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Per Kawther Salam. L’assassinat d’Ahmad pel IDF a Hebrón. (pendent de traducció)

Enviat per tonagusi el dia 31st August 2007

 

 

The Murder of Ahmad by the IDF in Hebron

 

On July 3, 2007, soldiers of IDF Brigade Commander Yehuda Fuchs murdered the 14-year-old child Ahmad Mohsen Al-Skafi in Hebron. After I called the family last weekend to ask them about the incident, I was shocked not only because of what the family told me, but also by the complete decline in the level of professionalism among the journalists in the area of conflict. The measures of the IDF to restrict the work of Palestinian journalists hinder them in fulfilling their important mission in the Palestinian cities. IDF commanders declare the places where they intend to commit crimes as “military zones” and then arrest any journalist who reaches these areas of conflict under that pretext. It is very important for the occupation regime of the IDF to cover up the evidence of the daily crimes of their soldiers against unarmed civilians, specially the children who they kill for no reason but “fun”. This incident was reported previously, but the reports, also on the Internet, were based on the lies of the IDF.

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According to the wishes of the Israeli occupational regime, the IDF spokespersons should be the only sources which supply the local and the International media with news about IDF “activities” in Palestinian cities. The IDF press releases are usually based on lies, rumors and innuendo, and they always seek to “justify” the crimes of the IDF against Palestinians.

The Execution of Ahmad Mohsen Al-Skafi
At about five in the afternoon of Tuesday, July 3, 2007, troops of Colonel Yehuda Fuchs assassinated Ahmad Mohsen Al-Sfaki and declared the area near their crime a military zone in to hinder the access of journalists. All this happened in Lossah, a part of Eissa, a suburb in the south-west of Hebron near Wadi Taffouh in area H1 under the Palestinian control. Ahmad had gone to a nearby supermarket to buy chocolate and some sweets for Isra’a, his younger sister of age 4. The soldiers watched Ahmad on his way to the supermarket, and when he got out they showered him with 30 bullets and a grenade, which exploded in his abdomen, blowing out his intestines. The soldiers then sent their dogs to eat part of the body.

The IDF spokesperson invented lies and spread rumors in his press release. He said that Ahmad was playing with a toy gun which looked like a real one when the IDF shot him … That he ran away when the IDF soldiers asked him to stop … That the military commander sent his apologies to Palestinian officials after the IDF troops found out that the boy was holding a toy gun and not a real one …

Ahmad’s father and grandfather were very angry about the lies of the IDF. They strongly denied the concoction of lies which the IDF spread. They said: “Ahmad did not hold a toy gun; the IDF soldiers killed Ahmad after he got out of the supermarket where he was buying some chocolate for his sister”. According Ahmad’s father Mohsen Al-Skafi, the IDF soldiers had been hiding during four days in the abandoned Al-Taweel building located between their house and the small supermarket where Ahmad had gone shopping, (they were there Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday). During these days the IDF soldiers saw Ahmad coming and going from his home over 30 times, they knew him. Ahmad was buying the things from the supermarket all the time in front of the IDF. Ahmad’s grandfather, Mr. Abed Al-Rahem Al-Skafi told me that the IDF soldiers killed Ahmad on purpose, they shot him with 30 bullets and grenade, and released the military dogs to eat his body. They invented the story that that Ahmad was carrying a toy gun. In fact Ahmad was buying chocolate, and the IDF soldiers always invent stories to mislead the public and to justify their crimes. Ahmad is not the first innocent victim of the IDF soldiers, and he will not be the last one, said Mr. Abed Al-Rahem.

[ahmad]Ahmad Al-Sfaki in the ER (Pic Credit: Al-Sfaki Family)

Execution or Revenge?
I asked Ahmad’s grandfather why the soldiers would have killed Ahmad on purpose? Mr. Al-Skafi answered that he has two sons sentenced to life in Israeli jails: “Joseph was sentenced to 4 times life and Ala’a to 27 years. Colonel Yehuda Fuchs knew that when he sent his troops to our neighborhood. The IDF soldiers themselves know this as well, and since the IDF troops came to hide themselves in the abandoned building of Al-Taweel, they must have planned to kill somebody. They killed Ahmad, 14 years old boy, as a revenge on his uncles. This is the mentality of the IDF criminal soldiers.” This is a crime, said the grandfather of boy. Ahmad’s father Mohsen was crying during the conversation.

