You will all have to excuse me for sending this. It’s pictures of the bodies of babies killed by the israelis in South lebanon. They are all burnt. I need your help. I am almost certain these pictures won’t be published in the West, although they are associated press pictures. I need your help exposing them if you can. The problem is these are people who were asked to leave their village , Ter Hafra , this morning , within two hours , or else. … So those who were able to flee went to the closer UN base where they were asked to leave. I think that after the Qana massacres in 1996 when civilians were bombed after they took chelter in UN headquarters , the UN does not want to be responssible for the lives of civilians. A FEW MINUTES AGO , the Israeli asked the people of Al Bustan village in the south to evacuate their homes. I am afraid massacares will keep happening as long as Israeli actions are uncheked. Please help us if you can.
Lina Ejeilat, a Jordanian woman living in Amman, writes a letter to us, to the world
I am writing you from Jordan, a small country in the Middle East, the one “between Iraq and a hard place”, the one south of Syria and Lebanon.
…At first, when all this hell broke lose, I was mad. I was so furious at how someone like Nasrallah can decide to drag an entire people into war, and to have them subjected to bombing, shelling, destruction, and death… for one stunt.
But then, I was even madder, not at Nasralla, not at Hamas, not at religious fanatics and extremists… but at YOU; The cowardly, apathetic world, and so-called world leaders, who sit back and allow hundreds of innocent lives to be shattered for “self-defense”. Nasralla knew that his “operation” would instigate such a reaction, and Israel didn’t let him down…
How can you, how dare you, close your eyes to the humanitarian disaster that’s been happening in Gaza those past weeks? How can you sit back and allow the US to veto a UN declaration to condemn the acts of a war-machine? How can you sit back and allow for massive, disproportional, unjust collective punishment??
You claim you want to bring democracy to the Middle East, and then you support the actions that feed the extremism that will come to power if true democracy is implemented.
I live in Jordan, where many people take the stability and peace for granted, where they have political opinions without fully realizing what they entail, and where extremist thought and sentiments are alarmingly finding their way into a segment of young people. People watch Al Arabiyah, Al Jazeera, CNN, Future, and LBC, feel angry and frustrated, curse Israel, curse the US, and then go back to daily business as usual.
…Three days ago I wrote to my friends telling them I’m depressed. Today, I don’t want to be depressed anymore. I am angry.
But what difference would another angry Arab make?!
And in the midst of all [this], I will be watching Al Arabiyah and Al Jazeera, I will be checking toot, and I will sit at the Cafeteria and discuss the whole thing with my wise friend B, one of the most politically and socially-aware people I know. We will wonder, again, what it would take to mobilize people, and to shake us out of our silence. I will sigh, the lump in my throat and the knot in my tummy will grow bigger, and then I will look at my watch, and tell him I have to get back to work.
And that’s probably what you will be doing too, dear world. You will do whatever it is you were doing, or not doing, and the Extremists on both side will have the upper hand.
But you and I have a responsibility to find what it is that’s in our power to do about it, and to do it.
Until then, I will light a candle, and say a prayer for Serina and Khaled to get back to Amman safely, and for my friends in Palestine, Lebanon, and Iraq. I will light a candle for my beloved Jordan too. I will light a candle for hope
This is Lina Ejeilat, of the blog Into the Wind who wrote the letter to the world. She is 23, a student and freelance writer.
Here is an image of candles posted on Lina’s site: