has made me tremble] Rape in Bethlehem
DIE VERFOLGUNG ERLEIDEN, SIE WERDEN TROST FINDEN"
name is Anthony Razook, and I am writing to you tonight from Bethlehem,
Palestine. The local time here is 9:49 pm. I came with some friends
to the camp of the Antiochian Orthodox in the United States a few years
back, and now I am writing to you in distress, to reach out for some
help for our people in Palestine.
Last night, Israeli tanks and military personnel broke into our homes.
They entered my sister's and her husband's home at around 2:30 am this
morning. They proceeded to attack my sister, and one of the Israeli
soldiers made immoral attacks on her, and violated her in more than
My sister is (or was) 4 months pregnant, and for sure she has most likely
lost the baby. When the Israeli soldier was finished violating her,
two other army men did the same thing. When she refused and tried to
fight them off, they beat her, mostly in her stomach, and when her husband
Marwahn tried to stop them, he was shot three times in the back of the
neck. This morning at around 5 in the morning he died from the wounds.
When they eventually stopped violating my sister, they then threw her
on the bed.
All of these horrible acts were witnessed by my sister's seven year
old son, my nephew Michel.
After they had committed all these unspeakable atrocities against my
sister, they then stole her jewelry, her money, and some other things.
After that, they rampaged through her apartment.
This morning, she felt that she had a miscarriage. Moreover, those same
soldiers came into our home, and we were blessed from God that my father
had some cash on him (almost two thousand shekels) and he gave it to
the soldiers. He even took gold from his own neck, from me, and from
my younger sister and my mother, in order to persuade those soldiers
to leave us be.
The soldiers, in Hebrew, (we understand Hebrew) told my father that
his wife was too old and too unattractive for them to have intercourse
with, and so - according to the soldiers - we should feel lucky!!! but
then they had all shared the woman in the apartment next to my sister's.
At that point, my mother asked them to please allow us bring medicine
for my sister, and to please help us remove the body of my brother-in-law
from the apartment. But they would not, and my poor mother was so afraid
to cry because of what had happened because they would kill us too.
Please, you must help us. We are being persecuted
and there appears to be no end in sight. The government of your country
(the US) does not allow you to find out the real news of what is really
happening to our people. In Nablus, we received through cell phones
that told us that over 86 women were raped and beaten, and many men
- their husbands - have been killed when they are trying to stop those
soldiers. Your government is standing and allowing this to happen. None
of the Arabian countries are helping us? What can we do? Please help
us! I must go now. It was gracious from God that the battery in my laptop
was good enough to send u this email. I am afraid that I might not be
able to read your responses! Please help us, please, send this email
to anyone who cares to help the Christians - and Muslims - of Palestine.
I hope that I did reach your mind and heart for
the benefit of peace and justice. May be we agree, may be not, but words
have to reach everybody, this is what the point of view is all about.