Malcom X Quotes

  • “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.”
  • “People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.”
  • “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success. ”
    “If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”
  • “Sometimes you have to pick the Gun up to put the Gun down”
  • “So early in my life, I had learned that if you want something, you had better make some noise.”
  • “We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.”
  • “To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace”
  • “The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.”
  • “I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see any American dream–I see an American nightmare.”
  • “As long as you are convinced you have never done anything, you can never do anything.”
  • “We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.”
  • “Our objective is complete freedom, justice and equality by any means necessary.”
  • “The day that the black man takes an uncompromising step and realizes that he’s within his rights, when his own freedom is being jeopardized, to use any means necessary to bring about his freedom or put a halt to that injustice, I don’t think he’ll be by himself.”
  • “Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.”
  • “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
  • “Look at yourselves. Some of you teenagers, students. How do you think I feel and I belong to a generation ahead of you – how do you think I feel to have to tell you, ‘We, my generation, sat around like a knot on a wall while the whole world was fighting for its hum an rights – and you’ve got to be born into a society where you still have that same fight.’ What did we do, who preceded you ? I’ll tell you what we did. Nothing. And don’t you make the same mistake we made….” Read the rest of this page »

The Beginning of the American Journey. (Part 3)

By: Hala Alsafadi

Dulles Airport- Washington DCI looked around me to find the guys in my group. Yes, they were still there, therefore, I did not really feel “ welcome to the United Stated of America!” Just having them there used to make me feel like home. However, I knew the feeling of being home is counting down since I could easily read all the confused, worried, and excited faces all guys in the group had put on.

I went in the airport and headed to the luggage belt to pick up my one and only suitcase. If you are wondering why I had one suitcase only, here is the reason.  I had decided from the very beginning not to have more than one suitcase for two reasons :

1)      Since we are from Gaza, we all knew that we were going to go through hell on our way to the States; I do not know about you, butI am not a big fan of carrying stuff around for a long time. I mean, it is not like all we needed was a couple of flights. ( check part one and two if you don’t know what I am talking about)

2)      Well, I knew I was going to spend a year there. I will get all I need from the USA. So why have my luggage over weight from day one? I was pretty sure that my luggage will SO be over weight on my way back.

Anyways, back to “ Me in the Airport” scene! So, I easily found my suitcase and then Iwaited till the others find their own luggage. Steve had told me while we were on the plane that the entire group would spend the night at a hotel in Washington DC and the next morning each one of us would leave to their own host families; all of them had to take other flights the next morning to get to their host families living in different States except for me since my host family lives 30 minutes away from the airport ;therefore,  they are going to welcome me at the airport and pick me up to their house the next day. Read the rest of this page »

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

             By : Mahatma Gandhi

  • “Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.” 
  • “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.”
  • “Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
  • “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
  • “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
  • “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
  • “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  • “In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.”
  • “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
  • “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
  • “Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.”
  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • “A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
  • “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”
  • “God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.”
  • “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.”
  • “In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.”
  • “A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”
  • “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.”
  • “It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.”
  • “Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.” Read the rest of this page »

I Do Not Know How It Feels Like

 By: Hala Alsafadi

Tears knew their usual path to my eyes in no time upon hearing the news of Husni Mubarak stepping down. My mind could not really believe that he was finally able to comprehend his people demands especially that after each speech he delivered, I used to lose hope in seeing the revolutionists leaving the Liberation Square (Tahrir Sqaure) back to their own homes and families. I thought that Mubarak can not actually believe that after his long game of winning and moving forward to the next levels, he got a “game-over” .

Watching the report that announced Mubarak stepping down at that blessed Friday, made me feel like I were an Egyptian flying of joy. Soon enough, shots were heard all over Gaza celebrating the good news. Not only that, but also a lot of people went down the streets celebrating and giving out all kinds of candies for whoever they see. People in Gaza were extremely delighted to see their brothers and sisters in Egypt drawing a new era not only in Egypt, but also in the entire world. Their victory, if I can call it so, came as a respond to all those who underestimated the power of the Egyptians saying that “ Egypt is no Tunisia”. Whenever I heard that statement, I used to think to myself “ who said we want Egypt to be a second Tunisia! Who expected that Tunisians were going to do what they did and actually force their president to leave in the first place?!”. Tunisia was the trigger that awakened the Arabs up against all the dictatorship we have been living in for years and years. Therefore, Egyptians were able to revolute and put their demands right on the table. It is not a matter of a  nationality; it is a matter of courage and holding the rights tight. Read the rest of this page »

In Cairo (Part 2)

 By: Hala Alsafadi

After hours of being stuck in that microbus, we finally reached Cairo! We didn’t actually get to the States yet, we were not even half way through; however, we were relieved. 

