Middle East, The Faultline: Deheisheh Days

Middle East, The Faultline: Deheisheh
Days,
Muna Hamzeh-Muhaisen, Le Monde
Diplomatique

‘Weep, my eyes, weep. The tears may just wash the pain down to a
puddle around my feet.’ That’s just one excerpt from an eloquent
online diary that Muna Hamzeh-Muhaisen, a Palestinian journalist,
kept at Deheisheh, a refugee camp near Bethlehem. The diary is an
emotional appeal for an independent Palestinian state, addressed to
the ‘silent world that doesn’t give a damn, just because we are
Arabs.’ Weaving together a lattice of anger and sorrow,
Hamzeh-Muhaisen still manages to end on a tempered note of
optimism: ‘Welcome to another day in Palestine. Rise and shine to
another day of occupation, and try to find yourself a place under
the sun. It’s there if you look for it. And so are the green
pastures and the blue sea, and the rainbow on the horizon. Just
stretch your neck out further and you’ll find it.’
–Anjula
Razdan
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