My mother, Lebanese woman, lived in London. Her neighbors were a couple, an Israeli Jews couple more precisely. Despite the war at that time between the two countries they were friends. They supported each other’s more than their respective governments did. Unfortunately, both populations are the soldiers in a chess game. The government, the social media and all the propaganda are tools to play in our minds. I think this is our problem. We agree about anything we hear without referring to the source.
What pushed me to write this is the article ” To Create” written by Soha Bechara, a Lebanese woman who joined the communist party.. She tried to murder the General of the South Lebanon Army in 1988. Mission failed she went to prison where she wrote a book about the 1o years spent in prison. By her writings that describes truly her feelings and the events held at that time I think that somehow she clarified some missing gaps concerning the Israeli guards and the stereotypes Lebanese people always have in mind.
To start I think the title I chose fits perfectly this article: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Indeed the prison ‘s experience of Beshara taught her to “to make the most of my circumstances, to learn from them. ” At first, she created objects such as a needle(p9),sanitary napkins ect… This was her way to break free,to express herself. In her text she talks about a guard that gave her secretly objects. This female guard remind me of the couple back in London. Eventhough they came from enemies countries, this lady was very sympathetic with Beshara.
This confirms that not all Israeli citizens are bad,or are black hearted. Here we can change our opinion about our neighbors. I loved how in this text the author showed the two aspects of the guards. Later on, in this article she talks about the torture scenes she saw,the guards showed pleasure hurting the prisoners. What come to my mind directly is the Zimbardo experience, where the role of the person affected unconsciously his behavior. Is it the case here? Why all this hate?
Those are the pictures we always have in mind while relating to enemies. ” They would confiscate the headscarf’s of Muslim girls trying to destabilize them and force them to corporate’. We can notice here the aggressive ton. Moreover, Beshara and Palestine share common points. Both are resistant, and both tried to habituate and live according to the rules of the dominant side. It exactly shows the problem of Israeli occupation in this region. Freedom is being oppressed, human rights for Palestinians abolished.
But what hurts the most is that Arab countries are not united and are not willing to help and get rid of Israel. Again, I’m not against the Israeli citizens but against the government that plays with people’s mind. Beshara’s idea was clear. She illustrated in a very interesting way the life in prison, which in my opinion is the lifestyle of Ghaza citizens. To put it in a nutshell the opening and the closing of this article caught my full attention: ” to not waste time” and “Again, it was a question of survival’. Because it explains very briefly the content of this text