by Johnny Punish
Look, there are many youtube videos of Americans and Europeans entering Israel and Palestine for travel and tourism. Most say how much fun they had and how wonderful everyone is….and that would be relatively true regardless of how many checkpoints the Israelis put you through.
However, try being a Palestinian who is living in another country or has become a citizen of another country and just wants to visit family either in the West Bank or Gaza and the experience is far different.
For example, take a young Nidal BulBul born in Gaza. He had his leg “blown off” in an attack, mostly likely by an Israeli armament. He was taken to an Israeli hospital where they removed his leg. He was sent to Germany to get a new prosthetic leg. The German government allowed him to stay. He learned German and eventually became a citizen with a German Passport. 8 years on, he was the proud owner of a successful coffee shop in Berlin.
But Nidal wanted to visit his family in Gaza. He has many brothers and sisters there along with his mom and dad. This was his dream. So he took a big chance and made the tough decision to make the journey.
So he flew to Amman and attempted to cross the King Hussein bridge whereby the Israeli Occupiers who control the border told him he could NOT cross as a German with his German passport. Instead, they stamped his German password with a special Palestinian ID so that he could NEVER enter as a German; think of it as NAZI-ESQUE GOLD STAR OF DAVID that is sewn into his passport.
Anyways, they sent him back to Amman Jordan where they told him to apply for a special permit and wait. So he did and waited.
Finally, he got word that they would let him pass to Gaza. But they told him he would have to take a special bus that went direct to Gaza, with no stops. And when he asked for an exit visa from Gaza, the Israeli’s told him NO; that he would have to apply for an exit Visa and they could NOT guarantee he would be allowed to leave.
He called him them out and said so you’re imprisoning me in Gaza? You are giving me a choice to either stay out and be relatively “free” or go visit my mom and dad and most likely never let out of Gaza? Of course, the Israelis have no empathy or sympathy for him because he’s a Palestinian; an indigenous person with no rights! A Prisoner!
And so, yeah, maybe Israel is a lovely place to visit if you’re NOT Palestinian. But if you are, well……not so much.
And that’s the reality of this world.
The Israeli’s had a grotesque existence where they rule by guns and oppression and punish innocent people because they are truly UNWILLING to make peace with their neighbors. Instead, they play the blame game wearing a grotesque Victim Suit while they put a gun to these people’s heads every day controlling what they eat, their energy, and their ability to earn and care for their families.
It is truly grotesque.
There has got to be a better way forward for Israelis and Palestinians! The kids deserve so much better than their grandparents are providing them. In fact, it’s in the kids where I put my hope. I have given up on the parents! Their jaundiced 20th-century vision has failed every child in Israel and Palestine!
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