Dance is happening, classes are happening.
Dancing at times like these is especially important because it is healing and brings us together.
What I have seen these past several weeks however from the international community is alarming, because what I have seen is not very much at all.
I refuse to disassociate myself or my relationship to dance from what is happening. Not because I am Palestinian, but because I am a human being, and more than that – I am someone who represents Middle Eastern art.
Art means nothing if it is not an expression of truth. Why is Banksy loved the world over? For the painful truth in his expression.
I am asking everyone to please seize this time to educate yourself and learn about the history of this conflict. Every being is deserving of the right to a life of peace and freedom.
I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has showed support or even humbly said “I don’t understand what is going on” and listened. I want to especially acknowledge the group Jewish Voice for Peace who have stood alongside Arabs, Muslims and everyone in between screaming NEVER AGAIN and NOT IN OUR NAME.
There are several informative and moving films on Netflix right now that are great resources:
Born in Gaza
And a few additional resources to give more context.
The Balfour Declaration Explained
Nakba – The Palestinian Catastrophe Explained
Nakba Fact Sheet
Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli forces in Gaza/West Bank before the start of this war
I share this not to convince anyone to take sides, but we all need to understand why what we do now affects not only the fate of those in the region, but the world over.
We are not tumbleweeds blowing in the wind. Those of us living in the states need to remember that this is supposed to be a government for the people, by the people. We are the people.
I for one will not stand for this. I hope you will join me in demanding a ceasefire.
Whatever you believe in, pray for humanity. This bloodstain on our history can never be erased, but what we do next counts for everything,