I had the unprecedented opportunity to interview an 18 year old Palestinian American named Ibrahim, and what he had to say about Israel and Palestine just might surprise many of you since Ibrahim currently resides outside of the turmutuo8us Gaza Strip, and has come up with a visionary and objective design for what’s currently left of Palestine, which happens to be the birthplace of his parents and grandparents, who do not share his dream due to the eternal pain that they are carrying around with them due to the unimaginable violence that they have been subjected to.

I am not able to use Ibrahim’s surname since he fears for his family members that are still living in Gaza and also in the West Bank, but what I am able to tell you is that Ibrahim feels a certain amount of unbreakable solidarity with African Americans since he’s recently learned about the horrific and barbaric conditions that existed during the American Slave Trade, and also during the “Jim Crow Era” and the depraved destruction of “Black Wall Street.”

Ibrahim also learned about the untenable destruction of “Rosewood” and also about the overall cruelness and barbarity of the “Sundown Towns.”

He also learned about the inhumane shootings of unarmed black men, which he openly called “The New Lynching.”                    

The Sundown Towns seemed to really hit a nerve with Ibrahim who’s fluent in Arabic and English and French since his family members were also forced to leave their homes and businesses and schools while the rest of the world stood by and watched it happen.

Given the lessons that Chattel Slavery and the Jim Crow Laws and the subsequent destruction of Palestine have taught him about the nature of some human beings and also about the world at large, Ibrahim cannot see a day within his lifetime when the Government of Israel will be able to find it within its heart to stop bombing Palestine since it continues to kill unarmed protestors while using the Gaza fence to justify what it has been doing to the Palestinian people ever since the 1940s.

Ibrahim also stated that the killings have continued without respite even though the Palestinians had originally agreed to allow the German born Jews, who weren’t originally from the region, to resettle in Palestine with the promise and/or agreement that the Holocaust survivors would work with them on establishing two independent 20th Century styled states in 1948.

Ibrahim also stated that Palestinians never illegally crossed Israel’s border, and simply want to return to their homes in the occupied areas that Israel took from them in an “Undeclared War” since it was not a matter of “Two Independent Countries” fighting against one another and losing territory since Palestine was not a recognized or heavily armed state like Mexico had been when Robert E. Lee (01/19/1810-10/12/1870) went into Mexico during The US-Mexico War of 1846 to 1848, which officially began on 04/25/1846 when the Mexican Cavalry deliberately and abruptly attacked and killed a group of U.S. Soldiers while they were under the command of General George Zachary Taylor.

I thanked Ibrahim for providing the aforementioned historical framework, and for also pointing out the little known fact that the Mexican Cavalry had also taken one of our Forts right before I asked him how he would resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and he provided the solutions that I’ve listed below.  

The First thing that I would do if I had the smarts and the power of President Donald J. Trump is to recognize the fact that Palestine is not in a “Religious War” with Israel since the black skinned Palestinian Muslims and the Arab Jews in Palestine are also in danger and don’t have any more rights than Hamas, and have also been bombed and murdered by Israel, so this is not a Jew verses Muslim war or even an Arab verses white war since all Palestinians don’t look like me, and also don’t practice the very same religion since we also have Palestinian Christians in our land just like the Lebanese and the Syrian and the black Christian communities in America.

I asked Ibrahim to elaborate on the various Palestinian groups, and he defined the black Palestinians as his black Arab brothers, who have always lived in Palestine. He also said that there’s another group of black Palestinians that they call “Afro Palestinians” since they had graciously traveled to Palestine from Africa in an effort to help the Palestinians fight the Israeli occupation.  

The Second thing that Ibrahim said is that he would like the international community to step in and to force the Israeli Government to build a wall on its border that will separate Israel from Gaza and the West Bank and East Jerusalem since a wall will restrict further Jewish settlements from being built on Palestinian land since the border wall will make Palestine its own separate and recognizable 21st Century state, which can then be solely managed and guarded by Palestinian forces, who will be responsible for keeping peace between the two independent states.

Ibrahim also stated that he wants Palestine to become a solar powered state that utilizes solar thermal power stations and desalination plants and micro water filtration systems since their water has been polluted.    

The Third surprising thing that Ibrahim said is that a viable border wall that’s built by the Israeli Government on its side of the fence will allow the Berlin styled wall that’s currently separating Gaza and the West Bank to come down since Israel will no longer have control over Palestine, which would then be run by two separate branches of the unified Palestinian Government during peace times just like North and South Korea, who are presently talking to each other while working on a unification deal that will benefit all Koreans.

The Fourth thing that Ibrahim said during our time together is that he would like the foreign investors to start to see Palestine as a viable business opportunity since Palestine has a beautiful and rich culture that would easily attract millions of international and local tourists to the area, who could begin to fly to Palestine on a number of “Air Palestine” labeled Chinese or American or French or Russian or Australian made 747s once a major 21st Century styled Palestinian airport is built right along with hospitals and urgent care facilities that can provide the kind of care that’s found in the United States of America and at facilities like Kaiser Permanente.

The Fifth and final thing that Ibrahim said towards the conclusion of our 90 minute long interview is that he would like to see 5 Star Palestinian hotels, and amusement parks for the kids, and a Palestinian air space that comes equipped with international air defense systems that will protect the Palestinian people, and their property, and their land, and their religious sites, and their historical buildings and precious artifacts since these items certify that Palestine is a real place as well as the home of the Palestinian people.

Ibrahim also wants caravans of African American Christians and Muslims to be allowed to visit Palestine. He also wants black skinned Jews from America and from Africa and from other parts of the world to visit Palestine as well, but is concerned that Hamas and the Israeli Government might target them, so he doesn’t want them to visit until it’s safe to do so.                             

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –

 

             

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