I dream of visiting Jerusalem
My brother had an English course at AMIDEAST in Gaza and they once had a writing competition. The miss asked them to write an essay on “what do you like about American culture”. The best two essays will be rewarded with a visit to Jerusalem! That seemed like a great dream was finding its way to become an experience.
He wrote, and I was very concerned to help him edit his essay and revise it. We stayed waked up all night to make it as neat as we can. Next days, the miss told him she found no mistakes in the essay even in punctuation. With a shining face, he went home telling us he had the chance to visit Jerusalem.
I was extremely happy that I helped him achieve such a dream. I thought for a while, even when we want to visit Jerusalem, our own land, we have to talk about the goodness of America.
My brother asked me, “What do you want me to bring you from Jerusalem?” I said, “a small stone, a handful of sand, and some trees leaves”. I wanted anything to smell Jerusalem!
I dream of visiting Jerusalem although I live in the same country it exists!
I dream of visiting Jerusalem although it is only 79 kilometers far from Gaza!
I dream of visiting Jerusalem when I know visiting any other place on earth is much easier!
That reward, from that American institution, is not a reward in fact. It is supposed to be a normal thing we can do every Friday..!
My brother went back bringing me some leaves and a medal shaped like the map of Palestine and “Handala” ..
and I’m still dreaming of visiting Jerusalem..