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Letter to the Family of the Palestinian Sniper Who Killed my son
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by Robi Damelin


This for me is one of the most difficult letters I will ever have to write. My name is Robi Damelin, I am the mother of David who was killed by your son. I know he did not kill David because he was David, if he had known him he could never have done such a thing.
David was 28 years old, he was a student at Tel-Aviv University doing his Masters in the Philosophy of Education, David was part of the peace movement and did not want to serve in the occupied territories. He had a compassion for all people and understood the suffering of the Palestinians, he treated all around him with dignity. David was part of the movement of the Officers who did not want to serve in the occupied territories but nevertheless for many reasons he went to serve when he was called to the reserves.

What makes our children do what they do, they do not understand the pain they are causing, your son by now having to be in jail for many years and mine who I will never be able to hold and see again or see him married, or have a grandchild from him. I cannot describe to you the pain I feel since his death and the pain of his brother and girlfriend, and of all who knew and loved him.

All my life I have spent working for causes of co-existence, both in South Africa and here. After David was killed I started to look for a way to prevent other families both Israeli and Palestinian from suffering this dreadful loss. I was looking for a way to stop the cycle of violence, nothing for me is more sacred than human life, no revenge or hatred can ever bring my child back. After a year, I closed my office and joined the Parents Circle - Families Forum. We are a group of Israeli and Palestinian families who have all lost an immediate family member in the conflict. We are looking for ways to create a dialogue with a long term vision of reconciliation.

After your son was captured, I spent many sleepless nights thinking about what to do, should I ignore the whole thing, or will I be true to my integrity and to the work that I am doing and try to find a way for closure and reconciliation. This is not easy for anyone and I am just an ordinary person not a saint. I have now come to the conclusion that I would like to try to find a way to reconcile. Maybe this is difficult for you to understand or believe, but I know that in my heart it is the only path that I can choose, for if what I say is what I mean it is the only way.

I understand that your son is considered a hero by many of the Palestinian people, he is considered to be a freedom fighter, fighting for justice and for an independent viable Palestinian state, but I also feel that if he understood that taking the life of another may not be the way and that if he understood the consequences of his act, he could see that a non-violent solution is the only way for both nations to live together in peace.

Our lives as two nations are so intertwined, each of us will have to give up on our dreams for the sake of the future of the children who are our responsibility.

I give this letter to people I love and trust to deliver, they will tell you of the work we are doing, and perhaps create in your hearts some hope for the future. I do not know what your reaction will be, it is a risk for me, but I believe that you will understand, as it comes from the most honest part of me. I hope that you will show the letter to your son, and that maybe in the future we can meet.

Let us put an end to the killing and look for a way through mutual understanding and empathy to live a normal life, free of violence.





On March 3rd 2002, during the high peak of the 2000's Intifada, a Palestinian sniper opened fire on an IDF roadblock in the WB and managed to shoot to death 10 people, soldiers and civilians alike. the roadblock was a death trap since it was serrounded by high hills. Shortly after 6:30 on Sunday morning, a Palestinian sniper opened fire at an army roadblock 1.5 kilometers north of Ofra on the Ramallah-Nablus road from his carbine, killing 10 soldiers and civilians and wounding four, before escaping unharmed. With his first shots, the gunman killed the three soldiers deployed behind concrete blocks surrounding the roadblock. Soldiers sleeping in the adjacent building were alerted by the gunfire and raced out to the roadblock, only to be shot dead,one after the other. Also killed were civilians and soldiers who arrived by car at the roadblock.Platoon commander Lieutenant David Damelin heard the shooting and left the barracks. He went around the building to the north of the checkpoint to asist the others and was shot dead.




3 weeks ago I created here an item in memory of a girl which her death in a Palestinian stabbing terror attack, exactly 10 years ago, symbolised the tragedy of the Middle East conflict, since she herself was a pro Palestinian activist.

This is another memory for another tragic symbol, which yesterday was his memory day - if you juat read the letter his mother wrote in 2009 to the mother of the Palestinian sniper, and later to the Palestinian himself you will understand why.




The sniper said in response he doesn't want to meet the mother, and also replied he is proud of killing her son.




He was released several months ago in the Shalit prisoner swap. Robi Damelin published then an article in which she explained why she supports the release of the killer of her son in exchange of Shalit freedom.




This is the most tragic aspect of war- you also kill those who want to help you, who wish to be your friends, those which were put by fate from both sides of the fence, even that in another time, or another dimension they could have been the best friends in the world.










http://being.publicradio.org/programs/2010/no-more/damelin-lettertosniper.shtml



http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/10/palestine-israel-peace-campaigners



http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+Peace/Memorial/2002/2/Lt-res-+David+Damelin.htm






Last photo shows Ali Abu Awwad and Robi Damelin meeting through the Parents Circle after his brother and her son were killed, from the Guardian:

She's Israeli, he's an Arab. War has made them like mother and son


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  • I made this item since yesterday was her son 10th memeory day. if you care to understand the amount of tragedy in this story then at list go on the black lines in the text above,and also watch the 3:30 video- Only 3:30 minutes which i find very different from the usual hateful stuff uploaded on this site.
    Her son David was against serving in the West Bank but he did his reserve duty as an officer, since he respected the law of his country, even if didn't agree with it. Probably he also wanted to More..

