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[Jerusalem]--After nearly five years since a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli border policeman killed 10 year Abir Aramin, her family was awarded $430,000 by an Israeli court.

 

 

 

The Israeli authorities initially insisted that a stone thrown by Palestinian protesters caused her fatal injury, but the Jerusalem district court finally ruled on the 25th of September that the state of Israel was responsible for the child's death and Judge Orit Efal-Gabai said there was no doubt that the bullet, which struck Abir was fired in violation of orders.

 

 

 

Abir's father, Bassam Aramin, never blamed the "18-year-old boy for shooting an innocent 10-year-old girl", but always held Israeli government policies to blame.

 


 

On 16 January 2007, Abir Aramin, her sister and two friends were on their way to buy sweets after school in the Anata refugee camp, which is near Jerusalem on the West Bank side of the apartheid wall when she was shot in the head with a rubber bullet by the Israeli Border Police.

 

 

 

After three days on life support Abir's struggle ended- but not the struggle for justice her parents have been seeking ever since. Although awarded monetary compensation for "lost years" and for burial expenses, the recognition by the Israeli court perhaps maybe the justice they have sought.



 

 

 

In 2007, Avichay Sharon, of Combatants for Peace stated, "Over the past two years, the Israeli Border Police and IDF forces have been creating provocations near the school district of Anata [which] has become a part of the daily routine for the children. Ever since construction started on the separation barrier surrounding Anata, the jeeps have been roaming the streets especially near the schools and shooting grenades and tear gas along with rubber bullets.


 

"Many children have been injured in the past by these brutal actions of the soldiers and on January 16th it became deadly. As in many other cases the police replied that the soldiers were shooting in response to stones thrown at them by children. Even though all the evidence and witnesses stated that no stones were thrown that day" the prosecution initially dismissed the Aramin family's case, claiming lack of evidence.

 

 

 

Bassam Aramin, Abir's father and co-founder of Combatants for Peace said, "I'm not going to lose my common sense, my direction, only because I've lost my heart, my child. I will do all I can to protect her friends, both Palestinian and Israeli. They are all our children."

 

When Abir’s father, Bassam Aramin was seventeen he was sentenced to seven years in an Israeli prison for belonging to the then-outlawed Fatah movement. Although soldiers in prison had beaten him, he decided that he would not become a prisoner of hatred.

 

 

 

The "Combatants for Peace" are Palestinians and Israelis, who had once all been involved in perpetuating the cycle of violence-Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle to end the occupation of their homeland. All decided to put down their guns and instead work together in the good fight for justice that can bring peace through nonviolent actions by raising voices of conscience and seeking to create political pressure on both Governments to end the violence and end the military occupation of Palestine.

 


 

 

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On one of my seven trips to Israel Palestine, in March of 2006, I visited the Anata refugee camp and saw the thirty-foot high concrete apartheid Wall at the boy’s high school that fences in around 800 Palestinian adolescents, whose only playground is a slab of cement about the square footage of a basketball court.


 

A resident refugee informed me that on a daily basis, "The Israeli Occupation Forces show up when the children gather in the morning or after classes. They throw percussion bombs or gas bombs into the school nearly every day! The world is sleeping; the world is hibernating and is allowing this misery to continue."


 

A moment later, a teenage boy approached me as I was taking photos and asked me my name and where I was from. I cringed admitting I was American for "financed with U.S. aid at a cost of $1.5 million per mile, the Israeli wall prevents residents from receiving health care and emergency medical services. In other areas, the barrier separates farmers from their olive groves which have been their families' sole livelihood for generations." [1]


 

 

 

On 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice/ICJ, ruled that The Wall was illegal that it must come down and also that compensation should be paid to all who have been affected.


 

The ICJ Judges also decided 13-2 that signatories to the Geneva Convention were obliged to enforce "compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law" and the U.N. General Assembly also passed a resolution 150-6 supporting the ICJ’s call to dismantle the wall." [2]



 

 

 

Less than a five-minute car drive from Anata, I entered into an Orwellian Disney Land Colony of lush green grounds called the Pizgat Ze'ev settlement.


 

All the settlements/colonies in the West Bank are illegal under international law.


 

I was sick at heart as I traveled through the colony and counted three playgrounds and a swimming pool and wondered how many USA tax dollars helped to build them.


 

Within fifteen minutes after leaving Anata, as I stood next to a playground in Pizgat Ze'ev, a barrage of gunshots issued from the refugee camp and my guide informed me that the Israeli soldiers were showering the refugees with gunfire and terror, which is a ‘normal’ daily occurrence for them.


