A letter from a Palestinian woman to the supporters of Palestine.

I would like to talk to you as  the voice of the thousands of Palestinians who appreciate what you are doing.  You who have a great commitment to human rights and who actually act upon your beliefs.  You risk your life to both witness and tell the truth of  what you see.  You are a group of people who understand what is happening in the holy land and have decided to dedicate your time, money and energy to the issue.  You demonstrate that religion nor race is important when it comes to standing up for the rights human beings.  And every step you take justice and humanity wins.

I want you to trust that your actions are making a difference and changing the violence we see here in our land. Your solidarity is helping fuel our non violent fight.  Palestinians face many kinds of violence and torture, however, being ignored is the worst punishment of all.  Those who refuse to hear and see us are just as bad as those who occupy us.  Those who stand in solidarity with us send a strong message of humanity and are helping us to overcome our suffering.  In the middle of all this crisis, your help puts a smile on our face.  From this smile you will always be welcome in our hearts even if you are unable to enter our land.

Your solidarity reminds the world that we are all one human family and that we Palestinians are still part of it.  Please do not give up.  Even if your boats do not make it to the shores of Gaza or if your planes refuse to fly, the unseen effects are still huge.

I want to say thank you for all that your work involves.  Thank you for booking your tickets, taking time off from work, leaving your loved ones, and for all of the other small things, I am truly grateful.

Please continue to be with us, hand in hand, in our non-violent struggle.  We need to reach the end of the path of occupation and your presence on this journey is crucial, we cannot make it alone.

I hope one day to share a coffee with you in my home or in yours, for when this day comes we will have reached our freedom.

Hekmat Bessiso

Gazan living in Ramallah

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