Mr. Mohsen Al-Skafi has only two sons. Ahmad, who was murdered by the IDF soldiers, and Abed Al-Rahem, who is still attending secondary school. He also has two girls. He owns a small vegetable shop at Al-Zahed in the Heret Al-Sheikh area, the old part of the city of Hebron. Mr. Mohsen Al-Skafi is a poor person; he was not able to let his two sons, Ahmad and Hamed, attend school. The younger brother, Ahmad, stopped attending school in order to help the father in the shop, but the IDF soldiers murdered him, and so killed the father’s dream of a better future for all the family.

The IDF “apologies” were refused
Ahmad’s grandfather, Mr. Abed Al-Rahem, said that he wanted to file a criminal complaint against the IDF soldiers who killed Ahmad under the pretext that he had been carrying a toy gun. He said: “We refuse the IDF apologies. Our son was not an insect who can be killed in such a barbaric way for nothing.” He added that “the apologies of the IDF reflect their recklessness about the lives of human beings in our nation. Our children and our nation should be protected under the International laws.” Mr. Abed Al-Rahem asked: “What does the apology of the IDF mean? Will the words of their apology bring us back our child? Will their words of apology put an end to the killings of the Palestinian Children? Will their words of apology put an end the Illegal occupation?”.

Mr. Abed Al-Rahem asked me to follow the case of his murdered child here in Europe. He said: “You are presenting the Palestinians victims everywhere you go, we authorize you to file a complaint in The Hague against the IDF, who killed my grandson as well the other Palestinian children, we will provide you with all the necessary papers which you need”.

Ahmad’s Mother
Ahmad’s mother Naemah expressed her deep pain over the death of her son: “I was not able to see my son, to look at him or to give him a last kiss. They didn’t allow me. I lost my Ahmad in one second, and I can’t believe that I have lost him. His life ended very early and very quickly. He went to buy chocolate for Isra’a but he did not return”. Naemah cried while she told me the story.

Why didn’t you kiss your child after his death? I asked her. She cried and told me that Ahmad had been executed in a horrible way, that he had been shot in each part of his body. “I was not allowed to see him, to see the horrible way in which the IDF criminals killed him. They showed me part of his face for one second and they took him away very quickly. I could not believe that Ahmad was dead. He was a very quite and normal boy, he loves laughing and playing. He never eats anything without leaving part of it for me and his smallest sister Isra’a.” Naemah said that she was not informed once of her son death. “The people were calling and asking about somebody from the Al-Skafi family who was killed nearby. It did not occur to me that he was my son. I was not counting on that, I knew that the IDF soldier were stationed near our house since four days, but I thought they had killed somebody from the family nearby. Then more people called us, again and again. The victim was my young son Ahmad”, she said and cried.

Lossah, the neighborhood of Eissa
Ahmad was executed by the IDF soldiers in the South-West of Hebron. Lossah is a neighborhood of Eissa. This area is normally very quiet and beautiful. Lossah is an agricultural area in the middle of the beautiful nature. It is surrounded with grape fields, almonds trees, plum gardens. Lossah looks down over some springs, mountains, wadis and valleys. My father had planted fruit trees at Eissa and in the gardens of Lossah. When I was a child I went with my father to these gardens. I loved to see the birds singing and flying early in the morning in the area. I loved looking the bird’s nests on the highest trees. I never thought that the IDF troops would pollute the beauty of the nature at Eissa, contaminate it with the putrid stench of their crimes.

Open Questions

  • Why did Yehuda Fuchs send his troops to Eissa? Did he give a direct order to his soldiers to murder Ahmad ?
  • Why does the IDF commit crimes everywhere in the city of Hebron ?
  • What has the IDF achieved by murdering Ahmad?
  • Were the IDF troops in big danger when they killed this child? How will they explain this ?
  • Why did the IDF troops not try to arrest the child instead of murdering him?
  • Did the IDF troops execute Ahmad on purpose?
  • Did the IDF troops execute Ahmad, or was this murder revenge against his family?
  • Why should the Palestinians tolerate the presence of the occupation troops and witness their crimes 24 hours a day?
  • Why does the international media apply different standards of reporting to the crimes of the IDF and to the legitimate resistance of the Palestinians ?

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The ER report of Ahmad in English and Arabic, furnished by the Al-Sfaki family.