 

I lost it completely and sobbed uncontrollably, as I imagined the Magdalena did when she could not find her Lord.


 

And then I thought how Jesus cried buckets of tears over Jerusalem when he "saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you had only known what would bring you peace but it is hidden from your eyes.'"- Luke 19:42




 

Lady Justice, the Roman Goddess of Justice, an allegorical personification of the moral force of justice is depicted wearing a blindfold to indicate that justice should be meted out objectively, not based in favor of- or against- ethnicity, power, or weakness, but on blind impartiality.

 

 

 

Following Sunday's court ruling, the Aramin family's lawyer told the Ynet news website: "We are happy that justice has come to light and are still working to award the family compensation for all the suffering it has gone through. [Aramin] is a peace activist whose attitude has not changed since the incident. That is one positive aspect of this story."



 

Another positive aspect of this story is that the state of Israel has admitted responsibility.

 

 

  1. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Jan/Feb. 2007
  2. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2009
 


October 19, 2009


A freak cold front blew through Florida Saturday night and the thermometer on my porch read 54 degrees, but what chilled me to the bone on Sunday morning was reading Nurit Peled Elhanan's report of the cold hearted Israeli High Court Justices when "members of the Combatants for Peace movement, women of Mahsom [Hebrew for checkpoint] Watch, members of the Forum of Bereaved Families for Peace attended a hearing [on October 14] at the High Court of Justice on the matter of the killing of ten-year-old Abir Aramin." [1]



On January 16, 2007, 10 year old Abir Aramin was walking with her sister and two friends, but instead of having milk and cookies that afternoon; she was shot in the head with a rubber bullet by the Israeli Border Police and after three days on life support Abir's struggle ended- but not the struggle for justice her parents have been seeking ever since.


In 2007, I reported that Avichay Sharon, of Combatants for Peace stated, "Over the past 2 years, the Israeli Border Police and IDF forces have been creating provocations near the school district of Anata [which] has become a part of the daily routine for the children. Ever since construction started on the separation barrier surrounding Anata, the jeeps have been roaming the streets especially near the schools and shooting grenades and tear gas along with rubber bullets.




"Many children have been injured in the past by these brutal actions of the soldiers and on January 16th it became deadly. As in many other cases the police replied that the soldiers were shooting in response to stones thrown at them by children. Even though all the evidence and witnesses stated that no stones were thrown that day" the prosecution dismissed the Aramin family's case, claiming lack of evidence.


Bassam Aramin, Abir's father and co-founder of Combatants for Peace said, "I'm not going to lose my common sense, my direction, only because I've lost my heart, my child. I will do all I can to protect her friends, both Palestinian and Israeli. They are all our children."

When Bassam Aramin was 17 he was sentenced to 7 years in an Israeli prison for belonging to the then-outlawed Fatah movement. Although he had been beaten by soldiers in prison, he decided that he would not become a prisoner of hatred.

The "Combatants for Peace" are Palestinians and Israelis, who had all been involved in perpetuating the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. All decided to put down their guns and work together in the good fight for peace through nonviolent actions and by raising voices of conscience as they seek to create political pressure on both Governments to end the violence and end the military occupation of Palestine.


Elhanan wryly reported that Abir's parents "live under a cruel occupation and they have experienced all it has to offer: exile, imprisonment and the killing of their small daughter Abir by a rubber bullet that was allegedly fired from the rifle of a Border Guard soldier who was sitting in an armoured jeep and thrust the barrel of his rifle through the opening that was allegedly designed for that purpose and allegedly aimed and fired at the head of the girl who was standing beside her sister at a kiosk, allegedly buying candy during the break between the first class and the second.

"The projectile was removed from under the girl’s body and transferred to the authorities. The eyewitnesses, as well as the Border Guard soldiers, testified that there was no alleged danger to their lives and that the shooting was done – if it was done – in contravention of instructions. Two pathologists testified that it was probable that the fracture in Abir’s little skull could allegedly have been caused by a rubber bullet. The attending physician at the Hadassah hospital said that it was not a live bullet. The video of the reconstruction of the incident was not given to the defence counsel or to the court, because the soldiers who allegedly carried out the shooting, that is, who thrust the barrel of the rifle through the opening that had been made especially for that purpose, aimed and fired at the head of the girl Abir, were featured in the recording.

 
"Counsel for the State, stammering, unprepared and unkempt, stood like a platoon commander in charge of new recruits with her back to the public and refuted the allegations: So they found a projectile. So what? Who knows how long it had been lying there? So people gave testimony, so what? They (those Arabs) can say anything, does that make it testimony? So nobody was throwing stones at that spot, so what? On a nearby street stones were thrown. If you were in my place, she laughingly says to Michael Sfard, Aramin's attorney you would have made morsels of them by now.


