The battle for Hattin is still being waged…

Going on a trip to the Horns of Hattin forces you to think about history.

I was reading about the historic battle, back in the hot summer of 1187, when the Arab forces, led by their Kurd commander, Salah ad-Din Al-Ayubi, defeated the armies of the Crusader “Kingdom of Jerusalem”. No doubt, one condition for the victory was the ability of Salah ad-Din to unite the Arab and gather armies from Egypt, Syria and Trans-Jordan, to confront together the European invaders that were already entrenched in Palestine for 88 years. But, from another viewpoint, Salah ad-Din was actually in truce with the crusaders’ king Guy of Lusignan. Only attacks by loose extremist settlers, led by

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Hittin village at the time of the British Occupation – more than 2000 years old

“Raymond of Tripoli”, against Muslim pilgrims and their threat to attack Mecca led Salah ad-Din to call for Jihad and gather his forces for the decisive battle.

 

Our first stop on the route has even deeper historical roots. It is the remains of the Arab village of Hittin that was inhabited and known by this name already in the 3rd century BC. It was the Zionist Ethnic Cleansing of 1948 that uprooted this village after more than 2200 years. Now only the mosque and some half-destroyed structures are still standing to testify of what was a village of 1380 people.

After a long walk up the mountain, much of it is closed by all kind of fences for archeological, industrial and probably military areas, we turned to climb the southern “horn” from the main tourist route on its south. We try to read the official sign, planted there by the park’s authority… It is speaking about the geological history of the volcanic mountain, which was throwing hot lava some …. years ago… Well, someone deliberately scratched the numbers out. We turned to the English text, but it was scratched out also. Only with great effort we succeeded to make sense of what was left of the

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Church of God memorial before desecration

writing: 4.3 million years ago. Apparently somebody decided that this writing was hereditary and tried to save our innocent souls from reading it.

 

In the internet site where we read about the route, we were told that we will meet a Christian Memorial next, on our way up the mountain. We were lucky to have the chance to read it before we came there – as when we reached the black stone it was all scribbled over and we couldn’t figure out anything of the holy writings that were there once.

A Bedouin Arab couple that we met just near the memorial told us that it was a holy girl_near_desecrate_tombsign brought from the Vatican. They shared our condemnation of this new expression of the desecration of Muslim and Christian holy places by extremist Jewish settlers at the name of religion… They even let their small girl be photographed with the desecrated stone. Being a resident of the area, this young girl may represent the future of Hittin, which is still torn by invaders and religious extremists, but will inevitably return to its people.

(Coming back home, we discovered a video describing the erection of the memorial, not so long ago, in the autumn of 2014. No, it was not coming from the Vatican, but from “TheChurchOfGod.org”. We also discovered that the news about its desecration was already published in the Arab press on December 1, 2015. So it is not hot news, just business as usual in occupied Palestine).

 

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Hittin’s mosque beyond barbed wire

Being Israeli all the way…

While the state of Israel is hunting down and killing Palestinians every Netanyahu_to_be_Israeliday, its hate-mongering Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke in Tel Aviv and called on the Arabs in the 1948 occupied territories: “Whoever wants to be Israeli must be Israeli all the way”.

This reminded me of an old joke about one Arab Palestinian family that decided to take the challenge and do just that…

Muhammad and Fatimah were fed up from being victims of discrimination and applied to convert to Judaism with their two small kids.

The state of Israel is not fond of Arabs that like to be Jews, neither are the religious Jewish authorities easy to convince, as they don’t want Arabs that just look for material benefit. They will only convert true believers. So they requested the couple and their children to prove their devotedness by swimming across the Jordan River at the middle of a storm.

Muhammad was a strong man. He was the first to reach the other side of the river and became Shlomo. Fatimah almost drowned in the water but with her insistence and devotion she finally made it and became Shlomit.

As they were sitting together on the shore, they witnessed their two kids struggling with the water and finally drifting down the stream.

Now, being Israelis all the way, they told each other: “Never mind, it is two Arabs less.”

 

Leftist Racism?

“I have a problem with Israeli political parties – they are like socks, no way to know which is right and which is left…”

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A story goes with it:

On last Thursday, 14/3/2013, there was a special event in Haifa: Artists for the Palestinian political prisoners. There were some singing and several poets read their emotional poems describing the suffering of the prisoners, the fate the Palestinian people in general and some of the frustrations which we all share as a result of our inability to do more for the prisoners.

The wonderful young singer told the above mentioned joke, which I heard for the first time and decided to share…

Free Samer Issawi, Ayman Sharawne and all the freedom prisoners!

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And another story, more to the point itself:

Some twenty years ago we had a surge of racist violence in Haifa and we thought that against this plague we may cooperate with anybody, no matter what their opinion is. So we came to know some people from “Ha-Shomer Ha-Tsa’ir” (the young gourd) – the most leftist of the Zionist youth movements. After some experience working together they invited Abna Al-Balad to give a lecture in their local club.

It is not so easy to convince Abna Al-Balad activists to come to speak with young Zionists, but we succeeded to bring Ahmad from Um Al-Fahm. He told the audience about the suffering of the Palestinian people and about the program of Abna Al-Balad to let Arabs and Jews live together as equals in one democratic state.

The youth in the club went out of their way to be nice, to show their sympathy and understanding and to try to find some common grounds. Trying to stretch it to the end they asked: “If we give you not full equality but almost, let’s say 95% of it – will you accept?” Ahmed simply said it would still be a racist regime and no solution.

Trying to reach the kids from another, more human angle, he asked them: “Lets say we do nothing, we don’t even struggle for equal rights… But you know that we love children and we have many of them. What would you do if one day we will be the majority and just win the elections?”

There was silence in the room. Then the leader of the group, the same guy that was representing the movement in our “Anti Racist” coalition, honestly replied: “In this case, Kahane will handle you”!

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Left Zionism? No – there is nothing like it.