Letter to Palestine: An Appeal for Prayer

Letter to Palestine: An Appeal for Prayer

Written by Theresa Corbin

To Palestine from an American citizen,

Please, in this time of extreme oppression you are suffering, pray that the American people come to know, come to understand what they support when they support Israel.

Many Americans are ignorant of the fact that you live in occupied cities, Gaza being entirely walled in.

Many Americans have no idea that you cannot move, build, live, breathe without Israeli approval. They don’t know that Israel controls the amount of food and water you receive. They have never been told that innocent civilians are arrested, imprisoned and tortured by the Israeli government en masse, or that one Palestinian child is murdered every third day by Israeli forces even in times of “peace”.

The American people are being led to believe that Israel has a right to defend itself, but Americans are never told that you have no resources, no army, air force, or navy.

The American people are being told that Hamas is using you as human shields and therefore Israel has cause to kill you and your children. But when Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN  investigated this claim they found no evidence to support it. And the American media “forgot” to mention it.

Palestinians, pray that the American people learn the truth. Pray for the American people because those who know the truth are marching in the streets for you.

New Orleans stands with Palestine protest on Aug 1. Protester holds her sign to show support.
New Orleans stands with Palestine protest on Aug 1. Protester holds her sign to show support.

Because the more Americans understand, the less the media and the elected officials will be able to get away with promoting and funding your oppression and murder.

The more they learn the more people will come out of their homes and march in the streets to show their solidarity with you.

The more Americans know the more they will make our leaders see that support of Israel is a crime against humanity and not in is our name.

Jews, Christians, Muslims and Atheists gather to send to Protest.
Jews, Christians, Muslims and Atheists gather to send to Protest.

The more Americans know the more they will realize that we are not free until YOU are free.

In my home town I attended a rally, where thousands of people of all faiths came out to protest the crimes that are committed against you. We took to the streets to make more people listen to the truth, to send our love to you, to make our representatives see they do not represent us, to show them that sending our tax money to Israel make us sick!

Please pray that more Americans learn the truth and that their knowledge leads to change.

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Letter to Palestine: You’re Not Forgotten

Letter to Palestine: You’re Not Forgotten

Written by Nicole Elmasry

Dear Palestine,

I just want to say that you are not forgotten, your brothers and sisters all around the world have not forgotten you. We are here, making dua for you, protesting for you, appealing to our leaders for you. I do not go to sleep at night or wake up in the morning without thinking of you. My greatest hope is that this terrible atrocity will bring our Ummah together once again and Palestine will be once more.

I wonder if there are any Palestinians still alive that remember what Palestine use to look like, before the grass was scorched by bombs, before your homes were destroyed. I wonder how much of it still remains. I like to imagine their is a small outline, small fragments, a fountain, or walls that still stand in remembrance, like a fingerprint around Palestine.

The frame around a door with the inscription of a family name that use to own the home. A dining room table being used in a house in Israel without knowing what its origins are. Small panels of tile, inlaid in a marble floor created during the time of Salah El Deen. A bronze key created for a door that still stands. Bricks turned to stones kicked around on the street. Basement floors imprinted with old papers, contracts, coins from a time that has passed. A city built on top of, in and around another city.

It must be strange to know that only a few meters away there is peace, only a few meters away there is grass and olive trees; streets. I wonder if you are taunted by the sounds of a lawnmower and children playing in safety. Can you remember what grass feels like under your feet, do you remember what a cool breeze feels like beneath the shade of a tree. Do you laugh when you smell cologne on a soldier, who has time to think of such luxuries.

Has this become your life you must wonder, but we can feel the hope in your heart for your country, for peace.

I hope that this atrocity is but a paragraph in your history, Palestine. I hope that someday in my lifetime, I can visit Palestine and I will stand where you are standing now and it will be a place of remembrance. I hope you will rebuild what was lost and I can wander along your narrow streets and listen to the Adhan echoing between alleyways, while the sound carries across your rooftops.

We are here for you my brothers and sisters of Palestine, may Allah bless you with a just Leader who will protect you and rebuild Palestine to even better than what it was before ameen! insha Allah!

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