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Before I become misunderstood. I am person who strongly believes in people’s freedom in whatever they want to be or are. When I first heard about the united state’s Supreme Court decision in legalizing same sex marriages, I felt proud. For only one simple reason, knowing the plight of these people for decades. I personally find it hard to understand completely, but again I know well that people differ. I wasn’t particularly happy with the Palestinian joint campaign in changing their profiles into a rainbow color in support. It reminded me with the I am Charlie’s campaign. Again, not because I am against freedom of speech as well. But somewhere being a Palestinian makes everything takers a different direction. How can I support the worlds campaign in Charlie when the world ignores my very own rights of freedoms, among them speech. The Pride campaign, took a different angle that annoyed me on different levels.
First, we are a society that is prejudiced against many things that start between injustice towards males and females relations. We still value the male more. We still have our females killed under honor killings; we still have females deprived from their own inheritance under patriarchal and tribal structure. We are still prejudiced among our Christians and Muslims relations. Between the urban and the peasant among us. Between the rich and poor. And suddenly, everyone became for same sex rights of legalizing marriage. I would dare any homosexual \lesbian in this country to come out loud or organize a protest in anything, or publicly appear in any forum that may reveal his identity. I would be the first to join such a demonstration if it takes place.
But hiding behind other nations achievements while we are striving for our basic rights from the occupation. If the world reached a level were people are asking for their rights in same sex marriages. We in Palestine are struggling to have the rights of a Jerusalemite to marry a person from Ramallah or else where in the west bank. We are fighting for our rights to remain in our own homeland. Before fighting for a plight that our norms and tradition still fight from within, we need to fight for our basic rights that we all have a consensus on asking for.
The Facebook was full of the rainbow colors on profiles, while Khader Adnan was struggling for his life with his hunger strike for his unjust detention. We may as well call for elections instead of watching one illegitimate government after the other taking place amid our internal chaos of political loss.
Replacing the freedom words with Marwan Barghouthi’s painting on the apartheid wall seemed like the fault that was extreme in it’s committing. Drawing on that wall is something, but on graffiti that resembles resistance was as blind as the profile changing that took place.
The problem is in choosing a strategy of imitation to any cause without even understanding it, or how to use it in order to mobilize to our own needed causes. It is not that I want to be closed on a world that is only Palestinian. But we Palestinian cannot be of any good to us or to the world if we don’t win with our own needed plights.
Freedom of expression remains to be as “holy” as any aspired freedom, however, exploiting freedoms that we are failing to fight for on internal level and claim to be joining the world in its fought and won plights makes us as an embarrassment to that plight as much as to our own.


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