by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook - April, 5, 2007
The daily Palestinian Times, reported today on a Palestinian cement worker who was adding extra cement to the home he was building in Bnei Brak, an Israeli city north of Tel Aviv, because he believed it may eventually be his children's home and he wanted it to be strong. What is significant is not only the worker's sentiment, but that the Palestinian daily chose both to cover his story and to routinely refer to the Israeli city as "his [the worker's] land."
Last month PMW reported that 75% of Palestinian's deny Israel's right to exist [to see the bulletin click here] and this story is an indicator of how these polls are expressed in conversation, beliefs and opinions by Palestinians.
The following is the text from the Palestinian Times:
Palestinian looses job for ‘speaking his mind’
This narrative involves two characters, a Palestinian worker and an Israeli employer. It is a story about perceived ownership of land. This tales illuminates the mindset of both the Palestinians and Israelis. In this account, the worker loses his job because he defends his principles, concerning his people and land...
“I was working for an Israeli employer in the Bnei Brak area inside Israel...the employer asked me to prepare a cement mixture,” said Hamed. “As I was preparing the mixture I put double the amount of cement. When the employer returned and saw the dark color of the mixture, he asked why I have doubled the cement quantity. I replied by saying that I did so to strengthen the foundations of the building since one day these buildings may belong to us and our children.”
“Wherever did he learn to speak in this logic?” asked the shocked employer. He continued by telling Hamed that this is very dangerous way of thinking and is a threat to the wellbeing of land of Israel. He then told Hamed not to return to his job.
[Palestine Times, April 5, 2007]