One Day, a True Independence Day

Thanks to Joharah Baker, from Miftah in the West Bank, for this comment (below).

It says it all.

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Happy Independence Day, and…

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by Joharah Baker, Miftah
14 November, 2011

Tomorrow is a special day for the Palestinians, at least in the world of symbolism and tenacious hope. Tomorrow is November 15, the day in 1988 when the late President Yasser Arafat declared a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital.

Yes, we Palestinians – perhaps out of sheer survival – have learned to cling to symbols. We thrive on moral victories, on eloquent speeches and on support from countries that can make no real difference in the unbalanced corridors of power.

A Young Palestinian Boy in Gaza, 2011

And we celebrate, each year, on November 15. We take the day off, our children stay home from school and we remind them that one day we will have a real independence day… but that, until then, we cannot lose faith.

There is truth at the heart of this. We cannot lose faith in spite of all that has gone wrong. But there must be a balance between symbolism and reality. Each has its advantages and disadvantages equally. If we find that balance, we will not allow ourselves to get lost in the symbolism that merely lifts our spirits.
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