Wadi al-Judge; An area of East Jerusalem. Located at an Israeli arbitrariness of about 650 meters above sea level, this area is home to about 13,000 Palestinians. Its Bengali meaning is also very nice – ‘Valley of Walnuts’! About three decades ago, a son named Iyad Al Hallaq came to light the house of the Khairi-Rana couple in this valley. Gradually, as his memory grew, his mother Rana and father Khairi also began to weave various dreams around him. But once they saw that their child’s behavior was not normal, that he was not growing up to behave like other children of the same age.
Anxious, they turned to the doctor, and found out that their cherished memory was of a child with special needs, who had autism. It is normal for any parent to break up in such a situation. They were also a bit broken. But then Rana started loving the child more. The mother’s mind was just saying, this boy has come to us as a special mercy of God, will protect us from various storms, just like the meaning of his name.
I could not talk to people properly, I disliked the crowd of people. He had a strange nature. He didn’t like it if he didn’t clean his hands a little at a time. I didn’t like to sit quietly and lazily again. That’s why Iad was always busy with various activities inside the house; He seemed to be her mother’s right hand, helping her with cooking, fetching and carrying other things.
Sitting at home, mother and son used to get together all day long and play various sports. When the roar subsided a little in the afternoon, they would go to the front stairs of the house. Sitting there, Rana used to teach Yad about right and wrong, good and evil. Iyad had no way of understanding how much the brain understood, but nonetheless there was no shortage of mother’s effort. He used to see that when he praised a boy at the end of a job, he became overwhelmed. Although he could not express his thoughts, he could read the language of human eyes. That’s why when people looked at him with pity, it made him even angrier.
Physically, Yaad grew up, but mentally he remained a child. At one point, Rana realized that he was teaching his son a variety of things at home, but that there was no substitute for schooling if he could do this more efficiently and ensure their proper development. After much searching, he finally found a school called Alwin, where only people with special needs like Iyad study.
In 2016, for the first time, Iyad set foot in the school yard. Surprising to hear but the fact that his age has exceeded 25 years! But Yadav has been carried away by it. He adapts easily to the first school of life, new environment, learning all kinds of new things. Remembering various things like taking care of oneself, cooking, taking care of trees, Iyad learns by going to Alwin.
But she loved to cook the most. He had the experience of helping his mother with various household chores at home. When he went to school, he used to cut vegetables and peel them regularly. He knew all kinds of spices.
Every day, as soon as the school opened, Iyad used to go there. After a while, they would start cooking with their classmates under the supervision of the present teachers. The cooking, which lasted from morning to noon, served food to five more schools in Jerusalem. In this way, food was prepared for 1,300 people every day.
In the beginning, Rana did not want to leave Yad alone. Shops, mosques, roads – everywhere his mother was his only companion. Arrangements were then made for him to gradually teach her the various rules of the road. This went on for more than two years. Then when the family thought that Iyad would be able to walk on the road on his own, only then could they persuade Rana by saying a lot.
Talking about the beginning of 2020. The coronavirus epidemic spread around the world, the wheel of human civilization came to a standstill, and all educational institutions were shut down. Alwin was no exception. But Iyad didn’t want to admit it, he had to go to school. Sometimes it happens that when the lockdown is a little relaxed, Rana takes him to school twice just to show that the school is really closed!
Finally came the day, the 30th of May, the day that Rana will never forget until his death. If everything went well, if the school hadn’t closed, Yad’s training would have ended a few months earlier. This unexpected delay was due to the lockdown. Even then, Iyad is happy, because his school principal, Manar Jammir, has said that his training will be over in a few days. He will then arrange a job for Yadav in a restaurant, where he will be able to earn money by doing whatever he likes.
The school would open at six in the morning. Accordingly, Iyad would go out every day. That day was no exception. His parents were sleeping then. The school is not too far from home. It only takes fifteen minutes to walk.
Iyad was accustomed to seeing the police. However, since he was not as normal as the other eight or ten, he always had three ID cards with him, two of which testified that he had autism. As a result, the police rarely wanted to see his identity card, but whenever they wanted to, they would show him his ID cards.
Iyad was going to school in his mind that day too. Some policemen rushed to stop him. The boy gets very angry at their aggressive manner, and that’s normal. Because physically his age was about thirty-two at that time, but mentally it was only close to eight. As a result, not understanding what to do in such a situation, he started running.
A little ahead was Wardhadah, a teacher at Yad’s school. He saw Iyad running, and was chased by several Israeli policemen. He was going to tell them something, just then the sound of gunfire was heard! The policemen fired at Iyad. Wardah shouted that the boy was not mentally healthy, but they did not want to listen to him.
A man was cleaning the dirt next to him. After a while, Yadav also staggered into the room. Police fired at least two rounds at him, at least one of which went straight to his feet.
Soon a policeman came into the room. Screaming, he started looking for a gun. No matter how much Wardah said that the boy was not mentally healthy, the man did not listen. Moments later, he fired three rounds at Yad’s body from a few feet away. Iyad fell in the lap of death.
The Israeli police’s efforts to prove that he was a criminal did not end there. They said they had information that day that an armed terrorist had entered the Old City of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, when they saw Iyad, they thought he had something ‘like a gun’, so they chased him. Later, the life of this innocent man was lost.
Meanwhile, Manar, who was present at the spot, was repeatedly requesting the police to call an ambulance. But the mind of the stone did not melt in those tears. They wanted Eyad to die in front of their eyes, and that’s what they did, because at the end of the day, the lives of the Palestinians are not worth a penny to the Israelis.
On the one hand, the grief of losing a brother, on the other hand, the destruction of their home in this way – these two sisters Jumana and Diana went ahead to stop them. They put their hands on both of them. At the same time, inaudible blasphemy was going on for the whole family. In the end, the Israeli army had to return empty-handed without any evidence.
Israeli forces did not hesitate to defend themselves by killing innocent Iyad. That’s why they staged a play called “There is information that an ‘armed terrorist’ has entered the Old City”. However, thanks to social media, the incident spread everywhere within a short time of Yadav’s death. As a result, they have not been able to use the word ‘self-defense’ to cover up their crimes.
But at the end of the day, history testifies that they never regret it.
Let’s talk about 2014. That same year, an Israeli police officer named Ben Deri shot and killed a teenager named Nadeem Nuwara.