Our Journey to Smile

Palestine’s Holocaust museum : Why can’t Holocausts transform this Grievous Silence?‎


Musa says Palestinians feel sorrow for the Holocaust,

but question why they are being punished

Aren’t we grieved that Holocausts seem to be harbingers of more Holocausts?

Doesn’t anyone have enough sense to heal this Pain of All, whether the Pain plagues the Jew or the Palestinian or us?

Aren’t we all unwilling to lose any loved one, anywhere?

Isn’t it particularly tough for young children to handle ‘an eye for an eye’, especially if they weren’t the ones who delivered those ‘punches’?

Dear Musa,

Thanks for your fine work arising from Pain & Sorrow.

We’re Afghan youth & revenge is sadly part of our ‘culture’ ; ‘hitting back’ and ‘accusing only the other’ has become part of the Global Culture of War, our un-dignified and shared human condition.

So, we must keep trying till ‘an eye for an eye’ ceases, till love triumphs over anger, till this grievous silence is transformed.

It’d take a lot from us to bring peace & humanity in the midst of war & in-humanity, but that’s better than the senseless violence that takes away our all!


Our Journey to Smile

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner

Al Jazeera 03/05/09


In a small anonymous home in the West Bank, a Palestinian academic has set up a project which is almost unheard of in the Occupied Territories.

Hassan Musa is the curator of a museum exhibition dedicated to the Jewish Holocaust in Europe.

The cracked white walls of this makeshift museum in the village of Ni’lin are covered from floor to ceiling with images of people forced out of their homes, tortured, imprisoned, starved and murdered.

In addition to the pictures depicting the Nazi brutality against Jews in Europe, there are also images of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) following the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and the violence in Palestine since.

Musa says pictures of the atrocities committed against both peoples were strategically placed side-by-side to not only reflect the suffering of both and help Israelis and Palestinians better understand each other, but also to demonstrate how victims of one conflict can become the harbinger of another.

“The world is shamefully silent about what is happening in Palestine..”he said.

People in the village also accused the Israeli military of killing four Ni’lin residents since protests against land confiscation began in May 2008.

Among those was Musa’s 10-year-old nephew, Ahmad, who died on July 29, 2008 from a bullet wound to the head.

“Our message to the Jewish people all over the world is that having been victims of such a brutal genocide, we expect you to be messengers of all the principles of justice, mercy and humanity,” he told Al Jazeera.

“I lost my nephew and I know how painful it is for me,” Musa says, “that’s why I don’t want anyone else living on this land to lose their loved ones.”


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