Monday, August 07, 2006


Monday, August 7, 2006
Rocket hits Arab anti-war newspaper in Haifa
Haifa: Rocket hits anti-war newspaper

One of rockets which landed in Haifa Sunday evening hits historical building
of Arab daily al-Ittihad. Newspaper editor blames Israel, 'which fights in
service of Americans'
Roee Nahmias YNET 7 August 2006,7340,L-3287416,00.html

One of the rockets which landed in Haifa Sunday evening hit the old offices
of the one of the only dailies in the Arab sector.

"When I heard that our historical building was hit, I felt a lot of anger.
This is a place we all grew up, which contains real treasures," al-Ittihad
Editor, Dr. Ahmed Saad, told Ynet on Sunday.

About a year and a half ago, the newspaper decided to renovate the
historical building and the editorial staff moved to another place about 100
meters (about 328 feet) away from the old building. While it was being
renovated, the building continued to serve as an archive of the newspaper
editions and the valuable material which has accumulated since the newspaper
was first published in 1944.

The editor, Dr. Saad, spoke about the significance of the building: "It was
the historical place of al-Ittihad and we decided to renovate it in order to
go back and work there. Many great Palestinians were in it, such as authors
Emil Habibi and Samih al-Qassem and poet Mahmoud Darwish. This is not just a
house, but a place with history which we all grew up in. Therefore I felt a
lot of anger when it was hit."

Dr. Saad and his colleagues heard the blast from their current office and
immediately went out to see what caused it. When they approached the place,
they were shocked.

"I got phone calls from across the country because everyone thought we were
there," he said.

Speaking about the newspaper of the Israel Communist Party, the editor said:
"Our newspaper is the only daily in the Arabic language which has been
published for 62 years. It was published even before the State was
established and it reflects the policy of the Israel Communist Party."

'Stop this war'

When asked about his newspaper's stance in light of the fighting in Lebanon
, he answered: "We are against the war and this cruel aggression. This is a
war run by Israel in the service of the Americans."

The newspaper's editorial staff fears that many items from its valuable
historical archive were destroyed in the rocket attack and plan to start
removing the parts of the archive that were not hit on Monday morning.

"I would like to turn to Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav and ask him not to destroy
the building. There is no similar archive in the entire

Middle East. We have historical photos there and a very rich archive,
volumes of the newspaper from before the State was established, and
certificates which in fact belong to the entire nation and not only to the
Communist Party. Already this morning we will try and find a way to remove
what was preserved from the building which suffered a direct hit," Saad

Asked whether he had a message to convey to Hizbullah Secretary-General
Hassan Nasrallah , Saad replied: "I am an Israeli citizen and am interested
in conveying a message to the Israeli government to stop this war which is
not achieving a thing apart from victims."

(08.07.06, 02:43)


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