About Me

My name is Saeed Ibrahim Amireh, I am 18 years old and I have been born and raised in Ni’lin, in the  West Bank. During the summertime, I love to sleep on the rooftop of our house. When I see the beautiful stars, I dream to travel to far away places and meet people from all over the world. I can see the Mediterranean Sea from our roof. Often, I imagine what it is like to be at the beach and see the sun go down. I have never been to the sea because Israel does not allow us to go there.

One week before the final exams in 12th grade, Israeli soldiers raided our house in the middle of the night, locked the whole family but me in a room, beat me, destroyed my room and arrested me. I was in jail for 4 months. They kept me in a small cell in complete darkness, with mice and cockroaches everywhere. They beat, threatened, and interrogated me constantly. To this date I know nothing about why they even arrested me, other than to punish my father for his non-violent activity in the “Popular Committee Against The Wall”.

I’ve always dreamt to study and become a communication engineer. But since my father is in jail, me and my older brother have to work and take care of our mother and our small siblings.

I miss my father so much, I would give anything for him to be free. But I am not even allowed to go and visit him in jail. Only my mother is allowed; she could go visit him for the first time after he was imprisoned for 4 months.

Like  all the villagers of Ni’lin, I wish I could taste the flavour of freedom just once.

5 Responses to About Me

  1. lyndarenham says:

    Saeed I contacted your friend Nicole and she is my friend now on facebook and I asked if I could reprint some of your blog on my own one titled ‘Fragmented souls’
    I want to hightlight the plight you are suffering and am also doing a series of articles on women living in Palestine. Could I feature your mother. It would be good if you translated for her. The article may be in an online article I write. Or submitted to a news magazine here.
    I would also like to try and highlight your story.
    Can you let me know your feelings.
    My webpage is still in its infancy but if I can get this all going it will be great.
    I am in touch with some well known writers. I am a writer myself and am associate editor for the scavenger.
    http://www.thescavenger.net
    Hope you can get back to me. If not please pass on your feelings to Nicole
    Regards
    Lynda

  2. Shahid Ahmed Patel says:

    Ms.Lydna, you approach so pure & precious Sister!.. may god fulfill your achievement in the world & hereafter!……………………

  3. John says:

    Dear Saeed,

    I read with interest your messages on Facebook and also made a small donation to your cause recently. In honesty I have some concern whether you are a real person. I believe you are — you look very sincere, and the events you describe, sadly, are more than plausible. Yet, as you know, it would be possible for an unscrupulous person to invent a story and ask for donations (such messages come in the email regularly). But considering all things I say again that your story seems believable. Let me just say, then, that you are doing the right thing. Keep believing in the way of nonviolence. The human conscience is like a divine voice within the soul, and is more powerful than any human weapons. When you remain peaceful, you activate the conscience of your “opponents”, and of third parties. However, when a person responds to violence with more violence, neither the oppressor nor third parties will feel compassion or an urge to change or to help. Goodness will win in the end — it seems you know that.

    Best,

    John (USA)

    • N. says:

      Dear John,

      indeed, there are people out there who try to profit from other people’s suffering. However, Saeed is genuine. The suffering he, his family, and others from Ni’lin have to endure is not fabricated – unfortunately. Of course, the best way to verify this, would be to travel to Ni’lin and pay him and his family a visit. Saeed would be more than happy to welcome you in his village.

      If a trip to Ni’lin is not an option for you, you might want to check out the report that Mona, an international activist that recently visited Saeed, has written about her experience. You can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/mona-isabell-mittelstein/words-are-not-intense-enough/10150093147971110.

      Many other international activists have visited the scene and some of them even stayed for a year or longer at Saeed’s house and participated in their struggle to end the crimes against humanity and the occupation of their land. Many of them are members in the support group on facebook – if you want to contact them, let me know and I can try to facilitate a contact.

      Best wishes to you and thank you very much for your support and your solidarity,

      N.

  4. husk says:

    Hi,
    we are part of this project: nilin-palestine.org
    do you know it?
    We would like to get in contact with you and all political group are working on Nilin. We are planing to come to nihilin end of november. Can you help us? We are http://www.bugslab.net from italy
    cheers

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