Eyewitness of IDF Terrorism
Until 2002 I was eyewitness of the IDF terrorist activities in the Palestinian cities. I saw, and I observed this several times, how the IDF troops killed people and sent their dogs afterwards to disfigure the bodies of their victims. The IDF would never approach the bodies of their victims before having sent their dogs to confirm the death.

[ahmad]Golani with Dogs in Hebron, 1998

In some cases I saw the IDF explode the houses of Palestinian families of what they called “wanted persons” over their heads using dynamite, they would then send their dogs to drag the bodies out. The IDF then shot at the bodies after the dogs had dragged them out of the ruins. The IDF soldiers always behave as coward, and they are scared of the bodies of their victims even after the death.

APPEAL FOR HELP
The family of Ahmad Al-Skafi wants justice. They have no chance of ever achieving justice before Israeli courts, as these courts boiling over with racist hatred will never allow any Palestinian to win a case. The Al-Skafi family wants to bring this case before a court which will give them justice. They want, if possible, to have this case heard at the ICJ in The Hague. They want the support of the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon or any other international authority to lodge a criminal complaint against Israel. It is the wish of the Al-Sfaki family that the death of their son will help bring to an end the impunity of the zionist genocide against Palestinians, that it will help raise the awareness about the crimes of Israel around the world. If you can help them in any way, please contact the family.

Their phone number in Hebron, Palestine, is + 9 7 0 5 9 9 7 3 0 5 6 1,
and they also have an Email, m h l 6 1 @ h o t m a i l . c o m (remove spaces).

The Al-Sfaki family speaks Arabic and English. Please respect their mourning if you contact them.

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La telenovel·la cubana ‘La cara oculta de la luna’ fa augmentar les sol·licituds de proves de VIH/SIDA

Enviat per tonagusi el dia 3rd August 2007

Tona Gusi. 3/08/07

Agències: SEMlac.Reportajes. CIMACnoticias

Durant la meva estada a l’illa l’any passat vaig poder constatar el gran seguiment que tenia aquesta sèrie televisiva de producció cubana. Els horaris de les cases giraven d’acord a l’hora d’emissió. L’hora estrella, i aleshores imperava un silenci emocionat. Després les valoracions, discussions:…què si ha fet ben fet,…. què si ho havia d’haver fet abans…!! Dones i homes s’identificaven o no amb els personatges de la sèrie, aquests veïns tant propers, amb les seves pors i les seves valenties. I es discutia obertament sobre quins valors havien de ser els més importants en les famílies i entre les amistats.

L’Havana també n’era una de les protagonistes. Anaves pel carrer i et deien: mira! Aquest gratacels, el més antic de la ciutat, és on viuen aquests personatges. Fixa’t ! ara finalment l’estan arreglant!.

Fora com per a nosaltres ‘El cor de la ciutat’, però amb un gran tema omnipotent a tota la sèrie: la SIDA.

No només els espectadors i espectadores la valoraven entusiàsticament, sinó que professionals de la comunicació l’assenyalaven com un del millors productes audiovisuals de l’illa. De fet la comparaven amb algunes series de l’estat espanyol que tenen molt bones prèdiques entre els professionals d’allà.

Recordo que va ser el tema de conversa d’un dinar d’amigues de l’ofici. Anàvem desgranant els diferents personatges d’aquestes sèries actuals que tenien un perfil que ens era proper per estar creat i desenvolupat des d’una perspectiva de gènere, des del femení. I ens en felicitàvem, sobretot davant l’allau d’altres sèries llatines que reprodueixen d’una manera ben barroera els estereotips androcèntrics.

Per això no m’ha sorprès el reportatge de SEMlac, que CIMAC també ha difós, mostrant la bona influència que ha tingut ‘La cara oculta de la luna’ sobre la percepció de la malaltia que tenien fins aleshores la gent de Cuba. Recordem que la política del govern de l’illa a l’inici i durant molts anys envers la SIDA va ésser de negació de l’existència de la malaltia al país, de contenció mitjançant la reclusió i de repressió de la llibertat d’expressió sobre aquest tema. Les solucions mèdiques avançades i, segurament, la lluita de moltes persones han fet variar la política social del govern en aquest tema, però la percepció i comportament de la gent davant els i les que pateixen la malaltia continuava essent extremadament negativa. I per tant la mateixa por a les conseqüències de patir-la obstaculitzava una acció sanitària eficaç.

