Born to a Palestinian father and a Slovak mother, the word land has different meanings for me. I was born in former Czechoslovakia, and at the age of eight, immigrated with my parents to my father’s homeland in Haifa, Israel. My connection to Czechoslovakia was lost, as it never had time to set deep roots. For years after coming to Haifa, I couldn’t connect to the new place. There was a world of difference between the East European town I grew up in and this Middle Eastern world with its amalgamation of sensual textures, colors and tastes, intermingling with a vibrant mix of cultures and an edgy political atmosphere.

As a Palestinian, I’m a second-class citizen of Israel. The state is by definition the state of the Jewish people, which on the most superficial level means I can’t relate to any of the state symbols. I am continuously marginalized – politically, socially, culturally, economically. In my homeland, I have to cope with racism on a daily basis: people who don’t want Palestinians in “their” Jewish state, and a government that wants to delete the Arabic names of cities from signs. All this leaves me with a desolate feeling that there will never be a place I can call home. There's a feeling they want to delete me and my history.

My identity will always be intrinsically connected to land. Being an immigrant, I long for a place to call home. Being a Palestinian, I have no such home at the moment.

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As a Palestinian, you indeed have no home to call your home but perhaps you will find a home here. I am also happy to inform you that we have a flag for Palestine and so you can go into your profile to edit the flag. You might also like to connect with Arda, a passionate member who has written extensively about the challenges women in Palestine face. You can find Arda at: http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1730

Again welcome and I look forward to hearing more from you. Best wishes, Janice

Reading this, I feel I have a more personal glimpse into a reality made almost sterile by talking heads on the news. I'm thankful to hear your voice here, and eager to read more from you and know more about your life.

Thank you for sharing this.

All my best,

Rebecca

My heart feel closer to Palestine. I can hear loudly the cry of the children in pain, I can hear the lamentations and the anguish of mothers - I can feel the power of your struggle and your dreams to be free and have a land of your own,

peace and justice be with you!

love, malaya

My heart really went out to you when I read this. We all live in hope. So let's hope things will change better and soon. And I also know they won't on their own unless we do something about it.

Keep writing.

Hope is where is your heart is.

Lots and lots of Love.

Nusrat

Hi, After reading your post i realize that the word HOME is meaningful and important. For me, home is a place to run away and i wanna feel save in my home. I am sure you do have same opinion with me.

Keep praying....

Thank you for sharing

-Rahma-

rahma

Hi sister, After reading your writing, I understand how you feel about being an "alien" in Israel as a Palestinian. It is true that we all love our homeland that nurtures us from the moment we are born, till our last moment in the world. Hope you will be fine in the future.

Keep on your writing. I think you have a very powerful writing skill.

Fahmida Yesmine Bangladesh

Palestinian women have the strength and the wisdom. They need to nurture their female leaders to think on their own (meaning they don't need intronission) to be able to come up with a non violent approach to recovering their land.

Being non violent doesn't mean being weak, as firmness and decision have nothing to do with violence. Learn how to be assertive within extreme situations. There is hope, and it relies on the hands of Palestinian women, willing to learn new ways of getting back what is theirs rightfully.

Blessings,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America www.jap21.wordpress.com

can one really have a home anywhere? In Nigeria, the elites have succeeded in using ethnic and religious sentiments to cause endless animosity. we have wrapped ourselves with so much untruth that it would take a miracle to bring any genuine unity. I have decided that i will tell real stories through literature or the performing acts to change this ugly mind-set but in the interim, i have decided to promote as much love and unity as i can with the individuals i encounter daily but i pray i can make an impact pretty soon before the country disintegrates.