Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Vent Fest 2

UN General Assembly resolution 194 stated the right of return for Palestinians. Of course, being a general assemble resolution, it is not binding. It only reflects the "position" and "opinion" of the international community about the conflict. That's funny; a mere opinion obviously does not have as big of an impact as the UN had hoped.

So, is it my land, or is it David’s’ land who comes from Poland? Or Sara’s land who comes from Ethiopia? Is it Rachel’s? Michael’s? Jacobs? Is it true that they have a better, stronger relationship to the land than a person who was born there, raised there, whose great great great great great grandparents were born and raised there? Is it more their land than those who cultivated the land, watering it with their tears and sweat, working it with their own hands? Why is it that a person that has never stepped foot in the middle east, let alone Israel, whose parents never went there either, can claim his/her right of return based on their Jewish origins? “The old will die and the young will forget”, funny, that did not seem to happen to them, did it? Why should it happen to us? Why could-should- we forget while they still remember over 2000 years later?

Well, the old may have died, but the young still bears their anger and frustration, their hopes, dreams and stories and because of that, they won’t forget, they can not forget!

Another issue to ponder is the apartheid wall being built in Palestine. Yes, I said built IN Palestine, on Palestinian land, through Palestinian roads and farms. Why are people being caged in? Because Israel fears for its security. One of the most powerful states in today’s IR, one with nuclear weapons, one with the worlds' only superpower as its #1 ally fears for its safety. Ha! What an excuse! If that were truly the case, why did Israel not build its beloved "security fence" on its own land, caging its own people? Hell, why did it not even attempt to build it on the green line? Why did Sharon ignore the opinion of the International Court of justice when it gave its advisory opinion that the “fence” was illegal? Because international opinion does not matter. It does not have any impact, it is not threatening, and it sure is not binding.

International Public Law is a joke. It is something to be ashamed of. It exists for the simple reason of existence. It does not bind anyone –even though it claims it does-. Atrocities against humans and human rights abuses are happening everyday. Genocides are taking place; poverty, disease and hunger are spreading throughout the poorer countries. What good is international law to any of them? What good is the UN, ICC or even the United States? The land of the free and brave is getting ready to build its own apartheid wall. Who would have thought, the 21st century is here and instead of moving onwards and looking for peace, we are moving backwards and asking for war.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Vent Fest 1

So, something has been bothering me lately. It's not school, life or the lack thereof... it's the situation in Palestine. Yes, I do realize that people have heard about it so much that it has lost its appeal to some. However, what is bothering me is a different situation. I just realized that many people, although they know about the Diaspora and the struggle and history of the conflict, do not realize how it feels to not belong to a country. many people even don't realize that people have actually been kicked out of their land for settlers to move in. People do not realize the pain and agony that our fathers and grandfathers passed on to us when they had to say goodbye to their homes, their fields, their friends, their land. People do not realize how it must feel to not even be able to go to your own country because, according to the international community, there is no Palestine, only the Occupied Territories and Israel.

This realization troubled me, and still does to this day. People have to look at the situation as it truly is, a humanitarian issue, rather than what it has become, a religious issue. What troubles me even more than my previous realization, is the fact that those inflicting all this pain and suffering went through something similar during the holocaust. Are we not all human? Do we all not bleed the same if we were cut? do we all not know what sadness and happiness are? Do we all not smile in the same language and cry the same way? People have to spread the word, raise awareness and make sure everyone knows and hears our story. The story of the Palestinian people is a sad and unfortunate one, but one that must be told over and over again nonetheless.

Someday, We shall return... until that day, we will resort to fight for what is rightfully ours, our Palestine.