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The world right now, let me tell ya. #NorthWaziristan ft. #Palestine

First of all, Falasteen Zindabad.

Apartheid is happening in Palestine right now. To me, arguing about it doesn’t even make sense at this point. It’s a fact that hospitals, schools, children, and elderly people in Palestine have been targeted in huge numbers, to the point that this “conflict” is completely one-sided. I don’t have a whole lot of patience for any arguments against this anymore. If you still feel like this is a two-sided conflict, all I can tell you is to get a new, less-biased news source in your life. Obviously, #IStandWithPalestine.

Moving on to something that has been in the news literally never.

Okay not literally, thanks to Al Jazeera.

But almost never.

North Waziristan, Pakistan.

The Pakistani government has launched a huge air and ground offensive in north western Pakistan, particularly the North Waziristan province, in an attempt to eliminate the Pakistani Taliban. As proud as I want to be of the Pakistani government for doing this, some people have been questioning the motives behind this attack, with claims of various conspiracies. I mean, I would think the government is putting their genuine effort into this, especially after the attack on a major airport in Sindh province that happened recently. But as I don’t know a whole lot about the government aspect of this, what I will speak on is the sacrifice of the people of North Waziristan. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes, to avoid becoming casualties of this air strike, many into Afghanistan. And like, they’re not even mad, because they know it’s for a good cause. But it’s summer right now, and it was also just Ramadan. So conditions haven’t exactly been ideal. Not that conditions are ever ideal for fleeing your home. Some families have returned to find destroyed homes. And my thing is, why hasn’t this been in the news more? These people are leaving their homes for our safety. The Pakistani Taliban is not just a danger to them, but, when looking at it’s roots and long term effects, to the world. In Pakistan, these IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), have gotten more attention. The Panjab government has pledged at least 2,000 new houses to the IDPs. Which is nice. Really really nice. Unfortunately, there are  more than 2,000 IDPs. There are actually more than 700,000 IDPs from this situation. That’s .7 million.

Al Jazeera has some stuff on this whole thing: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/07/pictures-pakistan-offensive-co-2014714133154188322.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/07/pictures-pakistan-troubled-tirah-20147114547630421.html <–This one mentions the Sikh community in the area 🙂

My heart is with Palestine and Pakistan ❤

-M

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Updates I guess?

I’ve been pretty M.I.A this week, and because of that I’m going to go ahead and make posts weekly instead of daily :/, but hopefully I’ll be able to work back up to it again! Other than that, I want to talk about Israel and Palestine for a quick sec. Since I last talked about it, the situation has escalated quite a bit. And  lot of people in the West have chosen a side to support in the conflict, and most people are expressing their opinions respectfully and calmly, but I’ve seen a few nasty comments, as to be expected. But if we can’t stay calm in the West, how can we expect people in the East who are actually living it to stay calm and come to a solution? Sometimes things get heated, especially with things like this, but cursing people out isn’t going to solve anything, just like the constant rockets and missiles won’t.

Also, I saw a video of Malala Yousafzai in the hospital reading some of her get well cards. She’s expected to make a full recovery, and plans on going back to Pakistan and continuing her campaign for education. And I think the only word that fits here, Arabic-speaking or not, is Mashallah*.

SO! This post was sort of tiny and all over the place, but I’ll be back next Sunday, with a nice, well-planned post. I promise 🙂

-M

*Mā šāʾ Allāh (ما شاء الله) is an Arabic phrase that expresses appreciation, joy, praise or thankfulness for an event or person that was just mentioned.[1]Towards this, it is used as an expression of respect, while at the same time serving as a reminder that all accomplishments are so achieved by the will of Allah. It is generally said upon hearing good news. People may use this phrase to protect themselves from jealousy, catching the evil eye, or jinxing. The phrase is also used frequently by Christians in the Arab World. (Wikipedia)

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Grape Leaves are Delicious Whether You’re Israeli or Palestinian.

*I’m not an expert on the situation in Israel and Palestine, in fact I’ve only just started learning more about it. These are just my initial thoughts on the whole thing, which might change as I learn more about it. In this post I tried my best to not talk about stuff I wasn’t sure enough, but if I do sound like an ignorant buffoon, I apologize. 

So I don’t know a whole lot about the Israel-Palestine Situation. I just started learning more about it recently, and for a while I didn’t get why the U.S is backing Israel. I didn’t think that we needed to choose either side. From what I could gather, it seemed like Israel wanted the same land as Palestine. And the majority of images I saw were of Israeli bombings in Palestine, which began my sympathizing with the latter. But a while ago, during one of the presidential debates, President Obama said something that made me realize why the U.S supports Israel. Basically, Romney had been saying that Obama didn’t visit Israel, and Obama was like actually I did, I just didn’t do fundraisers and stuff, but instead I did something meaningful:

“I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind myself the — the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable.”

