A few days ago, as Israel celebrated the establishment of it's state, Palestinians remembered the Nakbeh (catastrophe). This is the day when many Palestinians lost their land and became refugees. There were many that posted painful pictures of Palestinians leaving their homes, taking everything they could carry. Today there are about 6.5 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world.
During my work at UNRWA we helped some of those refugees. I still remember the hope in their eyes when they told me where they were from...even 60 years after they left their home, they still mention that village as their home and that they will return one day.
The amazing thing is that people think that they can create a solution to the Palestinian/Israeli problem without allowing those Palestinians the right to return to the land of their ancestors. People think that a Jew who has never set foot in Palestine has the right to live there and get citizenship...but, a Palestinian whose family has lived in Palestine for generations doesn't have that same right to live there, or even go visit the land of their forefathers.
I know Palestinian refugees are not the only refugees out there. There are many...more than we can number. I hope that we all will not discriminate and treat people the same and give people equal rights whether they be refugees or not.
My solution to the Palestinian/Israeli problem includes a country where both people are treated equally. Both people have citizenship status (Palestinians right now are not considered citizens)..with freedom and justice and equality to all.
Last week I came across a land for sale that was close to my house. It was right by the river. My dream has always been to live close to water (river or sea). I love the sound of water and it relaxes me. This piece of land was so cheap and it was right on the river and within city limits. I got super excited to buy it and started planning my dream home. (even though it came with hundreds of mice who settle inside the soil)
It is strange to talk about this now right after I talk about the loss of land of my people...but, things are different here in the US. You can go and live where you want. There are no checkpoints, no soldiers to check your papers, and you are treated with respect.
Sadly my dream of owning a land by water fell apart when the city told me that it would cost $100,000 to connect to the sewer system from there. The property was so close to the river that you could not build a septic system either. I guess I will have to settle for my house and walk to the river. I'm keeping my eyes open in the mean time.
I did spend some money making my house the way I want. There will soon be a fence on the north side making my back yard a little more private. I do like my house, so if I can pick it up and move it closer to the river, it would be great.
My ice maker in my fridge stopped working and I could not figure out why. I finally googled it and found out that the sensor may be broken. I bought a piece from Amazon the other day for $25 and installed it myself (after watching a YouTube video). I was actually really proud of myself. Having someone come to your house to fix things is so expensive in this country. Back home in Palestine they charge $5 sometimes or even don't charge you. I am learning to do things on my own here. Some of these skills will be useful in the future. I honestly sometimes think people who can fix things make more money in this country than I do with my doctorate as a teacher. If someone came to fix my fridge, he probably would have charged at least $150 for this job that took me 10 minutes.
This is the piece I replaced...
Spring is here finally. I know it won't last long...so I need to enjoy it while I can. My tree is pretty outside...though there are so many bees in it, and I hear lots of buzzing. It scares me to even get close to the tree...
We went on a short hike yesterday. The weather was so beautiful. Here are some pictures...