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Modar Shalabi talks about life in Palestine

I appreciate it that you care about what is taking place here in Pales- tine and what the Palestinian peo- ple are facing in their home land, but I must tell you that writing or talking about Palestinian issues is considered as a kind of risk. Its just like this: you write about the Pales- tinians, you are a pro-Palestinian, so you are seen as anti-Semitic !! , especially if you are European. So please take care, okay!

Sometimes we read that also there are some Arabic writers who have been accused as anti-Semitic, de- spite the fact that Arabs are actu- ally the original Semitic !!! That said I will try to paint a picture of life in paleastine for you. I’ll try to be neutral as much as I can, try to show the peoples point of view and not my own, but sure as a Palestinian lives in Palestine I’ll have my own sight maybe by giving comments .

Q) What is good about living in Palestine?

A) Living on your home land, among your country men and friends, some religious reasons for both Muslims and Christians like being close to their holly places, the way of living together by the Palestinians as there are no racial or religious problems. Palestin- ians sometimes prefer to stay here despite all the events they live every day because they know very well what it means to be a refugee outside their home, many of them have lived this experience or heard about it from family , friends or neighbors.

Q) What is life like for a young per- son living in Palestine?

A) Well there are some varies between Palestinian towns, vil- lages and camps, but almost all of them have no entertaining places like cinemas or theaters, beside the general worries of occupation and the suffers of moving between towns or entering Israel or (48 Palestine ), work field is completely effected by the events, so dreams of many of them about drawing their own future , family , home , work …etc are on hold. Living in that situation of mess, depressed, disorganizing because of the weak- ness of the Palestinian security devises, turned some of them to become criminals, steal to eat, to have fun,or even to protest .

That really gave many or let us say the majority of young people here to keen more on education be- cause that will be a good shelter they’ll never lose .

Q) Do you think that the Israeli government treats you badly?

A) Well, answering such question needs a good knowledge of Israeli government and constitution as well, Israel is a Jewish democratic state , democratic for Jews, and Jewish for Palestinians, and that can be very clear in terms of dis- crimination between Arabs and Jews in Israel itself, or the daily humiliation the Palestinians face on their lands or the Israelis check points, prisons, collective banish- ment, the wall, the invasions , the incursions ... etc.

Q) Name one thing that would make your life better?

A) Ending the occupation .

Q) What do you think the future holds for Palestinian people?

A) If there will be no fair solution for their issue, and if Israel con- tinue its well known plan to steal more lands and kick out and kill more Palestinians, their rage and depressed will grow more and more, and then there will be only 3 ways to use, leave, wait to get killed or transferred, or fight for freedom .

Q) What would you like to say to the people of Israel?

A) Withdraw to peace, there is no IDF (Israeli defense forces) its IOF (Israeli occupation forces) we can live together in peace if we get back our rights, come to our land as welcomed visitors ( like we were before) and never come to take our land, peace is between people not between leaders . Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36
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