Death threats in Dahiet al-Bariid

Today, the first day of Ramadan, I found writing (again) on my car — two lines written large in the dust that accumulated overnight on the windshield of the car I rent. The lines contained the word/name “Allah”, and looking like a verse from the Qur’an or a saying from the Hadith. I was in a hurry, didn’t pay attention, and cleaned it off, so I could drive to my appointments in Ramallah.

What I didn’t notice, until later in the day, were the words that had been also been written in English on the window on the driver’s side: “WE WILL KILL YOU SO GO FROM HERE“.

2 thoughts on “Death threats in Dahiet al-Bariid”

  1. I am so sorry that happened to you. It sounds like the work of some ignorant teenagers and not something serious, but I wouldn’t blame you for being upset.

  2. Thanks for your kind words. I do not know who did it, or why, but I am completely sure that it was not done by kids. There was no justification for this to happen — yet there are a number of possible suspects. I am dismayed at the dismissive reaction of some Palestinians who say, that this is “just kids, it’s a joke, it’s not serious”. But a death threat is not a joke. It is a very serious matter, and it is absolutely unacceptable. Many other Palestinians share my view on this. A lawyer in Haifa who works on civil and human rights issues says she’s heard many similar stories from different areas in Jerusalem, and she says that the the current stress on Palestinian is causing a number of serious problems. The place is imploding.

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