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RIP--- A Syrian Graffiti Artist, Defiant Until Death


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Cal
- 852 days ago - npr.org
Security forces shot him in the leg.His friends and fellow activists say he bled to death.Nour Hatem Zahra helped organize protests and hid dissidents from Syrian security forces. He also brought medical supplies to wounded protestors on many occasions.



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Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 5:11 pm
This is so sad. My heart goes out to Zahra - may he Rest In Peace.

EXCERPTS: "Video of the funeral posted online shows that mourners came by the hundreds to the funeral. They carried palm fronds and danced around the ones who held his body aloft. Most of them were young men in skinny jeans and baseball hats. They sang prayers for Zahra and his family.

"Mother of the martyr," they said. "We are your children now."

"Just beyond the crowd, there's a handful of thugs carrying very large guns. They're not wearing uniforms, but they work for the government. But for the guns, they look like the men at the funeral.

"Their message is clear: Don't take this any further. Don't take this out of the neighborhood."
 

Penny C. (79)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 5:34 pm
This is so terrible.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 6:19 pm
How long can this go on?
 

Stan B. (124)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 8:33 pm
A real hero fighting the Bashar dictatorship.
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:19 am
om amideva hri!
 

Kari Knabe (14)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 11:32 am
RIP!!!!
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 11:52 am
Too sad for words. May he rest in peace. Thanks Cal.
 

Marlene Dinkins (232)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:05 pm
this is so sad my soul goes out for zahra. very disturbing!!!!! he rest in peace
 

Justin M. (2)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:31 pm
Noted. RIP
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:50 pm
noted RIP!
 

Vivien Green (150)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 1:19 pm
Noted ith great sadness for this brave young activist. What a terrible waste of a young life.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:18 pm
Noted with sadness for a brave young man. Another one gone at such a young age.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:24 pm
What a pity he was fooled into thinking that he was fighting for democracy when in fact he had been gulled by the unholy alliance of Qatar, KSA, Turkey, the Zionist Entity and al-Qaeda who together are trying to overthrow the secular and legitimate government of peace loving Syria. And those dark forces were the ones that lost him his life.

A dreadful shame.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:45 pm
So many young lives, cut off in the beginning, all because Corporations, Governments, and other factors will not just let people live and let live.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (986)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:52 pm
John, most of the groups you describe couldn't agree to even meet together, no less coordinate attacks on the Syrian government.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:57 pm
sadly noted
 

Cindy Black (61)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:44 pm
Poor, poor, beautiful young guy. Such a horrible waste. Damn the Syrian government. I'm counting the seconds until it falls. Assad should be hung and should die very slowly. Finding violence abhorrent and sickening, I could never watch anyone being hanged -- not even a still shot in silhouette. BUT I WILL MAKE A BIG EXCEPTION FOR BASAR AL ASSAD. I WILL VIDEOTAPE HIS HANGING AND PLAY IT OVER AND OVER IN SLOW MOTION. Yeah.

Nour, you will not have died in vain and I hope you'll be able to watch Assad get his just reward.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 4:41 pm
So sad...
 

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:03 pm
so sad and such a waste of young, vigorous, thoughtful life.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 6:10 pm
Cal M

Those groups all wish to overthrow the government of peace loving Syria. It is precisely because only a couple of them can coordinate with each other at any one time that the legitimate and elected government of Syria is winning the war against these externally financed and directed rebels.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 9:50 pm
John ,why would you think Israel wants to replace Assad with Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas?
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 9:58 pm
Sad... RIP.
 

Rosemary Rannes (634)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 10:07 pm
Nour Hatem Zahra murdered ! SHAME ON THE SYRIAN FORCES - MEN WITH GUNS AND NO BRAIN - NO HEART - THAT TOOK HIS LIFE !
He is a Martyr to his family, friends, and in fact, to the free world who sees and understands the heart and soul of this courageous young man willing to fight for what is right and die for his/their cause !
Prayers rising and candles lit to honor Nour Hatem Zahra. You are at PEACE now brave warrior !
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Friday May 4, 2012, 5:10 am
Freedom fighters are of a different caliber. They accomplish so much in their short lives and and their time here on earth always ends in tragedy. This young man died with his honor and integrity intact, which is more than can be said for many people. He is a true hero, not the stupid sports figures or the rap stars. Most true heroes are unsung.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 4, 2012, 6:52 am
Bob A

The Zionists know that Syria will be weakened after any fundie attempt to takeover or actual takeover. They hopet hat this will allow them to keep the Jolan forever. In addition, any splinter group that might attack from Syrian soil would give them the excuse they need to completely destroy Syria as an ally of Iran for several years. It's very easy to see why the Zionists would wish for this.
 

Charles O. (209)
Friday May 4, 2012, 7:42 am
Like John D, I blame the outside forces that are fostering this suicidal pointless rebellion.

We in the "Free World" have convinced a lot of gullible people that it is wonderful to become a "Martyr" and DIE for "Freedom!" and "Democracy!" -- where "Freedom!" means Gitmo and SOPA and NDAA 2012 and ""Democracy!" means rule by corporate and foreign lobbyists. But real freedom is something to live for, not something to kill and die for. All of the death and destruction we love so much accomplishes NOTHING. What a waste!

What would the U.S do, if foreign powers attempted to foment revolution here? What would the American people want? We would want the same thing the Syrians want: We'd want the government to put down the rebellion and restore order, and we'd have no sympathy for the "martyrs"and idiots who insist on getting themselves killed.

Revolution is a dirty business, not some romantic escapade, and the revolutionaries usually make things worse, not better. The sonner we put aside this naive romantic infatuation with "Martyrdom", the better.
 

Teresa Cowley (273)
Friday May 4, 2012, 7:57 am
Rest in peace, Nour Hatem Zahra--the fight is over for you--be at peace.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:45 am
I'll add another comment. Several of the posts have referred to this guy's good looks. And yes, he was goodlooking. However, it is clear that this propaganda is using his physiognomy to generate sympathy amongst the unwary in the West for the "cause" that so sadly is a betrayal of what he probably truly believed in.

This is just another example of the deviousness and relentlessness of the evil people who wish to destroy yet another country. There have been other deaths, and on both sides, but the propagandists publicised this one in particular. Don't the non-photogenic ones matter?
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday May 4, 2012, 5:03 pm
nope, not getting sucked into an endless back and forth on this one...we all know what needs to be done to end this never ending procession of funerals. Thanks Cal
 

Cal Mendelsohn (986)
Friday May 4, 2012, 5:21 pm

We could find a martyr who is holding a pillow, but I don't know if the story would be more or less
convincing, John

You really have gone off the deep end about this guys looks, don't you think?
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 4, 2012, 6:43 pm
No. I see it for the propaganda it is.

I am terribly sorry that he - and others - are dead but I know exactly where the blame lies.
 

Janet G. (0)
Monday May 7, 2012, 12:23 pm
So sad.
 
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