"Judge Beinish reminds Sfard – twice – that there have been such incidents in the past and that soldiers have rarely been put on trial or even indicted, so it would be best to just forget it…But Salwa and Bassam Aramin have no choice but to seek justice in an Israeli court. They demand that the truth come to light in a court of the occupiers – of the killers.


 
"I nearly shouted for the drowsy judges – Beinish, Arbel, Frocaccia – to find a spark of humanity, of motherly feelings, within themselves and to look into the eyes of Salwa, who never stopped crying, and at Bassam’s ashen face, and to say: the High Court of Justice sympathizes with you over the death of little Abir. They didn't."


 
Elhanan also noted that Jean-François Lyotard wrote that the perfect crime is not only the killing but also the suppression of the testimony and the silencing of the voices of the victims. And the greatest injustice is to compel the victims to seek justice in the court of their tormentors.




In March of 2006, I visited Anata refugee camp and have been tormented by my memories ever since.


Israel erected their thirty foot high concrete apartheid Wall at the boys high school where 780 Palestinian adolescents, share a slab of cement about the square footage of a basket ball court; their only 'playground'.

A resident refugee informed me that on a daily basis, "The Israeli Occupation Forces show up when the children gather in the morning or after classes. They throw percussion bombs or gas bombs into the school nearly every day! The world is sleeping; the world is hibernating and is allowing this misery to continue."

A moment later, a teenage boy approached me as I was taking photos and asked me my name and where I was from. I cringed admitting I was American, for "financed with U.S. aid at a cost of $1.5 million per mile, the Israeli wall prevents residents from receiving health care and emergency medical services. In other areas, the barrier separates farmers from their olive groves which have been their families' sole livelihood for generations." [Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Jan/Feb. 2007]

On July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice/ICJ, ruled 14-1 that The Wall was illegal and it must come down and also that compensation should be paid to all who had been affected.

The ICJ Judges also decided 13-2 that signatories to the Geneva Convention were obliged to enforce "compliance by Israel with international humanitarian law" and the U.N. General Assembly also passed a resolution 150-6 supporting the ICJ’s call to dismantle the wall." [
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2009]



Less than five minutes by car from Anata, one can enter into the Orwellian Disney Land of lush green grounds called the Pizgat Ze'ev settlement.

All the settlements/colonies in the West Bank are illegal under international law.

I was sick at heart as I traveled through the colony and counted three playgrounds and a swimming pool.

I wondered how many USA tax dollars helped to build them, and outraged over the injustices of Walls and military occupation that American money provides against the indigenous people of that land.


Within fifteen minutes after leaving Anata, as I stood next to a playground in Pizgat Ze'ev, a barrage of gunshots issued from the refugee camp and my guide informed me that the Israeli soldiers were showering the refugees with gun fire and terror- another normal daily occurrence for them.

I lost it and sobbed uncontrollably, and imagined the Magdalena when she could not find her Lord.

And then I thought how Jesus cried buckets of tears over Jerusalem when he "saw the city, he wept over it and said, 'If you had only known what would bring you peace but it is hidden from your eyes.'"- Luke 19:42


Lady Justice, the Roman Goddess of Justice, an allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems, is depicted wearing a blindfold to indicate that justice should be meted out objectively, not based in favor of- or against- ethnicity, power, or weakness, but on blind impartiality.


Perhaps it is a case of cold hearts in 21st century Jerusalem that has rendered the Justices of the Israeli High Court with eyes blind to their injustices.


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Dear Friends,

On Wednesday, Oct. 14th, the Israeli High Court of Justice heard arguments in an appeal to reopen the investigation in the killing of Abir Aramin.  Abir Aramin 1197-2007The court did not make a final ruling but instead, as stated in the Jerusalem Post, "The court gave the state 14 days to present it with materials from the investigation and documentation of official police communications from that day."   The court will receive the materials this Wednesday, Oct. 28th.   Upon their review, the court will either acknowledge that Yesh Din Attorney Michael Sfard's arguments are correct and order the state to indict the Border Policemen, order a re-opening of the investigation, or dismiss the petition depite 14 eye-witnesses and independent autopsy.

