Ask many Palestinians not in Palestine if Palestine ever comes up casually, and they’ll probably tell you that, yes, we often mention Palestine in our introductions about ourselves, and somehow, political conversations branch into conversations about Palestine for us. It just does, and we have every right to do so.
Throughout the past few months, I have pulled up this map to “explain” where Palestine is and what is happening to it.
Source: The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted & Speaking Truth to Power http://www.juancole.com/2014/07/palestinian-thwarted-speaking.html
But yesterday, I was asked a question I did not see coming when I was showing the map to a colleague who asked where Palestine was.
“What happens when the green is gone?”She asked.
My heart sank. The green can’t go! I wanted to cheer. I knew she’d ask – or her facial expression would give away her thought – “but how can’t it go?”
“Well…” I started a sentence that I did not know how to finish.
I wanted to say that the world would not allow that to happen. It would not make room for an indigenous population to be displaced from their land. Then, I remember that it has.
I wanted to say that World War 3 would erupt. Then, I remember Syria.
I wanted to say that we, Palestinians, wouldn’t let it happen. We just wouldn’t. I know people that wouldn’t. It’s enough to know people that wouldn’t, right?
But I started the sentence with, “Well…” and I couldn’t finish it because, well…