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Jakarta Post

Arthur G. Gish: A peacemaker in the Holy Land

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 1 2008   /  11:54 am

ARTHUR G. GISH: (JP/Ary Hermawan) One night, American peace activist Arthur G. Gish was sleeping in a wrecked Palestinian home -- the Israeli settlers had just brutally attacked the house. In the middle of the night, he was woken by yelling, screaming and pounding at the door. He jumped out of his bed, put on his clothes and went into the living room to find out what was happening. "There stood four Israeli soldiers with their M16s, yelling and screaming at the family, treating them like animals," he told The Jakarta Post at Paramadina University last week. "In about ten seconds the Israeli soldiers realized I was an American and they began to quiet down and treat that poor family with respect. "They still did the house search. They said they were looking for weapons, though there was no weapon there. They did the search but they d...