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A Passport condemned to Exile?

Theater play “Passeport 10452″ by director Betty Taoutel

The original French version of this play was presented at Montreal within the Arab World Festival. The Arabic version is being shown at the Monnot Theater in Beirut.

Synopsis of ” Passeport numéro 10452″
Directed by Betty Taoutel and participation of Hagop Der Goughassain

A tiny country of 10,452 square Km (exactly) experiences 30 years of civil wars and preemptive wars by Israel.

A family is torn by the identity game, linked to belonging, homeland, language and immigration…

Omar grew up in an unstable Lebanon: Assassinations, car explosions, political tensions, perpetual conflicts, demonstrations, marches… among the various political factions and the 18 officially recognized religious sects.

Leave or stay?

Trying his chances in Montreal in order to get a Canadian passport?

Leaving his natal country in order to enjoy a sense of security and secure the future of his children…

Omar’s mother is tormented by these existential questions and is doing her best to convince her husband of the necessity of grabbing the available potentials and opportunities far away from Lebanon.

The up-rooted in both Beirut and Montreal are described with humor and a poignant look at their living life-style

Note: The French text

Dans un petit pays de 10 452 km2 meurtri par 30 ans de guerre, une famille est déchirée par les enjeux identitaires liés à l’appartenance, la patrie, la langue, l’émigration…

Omar grandit dans un Liban instable : attentats, tensions politiques, grèves et conflits perpétuels entre les différentes factions politiques et religieuses. Partir ou rester ?

Tenter sa chance à Montréal dans le but d’obtenir ce passeport canadien tant convoité ? Quitter la terre natale pour se sentir en sécurité et assurer un avenir meilleur pour ses enfants ? Telles sont les questions qui tourmentent la mère d’Omar qui tente de convaincre son mari – et surtout elle-même – de la nécessité de partir vers cet ailleurs qui se trouve à l’autre bout de la planète.

Entre le rêve idéalisé de ceux qui veulent partir et la réalité, souvent dure, vécue par les immigrants, cette pièce de théâtre signée Betty Taoutel dépeint, avec beaucoup d’humour et de dérision, le vécu poignant des déracinés, à Beyrouth comme à Montréal.

This event is on facebook

Israeli soldiers “gas” themselves in village of Bilin

Last week, Israeli soldiers and police dispersed by force and tear gas hundreds of Palestinians who were trying to rebuild a village that Israel completely erased in the Jordan Valley in 1967. The village of Bilin is another story of confronting the occupier.

Mind you that the Jordan Valley is withing the West Bank territory, but Israel built hundreds of “war settlements” in that region to exploit its water resources and prevent the Palestinians free access to the State of Jordan.

Every week, Israel encourage its radical right-wing Jews to invade and “desecrate” the Islamic Temple in Jerusalem, or the Aqsa Dome Mosque.

Israel is progressing in its plan for erecting more settlement in East Jerusalem, proposed to be the Capital of the Palestinian State in the current negotiation with Kerry.

Cynical Idealism posted these funny pictures on Feb. 7, 2014

Israeli soldiers in Bil’in gas themselves, Palestinian kids chase them away, get gassed




February 2014

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