Easter in Iqrit
In November 1948, soldiers from the state of Israel, created months earlier in May, ordered the inhabitants of the Christian Palestinian village of Iqrit in the Galilee near the Lebanese border to leave their homes. They were told it was only a temporary measure due to military operations in the area and that they would be allowed to return home in two weeks. After the evacuation, the Israeli government broke its word and refused to allow them to return. The people of Iqrit, who are Israeli citizens, appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court and in 1951 the court ruled that they should be allowed to return home. The Israeli government ignored the ruling, and on Christmas Eve 1951, the Israeli army destroyed the entire village except the church and cemetery.Nearly 66 years later, Israel has yet to implement the Supreme Court decision, despite the persistent efforts of the people of Iqrit, who have never stopped struggling for the right to return home. In 1970, the government granted them permission to resume burials in Iqrit’s cemetery, and in 1972 the people of Iqrit renovated the church, which they have used since for worship, to conduct marriages, and to christen their children. In recent years, they have expanded their campaign to return home.The people of Iqrit were among approximately 750,000 Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed from their homes during Israel’s 1948 creation in order for a Jewish majority state to be created in more than three quarters of historic Palestine. Today, there are approximately 7.1 million Palestinian refugees and displaced persons, including 427,000 internally displaced inside Israel.
with silences. Not me.
I’ve never cared much
for call and response.
Sometimes I will think of
something to say and then
I ask myself; is it worth it?
And it just isn’t.
This is how to run a stick of Chapstick
down the black boxes on your scantron
so the grading machine skips the wrong
answers. This is how to honor roll. Hell,
this is how to National Honor Society.
This is being voted “Most Likely to Marry
for Money” or “Talks the Most, Says the
Least” for senior superlatives. This is
stepping around the kids having panic
attacks in the hallway. This is being the
kid having a panic attack in the hallway.
This is making the A with purple moons
stamped under both eyes. We had to try.
This is telling the ACT supervisor you have
ADHD to get extra time. Today, the average
high school student has the same anxiety
levels as the average 1950’s psychiatric
patient. We know the Pythagorean theorem
by heart, but short-circuit when asked
“How are you?” We don’t know. We don’t
know. That wasn’t on the study guide.
We usually know the answer, but rarely
Celebration in Ramallah
Fascist Israeli occupation forces turns the church of the Holy Sepulcher into military outpost, very few Palestinian Christians succeeded to reach, 19 April 2014.
Happy Easter to all Palestinians who are denied the right to celebrate and worship in Jerusalem.
In Arabic, the appropriate greeting for Easter is المسيح قام ‹l-masīḥ qām› ‘Christ has risen,’ to which the response is حقاً قام ‹ḥaqqan qām› ‘Truly he has risen.’ This is a calque of the Greek greeting and response Χριστός ἀνέστη ‹Christos anestē› and Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη ‹Alēthōs anestē›.
Celebrating Holy Saturday today in Ramallah, 19 April 2014.
The Arabian Peninsula
I hate it when people take US centric ideas of race and ethnicity and try to apply it in the MENA. “Arab-ness” has not been a purely ethnic identity for a long long time now. Hell, the Arab league’s definition of Arab does not even bring up ethnicity at all, it is treated as a…