The microbus parked, we arrived to Sonesta Cairo Hotel, checked in, got our rooms, and finally BEDS AND PILLOWS! I felt like I have not seen a clean room for ages. Again, the need of showering knocked on my door. I washed my face to awaken myself a little bit and Guess what? The water was not salty anymore!! That made me realize that I am not in Al Areesh stinky hotel no more! You know how we usually hear that we never get to appreciate many things in our lives till we actually lose it? This is exactly how I felt. I mean, I was so thankful that we got to a great hotel and that we finally have some privacy in our tidy rooms. I knew that I was going to have a “ nighty night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite”kind of  sleep.

One of the guys interrupted my “ Thank God” moments to inform us that we have to meet at the lobby as soon as possible because we were supposed to have dinner with some women from the American Embassy, I can not really recall their positions. Therefore, I and both girls, Lama and Jeje, went down to meet up with the rest of the group. I remember how I laughed the first instant I saw them all waiting. Look at us! we were all “dirt free” now!! They all looked good and I couldn’t stop comparing us to the “miserable us” less than 24 hours ago!! Anyways, we met up with the ladies who wanted to actually congratulate us for making it out of Gaza, the prison. Moreover, they wanted to discuss with Mohammed Al Qarra the possibility of him returning back home since he was the only one who did not get a Visa to the States from the American Embassy in Jerusalem. They wanted to try working on his Visa with the American Embassy in Egypt. Upon hearing such news, Mohammed got really disappointed. We all felt bad for him especially after the hell on Earth we went through in order to get to where we were at that time. Read the rest of this page »

Obama’s Israel Policy: Speak softly and carry a very big carrot.

By: Maidhc Ó Cathail.

Even those familiar with the long and shameful history of America’s appeasement of Israel were taken aback by the Obama administration’s extraordinary offer to Netanyahu.

In exchange for a paltry one-off 90 day freeze on illegal settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank (excluding East Jerusalem), Israel will get 20 F-35 stealth fighter jets worth $3 billion and a slew of other goodies. Yet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly gave up to eight hours with Netanyahu trying to persuade him to accept “one of the most generous bribes ever bestowed by the United States on any foreign power.” Praising the Israeli Prime Minister for eventually agreeing to put the offer to his security cabinet, President Obama took it as “a signal that he is serious.”

But is there any reason to believe that Netanyahu is any more “serious” about consenting to the creation of a viable Palestinian state today than he was in 2001? In a video aired on Israel’s Channel 10 this summer, Netanyahu was seen during the second intifada bragging to West Bank settlers about how he had sabotaged the Oslo Accords. “I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders,” he told them. In that secretly filmed conversation, Netanyahu also revealed his dismissive attitude toward the United States. “I know what America is,” he said. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in the way.” Read the rest of this page »

The Nakba is in its 63rd year: whither Palestine now?

By: Professor Muhammad Amara and Dr. Abdul Rahman Mari

Via: Middle East Monitor.

The Palestinian issue is at the centre of the conflict between Israel and the Arab world. Starting with the early Zionists’ lobbying around Europe’s capitals in the early twentieth century, through Britain’s “Balfour Declaration” and the break-up of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War; the League of Nations Mandate given to Britain, increased Jewish migration to Palestine and terrorism against the British and the Palestinians; and the establishment of the Zionist state of Israel in 1948, the issue played a massively important role in Middle East politics. Post-1948 and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and subsequent wars, Palestine is still the issue to be resolved if peace and stability is going to come to the region.

A struggle over the land is the essence of the Palestinian cause, and the establishment of a Jewish state on the land and in the homes of the Palestinian people following their displacement is the essence of the conflict with the Zionist movement. The Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948 provides a clear reference point for the loss of Arab hegemony and sovereignty over the land of Palestine, a land holy to Arab Muslims and Christians alike.

The occupation of more Arab land in the wake of the June 1967 war, and the complete occupation to the rest of Palestine changed the political discourse. We started to hear talk of establishing a Palestinian state within the cease-fire line of 1948-1967, in what is commonly called the West Bank plus the Gaza Strip. Read the rest of this page »