I began to go to school in 1987 and completed
primary school in Bil’in. I then proceeded to go to a high school in the
neighboring village. Upon my completion of 10th grade I moved to a
vocational school, El Kouds in Elram junction. I completed my high
school studies with honors, majoring in electronics, which was my
favorite since childhood.
I began to work while waiting to hear
from one of the universities or colleges to receive higher education in
my profession, but the occupation put an end to that.
30th 2000 I participated in a parade to protest Sharon’s entrance to
the Al Aqsa Mosque. While we approached area B, a vast number of
soldiers were waiting for us in the surrounding buildings and started to
shoot live ammunition. They wounded and killed us, protestors whose
only ammunition was their will.
I was badly wounded and was
announced as a martyr after a bullet hit my neck and my back, damaging
the third and forth spinal vertebra. I was paralyzed, lost my memory and
could not speak. After a year of treatment and rehabilitation I was
forced to remain in a wheelchair.
I live in a wheelchair, but it
does not limit me from saying NO to the occupation, saying NO to
oppression, and saying NO to injustice, slavery and bloodshed. I
continue to say YES to peace, freedom, liberty and independence. I still
participate in the protests we organize with Israeli and foreign
activists who come to express solidarity with us. We protest against the
racist wall, land confiscation and settlement construction. I am in
front of the parade with my camera, with which I capture photographs.
These photos are a tool in my struggle against injustice and those who
responsible for it. I have been wounded numerous times from rubber
bullets and shock grenades.
My injury has not stopped me from
continuing my life like other people. I decided to get married and I had
the good fortune to find a suitable girl who was able to understand my
situation and agreed to become engaged to me. Our marriage happened on
10/25/2008, and after one year God has blessed us and given us triplets
(a boy and two daughters) on 28/10/2009. despite the harsh conditions
and the increasing burdens of life, I’m still a believer in justice and
determined to continue resistance until we gain our freedom and
Together we all continue to struggle, with our
writing and photography, to secure ourselves and our children lives full
of love, peace, and safety.
I need a new electric wheelchair, and
because I can’t work, I can’t afford to bye a new one. Pleace help me,
so my wife don’t have to help me all the time.
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