This is just a quick note for everyone who has something to say about me being in Israel to read.
Because I’ve been getting too much criticism in hate/sarcastic messages these days and I am a bit fed up with it.
So what’s the matter, what is it that makes you mad at me for being here? Because I call it Israel and not Palestine? Ok, Palestine then. Hey I just called it Palestine. Did I change anything, did I change the situation? No.
I am not an activist and I am just a person who loves to travel. This is my world, the planet where I belong, as honestly I don’t see what’s all the fuss about boundaries and properties, so I may agree or disagree with some places’ situations but in most cases I will only be a spectator.
I am a traveller, a passenger, a person who likes to see the world and no, I am not saying this to justify myself. I really don’t need to. I am saying this because everywhere I go, I come in peace and for the sake of travel love only, and there’s no ulterior motive.
I find it very hard to judge, and I am firmly convinced that unless you see something with your eyes or you’re directly involved in a situation you can’t talk about it as if you knew what you’re talking about. What do you think I am doing in Israel? I am here to observe, to try and understand, to go beyond what the media shows, and you know better than me that it is the right thing to do in order to know how things really go in the country.
You are putting a cross on the Israel area without thinking. Do you know when people says “Egypt is dangerous/Egypt has sexual harassment/Egyptian people try to rip you off/etc”? Don’t you always reply “not all Egyptians are the same?”. Well brace yourself: not all Israeli people are the same!!!
It’s like when “western” people have so much fun judging Arab people. Because they think they are perfect, haha.
So you, dear Egyptian people, who are you to judge? Do you have the perfect system in your country? It doesn’t seem so to me.
I know there are issues in Israel. Big issues and it’s not that by hating the whole country or refusing to call it “Israel” I will change much. Why, don’t we all have issues? Maybe when I leave Israel I will love it or maybe I will hate it, but in any case at least (hopefully) I will have the elements I need for an opinion about it.
If I had to visit only the countries where there’s nothing wrong with the system, I wouldn’t even go to Egypt and I would probably be on Mars by now…
Dear Egyptian friends who criticize me for being here, I am sorry for you. I can see you are not real friends, and will act accordingly. You should know why I travel, so if you don’t know you just have no idea who I am.
I suggest you to open up your mind and think… this is the only solution to any conflict. Unfortunately people keep judging and coming to conclusions and this will always keep things the way they are. Thank you!
Well said. Most of the critics probably do not know why they do not like something. They just feel this way because that is what they are told by their friends and families to think.
Keep doing what you are doing.