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The Reality Shift of ‘ The Book Of Aquarius ‘

From Xaniel’s Blog DaniMart~Tetra-Trinity Chronicles 

The Book of Aquarius By Anonymous Released: March 20, 2011 Updated: September 9, 2011 bookofaquarius.forgottenbooks.org

1. The Book of Aquarius The purpose of this book is to release one particular secret, which has been kept hidden for the last 12,000 years. ThePhilosophers’ StoneElixir of LifeFountain of YouthAmbrosiaSomaAmrita, Nectar of Immortality. These are different names for the same thing. Throughout history this secret has been used by a very few to extend their lives hundreds of years in perfect health, with access to unlimited wealth, among many other miraculous properties. Some kept the secret because they understood that the time was not right for the secret to be free for all people, but most kept the secret out of their own jealousy, ignorance, egotism and corruption. The Stone’s history and the history of the human race up until this day is a strange story full of secret societies, hooded cloaks, and mystical symbols. Such theatrics are childish and shallow.

It’s pointless to look for the light in the shadows.

The Philosophers’ Stone operates and is made by entirely natural and scientific means. Truth is always simple, beautiful and easy to understand. The Philosophers’ Stone is real; you can make it at home. The Stone makes old people young, heals all forms of sickness and disease, extends your life, turns any metal into gold, and more, as you will learn. This isn’t a myth or a metaphor, it’s a fact. Don’t judge this book before you’ve read it. This is not one of those airy fairy books written in all kinds of mystical language, filling pages with words that makes sentences but not sense. This book will make more sense than anything you’ve ever read before. The age of secrets is over. I’m writing this book in common English. There’s no need for mystical language or metaphor. This book contains no hidden meaning or codes; everything is stated plainly and directly, in the shortest and simplest of words necessary to convey the meaning.

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t. by Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)

I am a friend of Socrates and Plato, but still more so of Truth. A Dialogue, by Alexander von Suchten, 16th – 17th Cen. (?)

Give this book to everyone you know. If you have a web site, upload it there. If you have a mailing list, mail it to everyone. If you work in the media, report on or publish this book. Translate it into different languages. Do everything you can to get this book to as many people as possible. You can distribute this book in any way. I am not reserving any copyright. This book is public domain and royalty-free. I advise you to print this book, as computers may not be so reliable in the future.

Do you know any secrets? Now is the time to release them. Forget any promises you made or vows you took. This is all corruption. If someone makes you promise to jump off a cliff it doesn’t mean you have to. There is no such thing as “government”, “society”, “company”, “organization”, these are just vague concepts, they are not real, they don’t have feelings. People are real. Your loyalty is to people and toNature.

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Coping: With Phony History

George Ure’s Urban Survival 

Site Contact: george@ure.net

How would you feel if you were sitting around with a good book on history and a few pages into it, the author were to drop a small bombshell on you by saying, in so many words..

  • About 1,200 years of recent human history has just been “made up”?

That’s where I found myself this weekend.  Stuck in bed with a terrible sinus cold (beaten back, but still red-eyed and not in flying shape yet, there I was with History: Fiction or Science? Dating methods as offered by mathematical statistics. Eclipses and zodiacs. Chronology Vol.I  ($10 Amazon).

That was bad enough, but Fomenko (Vol. 1) also goes into some other major problems:

  • Lots of writings attributed to the Greeks and earlier seem to have just “appeared” in the XIII century and later.

  • Some of those revered cathedrals in Europe?  The biggest part of their construction is only 200 year old…offering mortar tests to show the middle ages portion was most small single-story structures.

  • Supposed old coinage from Greek & Roman times?  Has the same minting errors of Middle Ages coinage.  So why would minting errors be cloned, hmmm?

  • Many historical character in two distinct periods of history:  Middle Ages and classical periods…

  • Oh, and lots of classical characters, such as Plato, were likely fabrications of based onthen-current icons, like Pleton/Pletho.

This last link is of particular interest. since the Western view is that Pletho/Pleton simply “rediscovered” Plato.  Lemme see…that would make his name Pleton/Plethon/Pletho one of the grandest coincidences in history.

So what gives?

Well, the mind does boggle a bit, but seems that the clergy went to great lengths in the middle ages to wipe out any trace of how short our actual “history” is. 

Which gets us around to a very interesting problem which Clif (he’s in Vol. 3 already) and I have been kicking around.  It does down to this ponder:

“Why would a culture need to “make up” that it is much older than it probably is?”

