Hannah MeenErhabi Nesbit
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Why Aren't my Palestinian Friends Allowed to Sit Next to Me on the Beach at Tel-Aviv?

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My personal story:
أهلاً و سهلاً، أنا إسمي هنا و أنا بنت أمريكية، ولكن أحب البلد فلسطي
ادرس التاريخ الثورة في الجماء، و أنا في نادي للحرية لفلسطين. نعمل في مقاطة من إسرائيل.

I am an American and have been interested in Indigenous issues for many years, which is what led me to become involved with the Palestinian cause. I have been called a terrorist.

Once upon a time, my ancestors landed on Plymouth Rock escaping religious persecution. They forced the original inhabitants of this continent off their land and behind fences and started a campaign of ethnic cleansing, which is generally accepted as "wrong" in popular opinion today. Once upon a time in 1948, Jews from Europe came to Palestine escaping religious persecution, forced the original inhabitants of Palestine off their land and behind fences and started a campaign of ethnic cleansing... which is somehow "OK" by Western standards.

I am a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In February, we became the first American university to divest from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. WHUT!
Why I want peace:
BECAUSE ETHNIC CLEANSING SUCKS. Because every single Palestinian is exhausted beyond belief, and tired of being prisoners in their own land. It is too late for my country, but I still believe we can work to save Palestine if everyone is open to dialogue.
Interests and activities:
Propaganda art, burlesque, trying to save the world.
Something you didn't know about me:
I called the IDF tip line to beg them to stop the slaughter in Gaza and they asked me, "Are you an Arab?"
How I found
Someone e-mailed me.
What I want to achieve here:
I want to educate supporters of Israeli Aparthied about WHY manifest destiny and racial segregation are wrong. I want to make the Palestinian voice heard as much as possible. It is more important than I can stress that Americans and Israelis make the connection between the ethnic cleansing of the Indigenous Americas and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Americans and Israelis: We NEED to use our white privilege to combat racism, colonialism and imperialism. This is not something we can wait for.
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"كيف إرهابي و أنا عيش في بلدي"

Please visit my blog for more Palestine pictures... I chronicle my two-week period with Birthright Unplugged, an organization created as a foil to Birthright that takes activists from mostly North America to the Occupied Territories, including Ramallah, East Jerusalem, Jenin, and Bethlehem.

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Posted on February 12, 2009 at 11:00pm 3 Comments

[Personal note: I have been working on this campaign for the past two years and couldn't be prouder of its success. It is a privilege to have been a part of this initiative and to have made history today.]

Hampshire College becomes first college in U.S. to divest from Israeli Occupation!

Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, has become the first of any college or university in the U.S. to divest from companies on the grounds of their involvement in the Israeli occupation of… Continue

Erich Fried: Hear, O Israel!

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 5:25pm 0 Comments

When we were the persecuted

I was one of you

How can I remain one

when you become the persecutors?

Your longing was

to become like other nations

who murdered you

Now you have become like them

You have outlined those

who were cruel to you

Does their cruelty

live on in you now?

The poem is written by Erich Fried after the Six Days war in 1967.

He is Jewish, born in Austria, exiled to Great Britain when… Continue

An Open Letter From Anti-Zionist Jewish Youth in Canada

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 5:19am 0 Comments

**If you would like to sign on to this letter, send an email to with your name and city**

January 5th, 2009

Like much of the world, we have spent the last week watching in shock and disgust as Israel continues its assault on the Gaza Strip. With the body count rising and a new tragedy in full bloom, we feel that it is important to speak out as Jewish youth in Canada and to denounce what Israel is doing in our name. The Jewish diaspora is diverse… Continue

My Phone Call to the IDF

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 5:08am 0 Comments

The IDF has spread leaflets all over Gaza with a number people are supposed to call to rat out Hamas members. (Medical care has been denied to some desperately sick Palestinians until they give up names.) Instead of calling the hotline and asking the Israelis if they had Prince Albert in a can, I decided to be an adult and actually report some terrorists. Here is what I said:

Hello Sir,

my name is Hannah, and I am a white American calling to inform you about some terrorist… Continue

Our Colonialism Only Leads to Violence

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 5:07pm 0 Comments

Disappearing Palestine --by Michael Rosen

A family arrived and said that they had papers

to prove that his house was theirs,

-No, no, said the man, my people have always lived here.

My father, grandfather ...and look in the garden,

my great grandfather planted that.

-No, no, said the family, look at the documents.

There was a stack of them.

-Where do I start? said the man.

-No need to read the beginning they said,

Turn to the… Continue

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At 8:22pm on June 5, 2009, witchunknown said…

Greetings and blessed be Sister;) thank you for the kindness of asking my friendship. Hope to speak to you again :)
At 2:42am on November 12, 2008, Adam Nerk said…
hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis whats up, thanks for adding me as a friend
At 2:14pm on November 5, 2008, Mazin Qumsiyeh said…
Dear Hannah:

Thank you for your kind comment. I am very optimistic. I am now reading by and about Matiel Moghannam who wrote the book "The Arab Women and the Palestine Problem" published 1937. She had convened trhe first all Palestine Women Congress in 1929 (among her many other accomplishments). Truly inspiring. We really must get more women in leadership positions and then we would not have teh problems of Fatah-Hamas etc. :-)
At 4:15pm on October 20, 2008, Sameh said…
Hay Hana
Have a look on this story

Gazan children

By Samah A. Habeeb

Gaza Strip, 18, Oct, 2008- Gaza Strip, Palestine- Severe terror and traumas are de facto storms for children in the occupied territories, especially those who exist in the Gaza Strip.

The ongoing Israeli military operations and violent retaliation induce psychological maladies and wretched conditions. The recent CEASEFIRE in Gaza allows a temporary rest but not the cure for their fears and nightmares.

