Tuesday, June 27, 2006

In pictures: Palestinian refugee children

On Saturdays I sometimes do leafleting for the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign - this last Saturday was a bit different, because some of us were invited to meet a group of young Palestinian students. They were between the ages of 12 - 16 - a charitable cause had sponsored this group to come and visit England for 12 days.

Anyhow, we met them just in time, before they had to head back. They were still at the beach.. I could see that some of the students really wanted to stay, even when they were walking away - I could see of them leaning over the seafront barrier - looking back and having to be encouraged to rejoin the group to go to the train station.. this was not because they actually liked Brighton - but simply to stare at the sea for as long as possible - they had never actually ever seen the sea. This quite an experience for me to see - to say the least it really humbled me. I am just glad they were able to come when the British weather was at its best!

The UN have marked World Refugee Day, by exhibiting some images of Palestinian children. After 58 years - Palestinians make the worlds largest group of refugees.

Palestinian Refugee Children


Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Good post.

Were the kids angry, or politically involved? Hard to be kids, under those circumstances.

5:14 PM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

Hi Renegade

I only met the students for a little while - I managed to chat to a few of the girls... in my pigeon Arabic hehe (they could not understand my Moroccan dialect). They were just ordinary kids on a day out at the beach. We never spoke about the conflict and I did not wanna raise that subject and spoil their time.

There was a moment when their teacher was offered a PSC tshirt to take back to Jeruselam and show people over there that there was plenty of stuff happening over in the UK, in support for their struggle. The teacher did refuse to take it as she was worried about getting hassled by security at the Israeli airport.. Though, I think one of the kids took the Tshirt.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous boogski said...

Partisan hogwash.

5:26 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

By "partisan hogwash", do you by any chance mean "not frothily pro-Israeli"? ;-)

3:56 AM  
Anonymous boogski said...

No, I mean why doesn't Lalamimi show scumbag terrorists using children as human shields? How many children do you see gathered around an Israeli strike force? None.

There's tons of evidence indicating the Palestinians use their children as human shields which of course means they're low-life scumbags.

5:05 PM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

1) "The Palestinians" as a totality don't use kids as human shields. I'm not saying it never happens, but it isn't general practice.

2) Equally, one might ask when you've seen Palestinian tanks and bulldozers flattening houses in Tel Aviv?

12:30 AM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

Boogski - pictures tell a thousand lies, as well as a thousand truths - if you are talking about images of militants fighting the IDF in built up areas.. try not to compare the way you and others live, to how conditions are for people who have to exist in warzones.

6:04 PM  

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