A discussion of the July Summit (07/06/00)
Israel departs from Lebanon (05/26/00)
Until 52 years ago, a peaceful nation was living in a holy land called Palestine. Then, the Jews of the world decided that they would like to have their own land, instead of being scattered here and there. Almost overnight Palestine no longer existed: all new atlases should now name that region of the world Israel.
Oh, of course there was the problem of the original inhabitants of that land. Solution: they were just kicked out. My grandparents were among those people.
am not going to bore you with what the Palestinians went through, nor
am I going to try to explain why the last Camp David Summit failed.
For most Palestinians, the
Israelis (I am not going to use the word Jews anymore, because I have
nothing against the Jews themselves) have taken their land, holy places,
As for me, a person of the
third generation of those that have been sent on a short, fifty-year
'camping trip', the Israelis have robbed me of one thing: my identity.
I no longer know where I belong.
my grandparents left Palestine, they made a forced
Maybe a few thousand years
ago, Socrates stood in front of a group of Greek philosophers and bombarded
them with weird questions: How did the Universe come into being? Are
things in our world shadows of other things somewhere else?
Oh, don't move that mouse pointer to the close button of your browser... I completely assure you, when I wrote these words, I was in possession of my full mental powers.
If you think
I am a Palestinian, then think again. Remember, there's no such thing
as Palestine. So? Syrian? A UAE citizen?
Now let's think more systematically.
I faced the same problem when I was filling an online university application
form. The university wanted to know my nationality. The first (and most
obvious) nationality to choose was Palestinian. Probably, you're familiar
with the drop-down boxes used in Web pages. Well I had to choose a country
from the list.
There was no Palestine.
Anyway, is ancestry enough
to make me a Palestinian? I never saw an inch of Palestine. I scrolled
down to Syria, my parents' birthplace and the country which gave me
a wonderful document similar to your passports, but only
Then again, I did not enjoy
Syrian rights. Only left with the UAE, my country of residence. Scroll
down a bit more. Move the pointer. Wait! The rights problems again (as
All this may seem pointless
to you. Why should I worry about my nationality?
What do you think? How do you respect the rights of two communities who want the same territory?