All tagged Independence Day

Contradiction and 8 Things I Love about Israel

Today is a day of memories. They’re mixed memories. History has led us to the present where I can live as an equal citizen, free and secure; where I can immigrate to Israel and express my Jewish identity openly as I see fit. Yet this same history has displaced one of my dearest friends who lives minutes away from me, robbing her of her equality, freedom and security. We live different realities side by side, and they only intersect when we make an effort for them to. 

A Celebration of Loss: Israeli Palestinians on Israel's Independence Day

I want to try to explain how this day feels for me as an Israeli-Palestinian. Israel’s independence day is a hard day because on that day, 67 years ago, my people lost their state. As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, I am part of the Palestinian people by heritage, and part of the Israeli people by citizenship. On the day my country celebrates its birth, I grieve the loss of my nation. On days like these, the contradiction between my country and my people is highlighted.