it has been three decades since the first intifada, when in a day like this day, Israeli occupation forces killed Palestinian laborers coming from Gaza. An uprising that caused an explosion of emotional and mental oppression that lasted for three, four decades back then. There were no significant checkpoints, no walls, no fences, however, there was life under occupation, and no matter how one tries to humanize occupation, it remains as brutal, as the fight between humanity and evilness.
The sense of freedom, is not just about drawing barriers and suppressing the movement . it is about that feeling of living as a free human being. Israel never ceased to be less than a force of occupation an oppression and suppression that is injected in every behavior. Racism, discrimination,and murder.
Today, thirty years after our first intifada, it is not a coincidence that we are going back to square zero in this conflict. If we agree to call it a battle. I have to admit I don’t see it as such because an occupying force cannot be a conflict. Conflicts occur between rivals that share something in common. Israel has been an enforced external body on our people and our land.
I could care less about the historical and religious myths and stories that each side try to enforce as a background for his right. I understand only one thing. This land is to its people, and people are those who have been growing here with a defined root and space. These people are us, Palestinians; Jews, Christians, and Moslems.
Making this sound like a conflict over a land on the religious background is fruitless and meaningless.
The colonial world led by Trump likes and Netanyahu, and Arab leaders that remain to be nothing but sub-products of colonialism, can never understand or grasp what it means to belong to a place. I do agree that Palestine in general, and Jerusalem, in particular, is unique. The relationship of the people that lives in it and know it is theirs, it is not a relationship of an immigrant to a new homeland or a needy to a nation-state. It is a relationship of belonging, of existence, of something that outreaches life itself, it is a matter of survival.
To be or not to be…
What is happening continues to be based on discrimination, racism, and theft. This s why Israel will never be able to claim ownership on our land. You cannot claim ownership on what you steal.