I just cannot concentrate. The selfie of this boy is haunting me. He is not just another boy killed. He is not just another name or number somewhere far or even close. It got too close. It is there. A few hundred meters from home. It could have been my son. I cannot have my daughters walk to the street alone anymore. It is not just not safe anymore. It is murderous.
It is occupation for what it is.
Maybe this is a wake up call. For us in Jerusalem …
We are envied for living under the luxury of the occupation inside Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a unified city. We Palestinians use the same soft train Israelis use. We go to their malls. We walk to their parks (it is all ours originally, all on what is called occupied land under “international law”!!). We can go to the beach. We can move easier (than our fellow Palestinians in the west bank). We receive services, social security, medical, retirement (we pay taxes …extra taxes). We live in the only democracy in the Middle East!!!!!
Maybe it is just time to remember …
This is OCCUPATION …
Israel is a State of Occupation.
There is not much to it.
There is only one true face of Occupation.
It cannot be another.
And then the world blames us when we glee their losses…
The world denied us our existence.
The world has been allowing systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians for the last 65 years.
The world is still watching our eradication as human beings.
Ooops…. Human beings. Are we human beings?
The world turned its back on us and they expect us to behave…
Damn this world