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    • @aydeo there are also alot of people on this site are happy when they hear about a death of a palestine,

      that is the main reason why i do not upload storys of kids being murdered by israelis.

      this site is full of hate.
      but im glad there are posters like you which i could find common ground

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    • @kanns01

      thanks, I feel the same regarding posters like you

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    • @fuchajen its too bad that crap of a cult cant learn anything from this , . say sad days are comming , i just am tired and sick of reading and seeing about them , what the hell need to re write our constatution , and quick

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  • Sad

    To bad the anti-Isreali mob will be here soon to fill this thread with hate. Proving the point even more.

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  • Waste of her time. Muslims do not care who they hurt. But good for her.

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  • Why write a letter to terrorists? When I lived in Isreal back in the 80-ties there was not that much going on. Suddenly the Palestinians started to blow up buses and people. The best thing happened to Israel since then is that wall.

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  • I'll never understand the mind of a liberal Jew ,

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    • @ComradeAgopian read some nazi books or extreme zionist books then you would know how their brain works

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    • @Documentary2011 cry baby, it is fact what said and you ain't simon freud

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    • @Documentary2011 still worst guesses in the world.. in your small mind there are two type people, right?

      like ; good and bad, the ones with you or against you..

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  • HAHAHAHAHAHA, FUCK BOTH SIDES..

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  • Wonder if his story was like the story of Uriah.

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  • God bless her and her son R.I.P

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  • Evil floureshious when good people do anything , they allow the devil to flourish and will only allow evil to pour all over us , and this has been what out goverment has done for too long , messing with money over all that should be right , it should be a a given right to live a life and to plant your garden to feed that , but when you feed evil you should be held accountable , and never should you be able to feed anymore wrath you already have done , . si More..

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  • too hell in a fire so hot to all you fusk tards that think this is anything more than a brain washed load of crap , keep thinking this is right , and youll all go to the hell you belong .nothing will bring him back , but burning this cult out will

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  • A brave and intelligent woman.

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  • Writing such an intelligent and great letter is sort of senseless in a coutry where 90% of the population can only think of violence, territory and murder.

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  • Sniper, really? Her son was killed by a fanatic and to offer friendship means she was broken to her core by his death. I would have rather seen the men in her family take retribution and wipe these muslim assholes off the face of the earth... There will be no peace on earth with the religion of islam in existence

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    • @killingforgod So, you're completely insane....got it.

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    • @cocainespork Not insane but totally sane, kind of fucks up the balance of the world doesn't it?

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    • @killingforgod

      The men if her family will never do such a thing since Israel is not a country based on tribal vandeta.

      If i'm not mistaken the killer Sniper was released out of jail several months ago, as part of the Shalit prionser swap, and she (the mother) supported his release for the sake of the return of the captive soldier back home.

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    • @aydeo I would support the release of someone if they ever killed one of my family members, I would even pay their bail if required. I would also go to their funeral and spit on their grave shortly there after.

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  • thats what u get for sending rockets in civilian homes israel

    may iran blast you off this world!

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  • Too bad about this guy.

    Then again that's war.

    Mean amd greedy pricks in charge sending the cattle to do the dirty work or get slaughtered.

    He opposed deployment but went anyway?

    Thousands of Israeli's refused to be deployed and guess what?

    They're still alive, aren't surrounded by under stimulated and angry boys and girls with guns and they still have a conciense. :)

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    • @Rayyaan

      he went anyway to prove a point (he was a youth guider)- that when you live in a certain country you apply by it's rules, even if you are against it's policy.

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  • sorry momma, but there's 1000 more stories from the Palestinians ahead of you.

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  • Here is a passionate broken MOTHER that is reaching out to her son's killer's family. A family that is no doubt proud of what he did, but still she reaches out knowing that probability. That takes a GOD and that takes an great MOTHER. She has my respect and prayers. The realities of an Jew just blow my mind, I admire them. They will one day be rid of the occupying muslims, and it will be through peace eventually. The road to peace will be the bloodiest of all for certain. Eventual peace i More..

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    • @SOONER3 "occupying muslims" lmfao
      Jewish, and Christian God?!!?!
      They are the same thing after all right?
      lmfao@u
      What is the main difference between them? Can you explain?
      You speak as if they are the same.

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  • She claim David does not wish to serve in the occupied territory, but David was helping the IDF suppressing and murdering Palestinian when he was sniped. So fair is fair, David was doing his duty and the sniper was doing his duty.

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