I made it home to Palestine.
This past week, I have experienced the full range of emotions from anger and devastation to warmth and hope. What I have felt and seen in these last few days is just a glimpse of what Palestinians directly living under Israel’s occupation and discriminatory policies deal with on a daily basis.
I was interrogated at the airport for 9 hours and threatened denial of entry from my own land. I encountered a scene of settler violence near my village. And I feel so helpless and far away from the bombings in Gaza, even though I am only a short drive away. All of this is the daily violence that Israel has normalized and uses to maintain our oppression.
Of course it’s not all despair. There are also pockets of hope and joy.
The holy month of Ramadan has begun. Spending this sacred time with my family and friends has been full of love and mutual feelings of support.
This is why I love Palestine and my people -- regardless of despair, we always find moments to cherish life because of our collective understanding that tomorrow is never promised.
Over the next few weeks, I will be meeting with our partners in Palestine to continue constructing a bridge that will let us exchange mutual support and build with each other to combat fragmentation. I look forward to continuing to update you all on my whereabouts!
Please enjoy this short video of the place that helped spark my devotion in striving towards justice and freedom for Palestine and for people across the globe.