Define Optimism.

November 16th, 2006 § 0 comments

Optimism. Oxford defines it as: Hopefulness and confidence about the future or success of something.
But it could just as easily be demonstrated as 15th November. Palestine Independance day.
I didn’t know Palestine had an Independance day. I didn’t know Palestine was independant.
Optimistic, hopeful, yeah. that sound’s right. The Declaration of Independance sounds good too, saying all the right things about democracy and protecting minorities and freedoms.

But the reality is always, and where Palestine is concerned usually depressingly different.

A local Falafel shop owner in Beit Jala town, near Bethlehem, Khaled Al Shatla, was joking with the people on Tuesday, saying “Tomorrow is November 15 — our independence day. Independence!! It has been eighteen years since the declaration, and the people are still suffering, and the occupation continues its massacres against them”.

Al Shatla said that independence has moral and political importance for the Palestinians, who are determined to achieve liberation and freedom, but added that the people should not overestimate this day.

“We aren’t independent yet, we are still living under occupation, we should not believe that we are independent”, he added, “real independence is still far away”


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