Una prova de l’efecte positiu de l’emissió de la sèria és la dada mèdica que constata que unes 22 mil persones més varen anar a realitzar-se les proves del Virus de la Immunodeficiència Humana. I que es varen comptabilitzar 4.256 trucades i 750 correus electrònics a la ‘LineAyuda’ del ‘Centro Nacional de Prevención de ITS/VIH/SIDA’.

Els realitzadors de la sèrie expliquen però que aquesta polèmica producció, transmesa durant 2006, en l’espai televisiu estel·lar reservat a les sèries de televisió intentava mostrar aspectes de la vida diària dels i les que viuen amb VIH/SIDA a l’illa.

El director de la producció, Rafael González, explica que encara que la sèrie és més incisiva que les produccions més tradicionals a les que està acostumada l’audiència cubana, no deixa de tenir tots els ingredients d’una sèrie televisiva a fi que el missatge sigui efectiu.

Pel seu autor, Freddy Domínguez Díaz, encara que hagi estat anomenada “la novel·la sobre la SIDA”, fou una sèrie sobre la conducta humana, la actitud de la gent davant la vida; la responsabilitat que tots hem de tenir amb nosaltres mateixos i amb la resta.

Les cinc històries que la integraren tenien com a fil conductor aquesta malaltia i com a objectiu principal una crida a adoptar una conducta sexual responsable com a arma més important per prevenir aquesta pandèmia universal.

Pel que fa a les dades sobre l’audiència, es va registrar un 78 per cent d’ audiència televisiva durant el temps de l’emissió i entre 87 y 96 por cent de preferència, segons les eines de mesura d’audiències de la televisió cubana. La sèrie va ser la preferida de les dones i dels joves.

Pels mitjans de comunicació la sèrie “trencava tabús”, “atrapava pel seu controvertit contingut” i “evidenciava un relleu incòmode per a la societat”.

Ara bé, entre el públic, els mateixos especialistes del ‘Centro Nacional de Prevención’ confirmen que de les opinions que varen rebre n’hi ha una quantitat similar en positiu com en negatiu.

La joventut la va valorar com a excel·lent per tractar temes contemporanis, situacions actuals i la SIDA. I també com a molt positiva per ensenyar i instruir.

Hi va haver però molta polèmica especialment sobre el comportament de dos dels cinc personatges protagonistes. El de la noia adolescent, sobreprotegida i amb problemes de comunicació amb els pares i el d’un treballador de la construcció, masclista i casat, que te relacions bisexuals. Així com el tractament a la sèrie de temes com la infidelitat, l’alcoholisme i la marginalitat.

La gent més gran va fer valoracions morals i no acceptaven la realitat que la sèrie visibilitzava. Opinaren que es tractava massa el tema de les relacions sexuals i això podria ‘despertar curiositats’ que ‘certes escenes incitaven als joves a imitar’ i que les discussions i els nus mostraven una situació massa crua. També opinaven que l’horari d’emissió era massa aviat ja que veien la sèrie “les nens i les nenes”.

La majoria d’homes consultats en la investigació no estaven gaire d’acord amb que es mostrés per la televisió una relació homosexual ( era el primer cop que la gent de l’illa en veia una). Mostrar relacions homosexuals i bisexuals a la pantalla és per aquesta majoria d’homes “un tema massa fort i punxegut” i segons ells ‘no ajuda a la informació sobre la prevenció”. I en canvi dona ‘com a bona l’homosexualitat’.

Entre les dones, la majoria pensa que el tema de la bisexualitat les fa reflexionar. Però hi ha una valoració diferent entre les dones joves i les grans. Les del primer grup valoren com a molt positiu que la sèrie tracti aquests temes i en canvi, les del segon grup coincideixen amb els homes en que la visibilització d’aquestes relacions podrien ser “un mal exemple”.

Cap dels grups dels dos sexes no va acceptar el tractament que la sèrie feia de la infidelitat, ni la presentació d’una parella discordant degut a la seva diferència d’edat.

Finalment d’altres opinions recollides foren que la sèrie incitava “a les persones a arriscar la seva vida mantenint relacions sexuals amb persones amb el virus de la SIDA”.

Magda González Grau, de la ‘División de Dramatizados de la Televisión Cubana’, creu que amb aquesta sèrie de producció pròpia s’ha demostrat que es pot tractar qualsevulla temàtica sempre que es faci responsablement i comptant amb un bon assessorament.




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