Posted by: Dawud Israel | March 2, 2008

Next Level Palestinian Activism

I found an awesome website that really combines two things that I really love: Graffiti and Helping Palestinians.

Check it out: Send A Message
Basically you pay Palestinians to graffiti your message on the Palestinian wall, they then photograph it and send it out.

Subhana Allah, it’s as if the occupation of the Holy Land with all its injustices has pushed people to become more mature, creative and active than ever. May Allah make Muslims more politically active, Ameen!

This project was started by Palo-Dutch Concept Comany and they have some other cool ideas mentioned on their website that are really worth looking into–like making videos of polevaulting over the Wall or have your message attached to a helium balloon and send it onto the other side or email pen-pals between Westerners and Palestinians or my personal favorite: turning the Palestinian Wall into the world’s longest graffiti mural. đŸ™‚

One idea in particular that we could do in the West that really struck me: “Let’s place checkpoints on (Dutch) highways, so they feel what we feel everyday.” And I thought to myself I wonder who is crazy enough to try this… đŸ˜‰

When a Muslim sees these sorts of projects they think, “Well it’s not going to end the problems the Palestinians face!” But in speaking to brothers who have lived in Palestine–they will say the biggest problem is the day to day life–they are living in a box; having little exposure to the outside world. In this brothers words:

“If you lived in Gaza you would think you were normal. But when you leave and travel abroad, you realize, ‘I was living a messed up life!’ If you lived in Palestine you would think you were normal but once your on the outside, it’s as if you truly are insane compared to non-Palestinians simply because of how different life was for you in Palestine.”

So that just goes to show that even if we can’t solve the problem, we can still do whatever we can for them. Brotherhood can go beyond borders and checkpoints to at least do something for them and show them the world hasn’t forgotten.

Subhana kallahumm wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.

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