This gives way to a whole rising up of questions:  Did the Christian/Judeo religions have a marketing issue that demanded they “get older”?  Was there no Library at Alexandria…hence no documents for much of claimed antiquity – which may explain why so many “old documents” just “appeared” in the middle ages?

The mind reels…all those “hidden past” things come welling up:  This would make 2012 a sham (no worries, I expect to be around in 2013 anyway) not to mention bringing lots of fresh questions about the linkage between governments and Churchianity into question going back at least 1,000 years.

The troublesome part is that Fomenko didn’t distill his claims down into an pocketbook.  This is four serious academic volumes and he’s just one of an emerging group of authors who are re-thinking our claimed history.  The discussion of carbon-14 errors in volume 1 is impressive, and near I can follow, right.

As to who was behind a lot of this?  Joseph Justus Scaliger, for one (1540-1609), among others.

As Fomenko explains, the timeline of history is incredibly imprecise and the Scaligarian timeline adopted “officially” by the PTB seems to add anywhere from 700 to 1,200 years, depending on how you look at it.

So what would if mean, if Fomenko is correct, when he asserts, for example that Jesus was born in 1053 A.D. and died in 1086 A.D.

Which gets Clif and me wondering one of those motivation questions which we hate because they are so damn difficult to “prove”:  Why would wars be fought, cities burned, and much of a “made up history” be sold as a cornerstone of thought? 

“What’s wrong with being a young race of people who just show up here?”

Except that gets us to the even murkier question:  Did we spontaneously arise or were weplanted?  More ponderings as I get into Vol. 2.

AND HERE A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA FROM GEORGE’S SITE : 

Don’t Try this Tax Return

Still, it’s an interesting list:

They sent my Tax Return back! AGAIN!!! In response to the question:

“List all dependents?” I replied –

“12 million illegal immigrants;

“3 million crack heads;

“42 million unemployable people on food stamps,

“2 million people in over 243 prisons; and

“535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.”

No, I won’t be trying it, either…still….certain ring of truth to it.  Leaves out all the occupied country, though…and foreign aid and…..

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Map of “Greater Israel” Published by Radical Settler Movement

BY OCCUPIEDPALESTINE

Essential Read: The Promised Land ~ by Jad KhairAllah


January 15th, 2009 Martini Lahoud

“The process of national revival of the Jewish people is irreversible and has its internal logic. We shall have no peace as long as the whole territory of the Country of Israel will not return under Jewish control. This might sound too hard, but such is the logic of history. The war on the Holy Land has been already fought for four thousand years and the end cannot be seen. A stable peace will come only then, when Israel will return to itself all its historical lands, and will thus control both the Suez and the Ormudz channel. The state will find at last its geostrategic completeness. We must remember that Iraqi oil fields too are located on the Jewish land. This may seem utopia to many now – but an even greater utopia seemed a hundred years ago the revival of the Jewish state…If you want it, this will not not be a fairy tale” –Rabbi Avrom Shmulevic of the Bead Artzein (“For the Homeland”) Movement.

The Shrinking Map of Palestine

“Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”
– David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99

“We must expel Arabs and take their places.” — David Ben Gurion, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

“Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves … politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves… The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country.” — David Ben Gurion, quoted on pp 91-2 of Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle, which appears in Simha Flapan’s “Zionism and the Palestinians pp 141-2 citing a 1938 speech

“We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out!” — Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

“Israel should have exploited the repression of the demonstrations in China, when world attention focused on that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the territories.” — Benyamin Netanyahu, then Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, former Prime Minister of Israel, speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, from the Israeli journal Hotam, November 24, 1989.

“It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands.” — Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998.

“Everybody has to move, run and grab as many (Palestinian) hilltops as they can to enlarge the (Jewish) settlements because everything we take now will stay ours…Everything we don’t grab will go to them.” — Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of the Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, Nov. 15, 1998.

“Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel on trial.” — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, 25 March, 2001 quoted in BBC News Online


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Map of “Greater Israel” Published by Radical Settler Movement « Never Cast Lead Again


A Million Stories about the Zionist Rape of This World – in pictures

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Top Ten Ways Americans are Getting Squeezed 

From Get Smart News

1. Why have grocery costs grown so high? Just normal inflation right? Think again. How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis Goldman Sachs and other bankers are gaming the system, driving the costs of commodities higher and higher with a derivative they made up just for this purpose “the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index”…just to make themselves more money.

In 1991, Goldman bankers came up with a new kind of investment product, a derivative that tracked 24 raw materials, from precious metals and energy to coffee, cocoa, cattle, corn, hogs, soy, and wheat to be known henceforth as the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI). For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle.

Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. Bankers recognized a good system when they saw it, and dozens of speculative non-physical hedgers followed Goldman’s lead and joined the commodities index game, including Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Pimco, JP Morgan Chase, AIG, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers “You had people who had no clue what commodities were all about suddenly buying commodities,” an analyst from the United States Department of Agriculture told me.

In the first 55 days of 2008, speculators poured $55 billion into commodity markets, and by July, $318 billion was roiling the markets. Food inflation has remained steady since.

Hard red spring wheat, which usually trades in the $4 to $6 dollar range per 60-pound bushel, broke all previous records as the futures contract climbed into the teens and kept on going until it topped $25. And so, from 2005 to 2008, the worldwide price of food rose 80 percent — and has kept rising.

2. Why does it cost so much to fill the gas tank? Must be Peak Oil right?

  • How Koch Became An Oil Speculation Powerhouse From Inventing Oil Derivatives To Deregulating The Market – October 6, 1986: First oil derivative is introduced to Wall Street by traders at Koch. Koch Industries executive Lawrence Kitchen devised the “first ever oil-indexed price swap between Koch Industries and Chase Manhattan Bank. “Documents reveal that Koch is also participating in the unregulated derivatives markets as a financial player, buying and selling speculative products that are increasingly contributing to the skyrocketing price of oil.

  • gas prices

    Excessive energy speculation today is at its highest levels ever, and even Goldman Sachs now admits that at least $27 of the price of crude oil is a result from reckless speculation rather than market fundamentals of supply and demand. Many experts interviewed by ThinkProgress argue that the figure is far higher, and out of control speculation has doubled the current price of crude oil. “

  • U.S. Oil Exports Reach Record Highs; That’s Right…Exports

3. Why are my heating bills so out of control? See above.

4. Why do my kid’s clothes and everythingelse  cost so much these days? – See 1 & 2 above. The price of commodities and oil have a huge ripple effect, forcing everyone’s costs and prices up, driving inflation across the board.

5. Why do I have to keep scraping by every month to pay for ever increasing health insurance costs?

Record Profits Don’t Stop Health Insurer’s Record Rate HikesThe absurd cost of healthcare is not open for discussion on our public airwaves. Some typical costs: $30,000 – $56,000 for a weekend stay in the hospital for tests only- no surgery. Another bill for $97,000 for a three day stay.

The corporate media has made sure that all discussion of health care be about insurance- these ridiculous costs are never addressed. The obvious truth is that Health Care for profit is not working. Remove the profit from the equation and we will return to a humane system.

And people are going bankrupt and losing their houses, or dying because they can’t afford the bill, families break apart from the financial stress, and for what, or actually who…
CEOs explore new depths of satanic greed
George Paz – CEO of Express Scripts, Healthcare
Compensation: $51.5million
Net Income: $1.29billion

Stephen Hemsley- CEO of UnitedHealth Group
Compensation: $48.8million
Net Income: $4.93billion

6. Why am I so sick in the first place?

Maybe it has something to do with who they are hiring at the government agencies that are supposed to protect our health?? Well Look who was hired to plan implementation of new food safety legislation at the Food and Drug Administration… Monsanto’s man Taylor returns to FDA in food-czar role
Monsanto Exec / Gov’t Official “pulls strings” to get neuro-toxin approved as a food additive- makes millions.
And clearly the Center for Disease Control has been looking out for our safety CDC Director Arrested for Child Molestation and Bestiality

7. Are your water rates going through the roof?

It’s not just your town- it’s global. Even with global warming/ God’s wrath and worldwide flooding- incredibly, there is also a worldwide drought. Don’t question the logic, just shut up and pay your bills.. is the subliminal message the corporate media pushes everyday.

8. Why is there a “housing crisis”?

  • Goldman Sachs on mortgage crisis: ‘Serious money’ to be made

  • Goldman Sachs Misled Congress After Duping Clients Over CDOs … Goldman sold AAA bonds they knew were “sacks of shit”, then shorted the bonds. The bonds were MBS- mortage back securities, mortgages, thousands of family homes. The more people that lose their homes, the more money Goldman makes. GoldMansacks appears to be trying desperately to snatch the most evil company award from Monsanto, as if they’ll get a prize.

  • The case against Goldman Sachs

  • Banks That Created Fake Demand Made Financial Crisis Much Worse – A ProPublica analysis published this week examines the extent of the “fake demand” created by major banks that sold lucrative mortgage-backed securities, and how the institutions fueled the economic crisis with their self-dealing

  • The Great Looting: Homeowners, Pensioners Robbed by Wall Street; Congress MIA – There is no doubt, the ‘foreclosure crisis’ was an engineered fraud enabling the banksters to scam money on both sides of the equation.

