Below, a short story about the impact of our trip to Palestinian youth!
I’m Abdelrahman Al-daqqa , a 23 year old student from Jenin- West Bank. Firstly, I will start my article to answer a question which was asked by one of “Horizons” participants: “what make Palestinians exist in this land in spite of all circumstances of the occupation they live in?” For us as Palestinian people, we do love this land as much as we love our life and families. Moreover, we do have the desire to live and to have the hopes and a normal life just like others in the world. Indeed, we have been struggling and paying our blood, souls in order to keep living in this beautiful country where our grands were born and built a rich accumulative history of culture & heritage & it was a cradle of monotheistic religions since thousands of years which made our land a battlefield for more than 20 occupations or eras in the past history.
On the other hand, as a young person who joined many exchange programs to Arabic & European countries, I do believe in the word “we exchange to change“. As a result of this, I got many experiences, new skills, knowledge, and new friends from each trip. However, I didn’t expect that I can enjoy and learn from a trip in my homeland – Palestine more than the other trips!
Notably, I can say this trip taught me a lot of knowledge and experiences about how my people created new ways for resistance which are sadly the lost part of our media and reports, especially about Battir and Tent Of Nations. Furthermore, it was an honor for me to know new strong friends who participated in that trip and came bravely in the worse time when clashes and protests could occur at any moment. Additionally, they were so friendly, lovely, interactive, and so curious to know what’s going on, and gave me the inspiration and the hope to struggle more and more. Besides, we enjoyed every moment with them, in the bus, during our beautiful nights, our conversations, and having the best funny time in a wonderful multicultural environment where the understanding is the key. Therefore, it was one of my best trips I participated in and it was a great chance to get to know my new friends who are really amazing.
Therefore, it was one of my best trips I participated in and it was a great chance to get to know my new friends who are really amazing.
In reality, I see Palestine as the most beautiful country ever, and I do believe that we mustn’t leave this land despite what happened and we should do our best in order to get rid of this apartheid ugly occupation. Therefore, I will raise my children in this environment and teach them the meanings of this holy land and the great blessing to live here.
Consequently, I conclude “Living under unfair, injustice, apartheid and ugly occupation doesn’t mean to feel hopeless, but it means we have to stand up, resist and insist to persist in order to make Palestine free one day”.
Finally, the most important thing we learned during this trip is “never lose hope”. Being positive, inspirational, strong, and keep thinking of new ways for the resistance to exist in this land instead of feelings despair, pessimistic, hopeless and frustration which are the impact of the occupation on the Palestinian mentality.
The most important thing we learned during this trip is “never lose hope”. Being positive, inspirational, strong, and keep thinking of new ways for the resistance to exist in this land.
Wishing for Horizons a great success as it always does!