When non-Palestinians join the club, they quickly realize that membership is not just a matter of eating too much garlic. You will gain a whole new relationship with the Jewish people.It comes with an acute political memory unlike any other. You will find yourself criticizing their political viewpoints on Palestine, praising their unity in defeating the Arabs, and randomly pointing them out whenever they appear on the television.
They give their kids Arabic names, love garlic, and have pictures of Jerusalem in their homes. Incidentally, I have never seen the opposite happen. And once non-Palestinians have drank the potion, there is no cure. You will find yourself running to the dinner table, and limping away from it.
I have never witnessed a Palestinian marry a white American only to start suddenly saying “dude,” liking Sarah Palin, and over-indulging in mayonnaise. I’ve had a few white girlfriends, and if they didn’t know about Palestine before, they sure did soon after. I remember that one time when Britney and Ashley both showed up to that anti-Israeli demonstration a few years ago… No Palestinian can claim to be independent of our history. To live a life divorced from political reality is an impossibility for any Palestinian. Our greatest achievement is our undying unwillingness to become casualties. You will redefine the word “cousin.” For us, it can mean a third cousin five times removed. You will find that you start dancing in circular line formations at weddings and celebrations. Cousins that you didn’t know you had will grab your hand and lead you in the right direction.
During one of my shows, I asked his father-in-law how he could let such a thing happen.
It turns out his daughter was 33 when she married Mark, so that explains a lot.
While men have their own social and cultural problems to bear (I would never want the responsibility that comes with being a first-borne Muslim son! They aren’t going to be judged as harshly for dating outside the Muslim faith, or for dating at all.
This is why you see so many stories in forums about Muslim men dating Christian women.
As he identified his wife seated two chairs away from him, I discovered that his brother-in-law was sitting between him and his wife.
I’m sure his brother-in-law was present on their first date, so I guess old habits die hard.
I’m sure many white guys remember their first meeting with their prospective Palestinian father-in-law. But you will also find yourself with a new warmth in your heart that never existed before.
After he served you coffee and said hello, then next words out of his mouth were, “In 1948…” After hearing that talk, you have caught the bug. A warmth that exists for a homeland unrealized, a national potential waiting to be unleashed.
And, in Islam, if you get someone to convert, you are rewarded in this life and the next.