Hello, I thought it would be better to start off with an introductory post on this blog to let the readers know a little bit more about me. But of course first I have to mention that I am greatly honored to be given the opportunity to obtain a blog on the admirable and respected Electronic Intifada, Thank you.
I started my personal internet blog back in May, I wrote a few blog entries expressing various essential issues and got over 4000 views on my blog in the first month alone plus a lot of positive feedback. This encouraged me to write more to describe my daily observations of what life is like living under occupation and suffering apartheid.
Out of a lot of emails I received, many were people encouraging me to write more because the views of a 16 year old Palestinian who lives in Jerusalem had higher impact on a lot of the readers and were considered credible as they were not subject to political bias/deception in any kind. It is the situation as I see it plain and simple on the ground. They said that I presented something new; the blogging was essential because the truth has to come out.
A while back, I had an article of mine published on the Israeli magazine, +972. As of a few weeks ago, it was 3 articles on that website. I felt that was an accomplishment; a milestone in my young life. Everyone talks about the power of the pen, I believe in the power of the pen and so it will be the method I use to fight for humanity and equal rights in Palestine.
I might be young, but I am sure what I’ve experienced until today hasn’t been experienced by the majority of the world’s children. I was six the first time I saw a huge tank aiming its gun right at me through windows of a house. The first time I saw helicopters and tanks shelling targets and causing huge explosions wasn’t on TV, it was on the streets in the West Bank back when I was still 8 year old. My hobby wasn’t playing with marbles; it was collecting live bullet empty cases and trading those with my friends aiming to get a unique collection. This environment got me to grow up with an interest in humanitarian and world issues alike, I believe there is still hope for humanity, and that is the reason I live.
I live by my principle, I don’t follow nor I lead, but I advocate for the right thing and the right idea. I hope this blog space gives me the opportunity to reach a larger audience of varied backgrounds and ideologies. I welcome criticism because it is the only way one could improve.