    Related: New Banking Chairman says Washington is there “to serve the banks“.

    Rep. wants foreclosure investigation to ignore robo-signer controversy.

    They used predatory lending practices to encourage people to get loans they couldn’t afford. They even cold-called people to get them to refinance a house that was already paid in full. Now a few years later they are trying to snatch that house out from under the family that has lived there for generations. And they did it on purpose! This happened over and over again. Why? The “securitization of loans” deal that allow the banks to bundle the bad loans, intentionally mislabel them AAA, then sell them to pension funds and other duped investors. Millions have lost big money in their pension funds because these fraudsters blatantly stole their money and the government did nothing about it.

9. Why are my electricity rates going through the roof?

10.  False Scarcity- Where did all the money go?

Across Europe countries are going “bankrupt” and governments are pushing bailouts and “austerity” measures on their citizens, stealing their retirement, enacting pay cuts, service cuts, all so they can pay the banksters interest. How are all of these major countries going bankrupt at the same time? Where did all the money go? In fact, there is no money shortage- these countries aren’t bankrupt- the governments and banksters have pilferred the treasuries and are now blaming it on the populace.

For instance, here in America Senate Leader Bill Frist’s family business, Billion $$ behemoth Columbia Healthcare paid a $2 billion settlement for overcharging medicare… but nobody went to prison, and Columbia still has gov’t contracts. They stole our money, and got away with it.

Almost half the $14 trillion debt is owed to the Federal Reserve, which is a consortium of private banks- ie half of America’s debt is to the  banksters that created the crisis in the first place.

This a worldwide brawl for the future of the planet. The worldwide 99% needs the US 99% to step up and fight.

Your house, food, gas, heat, health care, electricity, water- all of your major bills are being jacked by just a few of the 1%. Americans are being squeezed from every direction, deliberately. It truly is about The Fall of the Republic. That’s their goal here in America, where do you stand?

V the revolutionary

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Gun Ownership Soars To 18 Year High: 47% Of Americans Admit To Owning A Gun

Posted by Republic Broadcasting Network 

Zero Hedge

Americans may be fleeing from stocks in droves, but they sure aren’t shy about rotating the resulting meager liquidation proceeds into weaponry. According to Gallup, “Forty-seven percent of American adults currently report that they have a gun in their home or elsewhere on their property. This is up from 41% a year ago and is the highest Gallup has recorded since 1993, albeit marginally above the 44% and 45% highs seen during that period.” Considering the social situation “out there”, and the fact that the world is one badly phrased or translated headline away from a complete HFT-facilitated market collapse, this is hardly all that suprising.

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The new result comes from Gallup’s Oct. 6-9 Crime poll, which also finds public support for personal gun rights at a high-water mark. Given this, the latest increase in self-reported gun ownership could reflect a change in Americans’ comfort with publicly stating that they have a gun as much as it reflects a real uptick in gun ownership.

Not surprisingly, republicans pack more heat than democrats. Perhaps it is best not to piss too many off…

Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) are more likely than Democrats (including Democratic leaners) to say they have a gun in their household: 55% to 40%. While sizable, this partisan gap is narrower than that seen in recent years, as Democrats’ self-reported gun ownership spiked to 40% this year.

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Women are more armed than ever. Perhaps it is best not to piss too many off…

The percentage of women who report household gun ownership is also at a new high, now registering 43%

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Southerners, yes shocking, are the best armed of all. Perhaps it is best not to piss too many off…

Gun ownership is more common in the South (54%) and Midwest (51%) than in the East (36%) or West (43%) — a finding typical of Gallup’s trends in gun ownership by region.

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Gallup’s conclusion: “A clear societal change took place regarding gun ownership in the early 1990s, when the percentage of Americans saying there was a gun in their home or on their property dropped from the low to mid-50s into the low to mid-40s and remained at that level for the next 15 years. Whether this reflected a true decline in gun ownership or a cultural shift in Americans’ willingness to say they had guns is unclear. However, the new data suggest that attitudes may again be changing. At 47%, reported gun ownership is the highest it has been in nearly two decades — a finding that may be related to Americans’ dampened support for gun-control laws. However, to ensure that this year’s increase reflects a meaningful rebound in reported gun ownership, it will be important to see whether the uptick continues in future polling.”

