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Issue . 59
P. 7
Two Letters from Jerusalem: Haunted by Our Breathing

Jerusalem, 11 July 2014

It is silenced screaming and pain that turned the streets of Jerusalem into storytellers. As Old City shop owner Abu Ayman explained:

“They [the Israeli government] did not leave any breathing space, be it their economic strangulation, their police, the soldiers and their rifles, their secret police, their checkpoints, their settlers, their youth that turned the Old City into their playground, and we are their targets … My neighbor died yesterday, and I could not even go to the funeral, as they blocked off the entire area. As you see, we are silenced, our burdens are more than we can carry … So, we stopped even daring to speak.

But maybe soon they will also start punishing us for our silence, for even breathing.”