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Sam Bahour details struggles of life in Palestine at Liberty event

Published: Thu, October 17, 2013 @ 10:52 p.m.


Sam Bahour, a 1982 Liberty High School graduate, lives a long way from home, in Al-Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine, where he has worked 20 years as a entrepreneur and business consultant.

Bahour, an Arab American, went to Palestine in 1993, just after the Oslo Accords, which created a Palestinian self-government and called for withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from parts of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

But Bahour, who spoke Thursday night at the Arab American Community Center on Belgrade Avenue in Liberty, says many people understand the Accord and its practical effect on Palestine only from a distance.

Though the agreement seemed to provide Palestinians with self-determination, a closer look at its details shows that the agreement was “lopsided, setting up the Palestinians for failure,” he said.

Bahour, who was keynote speaker at the Friends of SABEEL Conference in Chicago recently, said a section dealing with telecommunications is an example of how it limited the ability of Palestinians to develop their economy.

Bahour, who studied computer technology at Youngstown State University, was interested in telecommunications and discovered that the way the Israelis were implementing the agreement was to provide only a limited amount of radio frequencies for the Palestinian telecommunications industry to use.

The result was the “cost of the network was three times more than it should have been,” and when Bahour and his business associates tried to bring the equipment they needed into Palestine, the Israelis held their equipment at the port.

Read more about his experiences in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


1BigSticksWalkSoftly1(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Sam for the insight. As an American I find it appalling how Palestinians are portrayed as dancing terrorists while the Zionist terrorists continue their occupation. I can't understand how any law abiding American can support, unconditionally, the acts perpetrated against the indigenous Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Druze innocents in the land of Palestine. I just can't see how any American who would support this constant destruction against Palestinians; unless you thought slavery was a great idea, or the Jim Crow laws of the South should be brought back, or apartheid in South Africa was a good idea or you approve of how Hitler treated the Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Gays, etc. You don't solve 1 refugee problem by creating another one!

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2BigSticksWalkSoftly1(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

There is nothing positive that comes from violence. History is filled with violent behaviors across the spectrum of races, religions, cultures, etc. It is true that Palestinians have a long and distinguished history that is NOT based on violent behavior. For example, the group Saheel, of which the story above is based on, is founded on Palestinian Christian peace and justice in response to the desecration of religious sites in the Holy Land.
"Sabeel is an ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, this liberation theology seeks to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians, to promote unity among them and lead them to act for justice and peace. Sabeel strives to develop a spirituality based on love, justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation and reconciliation for the different national and faith communities".
Finally, the awful terrorist hijacking of 1976 involved 2 Germans AND the Ugandan army. NOT just Palestinians. Yes, omissions of the facts is just as misleading as cold-faced lying.

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3BigSticksWalkSoftly1(3 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Palestinians are like any other group of people who have been oppressed and subjugated by outside invaders. I have Palestinian Christian friends whose families were murdered, raped, had their villages destroyed, were kicked off their land and had their valuables stolen by internationally recognized Zionist terrorist groups in the 1940s, 50s, 60s...even yesterday Zionist teenagers terrorized a small Palestinian village and burned down theiir olive trees and smashed their farm equipment. Unfortunately, most English speaking news agencies around the world don't report this continuous ethnic cleansing. If Americans only knew that what they support is Jim Crow descrimination and religious fascism in Israel proper and the on going ethnic cleansing and apartheid building bantustans in the militarily occupied Palestinian territories. We should all stop inciting violence by NOT labeling groups of people in response to individual actions; this is the American way; not unconditionally supporting Zionism's goal of perpetual war and complete decimation of Palestinian society.

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