roughly translated by me from a story appearing today in the israeli newspaper ma'ariv
father is serving in the IDF, mother in the palestinian security force
by ma'ariv news service
noor, a beduin name, is a ten year old girl and daughter of a palestinian mother and israeli soldier, has been growing up since her birth in one of the arab villages which is not recognized by either israel or the palestinians. her story is a true reflection of the vast reality of the israeli-palestinian conflict.
noor was born to an israeli soldier who is currently serving in the IDF and a palestinian mother who is serving in the palestinian security force. during the first intifada, the father, who served in one the palestinian towns, met a beautiful young student who just happens to be the daughter of one of the most respected families in town.
a quick romance ensued between the already-married soldier and the young palestinian single in the shadow on the intifada.
these days, before the oslo accords, the territories were regarded as israeli areas and the romance took place without the knowledge of fellow officers or friends. these days it was not a problem to go through military checkpoints and the couple often went out in central israel.
the love story leads to a pregnancy. the mother was forced to give birth in an undisclosed israeli hospital for her own safety. her last pregnancy days were spent with an arab-israeli family who took both the mother and newborn baby under their care.
since then, ten years passed, and the girl noor is growing up in an israeli family who is raising her and showers her with love. the biological parents disappeared from her life shortly after her birth. the family who is raising her is asking the israeli authorities for permission to adopt her properly, and are asking israeli institutions to recognize the girl as israeli and treat her as an israeli.
since she was born, noor is not listed anywhere. she doesn't have a birth certificate, her identity is not listed anywhere, and she doesn't even have a family name. she is studying at a local school with special permission from the head of the education council, and she is getting an informal report card written by hand [i.e. not the same official report card other students receive].
the family who is raising her say "she is a part of our lives, she's more than just a family member. we are asking to adopt her according to the law. i feel as though i gave birth to her", says the mother.
a friend of the biological father says the father is refusing to talk about the affair. "he is a married man, he is still serving in the army and is afraid his identity will be exposed. this was an impossible love story, and myself, who served in the same unit for years, was a witness to this kind of incidents happening between israeli soldiers and local palestinian women. i helped the soldier and the young palestinian woman and i hope that someone will find a solution of what to do with this little girl."
so, should the israelis accept the little girl as one of their own? what should happened to her biological parents? i'm curious to see what others here have to say about this story