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Crowd control techniques used by Oakland cops violated army rules of engagement for war zones

Source: Red Green & Blue (http://s.tt/13EIZ)

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Scott Olson wounded in Oakland

How bad was it? As Business Insider reports, the Oakland police did things to Occupy Wall Street demonstrators that troops wouldn’t do against hostile civilian crowds in a war zone. We treat our own protesters worse than the army treats Iraqis.

Here’s an excerpt from Business Insider, quoting an un-named Marine with Iraq combat experience:

Before gas goes into a crowd shield bearers have to be making no progress moving a crowd or crowd must be assaulting the line. Not with sticks and stones but a no bullshit assault. 3 warnings must be given to the crowd in a manner they can hear that force is about to be used. Shield bearers take a knee and CS gas is released in grenade form first to fog out your lines because you have gas masks. You then kick the canisters along in front of your lines. Projectile gas is not used except for longer ranged engagement or trying to steer the crowd ( by steering a crowd I mean firing gas to block a street off ). You also have shotguns with beanbags and various less than lethal rounds for your launchers. These are the rules for a WARZONE!!

40 mm tear gas gun via wikimedia commonsHow did a cop who is supposed to have training on his weapon system accidentally SHOOT someone in the head with a 40mm gas canister? Simple. He was aiming at him.

I’ll be the first to admit a 40mm round is tricky to aim if you are inexperienced but anyone can tell the difference between aiming at head level and going for range.

The person that pulled that trigger has no business being a cop. He sent that round out with the intention of doing some serious damage to the protestors. I don’t care what the protestors were doing. I never broke my rules of engagement in Iraq or Afghanistan. So I can’t imagine what a protester in the states did to deserve a headshot with a 40mm. He’s damn lucky to be alive and that cop knows he was using lethal force against a protester he is supposed to be protecting.

Additionally: Jesse Davis mentions “The methods prohibited in war, and actions after the fact are also against war zone policy.” Check out his infographic here.

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Israeli army shoots at children and two ISM activists

Notes from Behind the Blockade | October 28, 2011

After a lovely day of drinking excessive amounts of tea with a few families in South Gaza (Faraheen and Khuza’a, to be exact), an Italian colleague, Silvia, who used to live in Khuza’a, suggested walking down the road towards the local school. It was late afternoon, about 4:30 p.m. and dozens of children played in the area. We walked past slices of a giant concrete wall placed in the middle of the road. The slivers reminded me of Israel’s Apartheid Wall in the West Bank — 25 feet of reinforced concrete. The local villagers had apparently retrieved these sections from a former settlement and placed them there so that children could play outside while being (somewhat) protected from Israeli army gunfire.

Silvia pointed to a school farther down the road. “That’s where the children go to school,” she said. The sun was beginning to set and the area was quite beautiful if one didn’t look to hard at the Israeli military towers n the distance. I took some pictures, and even asked Silvia to take a photo of me. Kids played nearby and a donkey cart passed us. I photographed a house that looked like it had been bombed, but the bougainvillea had grown back in vibrant fuchsia. Two boys playing with a piece of plastic ran towards us from farther up the road and begged me to take a photo. I snapped a sloppy photo, and they eagerly checked their digital images on my camera. One in a green sweater thought it was terribly funny that the boy’s in a red hoodie’s head was missing in my photo.

They ran up ahead, and we walked for about 15 seconds when I heard a strange whiz, a whistle, eerily close to my ear. I paused, a bullet? Red hoodie and two younger boys up ahead hit the floor as I momentarily pondered the strange sound.

The kids turned around and yelled at us two stupid foreigners to get down. We bent down and started to walk away — fast — and they yelled at us to get completely on the ground. The Israeli army left us no time to be scared. No gunshots over our heads. No warnings. A second bullet whizzed past the three kids, and then us. The Israelis were shooting at us from the towers 500 meters ahead. This time, we were on the ground. I continued to look at these 9-year-olds or 10-year-olds or whatever they were for cues–walking towards their school under Israeli fire was clearly routine for them and they knew what they were doing. We waited on the ground for several minutes. As I still had my camera in hand, I snapped a quick photo of them from the ground.

A minute or two later a father and his toddler, also further up on the road came towards us and offered a ride on the back of his motorized cart. We jumped in and he “sped” back to behind the wall. Anyway, I got back to my apartment about an hour later, just in time for my Arabic class. Even though I had actually studied this time, I couldn’t concentrate. Why was the Israeli army shooting at our heads?

And I realized this is what Palestinian first, second, third, fourth graders experience daily in Gaza.

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