"So long as Western feminists denounce the oppression of Arab women as a result of Islamic fundamentalism, but not as a result of Israeli occupation, I will raise my voice.
I will explain that Palestinian women are without any doubt more oppressed by Israel and Zionism than they are by their fellow Palestinian men, that a Palestinian woman’s freedom of movement, her right to an education, her right to vote, her right to work, her right to live where she wants, her right to sufficient food, clean water, and medical treatment in her own homeland are denied to her not by her fellow Palestinians but by the illegal occupying power, Israel.”
-Nada Elia, "The Burden of Representation: When Palestinians Speak Out"
Stop saying you don’t want to pick sides. What’s happening in Palestine is not a matter of who is wrong and who is right, it’s about standing up for and supporting the innocent lives of many Palestinians, a lot of whom are children, who are being murdered daily. People need to open their eyes and realise it’s about humanity, and not which side is in the right and which is in the wrong.
(Found on the streets of Shuja’iyya) 21 July 2013
I am terrified. I am so scared, and as I write this down my hands are shaking, my fingers are trembling and I can barely feel anything anymore. Maybe I feel so much; I feel so much I had to run to paper to try to put these feelings elsewhere….