Κυριακή, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2012

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Jaffa: Bride of the Sea

Jaffa, the city of oranges and one of the oldest cities on the Mediterranean. The Canaanites called it "Yafi," meaning beautiful. In season, the colors of ripe oranges on the trees filled me with joy, as did the happy rituals associated with picking and shipping the fruit across the blue Mediterranean.

Jaffa: Harbor of Abundance
Our home was in the old City of Jaffa; its windows framed the clear blue sea. The bustle of the harbor intertwined with the ancient mellowed stone of the old buildings to form a mosaic of color and beauty. In the late afternoons, when the fishing boats returned home with their catch, the harbor teemed with life and excitement.Tamam Al-Akhal, 1997


Uprooting
At dawn on April 28, 1948, armed Zionists over-ran Jaffa, and forced the townspeople out of their homes at gunpoint. The terrorized citizens were forced into boats and driven out to sea, pursued by a hail of Israeli bombs and bullets.Tamam Al-Akhal, 1998

Unholy Alliance*

The unconscionable and criminal conspiracy between the Zionists and Britain  resulted in a floold of Jewish immigrants to Palestine. Palestinian land was seized and its resistance was brutally suppressed. A racist Israeli state  was established on the ruins and destruction of the Palestinian homeland.
Tamam Al-Akhal, 1998

Challenge

We can compare our plight to the age-old sacred evergreen olive tree. Roots dug deep into rocky land bespeak of our strong attachment to our ancestral country. It's defiance of elements and time reflects our struggle against greater powers and huge odds. We both endure, yet in the end we both survive.Tamam Al-Akhal, 2000


The Virgin

Jesus, according to the Quran, is believed to be a prophet sent by God. His Palestinian mother, Virgin Mary, is believed to have delivered Jesus in Bethlehem; making him a Palestinian also. In this painting, the Virgin Mary is shown wearing a traditional dress from Bethlehem and Jesus' disciples are dressed in the traditional Palestinian "qumbaz".Tamam Al-Akhal, 1987
Olives and Oranges
To the Palestinians, the olive tree is sacred and blessed, and has become a national symbol. But Israel continues to uproot and destroy our olive trees in its ongoing effort to erase our heritage and our connection to the land. The famed Jaffa oranges also had filled European markets long before the creation of the State of Israel. But today, even as our oranges are described as "Israeli," we know that our Palestine will continue to be the source of giving, and our trees will continue to bear fruit, no matter what.Tamam Al-Akhal, 2004