Melbourne protest for Gaza, July 19. 2014.
realest sign I’ve seen in awhile
This and bombing of hospital. I thought we all agreed that hospitals are off the table.
Zed Nelson: The Keys of Palestine
The declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel took place on 14 May, 1948.
Every year since, on May 14th, Israel celebrates its ‘Day of Independence’ a national holiday marked by family meetings, fireworks, barbecues, picnics and concerts.
The Palestinians mark the same day every year, but they call it the ‘Nakba’ meaning catastrophe.
Palestinian refugees still keep the keys to their former homes which they fled during the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948. When war broke out and Arab armies went to war with the newly self-declared state of Israel, thousands of Palestinians fled their homes. They initially believed their exile was to be brief. In the manner of other civilians who are forced to abandon their homes in the midst of battle, they assumed they would return to resume the life they had left behind.
It was for this reason that many of them carefully locked their front doors as they left. Those who had time also diligently collected their deeds of ownership to property, the maps of their orange groves and fields, their tax returns and their identity papers going back to Ottoman times - and packed them into bags and tins along with their front door keys.
But by one of the more subtle cruelties of Middle East history, the keys were to prove the most symbolic and most worthless of possessions to the Palestinians. An estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled, and hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were depopulated and destroyed. These keys acquired a significance that grew ever more painful as weeks and then months away from home turned into years. The next generation of young Palestinians can remember how their parents became increasingly angry as the true meaning of these possessions became clear; because they proved ownership of a world that had disappeared. The new owners of those homes in the newly declared state of Israel forbade any return.
The keys are still kept by Palestinian families today symbolic of the enduring demand of their ‘right to return’ the dream of returning to the land and homes they left behind.
"She’s just really… Type A." We use it in conversation all the time, generally followed by a knowing chuckle or nod of the head. "Type A" has become a pop psychology buzzword and catch-all descriptor for the more driven, anx…
The Type A life ain’t for the faint of heart.
U see what I did there.
Looking at x-rays all day long 0.0
via Kurt White
My boyfriend had his appendix taken out this afternoon (Gosh, you would be surprised by the number of appendix jokes one can come up with). It was fun hanging out at the post-operation ward and jumping at every small details (“Have they taken your vital signs?”, “How is the wound?”, “Did they give you anti-pyretic med?”).
And for some reason, everyone has this prayer under their breath - never get a junior doctor for rounds. Okay, ‘senior’ doctors were once a junior doctor. Then how are they suppose to become a good senior doctor if they were not given the opportunity to learn when they were a junior? I’m just saying.
I miss Boracay.
Pretty sure the little girl in the background was photo-bombing me.
This has been an exceptionally long week for me. It has been getting more and more difficult for me to find time to read for leisure. Books-books, not medical books. Started reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt last week and fell in love with it almost instantaneously. What’s not to love?
This week, I’m grateful for the many opportunities and challenges in life. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do, right?
On a side note, I must have killed everyone’s appetite when I compared an infected wound to a slice of Hawaiian pizza.
When you undergo medical training it not only equips you with knowledge about the inner workings of the body, what can go wrong and what you can do to fix it, but it instills in you a sense of heroism. “I can help you, I can even save you! Welcome to the profound era of modern medicine…
Re blogging to serve as a reminder
Female circumcision is common in certain cultures in the world. In some cultures, the girl’s clitoris is cut off; in others, more is removed. In Sudan, the Nubia cut away most of the girl’s genitalia, then sew together the remaining outer edges. They bind the girl’s legs from her ankles to her waist for several weeks while scar tissue closes up the vagina. They leave a small opening the diameter of a pencil for the passage of urine and menstrual fluids. When a woman marries, the opening is cut wider to permit sexual intercourse. Before giving birth, the opening is enlarged further. After birth, the vagina is again sutured shut; this cycle of surgically closing and opening begins anew with each birth. Some cultures believe that it reduces female sexual desire, making it more likely that a woman will be a virgin at marriage and remain faithful to the husband.
How do you feel about this?
Do you think it is right for the members of another culture to interfere with the customs of another culture? If so, under what circumstances?