Pregnancy and the ‘Third Intifada'
I have lately been thinking about how weird it is to be in this time of turmoil, supposedly a “third intifada,” just as I am nearing the end of my pregnancy. It really made me ponder things and the world that I am bringing a child into. I can be either optimistic or pessimistic about it and even find humor in the fact that life never seems boring these days. Most of the time, I sway between all three in the same week!
See, pregnancy is a time of transition. Everything is changing and soon there will be a new life in the world. It’s a time of preparation and of discomforts, of both challenges and excitement and mostly of a lot of unknowns. You can’t predict when or how things will happen and things can go wrong and frequently do for people. And of course, birthing new life is not a walk in the park!
Thankfully, I have had a very easy pregnancy and, if the labor goes like my first, it wasn’t actually as horrible as I had expected (I know that some women will want to kill me at this point). However, it seems the world around me has been in turmoil, from the Gaza War in the summer to the start of a possible Intifada, as well as many people around me in their own personal battles.
However, could all of this turmoil be a period of transition that will birth something? I can only hope so…Perhaps it is like pregnancy and birth. We are all here in this time of discomfort, pain and unknowns. Many people are just focusing on their pain and can’t see ahead to the possibility of something new or they are afraid of the unknown-the “other,” the status quo being shaken, etc.
In fact, our leaders are so badly trying to hold on to the status quo that they can’t see that it’s too late, something new is already happening whether they like it or not! And it will be painful but could end in something new and better, if only they allow it to.
I see only two options: There will be new life and everyone can either embrace that or reject it, or people will do everything to thwart the new life that is a possibility, as has happened so often before. I only pray that something new is birthed that will be a blessing to all the people of this land. Whether this new thing is a Palestinian state, some sort of yet unheard of but just one state solution or a spiritual awakening of sorts, I am confident that it must result in peace and full rights and recognition of Palestinians and Israelis. Maybe that’s quite idealistic but eventually it has to happen and maybe this is just the turmoil before it is birthed.