The Night Eid Was Stolen

… and the perpetrators were caught in the act. Then they were left in peace to continue what they had started.

In the world of those that can feel no shame, the night Eid was stolen was just another night. They stood as witness at a perfectly sealed Egypt-Gaza border, and made sure that the Custodian of the Holy Shrines could enjoy a sword-dance with the cowboy that violated the Arab’s dignity in Iraq and elsewhere.

Déjà vu? Yes, but not for the first time, and it won’t be for the last. That is fit only for a nation united in ignorance, submission, and disgrace.

The late Saadallah Wannous would have said to the children of Gaza and Iraq and other parts of the nation: “We are bound by hope, and what is happening in the world today can not be the end of history.”

And hope they can never steal.

Happy Eid to everyone.

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3 Responses

  1. Hope is all we have left….but Happy? Its not a “Happy” Eid…it shouldn’t be a “Happy” Eid…it can’t be a “Happy” Eid…1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza are in the midst of the worse humanitarian crisis in their history…their main concern is no longer resisting the brutal occupation or avoiding Israeli missiles, incursions and assassinations…its now simply about survival – having enough food to eat and enough heat to stay warm during winter…

    And yet…around the Arab and Muslim world, we are celebrating Eid – why?

    What is there to celebrate?

    I am not feeling Happy at all…quite the opposite…

    I am disgusted by what is being allowed to happen in Gaza…

    I am angry that no one is saying a word…

    I am sad that my fellow Arabs in Gaza are suffering…

    I am depressed because I see no end in sight to their plight…

    I am shocked that no leader has forcefully come out and condemned this immoral and inhumane seige…

    I am enraged by the hypocrisy and double standards of the Western world…

    I am disappointed that the “Change” that excited us all doesn’t really have anything to do with the Middle East…

    I am frustrated that I am so impotent to change things…

    I am sickened by the total lack of interest or concern with what is going on amongst the people around me…

    I am stunned that during all of this, Queen Elizabeth gave Shimon Peres an Honorary Knighthood…

    I am guilty for not doing more…

    I am ashamed of us all for not standing up and demanding an end to this NOW…

    I am jealous of the people of Thailand who recently showed us what the power of the people can do…

    I am tired of feeling this way…

    No happiness this Eid…just thankful that I can eat and stay warm.

  2. Abdulsalam… “And hope they can never steal” – Amen to that!

    They can fabricate media stunts that encourage us to adopt defeatist outlooks, they can create Ben Ladens & myths & wars on terror (as if they weren’t part of terror). They can paint the sky black, and accuse you of polluting it with your undemocratic approaches. They can build segregation/ apartheid walls, terrorize your economy and livelihoods by forcing an embargo, they can uproot you as a nation, spread you around the world, steal away the legitimacy of your cause, kill you, torment you… but they cannot uproot what dwells in the heart… hope, faith & Allah.

    No force in the Universe can touch what’s within – without permission… no evil, no darkness, no injustice, no regime, no group of people, no global trends, can steal hope!

    Keep walking, keep the faith…

    Karim MB… hello!!!!

  3. lovely entry, sad but true

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