Bee Responds to The Problem with Permits
Abbsi, my dear friend, as a Palestinian who enjoys freedom of movement, it aches me that you are stripped of such a basic right. I cannot understand how it it feels to be denied this. You are right that Israelis can freely move and travel; however, they are trapped in a different kind of prison: the prison of fear.
Have you ever noticed the amount of fences and walls each Jewish city has? Regardless of their location in Israel, the borders are clearly defined. Although Israeli Jews enjoy freedom of movement, they choose to build walls around themselves. It doesn’t matter where they go; they carry this prison with them. The fear of annihilation is as real, for some, as it was during the Holocaust. Part of this fear is legitimate, and part of it is not. In every period of time, Israeli Jews project this fear onto a different political figure or ideology, such as Saddam Hussein, Ahmadinejad, Islamic fundamentalism or President Obama.
As a Palestinian, I am aware that you lack basic human rights; know that some grassroots movements are working towards a peaceful resolution to regain your freedom of movement. Those fighting for freedom from fear are less visible in the Israeli community. Both Palestinian and Israeli leadership use our prisons to keep their own power, and manipulate it to serve their interest against outside powers. However, such movement to freedom is visible among individuals -- like your Israeli friends and mine. I see an aspiration in my Israeli friends to fight for your freedom of movement, and their freedom from fear. No matter how painful your struggle, know that it is noticed, and those who love you believe in something different, and they actively work for something better.