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December 30, 2002

No boxing in Nablus

First posted by Fred Lapides below, yesterday's New York Times gave front-page space to the extremely disadvantaged boxer from Nablus who is an Olympic hopeful. The article makes a reference to the Palestinian uprising in the same sentence as the "Israeli occupation". And in what seems to be a second attempt at suggesting cause and effect, the article reports:
The suicide bombers began setting out from Nablus — more than from any other city — and the Israeli paratroopers arrived.

Then, another suggestion of cause and effect:
In centimeters — the measurement he uses — Mr. Abu Kishek stands at 181. That number, he notes, is the same as that of the United Nations resolution that partitioned Palestine between Jews and Arabs in 1947. It was after Arab states rejected that split and went to war with the new Jewish state that his grandparents became refugees, losing their lands in what is now Israel's coastal plain. There, his family once lived like kings, he said.

The Charlotte Observer also printed the story, edited to one-fourth the length of the original. The writer neglected to report whether the grandparents were among those who had a choice to become Israeli citizens, chose to leave, or were forced out by the Arab High Command.

"There, his family once lived like kings, he said." This statement echos the description of the Iraqi Jews who left Baghdad 50 years ago, except for the obvious difference of Arab persecution of Jews instead of Arabs starting war. Reported in another Lapides post on Saturday:
They talk about the good life they once had, with spacious homes perched on riverbanks in Baghdad, important jobs and sand so rich in oil that they could light a fire by digging a small hole and striking a match.

They are Iraqi and Jewish, and they came to Israel half a century ago to escape violent attacks and killings targeting Jews. Now, many eagerly await an American war. If Saddam Hussein is ousted from power, they say, they could visit their childhood homes once more

Something else about Nablus came to mind when reading about its civilized, cosmopolitan description: the first anniversary of the start of the intifada, celebrated with an art show featuring reproductions of suicide bombing scenes, complete with severed limbs and red paint splattered on the walls, and in the Sbarro bombing reproduction, slices of pizza and "Kosher" printed in Hebrew on the Sbarro sign.

In depressed, authoritarian Nablus, it's too bad they don't see the cause and effect as well as even the New York Times apparently does.

Cross-posted at Prolegomena.