Saturday May 25, 2013
PALESTINE, Not Just a Name!Nahida Izzat Salem-News.com
Another unforgettable view of Palestine in words and photos.
(LONDON) - Some of our most spectacular and memorable entries are the products of Nahida Izzat, who lives in London, but began her life in Palestine, a life that the Israeli system of war and occupation brought to a screeching halt.
Like so many before throughout history, Nahida and her family had to flee Palestine during the 1967 'Six Day War' and by becoming a refugee, she was thus denied her own homeland for the majority of her life.
This has not stopped Nahida from returning to Palestine.
It also has not prevented or blocked her from expressing her clear thoughts about the impacts Israeli apartheid has had on all Palestinians.
This population is a diverse group, and the lasting consequences faced by all people in this tragic period that began in 1948 during one of the largest Diasporas that the world has ever witnessed, have never gone away, only increased.
No more, a bunch of refugees;
Not a mere oppressed and dispossessed, struggling for survival
A symbol of courage, determination, endurance and inspiration
for every bullied individual and every oppressed nation
Holders of the torch of justice,
Seekers of freedom
professors of endurance
Teachers of dignity
Callers to humanity,
Longing for an egalitarian society
Seeking liberation from a ruthless minority
Of predatory, oppressive warmongering elite
No more, a mere geographical location
No longer a decaying chapter in a book of history
A poignant story,
A beautiful vision,
A passionate cause,
An exquisite poem,
A Melody of freedom
An inspirational idea,
A moral concept
that could never be destroyed
Special thanks to Uprooted Palestinians
Nahida Izzat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee who has lived in exile for over forty two years, after being forced to leave her homeland at the tender age of seven in 1967, during the six-day war. She has a degree in mathematics, but art is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves hand-made things and so makes dolls, cards, and most of her own clothes. She also writes poetry, participates in written dialogues and believes in building bridges, not walls.
She started writing when her friends insisted she should write about her memories, experiences and feelings as a Palestinian.When she did it all came out sounding—she was told—like poetry! So she self-published two books: I Believe in Miracles, and Palestine the True Story.
Her dream is to return back home to a free and liberated Palestine.
If you like poetry and are intrigued by the notion of learning more about Palestine, you can visit Nahida's blog Poetry for Palestine for more of her writings; prose, poems, letters and dialogues.
You can write to Nahida : nahidaexiledpalestinian@gmail.
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