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I stood back as the photographers took pictures. I watched as the mourners proceeded through the twisting streets of downtown Ramallah before they crammed into their cars to drive to the hills where the hometown of the man who’d died was. We followed. 29 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 30 a crazy occupation Up in the hills our mobile phone signals kept cutting in and out. Finally Karin, who’d been trying to reach me for ages, got in touch and asked me to head to Nablus that same afternoon.
They believed it could help Israeli authorities identify them and track them down. Lefteris put his cup of coffee down on the table. ‘Okay,’ he said. ’ He then ran to the car and returned with his laptop. He opened his photo files of the 46 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 47 30 September–10 October 2000 march and invited the man to sit down. Eventually our visitor was able to pick himself out of the crowd, swathed in a keffiyeh. ‘There I am,’ he said, pointing at the screen. We looked at him and smiled.
I needed to learn how to travel light, a practice that I was still trying to fine-tune. As I walked to the office, trailing my little red suitcase behind me, my parents called me on my mobile phone, frantic. ‘What’s going on over there? It doesn’t look good, habibi,’ my father said, using the Arabic word for ‘sweetheart’. ’ I couldn’t disguise my excitement; I’d never been to Gaza before and I was psyched by the prospect. ‘Is that any safer? We’re watching it here on TV. ’ he said. I told him I was fine.
A Crazy Occupation: Eyewitness to the Intifada by Jamie Tarabay