In my previous blog post I tried to see myself and my actions from the Palestinians point of view. In the sum up of my cultural faux pas I was imagining what went through their minds in order to take learning from it. Even though I’m the one who’s visiting a foreign country where I appear as the stranger, I have to admit that the «normal» behavior of the local people could annoy me as well. This blog post is dedicated to my frustration due to respond from the inhabitants of the Holy Land – now it’s my turn to let it all out!
Dear store keeper: YOU DON»T HAVE TO explain all the products I want to buy – I know what I want
Dear taxi driver: OF COURSE I didn’t pass a gigantic parking lot with ten thousand yellow taxis because I couldn’t see them – I JUST WANT A WALK, please do not offer me a ride by honking for the millionth time
Dear Stranger: I WILL NOT turn around and walk back to you, even if you scream for the seventh time «HELLO BABY!» when I already passed you
Dear Neighbor: NO! I’m not a criminal, and there is no one who is hunting me even though I’m running in the streets – I’M JUST DOING MY WORK OUT
Dear Soldier: I DO NOT show you my passport in order to entertain you, nor to give you a laugh of my photo
Dear Boss: PLEASE, value my work as a colleague – volunteering is not a game
Dear Landlord: I AM NOT A THING you could store in a practical way just because I rent your house
Dear Israeli: I’M NOT against your state even though I believe that Palestinians have the right to exist
Dear Zionist: Pro Palestine means pro people, not anti-Israel
Dear Arab: YOU DO NOT have to make a comment every time you pass a girl with blond hair
Dear local boy: IT’S NOT because my ears function weakly that I wouldn’t reply your obscene calls
Dear Bastard: YOU ARE NOT CHARMING when you grab me from behind
Dear ASSHOLE: I DON’T WANT TO have sex with you despite your money offer, the fact that you call me a ‘whore’, take off your panties OR spit on me
It is not my lack of self-esteem that makes me look in the ground when I’m out in public.