Saturday, December 22, 2012

Doomsday, The Mayan Calendar, and Palestinians


If you read this, it means that you survived one of the biggest pranks of our days, The Mayan Doomsday Prank!! So congratulations for continuing to live on this beautiful planet, Earth...

Now, I'm not hinting that all those who believed the world would end on the 21st of December 2012 according to the Mayan calendar, are stupid or anything. Everyone has the right to believe in whatever they want to believe. I myself didn't believe the world would end today, simply because the Mayans didn't say that!!! According to all the research done on the Mayans and their famous calendar, there is no mentioning that the Mayans believed the world will end at the end of their calendar. WE assumed it, WE speculated, WE interpreted, and WE decided on behalf of the Mayans that this is what they believed, that Doomsday is at the end of their calendar...

The problem is that the Mayans are not here, and there is no way to ask them directly, "what do you guys believe will happen?", if anything, or whether it was just the end of the their calendar, and it should restart after this date... Come to think of it, even at our days, we run out of numbers in so many things (the car odometer for example), and we do restart numbering. So don't assume a civilization thousands of years ago couldn't get into similar situations :)

Next, what do Palestinians have to do with the Mayans?? Well, it seems a lot of scholars, historians, and politicians these days, deal with the Palestinians as if they existed thousands of years ago, or didn't even exist ever in other extreme views. And in believing so, they are making theories and assumptions and speculations about this group of ancient people!!!

Palestinians, they were X, they come from Y, they looked like Z, their leaders were A, B, C, etc… All those assumptions about the Palestinians can be verified and checked if you ask the Palestinians, it is not that hard. No need to speculate and guess!! We are here all around the globe, just make the effort to connect with a Palestinian, and get all the information that you need…

Recently, here in Montreal, I have been heavily involved in dialogue events and initiatives, where Palestinians sit with Jews and Israelis and talk to each other openly and respectfully... It's no surprise that Palestinians know a lot about the Jews and Israelis in general, while the opposite is not true. I had to explain for instance thousands of times, how come I am Palestinian but have never been and cannot be in Palestine!! I had to explain thousands of times why I am classified as a refugee!!! I had to explain thousands of times that Palestinians are against the Occupation, not against Jews!!! I had to explain thousands of times that we are simply human beings seeking the right to live in dignity and equality and respect...

Unlike the Mayans who do not exist anymore, Palestinians exist today in almost every country around the globe. Go ask Palestinians, and I strongly encourage you to do so, in order to know, to learn, to understand, and feel with this group of people, the Palestinians... You will be surprised what you will discover...

We live on beyond the Mayan calendar, and we as Humans, including Palestinians, we should always strive for Peace, Equality, Respect, and Love...

PEACE folks...

BISS