arab norman

My late father was in Auschwitz. My late mother was in Majdanek concentration camp. Every single member of my family on both sides was exterminated. Both my parents were in the Warsaw ghetto uprising. And it is precisely and exactly because of the lessons they taught me and my two siblings that I will not be silent when Israel commits its crimes against the Palestinians. And I consider nothing more despicable than to use their suffering, and their martyrdom, to try to justify the torture, the brutalization, the demolition of homes, that Israel gainly commits against the Palestinians. So I refuse any longer to be intimidated or brow-beaten by the tears.

If you had any heart in you, would be crying for the Palestinians.

Norman Finkelstein

Some things you should really know about Sicilian
  1. People greet one another with a kiss on each cheek and they are comfortable expressing verbally their affection for another. So it is absolutely normal seeing a man greeting another man with a kiss on each check.
  2. When a person is taken into the Sicilian inner circle, he or she becomes as family. For Sicilians this is the highest demonstration of love, respect and esteem.
  3.  Should you ever get invited to a Sicilian’s house for dinner, you will come away with the sensation of having eaten at least three meals in one. And they will you give you the biggest portion because you will be the guest star.
  4. Speaking of meals, Chat at the dinner table but not while eating. it is considered rude to keep talking when the words Buon appetito are uttered. You are expected to respect the meal before you by focusing on it and savouring the flavours instead of chatting with others.
  5. While seeing themselves as Italian (and by extension European), many islanders would consider themselves first and foremost as Sicilian. Genealogically speaking, of course, this means that they are also a little Greek, a little Arabic, a little Norman, a little Spanish and a little French. Many surnames bear witness to this fact and it is not unusual to encounter, for example, a Lopez or a Salimbene. They are very proud of their roots.
  6. When it comes to family and to relationships, Sicilians can be very jealous and protective.
  7. Sicilians will judge how you dress.
  8. Sicilian live with parents until they don’t get married. Sometimes It is because they do not have an economic situation that allows them to move out, but in most of the cases, even if they have a good work and earn enough, they still prefer to live with their family.
  9. All the Holidays are a big events. You will eat a lot, will play cards, will chat with your relatives and then you will do all I have said before from again and over again.
  10. Sicilians have a great sense of humour and some sicilian expressions unfotunately cannot be translated properly into another language, even Italian.

fernando-anana  asked:

Do you like Italy?

I love Italy.

I love Italy because it’s the country of good food, wine and hospitality, pizza, pasta and coffee. We surely have the best food of the universe. Lasagne, Ice Cream, Tiramisù, Mozzarella, Cannoli, Spaghetti, Parmigiano Reggiano.

I love Italy for its history. Poets, painters, actors, dancers. Dante, Boccaccio, Da Vinci, Bolle, Piano, Saviano, Michelangelo, Donatello,… the whole world envies us.

I love Italy because of its unique places. The Coliseum, the tower of Pisa, the Vatican. Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, the beauty of the sea: Genova, Palermo, Sicily and Sardinia. 

I love Italy because it gives born to handsome men and the most beautiful women in the world. There’s the charm of Latin, the olive skin, Greek traits refined over time. None is as beautiful as us.

I love Italy because it’s the house of beauty and fashion, with a unique style. Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana.

I love Italy because it brings together many cultures. Land of conquerors and conquered, of emigrants and immigrants. Normans, Byzantines, Arabs, Greeks, Romans.

I love Italy because it’s like the phoenix from the ashes: there is no war, there is no crisis, there is no scandal that stop us. Willpower, with a touch of healthy indifference 100% Made in Italy.

I love Italy because being a woman today means seeing a lot of people who are fighting to defend the dignity of the woman.

I love Italy because it’s made of people. 

Italy means also Mafia, illegality, corruption.

But to me Italy is the best country in the World.

I love Italy because, after all, it’s my country. And I love it as it is.