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Aug 30, 2010 - American author and poet Alice Walker in Gaza on Democracy Now.

Sumoud: The Struggle for al-Araqib

Creator: Jillian Kestler-D’Amours | 2011

"In the span of one year, Israeli authorities demolished the so-called "unrecognized" Bedouin village of al-Araqib nearly 30 times. During the first demolition, in July 2010, 45 structures were destroyed, thousands of olive trees were uprooted, and the village’s 300 residents - all of whom are Israeli citizens - were made homeless overnight. Despite seemingly insurmountable odds and an almost permanent state of violence and destruction, the residents of al-Araqib have rebuilt their homes, and have vowed to remain on their ancestral lands. Sumoud: The Struggle for al-Araqib is the story of their ongoing fight for recognition, equality, and the right to live with dignity and in peace.”

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This is the iron key to my grandmother’s home in Deir Yassin - the key to the home where she was born and the key to the home from which her family was displaced by Zionist terror groups with complete impunity on the morning of the Deir Yassin Massacre on April 9, 1948.

So even though the old will die, the young will never forget the suffering and struggles of those before them. Their stories of survival and legacies of determination remain embedded in our hearts and minds, and it is our lifelong commitment to uphold their struggle for justice and liberation.

We hold our right of return in our hearts and minds, in our souls and the palms of our hands. With an iron will we hold on tight, and no amount of force or deterrence can ever loosen the grip with which we hold onto the dream of returning home. That is one dream that can never and will never be relinquished. Samidoun

The epitome of beauty and resilience…

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.”
- Kahlil Gibran 

These two beautiful Palestinian freedom fighters are 14 year-old Ahmed and his 9 year-old sister Farah. They have been fighting against the hereditary blood disease known as thalassemia their entire lives while living under illegal military occupation. When I first met them five years ago, I had no idea they would have such a profound impact on my life. They opened up my eyes to a reality I was completely unaware of, and in doing so, they changed my whole world and perspective on life. I will always be eternally indebted to them. 

I love Ahmed for being such a conscientious, sensitive and wise big brother whose strength and will showed in everything he did. I love Farah for being such a strong, animated and loving sister whose laugh showed everyone how to kick ass with a contagious spirit :) 

*At the Hippocrates (Abukrat) National Center for Blood Diseases in Ramallah, Palestine

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