How much thought have you given Palestine recently?
We live in a country (USA! USA!) where celebrity news trumps news of the suffering in the world. News of the starving in the world. News of those still facing genocide. Still facing abuse. Still lacking basic human rights.
And we thrive to news of celebrity arrests, as if they matter one damn.
Had lunch with a now old friend, my friend is very young (comparable to my scalp line), but very, very wise.
And very empathetic.
My friend just returned from a half-month trip to Israel and Palestine (notice I’m naming them separately, as the two separate states the are, should be, shall be, Insha’Allah.
God willing, that is.
I will share with you in this space some of the amazing, alarming, and jaw-dropping things I learned from my friend today.
Israel, the state (not all Israelis, not all Jews), but Israel is persecuting the Palestinians.
And this must be stopped.
Did you know, for example, that Israel controls all water and electricity into Palestinian regions?
And, did you know, that Israel frequentlly cuts off all water and electricity if one Palestinian “misbehaves?”
Did you know that it is illegal for an Israeli to enter Palestine? Did you know that, on average, Israel demolishes four Palestinian home a day?
Did you know that Israel will not do trash pick-up in any region inhabited by Muslims, whether in the Old City, or Palestine?
Did you know that the Israeli government then uses that reality to refer to the Palestinians as filthy, dirty animals?
In short, did you know that Israel, to put it mildly, discriminates against the Palestinians, that the officials of the Israeli state refer to all Palestinians as “terrorists.”
Did you know that, at the Dome of the Rock, Israeli soldiers guard the entrance, allowing only a certain number of Muslims to enter each day to pray?
And did you know that Palestinians just want to live?
To own property?
To build homes (which is illegal now)?
To be human?
Thank you to my friend.
More to follow.