|Me in the depopulated village of Lifta. Summer 2012.|
It has been several months since I have updated this blog; however, not a day passes where Palestine doesn't cross my mind. I miss Falasteen so immensely that it physically hurts. Still, I'm starting to accept that, for the time being, I am not meant to live and work there. Don't get me wrong: if the opportunity came up, I would drop everything and move to Palestine in a heartbeat. However, after countless efforts, my dream of moving to Palestine has not come true. I believe that something else might be in store for me, although I have no clue what that something is.
To add to the fun: right now, I'm finding it too painful for me to write about Palestine. My family's neighborhood in Jerusalem is experiencing devastation and destruction and there is little I (or anyone else) can do about it. You can read my posts below about what is happening in Beit Safafa. It might be a little selfish: but I almost want to delay going back to Jerusalem for as long as possible because I don't think I can handle seeing in-person the results of the devastation to the Jerusalem neighborhood I grew up in.
I will be taking a short break from this blog while I try to figure out life stuff. I'm not giving up on Palestine. I will NEVER give up on Palestine. Even if I'm not physically there, Palestine is physically within me. InshAllah, I will pass down my passion for and love of Palestine to my children (if God blesses me with some one day). Palestine will remain a part of my life until I am no longer alive. Nothing can change that.
Also, I have hundreds of photos from my trip to Palestine six months ago that I still need to upload here. I hope to share those beautiful memories with you soon.
We shall return. Someday. God willing.
Peace, love, and Palestine,