L'Humanité in English
Translation of selective papers from the french daily newspaper l'Humanité
decorHome > Editorial > Memory of stones

EditorialWorldPoliticsEconomySocietyCultureScience & TechnologySportInternational Communist and Labor Press"Tribune libre"Comment and OpinionBlogsLinks
About Israel, read also
decorEuropean Council. Manipulations around the necessary fight against anti-Semitism decorHow Erdoğan is playing the Palestinian card decorIsraeli Cruelty Kills Prisoners decorIsraël’s Interference in Artistic Creation decorFreedom of expression. Why are boycott actions becoming illegal? decorThe European Union is Complicit in Israeli War Crimes decorBDS, the Campaign for Boycott that Scares Tel Aviv decorCourt Orders Khalida Jarrar to be Freed decorThe Time Has Come to Free Ourselves decorRecognizing Palestine: “Historical Moment” In Favor of Peace decorIsrael has banned Mads Gilbert from Gaza for life decorEnough is enough! A call for pressure on Israel
About Palestine, read also
decorTrump Launches an Arrest Warrant against the International Criminal Court decorIsrael, Predator of Palestinian Journalists decorGaza. The opening of a Coca-Cola factory threatens water resources decorUri Avnery: ‘The root cause of the crisis lies in the refusal to put an end to colonisation.’ decorArafat analysis "inevitably indicates involvement of a third party" decorJustice! decorPalestine at the United Nations: An Opening for New Rights at the International Level decorHistory in the Making at the United Nations decorEchos of the Arab revolutions in Israeli jails: Power to the people! Long live freedom! decorElias Sanbar on the Erasing of Palestine decorThe Promise decorAbettors to Israel’s Crimes
About Gaza, read also
decorUry Avnery : « We are entirely, resolutely against this war » decorGaza. Are « experimental » weapons being used?

ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: La mémoire des pierres

by Patrick Apel-Muller

Memory of stones

Translated Sunday 23 November 2014, by Anne Sanders

One wall has fallen, another has sprung up as a monument to injustice and brutality. Furious outcries ring out once again on both sides.

Once again, the children of Palestine are throwing stones at armed soldiers and tanks. The volatile situation in the Middle East has not stifled the dreams of a population - torn between exile, Gaza and the West Bank - of escaping the everyday apartheid, the dispossession which takes away homes and olive groves, the control of Israeli President Netanyahou, who denies them their independence, and a hand-to-mouth existence. The confrontations on the Esplanade of the Mosques (al-Haram ash-Sharîf), the demonstrations in the southern city of Hebron, which were savagely crushed by the Israeli army, the memory of Arafat like a flag overhead: all these things confirm that we can no longer wait, that the world cannot look away, that it is high time that Palestine achieved independence and freedom, within borders which are as secure as those of its neighbour, Israel.

The French government bears a heavy responsibility.
The President himself encouraged and justified the war against Gaza. Yet the government could redeem itself by reviving some of France’s historical political involvement in this part of the world. It can do so by officially recognising Palestine as an independent state. Sweden has done so, other countries are preparing to do so, and the Communist party members of the government have put forward a proposal to do so: now is the time. The leaders of all parties should face up to their responsibilities. Will they accept the continuing lack of international recognition for this population? Will they allow Israeli power to sabotage a renewal of negotiations by increasing attacks and creating tension? Will they remain silent when the warmongers seek to transform a fight for independence into a war of religion? Will they remain submissive, in the footsteps of the United States?

No-one can expect to eradicate the pain felt in Palestine.
“We are suffering from an incurable agony called hope,” wrote their poet, Mahmoud Darwich.

Follow site activity RSS 2.0 | Site Map | Translators’ zone | SPIP