Thursday, August 04, 2005

My encounter with Dahalan

The PA kicked off its (rather anti-climactic) "victory celebration" campaign today in front of the Legislative Council in Gaza City in a much advertised “withdrawal festival”. Hundreds of supporters donning Fateh memorabilia showed up to hear Mohammad Dahalan speak, Minister of Civil Affairs and head of the "withdrawal committee" in charge.

As usual at such events, he dissappointed (the crowd, and the hundreds of journalists gathered to hear who to the untrained eye you would think was the Pope), making only a momentary appearance before being whisked away by throngs of body guards, firing their rifles in the air to disperse the crowd.

Finding myself at a vantage point in a now empty balcony overlooking the crowd, I decided to stay on a bit longer and snap a few photos. As I headed towards the back entrance of the building when I was finished, I suddenly found myself face to face with his excellency Dahalan.

We stared at each other for a few seconds, then exchanged "Marhabas", as he looked on stern faced, smirky grin plastered to his face. Before I could think of any intelligent questions to ask, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a stampede of Kaleshnikov-toting body guards and security forces, who pushed me out of the way, almost breaking my arm.

Not exactly the way I envisioned my first official encounter with the ever-controversial future leader of Gaza.

3 Comments:

Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Great site. I love coming here to read about you and your experiences.


Allah Ma3aki.

3:02 PM  
Blogger solitarioh2005 said...

I am not the only one that enjoy the blog, lol.
:)))
When it comes to the Dahlan encounter.., well..;
I guess everyone does fear to be shot at.

Besides Dahlan is a busy man .

Click Here to See Dahlan reaction to Laila Post

8:48 PM  
Blogger solitarioh2005 said...

Before I could think of any intelligent questions to ask, I suddenly found myself in the middle of a stampede of Kaleshnikov-toting body guards and security forces, who pushed me out of the way, almost breaking my arm.


These words did inspire me some reflections.

Human beings are generally kiss up kick down beings.
In other words : Human beings do kiss people who are at their lever or on a superior level..,and do kick human beings that they perceive at a lower level.

In your encounter with Dahlan his bodyguards had no idea of who you are.
On the other hand..., things are in turmoil in Gaza, these days.

To be a bodyguard these days is not a easy job , either.

The guys fear to be shot at..,

Finally the fellows that are choosen for bodyguards generally are not gentle guys, in the first place.

9:11 PM  

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