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Then Sam turned up the volume on his Bose system and Bob Marley and the Wailers erupted:


Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight.

My luggage had been filled with Arabic nonviolent literature but Sam cautioned me to leave it all with him to avoid the extra hassle it could cause me during the routine questioning by airport security. So, I left everything  that I could get on the Internet except for books, a CD and a DVD. Sam warned me on what I should and shouldn't say when I undergo my interrogation from the inquisitive employees at the Ben Gurion Airport.

While in Bethlehem I shared with many about my experience of having my computer confiscated by EL AL employees at JFK Airport, during my December 2005, pre-flight checking in process. Every Palestinian told me "don't worry about it."

But every American I spoke with during my time in Israel and Palestine, freaked out when I told them about El Al confiscating my lap top for over an hour before I boarded the plane at JFK for my second trip to the Holy Land. Every American believed that they had downloaded my files, read my emails and perhaps even injected a Trojan into my soft ware.

I had no fear of airport security and I always honestly and briefly answer every question with a smile. Every employee I encountered smiled back at me, except for one, and nobody asked me any 'explosive' questions that evening. Three different young women examined and swabbed every item and surface in my luggage and then I knew frisson: the chill in the thrill of the rush you experience in a moment of delight, excitement or fear.


It happened just as the unsmiling young woman examiner came upon the book from the Holy Land Trust conference I had attended from December 27-30, 2005 entitled: "Celebrating Nonviolent Resistance."

She never looked my way, but she read the cover and scanned all the pages most thoroughly. She then walked away with the book and had a conversation with another young woman, who returned with her. After my luggage passed that inspection, the new SECURITY agent told me to follow her. She led me to a small dressing room and I was told me to strip down to my bra and panties. I kept a smile on my face and my pat down and wanding was over a few moments later.

I crashed for five hours out of the thirteen hour flight to JFK and when I awoke, it was to vivid images of The Wall that remain brutally fresh four years later. My mind's eye still see's a thirty foot high and miles long wide concrete boa constrictor and barbed wire fence as dividing, separating, humiliating, dominating, controlling and denying inalienable human rights to every Palestinian in the so called holy land which is in pieces; Bantustans.

When I landed at JFK Airport, Terminal Two to wait three hours for my connection home, all I could think about was The Wall and all the injustice's I had witnessed during my trip to the occupied territories. Every local, taxi driver, would be terrorist, and I knew of ways around The Wall which had gaps that led to the way to avoid the checkpoint that divides the sister cities of Bethlehem from Jerusalem.

The Israeli government and Senator Clinton have all claimed that The Wall is all about SECURITY.
 The International Court of Justice in The Hague deemed The Wall illegal and that it must come fall where ever it lies on Palestinian property-which is most all of it!
 
Vanunu's Message to Hillary Clinton re: The Apartheid Wall
Just weeks after his FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL began Vanunu sent this 1:19 minute message to Senator Clinton and USA Christians Excerpted from "30 Minutes with Vanunu" freely streaming @ VANUNU ARCHIVES: WeAreWideAwake

The concrete boa constrictor and barbed wire fence is a Machiavellian Orwellian Master Plan to divide, separate, humiliate, dominate, control and deny inalienable human rights to the indigenous people of the Holy Land so that they will give up, give in and leave. But, they never will and although The Wall has destroyed over one million fruit bearing trees on Palestine property and in the Palestinian/'Arab'-Israeli Unrecognized Villages of Israel where ancient olive trees can still be found, for olive trees will live for thousands of years- if they are not plowed down.

Twenty five olive trees can support a typical family in Gaza, the West Bank and in the Unrecognized Villages of Israel, where every little child knows the names of the trees-and they always be- names of mommies, sisters and favorite aunts, for olive trees are a member of their family.
 
Upon The Wall from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, The Minister of Tourism had hung the Orwellian sign, "Peace be with you."

By the 6th century the conflicts in the Middle East were already old news, and a prophet stated the obvious:

"Peace, peace, peace, they say, when there is no peace."-Jeremiah 6:14

For twelve days of Christmas in 2005, I lived in the Little Town of Bethlehem: occupied territory. For twelve days of Christmas, I walked "through streets that were dead" [Bob Dylan] in the morning, noon and night and everywhere I did go, shops were closed, restaurants empty. A few locals would be around and many tour buses did quickly come and go for the pilgrims to snap photos at the Church of The Nativity. But stores remained closed and restaurants empty because most people do not want to see, hear or know about life in occupied territory.

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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 

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