Thursday, January 29, 2009

"I'm a prisoner in my own land..."

I ASKED A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR whether he intend to travel abroad to raise funds for his flattened science lab following repeated bombings by Israeli jets in the 22-day war on Gaza. I suggested to him that he may be able to rebuild the lab if he passes the hat around among his colleagues in other universities. But he would have to launch a campaign whereby he goes to meet his counterparts in other countries. Speaking in English, the professor said: "My dear brother, I'm not like you. You can travel freely in the world. Nobody stops you from travelling overseas. It's different for a Palestinian in Gaza. I have valid visas to visit two countries to attend conferences and improve networking with others in the big world. I've not left Gaza for two years, despite getting invitations to attend and give lectures; or participate in other academic pursuits for the sake of my students and university. My dear friend, I don't know when and where I can travel next. I'm a prisoner in my own land, deprived of the freedom of movement and many other civil liberties. But my spirit is free and my mind roams the earth in search of an enduring peace and freedom for my people. Help me, help us..."

8 comments:

JBingkasan said...

Selamat bertugas dibumi yang ditimpa malang buatan manusia tu Tuk.

NGINAP SRENGENGE said...

Pak Mat,

Bagaimana dengan kegiatan keagamaan orang2 Islam di sana ?

Allah menghukum mereka sebegitu rupa,mesti ada sebabnya.

Ahmad A Talib said...

dear devilmaycare,

if u can see the real damages here, u'll feel closer to these people. this is not an issue that can be resolved in the nxt 10 years. it'll be there for a long time. when you stay on the land u own all your life, and overnight others came to occupy it, u can do nothing but fight. it's a case of ownership and survival, justice and aggression.

there's some border skirmishes near Rafah. lets hope it wont escalate. will try to do a longer piece soon...salam from gaza

Ahmad A Talib said...

sdra nginap srengenge,

mereka kuat sembahyang di sini. mesyuarat kerajaan sering berhenti apabila azan berkemundang. dua hari lepas, saya bermesyuarat dgn menteri dlm negeri palestine. MPs dari Morocco juga hadir. mereka semua berhenti untuk solat. di hotel di mana saya menginap, kami berjemaah dgn polis dan pekerja hotel di lobi. namun, ini yg kelihatan. yg lain, wallahuwa'lam. salam dari gaza

Anonymous said...

How's the condition in West Bank? Is it the same or worse than Gaza?

Mohd. Ramesh

Anonymous said...

stay safe datuk.

- hitman -

NGINAP SRENGENGE said...

Pak Mat,

Tadi saya kesempatan dengar ceramah dari Dr.Jamnul Azhar yang baru pulang dari Gaza.

Saya tuleh dalam blog saya secara ringkas.Benar seperti kata Pak Mat deapa kuat beribadat.Cuma allah nak berikan mereka shahid.

Pak Mat boleh baca dalam blog saya.

Doakan rombongan Pak Mat selamat dan diberi ganjaran oleh Allah.

Regards to all in the rombongan.

Tam Dalyell said...

Dengan Nama tuhan bagi Musa kalimullah -- Allah
Degan Nama tuhan bagi Isa ruhullah -- Allah
Dengan Nama tuhan bagi Muhammad habibullah -- Allah
Dengan haq Ismu-al-azim Mu
Demi kasih Mu kepada segala makhluqMu
Mudah-mudahan Engkau segerakan kedatangan segala kebaikan kerana kasihMu
Mudah-mudahan Engkau segerakan kehancuran segala kejahatan kerana kasihMu
Mudah-mudahan Engkau segerakan kejadian segala pembelaan kerana kasihMu
Yang kesemuanya datang dari sisi Mu pun kerana kasihMu
Lalu Engkau kembalikan kesemuanya kepadaMu sebagaimana kesemuanya berasal dariMu kerana HaqMu
Demi kasihMu kepada kekasihMu Muhammad s.a.w.wa ahlihi wa ashabihi
Wahai Allah ... Engkau tileklah kedalam hati-hati kami yang menderita sebagaimana menderitanya ahli Gaza
Wahai Allah ... yang lebih mengetahui akan isi-isi hati kami ... Ya Wahhab Ya Wahhab Ya Wahhab
Lenyapkanlah penderitaan ini.