WE JUST WANT TO LEAD NORMAL LIVES

One of the reasons I wrote Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with both Sides was to bring the voices of the silenced majority to light. In this scene I interview three teenage girls at St. Joseph’s High School in Ramallah, West Bank.

 I interviewed three teenage girls in a high school in Ramallah, West Bank. They are intelligent and inquisitive. The speak Arabic, French and English fluently. They are restless and scared. More than anything, they want to lead normal lives

You are almost sixteen years old. You have lived your whole lives under Israeli occupation. How do you feel about this?

“We are always frightened. We live in fear of being bombed, of seeing tanks in our neighborhoods and soldiers roaming our streets imposing curfews.  It’s awful.”

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