Babbler # 1885
posted 03 February 2003 04:55 PM
OK, so it can't be done.
Try telling that to the IDF.
Of course, I can see how an automatic paper cutter, a printing press, and six computers can be used for other nefarious means that the IDF might object to...
Early Sunday morning, when the neighbors telephoned to Ismail at home to tell him what happened, all they said was that soldiers had dynamited the iron door to his print shop. Arriving on the scene, unshaven, he was shocked to find that his brand-new, $23,000 paper-cutting machine, ordered a month ago and installed only two days before the shelling, had been completely destroyed when the door was blown in.
The printing press was ruined, too. He climbed over fragments of furniture and window frames and rolls of paper and pamphlets )some in Hebrew( to reach the shaky narrow iron stairs to the gallery he built to house his advanced computer systems. There, word processing and editing was done on text books, reports for human rights organizations, posters (like the one still hanging on the wall, intact, with "The Right to Play" inscribed above a boy and girl on swings).
The five computers - the pride of the print shop and its staff - were overturned, broken, shattered. He hadn't yet had a chance to check whether their hard disks had been taken or not, since it was clear that what the shelling failed to accomplish, soldiers had seen to. They had climbed up to the gallery and confiscated a file with thousands of disks - with science and technology learning materials for children. "Futurekids", the series is called. Ismail printed the texts that go with the disks and was then supposed to have distributed them to schools and book shops. "That was the biggest shock, that they took these learning materials for children," said Ismail, who studied physics and math at Bir Zeit University and graduated in 1985.
The darkness outside suddenly lightened, and a scorched odor wafted in through the wide-open window. The sound of heavy firing was audible all over the city, and few people slept that night. People in Gaza have already learned to classify those sounds - after explosives were detonated to blow up a shop, a rocket was fired from an invisible helicopter, then came shelling from a tank, and next a round from a submachine gun in the unseen helicopter overhead.
All were in use on Saturday night and on into the early hours of Sunday morning, in a neighborhood where some streets are paved and some are deep in sand. Some of the shops have modern computer systems and others are labor-intensive workshops with old, heavy equipment; some have reinforced doors and others are built of corrugated tin, naked concrete and iron sheeting. In 17 shops spread over several streets, soldiers planted explosives and blew them up entirely. Two explosions per shop, at least.
In Fuad Samaneh's workshop, producers of metal crates and heavy doors, the soldiers put explosives in all the computerized parts of the machines and detonated them. Three houses were blown up nearby, belonging to the Dehduh, Abu Zour and Daouleh families, in which several dozen people lived. Everyone was told to come outside and they fled to nearby streets.
Warning! To the people of Gaza! Quit trying to make a living!
(with apologies to Salter Street)
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