrooms the Israeli soldiers who had taken it over would choose to defecate in his wifes cooking pots?

He seemed more perplexed than angry, but perhaps he felt that to vent rage in front of guests would be a breach of hospitality.

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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:56 PM
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1. It's heartbreaking that they went through this.
Healing and comforting energy and consciousness headed their way; they are in our family's thoughts and prayers. May they heal, restore their home, and live in peace from now on.
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-25-09 12:14 AM
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2. In pictures: My street in Gaza
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