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“My Palestinian grandmother witnessed the following events since British mandated power:

Posted on: August 17, 2018

“My Palestinian grandmother witnessed the following events:

Joanna Choukeir Hojeily. August 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM · Eltham, United Kingdom

A Palestinian living in New York: “My grandmother witnessed the following events:

– she lived during the British mandate of Palestine and its turmoil
– the 1948 war and nakba (catastrophe) 
– the 1956 Israeli invasion of Gaza
– the 1967 six days war and Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank
– the 1973 war


Then she moved with my grandfather to Lebanon to witness:
– the 1978 Israeli invasion of Lebanon
– the civil war
– the 1982 Israel massive invasion of Lebanon and entering its Capital Beirut


Then she returned to Gaza to witness:
– the 1987 first intifada
– the Oslo peace agreement
– the 2000 second intifada
– the 2006 operation
– cast lead 2008/2009
– pillar of cloud 2012
– protective edge 2014

Last time I called her she asked me to take care of myself and to focus on my studies- hoping for a better future.

My grandmother’a calendar is full of war and bloodshed. She is in Gaza now and I’m in New York unable to go see her or see my family and beloved ones.

Since 1948 when she hears the drums of war, she gets dressed and prepares her papers and precious stuff getting ready to become forth, fifth, or sixth time refugee in her country.

Freedom is precious guys, if you live in freedom and dignity you never need to complain….”

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