Friday, December 16, 2005

It's been raining in Nasereh

It's been raining in Nasereh.
We've been blessed with grey skies and temperatures of 14 degrees.

So this afternoon I stole the opportunity to indulge in the company of coffee, and in that of a beautiful Nazarene by the name of K.

For some reason, on this wet afternoon in Nasereh, the coffee finally tasted like it should.


Anonymous said...

Hi i just found your blog by complete accident i think its goood and informative.I have two questions for you with regrads to the palestinian citzens of israel if you dont mind in asking .In your opinion do most of them still support the two state solution or do they support differnt options sush as binational.And is it ture that the druze in israel would see themseleves as israelis and that they are quite right wing.And i know i said two but in your opinion what do you see as happening in the future.Anyway keep up the good work mike

Nasrawi said...

Hey Mike,

Thanks for your feedback on the blog.

The 2-state solution is one that has the approval of the majority of the international community. I would say that opinions on the 2-state solution here are quite divided. Where some see a 2-state solution as being the best option, others are of the opinion that one, democratic, secular state would be better. Of course, for either reality to materialise, there are major steps the government needs to take. Whatever the solution, it seems that Palestinians are almost certainly going to be the proletariat, there to serve the needs of a socio-economically superior Jewish population. If you look at funding for Arab towns within Israel, at educational opportunities for them, and at economic opportunities as well - they all point to a class that has been subjugated till date and will certainly be further subjugated in the future.

The Druze also vary. I mostly have associated with the Druze from the Joolan, who identify as Syrian. So I cannot really say. Though I will admit there are a number of Druze and Bedouin that identify more as Israeli than Palestinian. But if you give them all the benefits associated with being an Israeli that has washed away his Arab identity (educational benefits, housing benefits etc. being a soldier in the army, among other things), you will see why 'Israeli' is the identity of choice for some.

In the future - nothing wholly positive. Palestinian society within Israel is too fragmented to make real change happen, civil society is not engaging the masses enough, and we lack a real leader. I will try to post on Tawfiq Ziad (allah yr7ameh) - a true Palestinian leader, and former mayor of Nasereh. He was revolutionary and one of a kind. The people need someone like him. He/she's out there, I'm certain.

Anonymous said...

Hi thanks for taking the time to answer much appreciated.mike