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BBC NEWS September 11, one year on
Judy Keen
USA Today reporter
Rob Bach
US pilot
Lord Robertson
Nato Secretary General
Michael Farri
Fire captain, Pentagon
Tony Blair
UK Prime Minister
Zohra Tahiri
Teacher, Kabul
Dr Zaki Badawi
British Muslim cleric
Condoleezza Rice
US national security adviser
Lisa Lefler
Worked in World Trade Center
Howard Lutnick
Chief executive, Cantor Fitzgerald
Rick Thornton
Ferry captain, New York
Sarar Hareth Ibrahimi
Baghdad resident
Katie Hochbaum
15-year-old schoolgirl, New York
Faten Elwan
Palestinian, Ramallah
Mikhal El-Yeshiv
Teacher, Jerusalem
Orshum Parks
New mother, New York

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Mikhal El-Yeshiv


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I remember exactly the day. I was taking a walk with my dog in a park near my house and my mother called me and said there was some exclusive news on CNN which showed that two aeroplanes crashed into the twins.

I came home and I switched on the TV and I saw it. My sister called me and she told me she thinks itís Bin Laden.

This was the first time I had heard of Bin Laden because Iím young and I donít know him.

After that I was watching 24 hours a day and I was overwhelmed. I couldnít believe that in America this could happen.

It hurts inside

This was the first time I felt that maybe the world now is going to see what we feel here in Israel. Every day I wake up and I go to school and I feel fear in my heart - if Iím going to explode today, if my friends are going to die.

I saw many bomb explosions here in Jerusalem and many of my friends were killed in the city centre. Every day we face this reality and it scares me.

Every time I see an Arabic person I feel fear. And this is what I am facing every single day - if I should go to city centre, if I should go to the mall.

I thought that maybe 11 September would change the way people around the world think about us, but it hasnít changed.

It hurts me inside because they think weíre bad people and kill the Arabs and we donít give them anything.

Itís hard for me as a teacher. What can I say to my children, what can I say to my students, to my pupils? This is the reality and itís very, very hard.


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