About 100 Palestinian officials and activists gathered at the UN offices in Ramallah for a short ceremony, where they announced their plans in a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The letter urges Mr Ban to add his “moral voice in support of the Palestinian people”.
The letter was handed over by Latifa Abu Hmeid, a 70-year-old woman who lost one son in fighting with Israel and has seven other sons in Israeli prisons because of alleged militant activities. Officials said Ms Abu Hmeid was selected to deliver the document because her personal story reflects the plight of the Palestinians. A resident of a West Bank refugee camp, her house has twice been demolished by Israeli authorities as punishment for her sons’ activities, they said.
Han citerar en rapport från Palestinian Media Watch om Hmeids söner och vad några av dem har gjort:
Nasser Abu Hamid: 7 life sentences + 50 years – commander in Fatah’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, in Ramallah. Convicted of the murders of 7 Israeli civilians and 12 attempted murders.
Nasr Abu Hamid: 5 life sentences – Member of Fatah’s Tanzim faction, another military wing, and convicted of involvement in two terror attacks.
Sharif Abu Hamid: 4 life sentences – carried out terror attacks against civilians and soldiers. Helped transport a suicide terrorist to his attack in March 2002.
Muhammad Abu Hamid: 2 life sentences + 30 years for terror attacks.
Latifa Abu Hmeid anses av Fatah vara ett föredöme för andra palestinska mödrar, och har hedrat henne med en särskild utmärkelse. Från Palestinian Media Watch som citerar Al Hayat al Jadida:
Issa Karake, Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs, awarded the Shield of Resolve and Giving to Khansa of Palestine [reference to a woman in the earliest period of Islam who sent her four sons to battle and rejoiced when they all died as Martyrs], Um Yousuf Abu Hamid, inscribed with the names of her four sons who are imprisoned in the Israeli occupation’s prisons.
He emphasized, ‘The Palestinian mother is a central partner in the struggle, by virtue of what she has given and continues to give. It is she who gave birth to the fighters, and she deserves that we bow to her in salute and in honor.’