Archive for May, 2010

Commemorating the Catastrophe.

May 19, 2010

Sixty-two years ago we owned the Holy Land and lived in peace before their arrival. To this very day I still carry the key to our house just like many Palestinians. The key to our home we were brutally forced to leave and never go back to it. 1948, was the year when the change began and unfortunately it wasn’t for our benefit. On that year, we were slaughtered and killed in cold blood. Driven away from our own houses and our land we once owned.

Hundreds of villages had not only been depopulated but obliterated, houses blown up or bulldozed. Isn’t this year, a year of displacement and dispossession, worthy of commemoration? I think it is.

Al Nakba (The Catastrophe) has  become a collective memory of two          contrasting periods in our Palestinian  history. It changed our lives at an  individual level and a national level.  After 1948, we were treated as refugees  and known to deserve the support of  international aid agencies. The ethnic cleansing of Palestinians did not stop in  1948. After Israel has established itself  on our dear Land, they continued to  dispose Palestinians and transfer them  during the ‘50s. In addition, the Israeli  Zionist authorities have declared that  the Palestinian villages are closed  military zones to prevent the Palestinians from returning as well as, razing more villages and transforming them into Jewish settlements, national parks, forests and even parking lots. The Jewish National Fund also planted depopulated villages to conceal Palestinian existence. They wanted to remove any non-Jewish sings and appearance in Palestine to mistakenly claim that this is their Land and that was their right. Even the names of villages and towns were changed to make them look like a “Jewish village”. This is madness. From that moment, the original inhabitants of Palestine lost everything related to their identity and they lived as refugees in neighboring countries. This tragic day is commemorated by the Palestinians as a catastrophe and by the Israelis as a celebration of its independence and its establishment.  It is your duty as a human being to remind the world of this event and to inform the public of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.

What has kept us Palestinians alive since Al Nakba is the dream of returning to our land. It’s our survival and determination that we wish to celebrate one day. Generations after generations have been raised to keep the hope within and to remember Palestine and to pass on the message to the next generation with the will to resist and remember our usurped land.

One day we’ll return to our home and land and live peacefully once again.
Al Nakba is the continuing saga of my people up to today. Al Nakba illustrates the condition where the credo of might is right leads to the corruption of the soul of those who are guilty of perpetuating the dispossession of Palestinians from their rightful homeland.

The 62nd Commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba

May 10, 2010

We’ll return Palestine.. Soon we will, love.

Tariq Shadid (Doc Jazz) – A Strong Voice For Palestine.

May 7, 2010

Doc Jazz is a Palestinian who was born in the Netherlands. He is a consultant general surgeon by profession, and has a passion for music – and for his homeland, Palestine. In his free time, he recorded and released many songs – in English, Arabic and Dutch – on CD’s and mp3’s that were made available online.

His songs, where lyrics play an important role, often – but not exclusively – contain firm protests against the injustices perpetrated upon the Palestinians, and against other social or political mishaps around the world.

Before moving from the Netherlands to the Middle East, he was also known for his advocacy for the Palestinian cause as spokesman of the board of the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands (PGN), and through public appearances, articles and interviews on radio, television and in newspapers.

Free Palestine!

Videos by Doc Jazz: http://www.youtube.com/EQualizer1948
Complete Music Collection: http://www.soundclick.com/docjazz

His most recent song (Run For Your Life) is one of my most favorites and I thought it would be so nice of me to share it with you 😛

You can listen to it by clicking on the following link

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=9088287

He has also written some really good articles such as

Palestine is full of heroes:

http://palestinethinktank.com/2010/03/01/tariq-shadid-palestine-is-full-of-heroes/

and his most recent article; Proximity talks: the continuing story of the pie in the sky

http://palestinethinktank.com/2010/05/03/tariq-shadid-proximity-talks-the-continuing-story-of-the-pie-in-the-sky/

Visit Doc Jazz’s website for more info and more music

www.docjazz.com

Enjoy 😀