During our first speaking tour with our partner Combatants for Peace, as the Rebuilding Alliance sought to tell this story and raise funds for the Abir's Garden playground project, I brought Abir's mother and father, Salwa and Bassam Aramin, and her sister Areen who was with her when she was shot, to testify at the U.S. State Department.   Israeli Combatant for Peace, Yonatan Shapira, joined us to describe how his brother Zohar Shapira and other Combatants for Peace, stayed with the family through the nights at the hospital as Abir struggled to hold on to life.  Together their testimony would enter her killing into the 2007 Human Rights Report on Israel and the Occupied Territories.   Salwa, eyes filled with tears as Areen presented her testimony, asked for justice for her child and her family.  Bassam explained how their family came to understand in the long vigil by Abir's side that Abir was not only his and Salwa's child but that she was Zohar's child too, indeed she was everyone's child - and in recognizing this, their family set aside revenge to press for justice and continue to extend their hands through Combatants for Peace.

In the autumn of 2008, after the State of Israel closed the investigation of Abir's death and denied the appeal to re-open it, Yesh Din filed their petition to the High Court of Justice (HCJ).   At that time, I asked Yesh Din attorney, Emily Schaeffer, to clarify the jurisdiction of the HCJ.  She wrote,

"The HCJ is not an appeals court (which would review decisions, in this case criminal, made by lower courts based on review of law and fact) - it hears only constitutional and administrative challenges to decisions made by governmental bodies (i.e. the Police Investigation Unit of the State Attorney's Office).

"Therefore, it can void a decision (here the decision to close the investigation without filing indictments), but it cannot reverse an acquittal (had there been one) or convict the suspects. Those acts would take place, if an indictment were to be served, within the regular court system (which the HCJ is not a part of). And as the representatives of the family of the victim Yesh Din would not have the right to appeal an acquittal or appeal for a heavier sentence (this lies within the prosecution's authority). Therefore, the maximum relief that the Aramin family can seek and receive in Israel is a reopening of the investigation.

"It is true that the High Court of Justice is a body set up by the British (in fact in all of their colonies, not just in the Mandate over Palestine). Its purpose was to ensure that the Queen's decisions would not be adjudicated in the domestic courts of the colonies, by the colonized. However, it is not accurate to describe it as weak. Its jurisdiction is simply limited, as are the types of remedies it can provide. But within that framework, its decisions are binding and have the full force of any court of last resort."

Nurit Peled Elhanan, after witnessing the High Court proceedings on Oct. 14th wrote in her summary "The court does not sympathize," that "Judge Beinish reminds Sfard - twice - that there have been such incidents in the past and that soldiers have rarely been put on trial or even indicted, so it would be best to just forget it. The State Counsel, with a laugh: I had the pleasure of attending such trials." 

When I called Bassam and Salwa just after the Oct. 14th High Court hearing, Bassam asked me if I could hear a loudspeaker in the background.  Their family had just finished their afternoon dinner.   Bassam explained that the Border Police soldiers were driving by the school in Anata, taunting the children by saying, "Come out, you heroes."   After Abir was killed, the Border Police had met with the parents and agreed to end patrols near the Anata schools but that agreement did not last very long.  Now the Border Police are back every day and Bassam says they routinely use the loudspeakers to yell profanity at homes while on patrol -- all this on the Palestinian side of the Separation Wall in Anata.

In the October 23rd edition of Bill Moyer's Journal, Judge Richard Goldstone called truth-telling an essential building block for peace. Judge Goldstone said, "... it's been my experience in the countries in which I've been involved and many in which I haven't been involved, that in the aftermath of serious human rights violations, you cannot get enduring peace if you leave rancor and calls for revenge in the victim population. What victims need is acknowledgement. They need official acknowledgement of their victimization. And whether that's done by Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, as we did in South Africa, or through domestic prosecutions or international prosecutions, that official truth-telling is an essential building brick to lasting peace."

Like so many in Palestine, in Israel, and around the world, I hope that when the Israeli High Court reviews the evidence, they will decide in favor of the petition on behalf of Abir Aramin and insist that those responsible be brought to trial.  I hope their decision will lead to justice in the Israeli court system - and move the Israeli Border Police far away from Palestinian schools and towns, and so make the schools and the playgrounds we call "Abir's Garden," safer places to grow.

Sincerely,
Donna Baranski-Walker
Executive Director of the Rebuilding Alliance

P.S.  Recently, Andrea LeBlanc of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows donated $500 to help us reach our fundraising goal for the 2nd Abir's Garden playground, to be constructed by Combatants for Peace in Si'ir Village (near Hebron).  This project won 2nd place in the GlobalGiving.com competition this summer and just needs about $5000 to reach its goal. Andrea made her donation in the hope that you would be inspired to donate too.   Please donate through GlobalGiving.com, DONATE NOW.   Let's finish fundraising now so that Combatants for Peace can move forward with the building project as soon as possible.


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