Her silence surprised me, how come the most talkative student in my class is not commenting of participating? I got worried so I asked her about the reason, she answered:"I cannot believe the injustice and suffering they had to face, they were deprived of their most simple rights… Thank God it is over now." That was her comment after learning about Rosa Parks, the African American woman who lived in the time of segregation. Black people were not allowed to share the same places as white ones. One day, after a very long work day, Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man. The police arresting her pushed the people to start strikes and fight a lot until it was over. That was a huge step in ending the discrimination and apartheid.
This story came to my mind when I heard about the new policy adopted by the Israeli Transportation Ministry that there will be buses for Palestinian people only. I don't want to go into details, the headlines only were shocking enough!
I haven't seen my student in a long time, but I could imagine the state of silence and shock she went through when she heard the news. I am sure that she will remember our class and she will know that IT IS NOT OVER !!
They might not be African American, but for sure every Palestinian woman on the 'ONLY PALESTINIAN' bus reminds me of Rosa Parks. It is 2013 and we are still facing apartheid and discrimination…. I wander what else is waiting for Palestinians ???