How many of you woke up this morning to find that a political foundation in a European country deems your very existence to be an act of hate? Good morning to you too
Yesterday I observed a special day - the day I met my son for the first time. It was in Kuala Lumpur airport in 2014 and he was 4 months old. I was arrested two months before he was born, and subsequently expelled into nowhere, because I was Palestinian
The authorities in the UAE said I have to "go back where I came from". I was Palestinian, so I ended up in prison and then living in an airport. Palestinian pain is real, Palestinian trauma is real, but somehow they say we don't exist except as an act of hate.
But you know what? We exist. We aren't an act of hate, we're an act of love. We're gonna be okay.

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16 Oct
I'm a Palestinian and I want my Iranian sisters & brothers to live in dignity with a government that centers them and represents them - not one that robs and beats them. I am disgusted whenever dictators use the Palestinian cause as a washcloth to wipe the blood off their hands
Dictators are very aware of their morality deficit and so grab onto anything and everything that could make them look more moral, and that includes instrumentalizing moral causes. Our job as Palestinians is to reject that instrumentalization. It does not benefit our cause.
How do you think I feel as a Palestinian when I know that a Syrian sister or brother were tortured at the "Palestine branch", or that some of my Syrian sisters and brothers lost their homes thanks to the Al Quds force? As Palestinians we need to stay no.
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16 Oct
This is literally the narrative being employed now - that Palestinians do not come from Palestine. How do we even begin to find common ground with an extremist movement that denies our very existence?
Note the essentialization (i.e. the racism) of it; the idea that all Arabic speaking people are interchangeable and if you're Arabic speaking you might as well be uprooted from Iraq and cast into the Algerian desert and you don't get to complain coz it's all Arabs anyway
This is like saying that someone from New Zealand can be uprooted and then sent to a refugee camp in Guyana and it's all fine and dandy because they're both English speaking countries where some of the population are of European descent so they're just the same people
Read 6 tweets
14 Oct
Quick note: Everybody seems to hate MBS now, everyone is taking turns dumping on him. Meanwhile my team was working on this back in 2016/2017 when this work was frustrating and dangerous and when everybody wanted to believe MBS is the new "liberal reformer" who can civilize us
This isn't a statement about MBS but really about our work at @Kawaakibi. We do the hard work on the most frustrating subjects and we have a high tolerance for personal risk. We do this work so that in 2 or 4 or 10 years everyone can do it safely and even joyfully.
You can only imagine where we have our eyes set now. Again, it's on topics on which everybody wants to believe otherwise - it's the work that's frustrating and dangerous. We do this work today, and will be doing it for years, so that by 2025 what is niche today becomes mainstream
Read 5 tweets
13 Oct
Hi guys, I need some help with a Canadian visa application which would enable me to see my family, who I haven't seen for a while. They're refugees in Canada and I'm a refugee in Norway. Going through the official website, I'm despairing. Can someone help? DM me.
Canada gave asylum to my family after the direct threats against my life in 2019. It's kinda obscene that now I can't see them because of Canadian visa rules and how they apply to stateless refugees.
All members of my family have PTSD and my father is in poor mental health. I'm really despairing here.
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11 Oct
The lowest scum on earth are those who lecture the subjugated masses about how they need to be more tolerant and less hateful of their subjugators even as those subjugators are standing on their necks and sticking a bayonet in their back.
We will outlast you. If you think your lies will erase us, think again. You think this is the last chapter in the story? No, this is a new generation, you have never faced anything like us before, and we're only getting started.
My parents never once told me to "hate Israel". All they did was tell me where I'm from, where they're from, and what happened to us. Why we have no country, why we're refugees, and why we can't go back home.
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9 Oct
Did anyone make the connection between the recent thwarted plot against @GovWhitmer and the Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011?
The terror attack that Breivik pulled off was only part of his original plot. His original plan was to kidnap Norway's ex-prime minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland, and to stage a "trial" which ends with him executing her on camera (then posting the video)…
According to reports, the foiled terrorists who planned to target @GovWhitmer initially wanted to assassinate her, but then changed their plans and intended to kidnap her, stage a "trial" and then an "execution". When I heard this I immediately remembered Breivik's original plot
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