Occupation Diaries by Raja Shehadeh

By Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh explores lifestyle in Ramallah via a sequence of diary entires made in the course of a 12 months interval from 2009 and 2011.

It is usually the smallest info of way of life that let us know the main. And so it really is lower than profession in Palestine. What so much folks take with no consideration needs to be conscientiously considered and deliberate for: whilst will the publish be allowed to get via? Will there be sufficient water for the bathtub this night? How shall i am getting rid of the garbage gathering outdoor? How a lot time may still I enable for the adventure to go to my cousin, facing checkpoints? and large questions too: is operating with left-wing Israelis taking part or now not? What impression will the Arab Spring have at the way forward for Palestine? What can somebody do to result in switch? Are any of life’s pleasures untouched by way of politics?
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All the traffic was diverted, there was order and not a single fight broke out despite the large numbers of people milling around. Everyone seemed to be having a good time on this warm spring day. The flame was duly delivered and on the return journey from the Manarah to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Old City of Ramallah, I noticed that the priest had given the flame that was to be carried to the Muslim Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, walking by his side, and another to the Muslim District Governor, walking on the other side.

Today the Guardian newspaper published his diary. Immediately after reading it I sent him this email: Dear Henning I can’t begin to describe how I felt when I read your diary in today’s Guardian. It is as though after decades of suffering in silence (today marks the forty-third anniversary of the occupation), with both the cause of my suffering being denied and my experience of it called suspect, after years and years of hardship and pain, there was finally vindication. You write that your aim was [to show] that ‘deeds, not words’ are what are important and that ‘only action can provide proof of your words’.

Of course it was hardly surprising for the guard to be suspicious when the mount on which the Dome of the Rock rests is perhaps the most contested of holy sites. This Islamic masterpiece is plagued by Israeli state policies 47 Occupation Diaries The Dome of the Rock combines Byzantine design and Islamic ornamentation. I consider myself as shaped by an enduring Islamic–Christian culture that has been dominant in Palestine since the eighth century. 48 18 July 2010 and threatened with destruction by extremist Jews.

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