Oral interviews are a main source for what happened in 1948 and after, even after 73 years of al-Nakba – One of those prisoners was my father. Ratz’s revelation is interesting, although Palestinians tried for decades to tell their story, but without international success. Mustafa Kabha & Wadee’ Awawda documented in a book in 2013, through 100 interviews with those imprisoned & how their daily lives went through in the ten camps in Mandate Palestine -for three months to one year and a half- away from their homes that were expropriated. Sheik Sami Abi-Shahada was obliged to burn 70 civilians who were hiding in al-Lid mosque-all shot dead there. These prisons were called “Cages”, to avoid using the word Ghettoes….. . One of those prisoners was my father from the era of the 1936 revolution, when the British-who paved the way for Nakba since Balfour- were there.
A Wonderful Poem from a young 22 years old American poet Amanda Gorman a “skinny Black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,” who can dream of being president one day, “only to find herself reciting for one.”
All 13.5 million Palestinians whether inside 1948 borders, West Bankers, Jerusalemites, Refugees inside or outside Mandate Palestine — all learn these discriminatory words by birth; it is the beginning of knowledge before learning the Alef- Ba- Ta / the ABC alphabets.
The Guardian’s editorial &B’Tselem executive director’s article :
Although I was hugely influenced, while young, with Mao Zedong writings and revolutionary red books, and visiting China a few years ago to see with my eyes, Mao Zedong and his Achievements; nevertheless, with Yu book, written in 2011, and a critical view from within to all the huge episodes of modern China, from 1948 until nowadays,: including The Great Leap Forward, to the Cultural Revolution, I can say that I was so naive with my youthful imagination to believe in ideas that are totally undermined by the critical Yu, and the funny style he used to describe and analyze what happened then and now, Only reading the whole book would pay off. For more clarification:
“China in Ten Words (2011) In a collection of ten essays, titled after a word he has deemed representative of the culture and politics of modern China, Yu Hua describes a “morally compromised nation” The ten words are “People”, “Leader”, “Reading”, “Writing”, “Lu Xun”, “Revolution”, “Disparity”, “Grassroots”, “Copycat”, and “Bamboozle”. Using these words, Yu Hua conducts a recollection of historical and cultural events that have made China what it is today, intermixed with autobiographical accounts of growing up during the Cultural Revolution. Each essay explains why the titular term is particular in order to further understand a controversial China. Yu Hua states that this work is “to bring together observation, analysis, and personal anecdote” for a critique of contemporary China.”
70 years, seven decades, passed away, and more hopeful years are still ahead, even though biological and physical viruses are speedy spreading. But the will and strength would never wane until humanity achieved its ultimate goals of equal opportunities, equal rights among genders, and equal justice to all, especially for the occupied people, refugees worldwide, notably the more than six million uprooted Palestinians. We lost a score of lovely friends last year, and many of whom we never met, but shared with us the limited space of our small mother earth planet. Together, whether in Africa, Asia, Latin America, or elsewhere and with a solid will of optimism, we will defeat all the viruses, whether inward or outward, political or biological.