Dear Israeli,

Today is many things.

Today there will be people popping open their champagne bottles, dancing to the tunes of singers flown from worldwide to celebrate. Today there will be fabricated speeches spewed at the blinded masses. Faces alight with jubilation, hearts swollen with pride, eyes beaming with tears moved by the (apparent) significance of today. All gather up to celebrate, to commemorate, to rejoice our nakba. And the wedge between us is driven even farther apart.

Today is many things.

Today my father remembers. Or rather recalls – because he never forgets. And like him, a million other fathers. My mother, reading the newspaper with its special Nakba edition, inwardly sighs a million pained sighs. And like her a million other mothers. Between father, aunt, son, and grandparent – there is a collective ache that sears through us every time this day comes back with us still behind bars.

Dear Israeli, do you have any idea what it feels like to be gripped with an irrational fear every time you come face to face with a governmental authority? No one backs me dear Israeli. I am just a Palestinian. Do you know what it’s like to grow up feeling insecure seeing that your own father feels insecure because he lives, works, and strives not knowing if he ever will stand on solid ground? No one backs us dear Israeli. Palestinians have always been fair game for abuse.

So go on and celebrate your ‘independence’ dear Israeli. You have always given your back to us, save but a few of you who have a heart drenched in humanity. I’m not surprised. For 60 years, I have seen enough from you to immune me against your atrocities. Go on and dance in our streets, embrace our hills, breathe in our air, let our breeze caress your skin and live in our houses with the ghosts of our forefathers. For we will haunt you with our right, your injustices will oppress you – they will gather and form a burden, and it will kill you. That’s right dear Israeli, you are self-destructive. For every injustice that you inflict upon us, you inflict a greater injustice upon yourself.

Have mercy on your humanity and remember,

we will never forget.

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5 Responses to “Dear Israeli,”
  1. Next Year in Jerusalem!

    We Shall Overcome. No oppressor ever lasted. History will repeat itself…

    ATW

  2. Pauli Ojala says:

    Who has heard that in the 1930’s Bagdad every 3rd citizen was a native Jew? The Sefardi (Safrati) Jews have a 400 year old history and the Mizrahi Jews over 2,500 year old history in the Middle East – outside the location of the state of Israel (Palestine).

    Here’s the statistics regarding not ONLY the expelsion of Jews from various Moslim countries in the last 60 years that Israel has been an independent state, but also numbers expelled from the Europe in a longer time interval. The Jews are no settlers of colonialism:
    http://www.helsinki.fi/~pjojala/Expelled-Jews-statistics.htm

    60 years of survival. This is statistics, not Zionism. When the military means have lacked the power, it is now a time of a media war to spit on the Jews and curse the Jewish Scriptures. Both the Old and New Testament were written by Jews. Although Jasser Arafat in his books claimed that there never was any Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and that Jesus was not a Jew, he could not deceive the honest spectator

    As a matter of fact, the population of Arabs (my beloved friends and brothers, just like the Jews, our common fathers) under the Israeli government was increased ten-fold (10X) in only 57 years. The Palestinian life expectancy increased from 48 to 72 years in 1967-1995. The death rate decreased by over 2/3 in 1970-1090 and the Israeli medical campaigns decreased the child deat rate from a level of 60 per 1000 in 1968 to 15 per 1000 in 2000. (An analogous figure was 64 in Iraq, 40 in Egypt, 23 in Jordan, and 22 in Syria in 2000). During 1967-1988 the amount of comprehensive schoold and second level polytechnic institutes for the Arabs was increased by 35%. During 1970-1986 the proportion of Palestinian women at the West Bank and Gaza not having gone to school decreased from 67 % to 32 %. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in West Bank and Gaza increased in 1968-1991 BKT from 165 US dollars to 1715 dollars (compare with 1630$ in Turkey, 1440$ in Tunis, 1050$ in Jordan, 800$ in Syria, 600$ in Egypt. and 400$ in Yemen).

    One-fourth of the judgements of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations strike Israel. Out of the incidences dealt in the Security Counsil one-third is having to do with Israel. I think this resembles the hysteria seen in the Black Plague in Europe, when the European Jews were accused of the pandemia and burned alive. The phobic mob was really scared and saw the peculiar Jews as a threat.

    Pauli.Ojala@gmail.com
    Helsinki, Finland
    PS. Statistics of the beneficial impact of Jewish population to the host country in terms of inventions, science and technology:
    http://www.helsinki.fi/~pjojala/Indicator.html

  3. dinos says:

    aloosshh.. remind me again.. why are you not a famous writer

    Gash3ar badani….

    i am your numba one fan

  4. uncoated says:

    Uncoated says : I absolutely agree with this !

  5. genetic says:

    I’m an American Jew and my dad is Israeli. Half my family lives in Haifa and I go almost every summer to visit. I came across your blog here, and it’s seems to me that you are intelligent, open-minded, and not hate-filled (sorry if it sounds like I’m generalizing, but I have yet to be able to talk to someone about Israel/Palestine without their emotions getting the better of them). I’ve been trying to find a Palestinian to correspond with in a civil manner. Let me know if you want to have a discussion.

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