The merchant and his wife, the mad, and the million dinars

بواسطة , يوليو 28, 2012 10:58 ص


:This article is due to a story I’ve been told by a friend


My friend said:” A wealthy merchant sat under a tree depressed and sad because he lost all
his money. After a few hours, a man in his 50’s passed by him and asked: “Why are sad and frowning”. The merchant told him” I’ve lost all my money and I’m thinking of committing suicide because there are no answers and no point of my existence”. The old man said:” that’s your problem? Then, I’ll lend you a check worth one million dinars. Take it and solve all your problems and a year from now I will be here waiting for you to give me back the check.”  The merchant didn’t believe what just happened and he was very happy and excited so he was filled with positive energy and ran home to his wife to tell her what has just happened to him

The wife said:” I have an idea. Why don’t you keep the check without touching it and start again with new energy by collecting our money and debts from the people and merchants and step by step we get our trade back. The husband accepted the idea


The merchant and his wife enthusiastically started working to get their money back. After months, the business began to return to its usual and the energy keeps increasing. A year passed and the time to return the check to the old man back came. The merchant held the check and went 1 hour before the appointment to see the old man. He kept waiting for hours and then a doctor passed by him. Then, the merchant asked her:” Did you see anyone. I’m waiting for an old man here” and she asked why? The merchant told her:” a year ago, he lent my “a check” and I have to return it back today. She added:” you are one of the mad man’s victims”,” he has Alzheimer and this paper is worthless. The old man has been given it to all sort of people


Positive energy and accomplishments
Years ago, in Palestine and some European countries, I started working on a project called” Beautiful Palestine”. The notion of “imaginary” energy that humans and in particular Palestinians possess, took control over my thinking for years. And indeed I began to work on this concept, the concept that opened future professional doors and important life experiences in no time. However, the thing that matters to me is self-conciliation. At that moment, I understood that the secret of life lays in two quotes: “on this earth, there’s something that makes life worth living” by Mahmoud Darwish and “nothing builds self-esteem and respect for self like achievements” by Tomas Carlyle


In the beginning of 2010, I felt a load of negative energy surroundings me saying:” Saed you are filming and writing about an imaginary Palestine. Where does this beauty lay?” These thoughts kept spinning in my head till they put me in a fair place. Write about the negatives and positives of Palestine. I approached the style satire to criticize the Arab and the Palestinian society regarding their politics, economics, mentality, and socially searching for a common ground between negativity and positivity. Here I am again after hearing the story of the merchant and the check, I say “Be proud to be a Palestinian Arab.”
It’s true that there are countless problems in our societies but there’s true life, the beauty of nature, and the beauty of people and their spirits. Despite the world’s attempts to distort our collective memory, reference, and brainwashing, the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions brought a pure rain to wash the region, change the stereotypical image, and to prove the world we’re educated strong societies and nothing will change their pure human Arabic element


In my last visit to Tunisia in November 2, 2011, I met many of my writer friends, bloggers, photographers, and activists whom changed the Arab world’s map in their energies and minds. I saw love for Palestine in their hearts and eyes. The reason is because we are as Palestinians are proud of and have respect for our scientific, cultural, literary, social, and institutional achievements -which undergone and still undergoing all means of Israeli marginalization and destruction, in addition to the failing policies of the Arabic and Palestinian parties- transferred the terrific energy to the hearts of our dear Arabic friends and their love grew even more


Nowadays, we are the youth have proven for the world that we bear a power that no youth in the world bears. We’re armored with faith for true change. We own the weapon of building, volunteering, and achieving. This increases respect in the eyes of the world. Today, we’re standing in front of Arabic revolutions breaking the ties of some of the prisoners. We’re standing in front of intellectual and social revolutions that may take some time to change the backward past


If you looked deep inside you, you will see you’re a Palestinian who lived under the world’s injustice and under a system of ignorance and destruction. Despite that, now we’re appearing in every corner in the world. For example, when you hear economic, scientific, or cultural success in someplace in the world, you come to realize it’s an Arab or a Palestinian behind it and that what scares the world and Israel. Also, that’s what they’ve been trying to change in our sub-consciousness to increase the negativity and failures in our lives


Indeed we succeeded and will succeed in building after all the attempts of destruction. We will change the world’s pattern with time. This isn’t theorizing but that’s what history proves. There wasn’t a nation under occupation and suppression and stayed under that for long. They always win and succeed. We’re as Palestinians and Arabs desperately need more work, science, and energy. So, you Palestinians and Arabs stand up and be proud. You’re free


Saed Karzoun
Translated by: Manal Jaber

The “Momentum for Philanthropy” competition is open

بواسطة , يوليو 14, 2012 8:34 ص

Brain is a decoration piece: girls are guys and guys are girls

بواسطة , يوليو 11, 2012 10:28 ص

:The idea of this essay came across my mind while I was trying to “speak my heart” on my Facebook page saying

By the way, I extensively observe a recognizable psychological shifting in our mentality in the society we live in; in Ramallah we’re “Arabs” have become a minority comparing with the number of foreigners, rather female foreigners. I am certainly not against that but it would be nice to think of its analyze the subject matter and this shifting in the last few years. Another phenomenon is the transformation of males into females with regard to their looks, moves, and way of talking” cool guys” and the transformation of females into males and losing their best characteristics which is femininity and considering it as a sign of weakness and shame

I’ve wrote this “expressive note” to receive more than 30 likes and many comments in this lower area of earth. However, I exploded in my sharp unexpected comments as follows

