I was sitting in the living room with my older sister and her best friend(Dee) who were having dinner. I was circulating news on the web relating to all the protests happening in the middle east. Finally, freedom thinks me.
The day before my sister showed Dee pictures of Palestinian children murdered at the hands of the IDF. Yesterday Dee cared. Yesterday she vowed to boycott companies that sponsored and endorsed the Israeli state and its wrongdoings (understatement) towards the Palestinians. Today she look’s up and laughs and says I don’t care about politics. I say to her “politics defines your whole existence, except the fact you were born.” I don’t care she repeats and my sister tells me the humanity in her was only for yesterday, today she wants to continue eating McDonalds. Dee says “if my stomach is filled, I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care”. She rubs her belly. I look at her and I’m seething. Words jumble up in my brain, arguments form but I just let them sit on my tongue. I try to appeal to her with familiarity so I say to her that one of the boys in the pictures you saw, his name is Ahmad, my brother’s name is Ahmad, the one you care about as much as I do. She smiles and I read in her eyes the words: I don’t care.
I tell her how Benjamin Netyahuhu’s father doesn’t refer to Palestinians as Palestinians, he calls them arabs and muslims. I appeal to the arab and muslim in her. I try to explain what he means but I don’t care I don’t care. If my stomach is filled, im happy, im happy. I don’t care.
My sister says to Dee that by the time she’s flown off to England there’s probably going to be protests here in Kuwait. Dee then states “الله يخلي الحكم من الناس و من عدوانه” [Translation: God protect the system from its people and its enemies] I look at her baffled, from its people, from its enemies? I look at her and say “I’m the enemy.” I asked her why she thought the people were wrong and she tells me about all the theft in Kuwait. I’m baffled and I think, is she kidding? I explain to her that that’s what the people are fighting for, they want a corrupt free government but she doesn’t get it because she chooses not to get it.
I’m shocked and baffled. I don’t get her words and I don’t think she gets mine. She agrees on the fact that Israel is a state born because of hate and breeds only hate but I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care.
To Dee I quote:
“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ”Patriotism” is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ”patriotism” I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare /never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.” – Erich Fromm
The writers of this blog refuse to accept “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
The middle east has woken up but it seems some still need to be shaken from their slumber.