How is it to be an activist in Palestine?
Growing up in Palestine has both been a mixed blessing, to open your eyes for the first time to watch endless violence, apartheid and inhumanity and to live under an illegal occupation.
It has been a struggle for my great grandparents who were refuged by their beautiful land “Al Lod” where their dreams shattered in a glimpse, and this struggle continued to my father, my family and finally to me. This occupation broke every young Palestinian dream. No child should be normal to blood and horror. Children belong in their schools and backyards and their “happy place” but this is not the case here, we were always facing obstacles when it comes to education from General strikes and closures to mourning the heroes of this land. We Palestinian women and girls are rendered more vulnerable to threats, intimidation, restrictions on movement, and discrimination, impeding our ability to realise a life free of violence.
But I can also say that being a Palestinian is a blessing. It’s a blessing because I know the meaning of honour, the meaning of determination and the meaning of great responsibility as a Young WILPF member to raise the voice of my people and all the innocent people in the world and tell the continuous violations of human rights, to keep my role in peacekeeping and security despite the failure of many resolutions to end long lasting apartheid and Israeli occupation.
How is it to be an activist in Palestine in the current context?
I have the potential to serve my people and to tell my story and theirs to the whole world to reach the ultimate near but yet far dream which is “Freedom and Justice”. Although as I am writing this article, I feel that I am failing the innocent children in Gaza that are being killed with cold blood in their beautiful homes. These beautiful angels that are now in heaven because their lives were nothing but fear, pain and injustice. I am sad and heartbroken but this pain drives me to make peace come true and with my fellow Young WILPFers we shall protect the future world from violence so our children can live our dream of peace.
How are the activities of Young WILPF going in Palestine?
WILPF Palestine has always been active in organising different events with members from different cities in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Such as organising different workshops to train and educate WILPF members about the international resolutions, human rights and justice, with the cooperation of different human rights organisations and associations. As well as raising awareness and creating campaigns on social media about Palestine and its right to freedom. Furthermore, volunteering in the name of peace and justice in different places such as helping women and children in refugee camps, helping farmers in olive picking, and help rebuild homes that were destroyed by settlers and Israeli Occupation, visiting released women that were imprisoned in the Israeli prisons and detention camps and follow up their conditions and sports. And right now, WILPF Palestine is putting all its energy on social media and on real ground to raise its voice for the inhuman genocide going on in Gaza despite the sorrow and the overwhelming conditions every Palestinian goes through and continues to help until justice is served.
Which is your message for the other Young WILPFers?
I hope whoever reads this article in the long term reads it in the city that I love the most, the city that taught me the importance of land, honour and sweet pain, the city where my Grandmother lives in, the city that I was forbidden to enter because of endless checkpoints and humiliations. The city that whenever I think of it my tear drops the city of cities “Jerusalem” but no more because we shall and we will overcome.