The Way It Looked in 1981 (The Arab Mind)

by Mark Chmiel

Anybody you catch outside his home
First thing you beat him with a truncheon
All over his body
Except for his head

Don’t have pity on anyone
Don’t explain anything
Beat first
Then after
You explain why

If you catch a small child
Get out the whole family
Line them up and beat the father
Before all his children
Don’t consider the beating a right
It is your duty
They do not understand any other way

–an Israeli officer to his troops in the Occupied Territories
Cited in Noam Chomsky, Towards a New Cold War, 1982
Outtake from Dear Layla Welcome to Palestine

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