What I stand for

There are always two sides to the story, and that goes along with everything. It especially goes along with the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, and how peoples perspectives on the situation differs. Of course you have the side of the Israeli’s saying that Palestinian’s are “terrorizing” them and that they are the victims in this conflict. Then you have the Palestinians saying that, they are the ones being subjected to violence, occupation, imprisonment, and racism. Who is to believe?

I would like to say I’m a person of open minded views, and many of you would like to disagree with me for the reason that I am Palestinian and that of course I’ll be Pro-Palestinian. My response to that would clearly be that I’ve seen and heard from both point of views, and I’ve researched it, and experienced it. I have lived it.

Another thing I would like to state to all the people who say just because I’m for Human Rights in Palestine, I’m a “Jew-hater” or I’m a “Hamas Lover”. I would love to reject both of those comments because: a) I have Jewish friends, and I  am intrigued of how beautiful the Jewish culture is. b) Any form of terrorizing, I am against, Israeli and Palestinian alike. I believe in Peace, and I also believe in Human rights and humanity.

Most of the Israeli kids I have spoken to have been on a school program to go to Israel for a semester and learn about Israel and its culture there. What most kids tell me when I ask if they have ever been the Palestinian side is “no”. It seems as if the whole program that sends these students to go to school in Israel, totally rejects the fact that Palestinian’s even exists, which is sad to me. That’s as if, American education totally rejects the fact that Native Americans were here before us. I believe that the Israeli’s need to learn about the Palestinian struggle, because without a true understanding and communication, of course there is going to be conflict. Not only am I saying this to the Israeli’s, but the Palestinian’s as well.

One thing that people mistake me for when I talk about Palestine, is that they believe I am anti-Israel  and that I’m for the extremist actions that a small number of factions use in Palestine. Let me tell you something to all of those people who think that, I am for a solution towards peace. I’m not into politics. Politics are lame, and it is the politics that are splitting people up and making this world go on a downward spiral. I know that Israeli’s are never going to leave, and I also know that Palestinian’s are never going to leave, so how can we achieve peace between each other?  That’s what I’m trying to get out there and that’s my mission that I’m dedicated to. Not politics.

Another argument that people may have against me is that Palestinian’s have so many other places to go, why can’t they just leave and save all the trouble? The answer to that is simple. Look at all the surrounded Arab countries. Have you ever been to a refugee camp? They treat Palestinian refugee’s worse than the Israeli government does. They aren’t welcomed anywhere.

When Israel is trying to kick out the Palestinian people, where are they to go? That land is where they were born, and most of the Palestinian’s there have  been there for thousands of years. It’s what they know, its their home, and home is always where the heart is. Rationally, it’s as much there land as it is the Israeli’s. Before 1948, Israeli’s and Palestinian’s were living on that land together peacefully. What happened? How come we can’t achieve that again? Think of it as rationally as you can, and not politically.

That land is just as much part of me as it is apart of all the Israeli people. My family has been there for thousands of years. My ancestors, my blood, my heart. I don’t care what anybody says, that land will always be apart of me. Call it Israel, call it Palestine, I don’t care, because that piece of land is my home, and home is where the heart is.

Think about this before you click out and tell everybody of how an “anti-sematic” person I am because I’m for peace and I reject Zionism. The Jews were persecuted for many years and were struggling for freedom.  Why are the Jewish people now turning their back and doing something to the Palestinians, that was once done to them? It makes no sense to me. It’s not logical. All people should be treated equally, and should not be denied freedom from others.

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~ by behebekfalasteen on January 25, 2010.

2 Responses to “What I stand for”

  1. Marhabah, Behebekfalasteen-
    I am a Jewish American who spent 6 weeks last year in the West Bank and in Jordan, touring in a live theater & circus show for Palestinian refugee children. I wanted to let you know that there are many Jewish people around the world who are speaking out for Palestinian rights. Jews Against the Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis for Human Rights, Jews for Palestinian Justice–these are just a few of the Jewish organiziations who are working hard to show solidarity and support to the Palestinian people, and to stand up to Zionists to say NO, as Jews we do NOT agree with this. There are also prominent Jews such as Norman Finkelstein, Gideon Levy, Noam Chomsky, Shlomo Sands, Naomi Klein, and many others who are using their voices to speak out for Palestine. Within Israel, the young men and women called ‘refuseniks’ who refuse to do their service in the army because they oppose the Occupation are jailed for their beliefs.

    Morover, there is also a shift in the way the Jewish population at large seems to be perceiving this issue. If there is one positive thing that could come out of the horrors leashed upon Gaza, it is that many more Jewish people, as well as many more Americans and others around the world, can finally see Israel for what it really is doing.

    From your very moving post, I got the sense that you felt as if you were alone and misunderstood on this issue, and that Jews would accuse you of “anti-semitism” simply for sticking up for your own rights. So I wanted to tell you that you are not alone. We are with you in this struggle.

    Yours in friendship and solidarity,
    Laura Schleifer

  2. Thank you for writing this post!

    You are definitely not alone. There are many of us in the us who can see through the myths and lies that Israel and the the zionists have been dishing out and more people are waking up every day. I support the Palestinian struggle and want to do my part in bringing about a peaceful solution for all the people who live in the area now called Israel/Palestine.

    Keep the faith!

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