Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Jerusalem, All the Signs Indicate Towards You

As I have been traveling to different towns in the West Bank this month I have come across several road signs that say, "Jerusalem is on your second right". I think these signs should really provide more instructions. For example, they should say, "If you are lucky enough to get a permit to enter Jerusalem or you have an "Israeli ID", and you can pass trough the checkpoints, and the wall then yes... Jerusalem is on your second right!"

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Seven Times have I Despised my Soul

The first time when I saw her being meek that she might attain height.

The second time when I saw her limping before the crippled.

The third time when she was given to choose between the hard and the easy, and she chose the easy.

The fourth time when she committed a wrong, and comforted herself that others also commit wrong.

The fifth time when she forbore for weakness, and attributed her patience to strength.

The sixth time when she despised the ugliness of a face, and knew not that it was one of her own masks.

And the seventh time when she sang a song of praise, and deemed it a virtue.

--Kahlil Gibran

Friday, 16 July 2010

Jenin, Tubas, Qalqilia.

That's Area C, that means that the land is under Israeli military control and farmers do not have free access to their lands.

Honestly, with all Yasser Arafat's mistakes I was really sad when he passed away.

Abo Ammar bidalo abouna.

Ari'el is the second largest settlement in Palestine after Ma'iel Adomeen. They even have their own university.

Marda, is surrounded by a fence. The people that live in the village can only enter and exist the village from two gates.

Do you see these train tracks? People used to travel from Turkey to Palestine by train a long long time ago.

They (the Israelis) cannot enter and leave a refugee camp without arresting someone.

My brother has been in jail for years now. They arrested me too because they assumed I was also involved.

Do you see the settlements?

The occupation can only occupy you if you allow it to.

Sometimes I feel that life just stops.

The worst is yet to come.

I married a second wife. No one understands, but she is the love of my life. I have loved her for years.

My husband works in Israel. He is only home two days out of the week.

I'm sorry, I would sneak you into Jerusalem, but on Saturdays the security is really tight... I hope you can understand.

-- These are some of the statements that I heard people say during my travel to Jenin, Tubas, and Qalqilia some were repetitive, some were just significant to me.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

When you Love a Palestinian Woman

"When you love a Palestinian woman, the essence of resistance seeps into your existence; you comprehend the meaning of persistence. In her eyes you may see residues of a tear, but never a sign of fear. When you love a Palestinian woman, your heart is tuned to the beat of a heart that can never forget. You travel far; you walk the narrow streets of Jerusalem, in the footsteps of Jesus, carrying his cross, cleaning his wounds, wiping his sweat. When you love a Palestinian woman you love every wave that kisses the shores of her land, every olive tree in Galilee, every particle of salt in the Dead Sea. When you love a Palestinian woman, you love a smile mysteriously mixed with pain unknown to others; and a laugh that was choked when the land was separated from its faithful lovers. When you love a Palestinian woman you love a spirit that inherited the will to stand, and eyes that terrify guards at check-points, in a way no man can. How can any man love but a Palestinian woman?"

Author-- Unknown

Sunday, 11 July 2010

In 1:56 Minutes

The street, the air, the season, my body, palestine, occupation, sex, freedom, lust, attraction, desire, want, need, frustration, life, communism, socialism, world war, Aqsa, demonstrations, perseverance, determination, stubborness, freedom of seepch, ignorance, selfishness, anger, hate, self hate, beauty, ugliness, breathing, suffocating, insecurity, weight love, betrayl, hurt, trust, mistrust, family, babies, dreams, ambitions, college, grauate school, grades, insanity, opression, obsession, religion, friends, weddings, engagments, culture, traditions, money, New York, Jericho, the dead sea, clam, serenity, peace, heart, heart beat, confusion, sweetness, inconsistency, facebook, texting, Jawwal, film, directing, creativity, writing, khaled, pronto, alcohol sakak, Zeryab, Bireh, truth, honesty, Birzeit, Abu dease, London, Jordan, fords, fun land, humanity.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Note to Self

You can never underestimate the value of the following questions:

Do you have a girlfriend? are you engaged? are you married? are you separated? do you have promiscuous relationships? do you have children?

Also, you can never underestimate the value of hiring a private detective!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Tell me a Secret, I Will Tell you a Secret

I told you I didn't believe I was pretty enough, you told me you didn't think you were tall enough.

I told you I was afraid of the dark, you told me you were afraid of driving.

I told you I was afraid that I will never fall in love, you told me you were afraid of love.

I told you I can't keep secrets, you told me you lie.

The one secret I didn't tell you was that I was using you, just like you were using me.

I guess we were both just trying to be ok.

You Reminded Me

You were so sweet. I was smitten by you. You reminded me of something I had lost. You saw a side of me that I didn't know others could see. You told me that I would be beautiful no matter what size I was. You told me I was smart, and wished I could only see it. You mended my broken heart, and you didn't even know it.

You reminded me to trust myself, and most importantly you reminded me that "the first time someone shows me who they are, to believe them" (Maya Angelou).

I can't be angry with you, I knew your purpose in my life would be short. However, you helped me get through a period in my life that I thought I could never get through. You had an impact. Thank you.