By Abdelfattah Abu Srour
This Week in Palestine, Edition No169 - May 1, 2012
I was born Palestinian, and I don’t want to do anything to change this.
I was born in a refugee camp, in my own country, and there is nothing I can do about it.
I was born under occupation, and I will do everything possible or impossible to change this.
The culture and history of nations is probably measured through what they show and what they are able to communicate to the rest of the world. Throughout history people have tried to communicate their life, culture, and environment using oral tradition, writing, drawing or painting on stones, leather, or paper, or by the creation of sculpture and monuments. In modern times, multimedia and the Internet have changed the form of expression and the capacity of that expression to reach the maximum number of people with little delay.
Palestinians are no different from other people in their desire to share with the world their history and culture. Like many other people, they intend through their expressions to counter the images constructed of themselves, their culture, and their history. Zionist propaganda has promulgated numerous fictions and stereotypes about Palestinians and their history, such as the famous Zionist slogan, “A land without a people for a people without land.”............