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Discriminated against on all sides: When Rita and Taher fall in love in Palestine

In the previous post I stated: “How could you figure out this paradox: An Arab State (probably Qatar) invited two Jewish Israeli swimmers to participate in a sport event, and denied a Palestinian scholar to attend a scientific conference on the ground that his passport is Israeli?

In 1948, only about 150,000 Palestinians steadfastly remained and held on their land while Israel was pursuing its policy of ”transferring” all Palestinians from Palestine, by all means available, including genocide and erasing entire villages…

Those 150,000 Palestinians living within the State of Israel suffered all kinds of discrimination, humiliations and indignities and they are currently around 1.5 million or 20% of Israel total population”.

This posts describes the problems and detour of falling in love in Palestine.

Taher Al Musalmani (24) lives in Israel, in the town of Nazareth, and work with a Palestinian TV channel.

Rita (26) lives in Gaza and work as correspondent to a satellite chain. Their paths met as they tried to work out ways to do joint programs and the calls got frequent and friendship was established, long distance fashion.

Rita and Taher decided to meet at Cherm el Cheikh (the Sinai peninsula in Egypt) last June. Taher has an Israeli passport and made it fine to destination, but Rita could not pass the Rafah border check-point (Gaza side).

Taher refused to despair: He managed to link with a caravan of the Sinai bedouins that got him to Rafah in Gaza, then through one of the many underground tunnels that are frequently bombed by Israel to prevent livestock, oil, and arms from entering Gaza via Egypt…A trip that lasted 26 hours one way since he had no visa from Egypt…

Rita could not believe her eyes as Taher stepped into her house and recounted the trip hassles of his journey.  Rita has divorced from a failed marriage and was not contemplating to remarry, not any time soon. The persistence of Taher changed her heart, mind and determination

Rita’s family needed three entire days of discussion and pondering before it agreed on the engagement ceremony. Taher has the engagement papers and he has to return to Nazareth. How?

Back to the tunnel and out to Taba (Egypt), then to Eilat (Israel on the Red Sea) and off to Tel Aviv. A strong police force was waiting for Taher on the airport of Tel Aviv and thrown into prison. Israel was searching for Taher on the premises that he might have links with the “enemy”.

Worse, Taher entered Gaza, a forbidden occupied territory.

Taher detention lengthened for weeks, with dozen of lie detector sessions, and then transferred to the “bird-cage” prison where Palestinians are formed to become spies to Israel.  In case the Palestinian refuses to become an Israeli informant his name is disseminated so that other Palestinian factions assassinate him on the ground of a potential informer…

Three weeks later, Taher is set free to residential confinement for another 6 months.

Rita and Taher plan to marry in Egypt and settle in Ramallah (the Capital of the Palestinian Authority).  Apparently, the Palestinian Authority is going to give this couple the hell of their life before they get together, if they do in Ramallah.

In any case, the world is vast and this couple intend to settle wherever they are accepted.

Note: The story is taken from a piece by Samia Al Zubaidi and published in the daily Al Hayat, London

Discriminated against on all sides: Palestinians with Israel passport

How could you figure out this paradox: An Arab State (probably Qatar) invited two Jewish Israeli swimmers to participate in a sport event, and denied a Palestinian scholar (see not) to attend a scientific conference on the ground that his passport is Israeli?

In 1948, only about 150,000 Palestinians steadfastly remained and held on their land while Israel was pursuing its policy of “transferring” all Palestinians from Palestine, by all means available, including genocide and erasing entire villages…

Those 150,000 Palestinians living within the State of Israel suffered all kinds of discrimination, humiliations and indignities and they are currently around 1.5 million or 20% of Israel total population. 

Mind you that the Jews in Palestine during the British mandated power over Palestine were less than 20% before WWII, and the Zionist organization pressured the British Empire never to engage in any democratic election in Palestine, as long as the Jews are in the minority. The British failure to conduct even municipal election lead to a mass civil disobedience that lasted 4 years (1935-1938) and prompted Britain to dispatch 100,000 soldiers to put down this intifada.

It is these Palestinians who supposedly enjoy the same civil rights as the Jews in Israel that worry greatly the racist and apartheid State of Israel.  The radical Jewish right wings want a totally Jewish State and abhor the existence of those “Arabs” in their midst. In the last decade, there has been a frenetic flurry of apartheid laws, enacted by the Knesset, in order to restrict the civil rights of the Israeli Palestinians, and threaten them of massive transfer to the Palestinian State if the UN decides for an independent Palestinian State…

The “Israeli Arabs” as the Zionists would like to discriminate against the Israeli Palestinians know their rights as Israeli citizens and keep demanding their entitled rights from the Justice system and the Israeli institutions.

For example, the “Israeli Palestinians” launched the “Homeland Day” on March 30, 1976 and conducted civil disobedience to resist any further expropriation of their properties.  Plenty of blood was shed as the Israeli army intervened violently. The “Homeland Day” is celebrated every year by Palestinians all over the world.

The “Israeli Palestinians” participated in the “1987 Intifada” (civil disobedience), which was organized by the Palestinians in the occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza, and the Israeli police force quelled the peaceful demonstrations of the “Israeli Palestinians” in the norther cities and towns and dozens were killed and injured. Actually, the “Homeland Day” is basically celebrated to keep the memory of the martyred Israeli Palestinians who fell by the Israeli police on that day.

Israel wanted to transfer all Palestinians from Israel, but time was pressing and the western States needed to keep a “sample of Palestinians” within Israel to demonstrate that the UN resolution of 1948 of two homelands was still on the books.  Without a sample of Palestinians within the State of Israel, it would have been totally untenable to keep supporting an apartheid system and claim Israel as the “sole democracy” in the Middle-East.

I knew one Israeli Palestinian (labelled Palestinians of 1948 by the “Arabs”) during my graduate study in the USA, and he was very sad, aloof, and perturbed. Kind of not knowing who he really is: an arab, an Israeli, an enemy to the “Arabs”, a spy to the Israeli government…Basically, the problem was “How am I perceived by the “Arabs” around me and by the Jews?”

Is is an outrage that Arab States and “Arabs” in general tend to discriminate against the Israeli Palestinians, instead of viewing them as their main ally to rectify harms done in the last 6 decades…

Note: Marwan Duwairy, a Palestinian Israeli and a social psychology researcher, is the scholar who was discriminated against by an Arab State. The university of Columbia (USA) had publihed his book in 2006 on social therapy and has been invited by many scientific conferences to give speeches. He currently resides in Israel.


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