Amer Shurrab, a Palestinian going to college in the US, lost both his brothers on the same day after they were attacked by IDF forces and then forbidden ambulances by the Isreali soldiers. (via Alas! A Blog)
(earlier portions of the interview here and here)
Transcript from a portion earlier in the interview….
AMER SHURRAB: He was shot in his leg just under the knee. And while he was getting out of the car, upon the orders of the soldiers, he got shot, and he screamed, “I have been injured!” And he tried to call the ambulance, but the soldiers ordered him to drop the phone, or they would shoot him.
But they would allow my father to use a cell phone. My father tried to call the emergency number several times. And Ibrahim would tell him, every five minutes, “I’m hurt. I’m injured. I’m in pain. Call an ambulance.” And he was bleeding all the time. And after sunset, he started shivering and trembling, telling my dad he was cold.
And after my dad found out that Kassab was dead, Ibrahim asked my dad, “Were you pleased with him, Daddy?” And he said, “Yes, I’m pleased with him.” And then Ibrahim, around 9:00, Ibrahim told my dad he was still shivering from cold, and he told my dad, “I’m so cold.” So my dad told him, “OK, stand up, and I will help you to get in the car. Maybe it will be warmer there.”
So, as they stood up, the soldier said, “Don’t move, or we will shoot you.” But my dad screamed back. He was like, “You killed my son! If you want to shoot us, shoot us! I don’t care!” And he helped him into the car. He—my dad took off his coat and covered Ibrahim with it. And they had some laundry piled in the back of the car, so he covered Ibrahim with it, trying to—just trying to provide him with some warmth. And he asked him, “Ibrahim, are you warm?” He said, “I’m warm, Daddy, but I’m in pain. Call an ambulance. Call 101.” And he would repeat that every five minutes. “Call an ambulance. Call 101.”
And all that time, my dad was receiving calls from the media, from human rights groups, and he was repeating his appeal and telling them, “My son was killed, and the other one is bleeding, and he’s in pain. Send us help.” And help was nowhere to be seen.
When Tony Benn had the courage to stand up to the BBC and broadcast the disaster emergency contact for Gaza, he pleaded, “We are human beings. We’re people!” …and when I hear these stories, like from Amer Shurrab, I wonder if even that much is true.
Amer Shurrab seems to have Tony Benn’s optimism though, that these things can stop, that Americans are a peace loving people, that the newly elected president will have a different view of what’s actually going on in Gaza and Israel…. I hope Amer does not read the same news that i do.