The summer of 2007 was a start of a mayhem for a poor Bedouin family of Sahar. Sahar Owaidat, 6, remains in state of shock or perhaps is exhibiting symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder ever since Israeli soldiers stormed her home and brutally beat her father and siblings while she and the rest of the family members helplessly observed.

In all cultures the Father of the family represents safety and security to the family. The Israeli soldiers routinely rob Palestinian fathers of their role.
Sahr fixed her large eyes upon me and informed me, "I asked my mum to hug me and keep me safe. I was scared when I heard the voice of my Dad moaning and screaming. I saw the blood covering our house and many ghosts tried to snatch me. In the corner of the room, three soldiers were beating my younger brother Emad. I cried and cried and cried until my mum awakened me. I am afraid to sleep because they keep coming back."

Tears filled my eyes, but Sahr's were blank and empty as she recounted that night one year ago when the Israeli army repeatedly invaded the area where she lived. The family informed that the Israeli soldiers had burst into their house, arrested all the brothers and beat them in front of the family.

Sahr said , "I wanted to go to my kindergarten and I prepared my pens and papers. I went to sleep but I could not, I heard a sound of close shootings. Then the tanks came over and I heard the voice and hurried to my mum. I saw all my siblings and dad beside her. She hugged me and I cried a lot."

On the day of which Sahar speaks of, after three grueling hours of military operations, the soldiers powerfully and angrily burst into some neighboring houses. The house of Sahr's family was just one of many homes where male family members were detained by Israeli forces. While many were released after 48 hours, Sahar's brother Samer was not.

Samer was sent to court and sentenced for 5 years convicted of engaging in "military actions."

Later in summer 2008, the army got back to cause more panic and fear for children.The Israeli army has bulldozed the agricultural land of the Owaidat family and multitudes of their olive trees that sustained the family were uprooted.

The Owaidat family includes four girls and five boys who like their neighbors live in constant fear and are traumatized by the shelling and invasions from the Israeli army ever since the disengagement in 2005.

The mother told me, "Sahar changed that day she witnessed the savage storming into our home. She became introverted and she now suffers from involuntary urination and nightmares. Her two young siblings also have the same symptoms."

The current focus in Gaza is directed to humanitarian needs such as food and water and the absence of psychotherapy in Gaza is reaping a generation of children weaned on fear and trauma.

Sahar ended my visit with her pleading, "I want to go to my kindergarten and I don't want to see those ghosts again. Please, if you see them tell them I'm afraid. Don't let them come again."
People of conscience wonder what would happen if another people attacked the USA in the manner that Israel has attacked the indigenous people of the land these last sixty years: stealing and destroying their land, bombing their homes, killing their children and families, depriving them of the basic needs to live and robbing them of human dignity.

Would Americans passively allow such abuse of their families for 60 years?
Or would they revolt and retaliate with violence?
Or, perhaps, the good people of America would launch a massive movement for peace, resolution and reconciliation based on international law and equal human rights for all people?

Contact me:
Samah A. Habeeb, B.A.
Photojournalist & Peace Activist
Humanitarian, Child Relief Worker
Gaza Strip, Palestine
Mob: 00972599306096
Tel: 0097282802825
Skype: Gazatoday, Facebook: Sameh A. habeeb
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At 4:21am on October 19, 2008, Wafa Halawa said…
Nice to meet you Hannah.
It gives me pleasure to be one of your friend.
At 5:17am on September 3, 2008, Hayyim Feldman said…
Salaam-shalom Hannah,
And welcome home. I live in Somerville, MA, so we're neighbors. {:^)
You and I share some pet "annoyances" - bigotry, imperialsim, apartheid, etc. And I'm sure there's a fair amount of overlap in how we think those things relate to Israel-Palestine. But there also appear to be some important differences. Is that something you'd like to explore with me?
Mepeace is still a young community. Until the kinks are worked out better and a more mature level of dialog achieved in public conversations here, I think we'd have a more productive discussion (if you're interested) in profile-page comments like these (which others can also read) or in private messages.
In any case, I look forward to hearing more from you, and about you.
At 10:22pm on August 30, 2008, Max S said…
Hi there Hannah welcome to mepeace.
At 9:21am on August 30, 2008, Neri Bar-On said…
Dear Hannah,

We have here people who question the claim of Aparthied and racial segregation. will you let them educate you?

we are going to toward join future of Israelis and Palestinians, this cannot happened without the Palestinian voice and the change within Israel but also needs the Israeli voice. if we are about to educate each other and compete of which voice is more dominant we will mirror the conflict dynamic we experience now, when one of the voice dominant the conversation.

As we all experience humans, willing to see we are all Humans in Wolves clothing we seek here in to create conditions for cooperation and not divide ourselves between different educational paradigms. for that we need tolerance and wisdom to weave the voices of Humans in Israeli clothing and Humans in Palestinain clothing into one stream that create one future for all that include all of us.

No one here can command Israel to withdrew or Hamas to return Gilad Shalit but everyone here can participate in actions that will influence the dynamics in that direction.


if not to educate each other, then what is the point of this community? I am here to present a pro-Palestinian, anti-racist standpoint; something that we are not taught in Western schools.

And yes, Aparthied, imperialism and Manifest Destiny are ideas that “annoy” me. This ongoing bigotry suppressing the Palestinian voice is only working to hamper the peace process. I will listen to others' viewpoints, but I expect the same in return.
At 2:36am on August 30, 2008, Stephanie Chase said…
Hi Hannah!
Thank you so much for joining--I am so happy that you are on here! :)
I think this site will be a good place to exchange ideas; network towards peace and work towards a common.
Please tell me what the Arabic under the personal story means! :)
At 7:28pm on August 29, 2008, Eyal Raviv said…
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