National YWCA of Palestine Newsletter Vol.1, March 2016
Between the Hammer of Settler Colonialism and Anvil of Patriarchy
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magniﬁcently, this gives us the energy to act,
and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an inﬁnite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in deﬁance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
– Howard Zinn
As the current escalation of violence moves into its sixth month, The YWCA of Palestine lifts up the women in Palestine who are imprisoned and mourning the loss of their children, husbands or other family members in extrajudicial killings. We stand with them as they stand outside their demolished homes.
We also stand with them when they manage to succeed in their careers, challenge the system of patriarchy, or find new ways to be creative. They are living as they think human beings should live, “in defiance of all that is bad around us.” Finally note that the Palestinian people are staying steadfast even when third party states refuse to follow international law or support UN resolutions that support women’ rights to freedom and dignity.
The YWCA of Palestine asks you to join them in remembering that human history is also one of “compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness.” Let this give us all the energy to act, to create a succession of “presents” that leads to change and transformation.
10-year-old Gazan girl dies due to Israeli blockade
A 10-year-old Palestinian girl breathed her last on Wednesday morning after she could not gain access out of the blockaded Gaza Strip to receive treatment in 1948 Occupied Palestine.
Mourning his little kid, the father Abdul Halim Diab told the PIC that his child, Marah Diab, had been suffering from a renal failure for more than six years, during which she had undergone kidney flush in Gaza hospitals.