American Radical

And all he did was simply state the truth. Plain truth – free of embellishment.

‘We don’t belong to a nation, but damn you all, we belong to a people’*

Because he says it better than anyone else. From Fawaz Turki’s The Disinherited, 1974: 1. Flight: I am aware that I have been stateless for nearly all of my twenty-nine years; that I have lived and grown up in a refugee camp on the edge of the desert; that except for those freckle-nosed bureaucrats in … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

This is for you, Rachel

Rachel Corrie was 23 years old when she was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer on March 16, 2003. She was working with others trying to protect the home of a Palestinian pharmacist from demolition in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine. Today marks the fifth death-anniversary of Rachel ; activist, pacifist, human being. She … Continue reading

In my solitude..

The following is an excerpt from a self-portrait I had to write as a project a while back. A dear professor once said that one way to resist the occupation is to show the world that Palestinians are human beings that feel pain and love. People who laugh and cry. People who write and reflect. … Continue reading

Thoughts on Finkelstein & the good things in life

I stood there in the kitchen, simultaneously waiting over the tea kettle boiling with ginger and honey for my brother with a flu and reading Norman Finkelstein’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Palestine: a personal account of the Intifada years’ when one particular passage gripped me. Throughout the book, one could sense Finkelstein’s struggle to … Continue reading