من خمس سنين لما وصلت على لاهاي ونزلت على وسط البلد لفت انتباهي هاد الرجل اللي واقف قبال السوبرالماركت اللي يعد اكبر شبكة محلات في هولندا – حاطط علم فلسطين والكوفية. بوزع شوية أوراق للمهتم وكاتب قاطع اسرائيل ادعم فلسطين. كل يوم سبت كنت انزل على نص البلد هالرجال بكون واقف من الصبح بغض النظر عن الفصل، صيف او شتا او الطقس از برد او حر. مطر او صحو. بكون واقف بنفس المكان حامل معه نفس العلم ونفس اللوحة بصمته وصبره ومثابرته العجيبة. ما بيحكي معك غير لتحكي معه ما في كرسي جنبه يقعد عليه لازم يضله واقف كأنه بعاقب نفسه عن ذنب ارتكبه وبده يكفر عنه.ما بهمه ازا الناس ما انتبهت اله او مرقت من جنبه وما عبرته. ما مل ما زهق. إيمانه بالقضية اكبر من اي شي.
صار لي خمس سنين هون؛ امبارح كنت بوسط البلد وبعده واقف بنفس المكان وحامل نفس الشعارات بآمن بنفس القضية. هاد الرجل مش فلسطيني مش عربي ما اله دخل بفلسطين لا من قريب ولا من بعيد. شخص عادي ما حب يشوف الظلم ويسكت. هاد اللي بقدر يقدمه ويعمله على قد قدراته وطاقته.
يا ترى كم واحد من اصحاب القضية أمن بقضيته زي هاد الشخص وحاول يساهم على اقد ما بقدر حتى ولو شي بسيط!!
It is Saturday, the beginning of the weekend, he woke up early as he usually do, quickly had his breakfast, and started to prepare himself to leave the house to begin his rituals. However, these rituals need a preparation, he put his jeans on and wrapped his Keffiyeh around his neck. He took his stand, grab the flyers and took the flag. He arrived to city center and he took the same spot that he used to take for five years since I arrived to The Hague, on front of one of the biggest supermarket chains here in Holland. He is always there no matter which season it is or how good or bad the the weather is. He is standing there in silent, talking to people if they talked to him, explaining to them his believes and why he is here. Some people pass on front of him and they don’t even notice that he is their. He didn’t care and he didn’t give up. For five years since I arrived, he is doing the same rituals, as if he did a big sin and he is punishing himself hoping that his God will forgive him by doing this every Saturday. Or like a worker who love his work so much, and can’t wait to go and start working again.
He doesn’t belong to that part of the world and the only connection that he share with them is humanity. He saw there is injustice and he has do something about it. However, he is doesn’t rule a country, or he is not a prime minster, or anything that has power to change things drastically. He is just a regular person, he thought this is the only thing that he can do or afford to support them. If he was able to cut one euro he already accomplished something.
At the end of the day, he collected his stuff and left in peace with smile on his face and satisfaction that he did his part today and contribute to the cause. He left while he is thinking of next Saturday and how many euro he will be able to cut!
I am just wondering how many people their believed as he did, and has the patient that he has?!