And then it sort of hit me. During World War II, 6 million Jews were systematically murdered. These people went through hell during the holocaust. After it was over, they were promised this land– compensation? Hardly. But it was something. And that’s why I can see why the U.S and President Obama want to support them.

That being said, Israel and Palestine need to figure it out a different way. They’re on such holy land, and yet people are getting bombed all the time.  I don’t know enough to support one side or the other in this conflict, but it’s really disappointing– watching two sacred sites that are unable to work out a solution with diplomacy and respect for one another. Why can’t we be like those two guys on my Facebook, one Israeli, one Palestinian, and just friend each other:

Hopefully these guys are a sign of things to come. Maybe one day soon, the only thing Israelis and Palestinians will fight over is who grows the best grape leaves or something. Can we just take a moment-

“Bilaal, where did you get those grape leaves?” “At the souq, Ahuva!”

                                                        

Oh– okay and one last thing I don’t understand is the way the land was divided up for Israel:

I get it–population density, etc, etc…but really? This? This. Personally I would have used straight lines but hey, you do you.

Make grape leaves, not war 🙂

-M

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Harmony

I was on Facebook the other day being a productive member of society, and I saw on that new mini-newsfeed thing that two guys I knew became friends. One of them moved here from Israel in second grade, and the other one is Palestinian. Needless to say, I took a screenshot of this beautiful moment:

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Yeah…I had to cover up the names, but trust me, okay? There was some Palestinian-Israeli love going on. Okay, I just wanted to share that.

Oh okay wait, one more thing since I’m sharing screen shots anyways. I was watching a live stream of a Youtuber I watch (any tubians in the house??) and on the side there’s this live feed where people are tweeting things to him, i.e: “SHOUTOUT TO JOEEEEEE!!!!!” or “yousef are u gay,” when I saw this guy request a shoutout that wasn’t for himself. Once again I had to take a screenshot:

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If you have not read A Thousand Splendid Suns, please excuse me for a moment.

OMG. TAREQ. ASKING FOR A SHOUTOUT. FOR LAYLA. WHAT. WHAT?!?!?! IS THIS REAL LIFE.

Thank you.

OKAY. ACTUAL POST TIME.

I’ve never had a haircut before, so when my friend told me that she was going for one this weekend I kind of wanted to go along with her. She has really awesome, daring hair, so I figured it would be entertaining? And it kind of was, but I’m afraid if I start talking about it, this will turn into a post about the history of haircuts in Nepal or something so I’m going to move on.

The friend, let’s call her Jane, is a really awesome gal. She’s a huge advocate for gay rights, and she’s the president of the Teenage Feminist Association at my school. What I really admire about Jane is how she informs herself about issues of substance. She was my first friend that I could really talk about the issues I’m really passionate about with. One thing she admits is that she hasn’t been surrounded by a large variety of different cultures, at least not during the earlier parts of her life. She always makes an effort to learn more about different cultures, including mine, but I think she also worries a little about offending me. Once we were having a sleepover when she referred to a brown lady on T.V as “Muslim.” She wasn’t using “Muslim” as a synonym for terrorist or anything, but she said it as though that was the lady’s ethnicity. The thing is, Islam is a religion, not a race. What she said wasn’t racist at all, but it wasn’t quite accurate. There were a couple of other instances like that where I could tell she was walking on eggshells about things pertaining to different cultures that she wasn’t really sure about. But this weekend after her haircut, we were talking about a friend of ours from Pakistan, and Jane said, almost apologetically, “I never know what to call someone of ____’s ethnicity.” I could tell this was something that had been on her mind for a while, and I was really excited to explain. Guys. I explained Arab countries to her, I went into the Partition of India in 1947, and before you know it she was asking about hijabs and the Guru Granth Sahib and Oak Creek and the Quaran and the Arab Spring. I was in Heaven.

The more people ask questions, the more they learn about others. And the more we learn about each other  the more we realize how similar we really are. Look at Palestine and Israel. Don’t both their religions refer to the Old Testament? Do Christians know that the Arab, often Muslim, name “Ibrahim” is the same as “Abraham,” or that “Yousef” is the same thing as “Joseph?”

I hope Jane keeps asking questions. Living in a post 9/11 world, I get so many more insults than actual educated questions, so when someone asks me a legitimate question it’s like THANK YOU GOD THIS PERSON DID NOT CALL ME A BOMBER. Seriously, don’t be afraid to ask or receive questions. The more we know, the closer we are to peace.

-M

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