“I indeed must write an essay about it today. It’s unbelievable what’s happening about the concept of freedom. This universal system has lots of positives. However, one of its major negative impacts worldwide is transforming us into molded consuming minds. On the one hand, I see guys whose ways of behavior disgust me. Though, this doesn’t mean that manly means cruel, sharped tonged, or barbaric. It simply means that males don’t need to pretend to be a fafy or a kitkat so that girls like them if that’s what they think girls like

On the other hand, females are starting to think that freedom is about telling sexual jokes 24/7, day and night, cursing in a barbaric way and having sexual relationships with whosoever in the name of freedom and openness. In addition, females are afraid to be spoiled, wear skirts, or wear light feminine color cloths because it’s a disgrace to seem weak. Human subjects are never like this”

The subject matter became clearer after this introduction. There is a huge difference between the transformation that females and males are undergoing in their” psychology of the external style” and between homosexuality which in itself requires a separate essay. So, the issue is about guys” cool guys” who think that by their transformational new style, they attract more girls and as one of my friends said:” I deeply would like to meet a manly man whom I can depend on”. Moreover, for those females who think being feminine, classy and tactful indicates weakness. I’d like to quote a male friend saying:” I would like to meet a real female”

Unfortunately, nowadays, these consuming thoughts are chantingly taking control over our minds to bring into existence the daily consuming actions and norms. The previous example about the transformation of females into males and vice versa is due to crucial reasons of which; the traditional upbringing notions of shame, halal, haram. Also, the shaping of a stereotypical cognitive consciousness to conform to the unacceptable behaviors of the society, environment, and traditions is one of reasons. Moreover, sexual repression, rigorous extremism in religious thoughts which lead to the establishment of two streams; the consuming freedom stream and the extremism consuming religion stream, etc

An example concerning the transitions in the ideology of religious thoughts in the Middle East especially after the Arab spring

Scene 1: Freedom has become about claiming once freedom either by taking off clothes in mid towns or taking photos while being nude. Don’t you think it’s a consuming scene ranking first? What do we mean by sexual freedom here? Why are we relating the concept of freedom only to sexual freedom and being nude? Isn’t there any more humane way of expressing my sexual freedom that is more respectful to the notion of “human” freedom? Bathing suits and bikinis are perfectly appropriate and wonderful when you are sitting on a beach under the sun. However, common sense doesn’t indicate that wearing bathing suits in colleges and in streets and the breaking away from tradition’s authority and the “negative” social contexts are out of absolute creativity. That’s something I always stress and call out for; rather we must create our own selves, improve our accomplishments, and succeed. However, we must differentiate between free behavior and the disgusting consuming behavior

Scene 2: the behavioristic religious transitions in the application of religion where women have to cover their whole bodies with a black piece of cloth that a habashi slave can’t even bear in a hellish summer. Where’s the religious logic that appeals to all of us to honor the body in the best and most beautiful cloths? Because this act is one of the ugliest consuming minds to cover the face. However, we’re not calling to repeat scene 1. Is this what Allah want? I doubt that. Allah wants us to communicate humanly and stay away from the consuming mentality and the illogical rigor that is far away from the beauty and tolerance of religion. Through these behaviors we’re conveying a deceitful picture of our feelings, who we are, and our tolerant religion. Also, we’re unconsciously shaping consuming minds that observe woman’s body as a product or commodity for their sexual pleasures. Leave it as it is to become a normal thing

These elements created “a new female” and “a new male”. Not to boarding and prolonging the talk, you can go up and read my quotations that I’ve written on Facebook. In each word, there are an endless number of texts and analyses

Upon reaching the phase of liberation of the consuming context, sexuality, and religious extremism, I’m positive that we’ll be free of all the barriers that stand between our minds and human evolution, our productivity and accomplishments, and enjoying our life with its beautiful details

Writer: Saed Karzoun

Translated by: Manal Jaber

28.6.2012

فتح باب التسجيل لمسابقة “همَة للعطاء”

بواسطة , يوليو 11, 2012 6:19 ص

مؤسسة دالية تعلن عن فتح باب التسجيل لمسابقة “همَة للعطاء”
ليصبح بإمكانك الفوز بجائزة قيمتها 1000 دولار نقدية، قدم نماذجك عن العطاء الفلسطيني ومفاهيمه وقيمه وتنوعه في المجتمع الفلسطيني، وذلك على شكل:
-كتابة قصة قصيرة واقعية عن العطاء
-قصائد شعرية.
-صورة فوتوغرافية.
-أغنية أو فلم قصير يعبر عن فكرة العطاء.
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MADE IN PALESTINE – Solar-Powered Car

بواسطة , يوليو 9, 2012 8:51 ص

Solar-powered car produced by “Royal” company in Hebron-Palestine
سيارة تعمل بالطاقة الشمسية من إنتاج شركة “رويال” الصناعية التجارية في الخليل

بواسطة , يوليو 3, 2012 9:50 ص

أشكر جدا إدارة منتدى شارك الشبابي وكل الشباب على ثقتهم العالية وانتخابي رسميا اليوم لاستلام منصب ” رئيس مجلس منتدى شارك الشبابي” للدورة الثانية .. حيث أنه قد تم انتخابي قبل عامين.. واليوم استلم هذا المنصب للعامين القادمين. أعتبر هذا تكريما رائعا وأفتخر به.. شارك من أكبر وأهم المؤسسات الشبابية في فلسطين. كل الشكر على الثقة.
1/7/2012