several days ago while i was making wudu, i heard Arabic music coming from my suite, i thought my suite mate decided to expand his horizon, but to my surprise it was on TV. something about Palestinian folk music. anyway i start watching a little bit, then i discovered the program was mainly about two women, mothers in fact. one israeli mother whose daughter died in a suicide bombing done by the Palestinian mother’ daughter.
the program was very interesting, and i don’t consider it bias, it consisted mainly of interviews with different people, they interviewed the mothers a lot of course, and i liked it when they interviewed another young girl who tried to do suicide operation bu failed, she was in prison, and the Israeli mother came to talk to her. The daughter was very nice (pretty too) of course she was wearing jilbab while the interview in prison. She was talking Arabic and there was a translator, she was saying how what she did is right, and she said “Hamas shabab will NEVER come to any girl’s father house to get her from there, i went by myself to them and told them i wanna do an operation”, there was some back and forth talk about why u do such a things, and this things don’t make difference, but the girl answered her nicely, and for some reason i can’t recall details of that interview. aah i remembered something, the girl was saying that Israeli people don’t belong in Palestine, she said she met Moroccan jews, and Iranian jews, and European jews, so those people should go to their own countries, it is not Palestine where they came from
the other more main event was the director was trying to get the two mothers to meet each other, they tried 1 year after the bombing. the Israeli mother was afraid to go to Palestinian lands, and when they tried to make the Palestinian mother to come, they said, “we can’t because there is curfew on us, we can’t travel, but u can”, two years after the bombing, they tried it again and it failed, the 4th year, the Israeli mother finally agreed to go and see the Palestinian mother using a priest who live near the Palestinian house. she passed the checkpoint and they showed us a sign saying “beware, you are entering territory ruled under the Palestinian government” and while driving through streets, the Israeli mother was really afraid, and after a while, the police stopped them for having the camera crew, so they questioned the camera crew (NOT THE ISRAELI MOTHER) and after 4 hours, they let them go, but it was night already and the israeli mother was too afraid to go to their house at night, so she just passed near their house and went back to Israeli lands.
after 6 months of that incident (4.5 years from the bombing) they decided to meet through satellite. they meet and it was intense, i liked the old palestinian mother, she was firm with her believes, of course she was saying that if she knew her daughter was going to do that she would stop her because she loves her daughter, not because it is wrong. and whenever the Israeli mother would say ” violence doesn’t solve anything, i will never agree to my daughter to kill any Arab” the Palestinian mother responds ” well because you don’t live in our situation, we don’t have electricity, water, we can’t move, come live with us then see what happens, you live with ease, we live in tight conditions, we are both victims of the Israeli occupation. we used to live in rafa7, now tell me, why we aren’t there?” the Israeli mother was hoping the Palestinian mother to say what her daughter done is wrong hoping that other mothers prevent their daughters, but she failed, and the palestinian mother was so strong, she was reasonable, she didn’t cry and she was really firm, even though she was pretty old.
one last thing, they interviewed a friend of the girl who did the bombing, that friend didn’t wear hijab and she said the following ” what did Ayat (the girl who bombed) gain? nothing, here nothing changed, and even people was talking at her OWN funeral that she did the bombing for different reasons, her closest friends were saying that, what did she gain?”
i wanted to share this with you, because i was really touched by the program, it was really refreshing hearing palestinian talk, it is nice, and the subject was nice and to see how people are holding make you angry and proud in the same time. my heart was racing while watching that program, and if i found it on youtube i will let you know
that’s it, i felt i need to share what i felt with others
p.s: i didn’t proof read it, so expect mistakes