Musings of a Palestinian Princess: May 2006

Musings of a Palestinian Princess

I'm just your average princess just under occupation...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

I'm ill - I need a dose of freedom.

You know, I am really sick today. I am sick of everything. I am sick of Israel, I am sick of the USA, I am sick of Iraq. I am sick of Palestine. I am sick of you versus me. I am sick of what happened in the past and its effects on me. I am sick that Israeli Citizen Security is More Important Than My Freedom. I am just sick sick sick.

I am sick that I can't leave my city to go to Ramallah for a beer with my friends without being hassled. I am sick that its hot and I can't go swimming in the Med, a distance of maybe 1 hour from Nablus. I am sick of being degrated and treated like a criminal at checkpoints which surround my whole city. I am sick of feeling like a leashed animal. I am just sick sick sick.

I am sick of being afraid. I am sick of hearing my future sister in law talking about being afraid to arrive at the Tel Aviv airport. I am sick that she will get hassled, I am sick that she may not be allowed in for the wedding. I am sick of being second class. I am just sick sick sick.

I am sick of being afraid of Israeli's. I am sick of being nervous all the time. I am sick about thinking of my future. I am sick that I feel so helpless and hopeless. I am sick and tired of this wedding, I just want it to be over. I am sick of my fear of flying. I am sick sick sick.

I am sick of talking about how sick I am.

I think there needs to be an NGO to come into Nablus and give free mental and emotional therapy to people who have to live under occupation. Especially, when you are STUCK and you see these settlers have all the freedom of moving and you just wish you could drive your car more than 15 miles.


Monday, May 08, 2006

No Money, No Honey

The economy of Palestine is thriving under Hamas rule... NOT!

I wonder what the hell is going to happen here. People are not being paid their salaries (gov't workers), merchants are not seeing cash flow and renters are not paying the rent in our building claiming that they don't have the money. Ouch, that hurts my pocket! Us Palestinians have got to get cracking or we will see a insurgance of violence soon. Lack of money will drive some people to work as hired guns for the Islamic Jihad and related groups leading to violence and more hatered towards Israel, this will effect the peace loving among us as we will also feel the Israeli backlash of making our lives EVEN MORE difficult.

Hamas is entering a long dark tunnel with no way out. With the political party Fatah virtually torn and dying, it is time for us Palestinians to think about building a new national movement.

We must save ourselves, but we cannot do it alone either. It is the time to create a political and social entity that is capable of supporting the government of a state, the Palestinian State. Fatah could not do it because they were obviously corrupt. Hamas does not want to do it, because they do not want to give up their sole role as a "resistance" organization. Therefore a new political and social force must be created. And we must do it now!

Now is the time for us Palestinians to create a responsible, honest, moderate, secular movement. It doesn't have to have a particular political focus but it needs to serve as an organization for supporting life in the Palestinian territories and an instrument for distribution of funds from international donors. This entity will be built using a network of existing NGOs as a nucleus, a support system and guidance. Order and hope need to be restored. and this is the main objective initially. Because we will have funding, and Hamas will not, we will eventually make the Hamas government irrelevant, whether or not the Hamas stay in power.

We will obviously need help to do this and money is not enough. We will need the international community to support us and Arab governments will have to play a big role as moderators and enforcers. The Israeli government has a part to play too. Israel will have to unfreeze the funds it owes the Palestinians to help support our new entity. The ports and border crossings of the Palestinian authorities must be opened to free transport of goods. We have to nip this in the bud NOW, poverty breeds radicalism, and radicalism can be exported. And that means a threat for everyone in the world.

Now the question is, uhhh, how do I get started. Suggestions please. I am so willing to do this, as you all now I am unemployed and I don't think I want to be a gunwoman, I am a PEACE LOVER. So help me.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Need Info - Please Help!

Does anyone know what visa status an American citizen who marrys a Palestinian Citizen gets?

Here is what I know:

1) Any American can enter Israel with a 3 month travelers visa.
2) They can extend it another 3 months at Ministry of Interior for a total of 6 months.
3) They can travel from Tel Aviv.

But what I want to know is if they are married and have a marriage license from the USA and a church in Palestine, can they DENY entry into Israel/Palestine or can't they because they are married to a Palestinian citizen?

Any information would be greatly appreciated as I can't find any!

I am asking because I have known Americans that come here for touring or school have been denyed a visa and have been sent back to the USA the same day they arrived at the Tel Aviv airport.

Is the person who is married to a Palestinian exempt from this kind of treatment?