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Gazan Mona El Farra on Palestinians’ hopes for peace

Posted by uscsjp on October 29, 2006

Peace Day: Gaza

I live in an area of conflict; so I am always thinking, working and hoping for peace. This hope for peace is a spontaneous, natural wish that lives inside me.

I hadn’t heard about this Peace Day before; and I don’t think many other Palestinians knew of it either.

However, what we do know about is what it’s like living under the Israeli occupation. Every day we suffer from this occupation which controls all aspects of our lives.

We are forced to live in a big jail called the Gaza Strip.

The occupation deprives us of the basic requirements of human life; we are not allowed to move freely inside our country; our children are starved; patients don’t get the right treatment at the right time – many of them die.

We are all at risk of being caught in a military attack – anytime, anywhere.

Working for peace

There is an increasing number of Palestinian kids suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

There is an increase in the level of poverty; there is a lack of proper water; we live much of the day without electricity.

I dream of the day that I won’t have to worry about the safety of my youngest daughter; whether she’s at home, at school or coming back from school.

Many Palestinian kids have either lost their lives or have been injured while on their way to school.

The Israeli army has attacked civilians indiscriminately over the years. In the latest episode of hostilities in the Gaza Strip, starting on 27 June, 226 Palestinians have been killed.

I think more and more of peace. It is peace that we lack, and peace that we need to lead a normal life free of fear.

Hope

I think of a free country having different developed progressive institutions, for all its citizens, enjoying a normal life and being an important part of the prosperity of the world.

The Palestinian people have, for many decades, suffered a lack of peace and political stability.

We are displaced outside our original country, historical Palestine, which was under British mandate until 1948.

Peace without a just solution of the refugees’ cause according to the UN resolutions, is an insufficient peace, and will collapse quickly.

Peace that is based on justice is a big goal for us in Palestine. It is for the benefit of all people in the area; a long-lasting comprehensive solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Peace is inseparable from justice; only free people can enjoy peace.

Until that minute comes, I shall always work hard, and encourage others to work hard for a free, secular and democratic Palestine.

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