Ciarab's Blog

The Palestinian Struggle.
June 8, 2010, 9:11 am
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Living in Bethlehem in the Westbank is an experience that I will cherish. The people here are friendly and welcoming, they are generous and honest. They appreciate foreigners coming here to enjoy the amazing landscapes and beautiful historical sites but ever more importantly being a witness to their struggle and sharing my experiences with others at home is something that they are truly grateful for and encourage. It makes this experience more worth while knowing that I can create an awareness of what is happening by sharing their experiences with others. It is difficult to continually suppress your anger here when you witness the Palestinians struggle in the Westbank. Also what is more disheartening is that they are completely isolated from their fellow Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. They have friends, families and relatives living in Gaza but because of the illegal Israeli occupation and restrictions on travel they are denied access to visit each other in both places. However, the Palestinians continue with their everyday activities however limited or restricted they are due to the occupation, and this is seen as part of the struggle for a free Palestine. By writing this blog it alleviates the anger and frustration inside when I witness the racist and discriminatory treatment of the Palestinians by the Israeli government, the israeli military and also the jewish settlers. The Palestinian people are also very grateful to anyone who is part of any form of protest or demonstration against Israel through whatever method is possible for each individual. The events of the past week and a half have exposed the Israeli government and has shown Israel as a racist, apartheid, undemocratic, zionist state. They have shown their true colours and hopefully you have seen this too.


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