Forsan Hussein - now 38 years old, born to a Palestinian family who lost land due to Nakba - somehow became educated in a coexistence program, then acquired scholarship to Brandeis University - then moved on to Johns Hopkins and Harvard MBA.
(*His background is no rich or established, or well-connected Palestinian family one. His family worked as construction workers.)
It is a really long piece - and of course - it’s an exceptional case.
And true that proportion-wise - ‘structural’ injustice and issues are there. I can’t even say ‘it’s worth a read’ etc. Larger picture - is the true picture, so to speak.
I wish I could check reactions to this piece from Palestinians, Israelis Arabs, and then from Israelis.
I’m a member of a minority; there’s only so much I can do. All of us here act out of defensiveness. There’s a deep, inherent paranoia and defensiveness. So we’re destructive. We have to see the humanity and potential in each other.
I am empathetic of the Jewish mentality of fear. The Holocaust, the Arab wars, and previous tragedies — I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. But that history and cycle of paranoia dictates today’s attitudes. By building walls, by shielding yourself from others, you lose sight of them…
As for the Arabs, we suffer from this mentality of victimhood. It’s always easy to blame the Israelis for things. We have let the cycle of fear and victimhood dictate how we live.
I don’t want to sound naive, but policies have to change. The land isn’t mine or yours. We belong to the land.