Category Archives: Palestinian Diaries

On Land Day: In Occupied Palestine, Existence is Resistance

On 04.08.2011, Haj Ibrahim Atallah closed his eyes for the last time. He was over a 100 years old, and from what I’ve heard, he closed his eyes unwillingly, for he had yet so much to fight for, so much … Continue reading

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A Letter to Mother Palestine and her Daughters

Dear Mother Palestine, On Mother’s day, as the Hannoun wakes up, and as the almond tree blossoms and you wear your green and red dress, we celebrate you. On this day, we celebrate the land, our heritage and our home, … Continue reading

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A Homage to Palestinian Mothers

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Embracing the Land

Every morning he wakes up, prays, prepares tea, carries the old tea pot and a small glass and goes to check on his trees and plants. He wanders between the loquat tree and the apple tree and the vineyard, between … Continue reading

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63 Years Later, Palestine

63 years later, Palestine, I see you waiting, with a tear that refuses to come down, waiting for the return of your child … waiting for the return of the son, the return of the daughter… waiting for the child … Continue reading

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The On-Going Nakba of Palestine … 63 Years Later

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Occupied Palestine from A to Z: Dima’s Visit

Dima was very anxious. She spent the entire day walking, talking, listening to others talk, thinking and wondering about the next day. And the night was no better, for sleep, much-needed sleep, escaped her and her mind wouldn’t stop thinking. … Continue reading

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Occupied Palestine from A to Z: Canaan of Palestine

“Ya Abu Nidal, lahhiq ibnak, lahhiq darak, hurry up, the soldiers are raiding your home and want to take your son Nidal.” A neighbour came running to tell Canaan who was ploughing the land and tending the olive and almond … Continue reading

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Occupied Palestine from A to Z: Basma – a Woman from Palestine

Every morning she starts her day in front of the taboun; she bakes bread then prepares breakfast for her children and her grandchildren. She watches them leave to school, university and to work. She then sits on the stone step … Continue reading

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Occupied Palestine from A to Z: Arwa’s Dream

Arwa, little Arwa with the long dark hair and the large eyes, pressed “play” on the old battered CD-Player and the minute traditional Palestinian songs filled the room, she started dancing alongside her two younger sisters. She loved the dabkeh … Continue reading

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