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    Reader comments on Checkpoint

    Subject: Oppression
    Date: Jul 20, 2006
    Sender: Alladin NajdawiPrevious | Next

    I just finished watching Yoav Shamir's documentary. I am a second generation arab american, and what i saw today left me in tears. Last year I visited the middle east for the first time to trace some of my arab roots. We traveled from jordan to the west bank on our way to tel-aviv. Despite my american nationality, soldiers at the checkpoint treated me with complete disrespect. Despite our good nature and respect for these young men, we were treated with complete and utter disrespect. When they took our passports, one of a jewish friends accompanying on my trip told me he overheard one of the soldiers refer to me as
    "just another dirty arab" in israeli. Despite my anger I kept quite because a semiautomatic weapon is very intimidating. To all those that deny the racist and oppressive actions by Israeli border patrol, I ask you just to visit. My experience got me to thinking, why do young boys and girls blow themselves up? Why would they want to do this? Imagine yourself a young arab boy living in gaza with your family, and an Israeli rocket attack that was "aiming at a suspected terrorist dwelling" kills your family in front of your eyes? How do you feel? What are you thinking? REVENGE!. Oppressive regimes breed terrorism. Humans can only be pushed so far. Constant humiliation, disrespect, and oppression will lead humans to extreme measure. Although I do realize that there are two sides to a story, these acts of inhumanity should not be allowed. It is the responsibility of the world powers not to focus on 'Black Gold" in the middle east, but to find a real world solution amongst arabs and israelis. That is the only way peace in the middle east will exist. At the end of the day, we all bleed the same color, we all cry the same tears, and we all hurt the same way. God Bless

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    Comment index:

  • disappointed   from JS, Apr 2, 2004
  • Re: disappointed   from Melissa, Aug 24, 2006
  • Re: disappointed   from Arab Kader, Dec 13, 2006
  • Re: disappointed   from zvi, Mar 5, 2007
  • Great piece of reality   from Ben, Apr 6, 2004
  • These were not border guards   from Don, May 6, 2004
  • It's staged   from Vitaly, Dec 9, 2004
  • Re: It's staged   from Gaga, Jun 27, 2005
  • Re: It's staged   from tony, Aug 18, 2005
  • Re: It's staged   from Arab, Dec 13, 2006
  • Saw it for myself..   from Zalley, Feb 17, 2005
  • i live it!   from Mary, Jun 5, 2005
  • Re: i live it!   from Blue Skies, Jun 19, 2005
  • Re: i live it!   from nelson d'aires, Jun 20, 2005
  • Great work   from Gutenberg, Jun 29, 2005
  • Re: Great work   from HB, Oct 9, 2005
  • Checkpoint   from Doris Soroko, Jul 5, 2005
  • WAKE UP   from cmz 60, Jul 20, 2005
  • Re: WAKE UP   from tony, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: WAKE UP   from Erica, Mar 8, 2006
  • Re: WAKE UP   from Mike, Mar 12, 2006
  • "Checkpoint"   from vince, Jul 22, 2005
  • jews will always be manipulators   from tony, Aug 18, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from Someone, Nov 13, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from Erica, Mar 8, 2006
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from KP, Nov 21, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from arab, Dec 13, 2006
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from Henry, Nov 21, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from , Aug 11, 2006
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from larry koch, Nov 25, 2005
  • checkpoint   from larry koch, Nov 25, 2005
  • Re: checkpoint   from Staffan V, Dec 22, 2007
  • when the rays touched the dream   from Danya, Nov 28, 2005
  • oppression is oppression   from sonia boyd, Mar 9, 2006
  • » Oppression «   from Alladin Najdawi, Jul 20, 2006
  • Human Nature   from Melissa, Aug 25, 2006
  • getting a copy of the documentary   from Kashfi Halford, Sep 20, 2006
  • les checks points sont un comportement nazi   from al akl, Jan 4, 2007
  • Even with german subtitles:   from Sascha Noelke, Feb 24, 2008
  • not corect   from vali, Mar 27, 2008
  • [no subject]   from tzlil, Oct 10, 2010
  • disappointed   from JS, Apr 2, 2004
  • Re: disappointed   from Melissa, Aug 24, 2006
  • Re: disappointed   from Arab Kader, Dec 13, 2006
  • Re: disappointed   from zvi, Mar 5, 2007
  • Great piece of reality   from Ben, Apr 6, 2004
  • These were not border guards   from Don, May 6, 2004
  • It's staged   from Vitaly, Dec 9, 2004
  • Re: It's staged   from Gaga, Jun 27, 2005
  • Re: It's staged   from tony, Aug 18, 2005
  • Re: It's staged   from Arab, Dec 13, 2006
  • Saw it for myself..   from Zalley, Feb 17, 2005
  • i live it!   from Mary, Jun 5, 2005
  • Re: i live it!   from Blue Skies, Jun 19, 2005
  • Re: i live it!   from nelson d'aires, Jun 20, 2005
  • Great work   from Gutenberg, Jun 29, 2005
  • Re: Great work   from HB, Oct 9, 2005
  • Checkpoint   from Doris Soroko, Jul 5, 2005
  • WAKE UP   from cmz 60, Jul 20, 2005
  • Re: WAKE UP   from tony, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: WAKE UP   from Erica, Mar 8, 2006
  • Re: WAKE UP   from Mike, Mar 12, 2006
  • "Checkpoint"   from vince, Jul 22, 2005
  • jews will always be manipulators   from tony, Aug 18, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from Someone, Nov 13, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from Erica, Mar 8, 2006
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from KP, Nov 21, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from arab, Dec 13, 2006
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from Henry, Nov 21, 2005
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from , Aug 11, 2006
  • Re: jews will always be manipulators   from larry koch, Nov 25, 2005
  • checkpoint   from larry koch, Nov 25, 2005
  • Re: checkpoint   from Staffan V, Dec 22, 2007
  • when the rays touched the dream   from Danya, Nov 28, 2005
  • oppression is oppression   from sonia boyd, Mar 9, 2006
  • » Oppression «   from Alladin Najdawi, Jul 20, 2006
  • Human Nature   from Melissa, Aug 25, 2006
  • getting a copy of the documentary   from Kashfi Halford, Sep 20, 2006
  • les checks points sont un comportement nazi   from al akl, Jan 4, 2007
  • Even with german subtitles:   from Sascha Noelke, Feb 24, 2008
  • not corect   from vali, Mar 27, 2008
  • [no subject]   from tzlil, Oct 10, 2010