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Gaza reminds us of Zionism's original sin | The Electronic Intifada

Gaza reminds us of Zionism's original sin | The Electronic Intifada

The morning after Lailat al-Qadr, the death toll in Gaza was approaching its first thousand.


Al-Qadr — the night before the last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan
— is believed to be the night when the Quran was revealed to the
prophet Muhammad. I spent this special night with friends in the
occupied West Bank city of Ramallah after participating in the “48K March” for Gaza.


The march began in Ramallah and went to Qalandiya checkpoint. What began as a peaceful event with families bringing their children and even babies in strollers, ended with young Palestinians with gunshot wounds being rushed in ambulances to the local hospital.


Qalandiya crossing was fortified and air-tight, and the Israeli
soldiers stationed on top were shooting live ammunition at the crowd.

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