20. July 2010
Thank you so much for spending your precious time to read my letter. I want to tell you that it makes me so happy to know that somewhere out there are people like you who stand by me and care about me. You cannot imagine how much this means to me – it eases my pain, my worries and my loneliness when I see that you share my sadness and my suffering.
Not only is this occupation mentally suffocating us, it also steals our land and destroys our very existence. Therefore, I have refused to remain silent and to accept our fate. Instead, I have organized peaceful demonstrations against the shameful theft of our land. We have protested that the occupying forces uproot our olive trees and build their wall on our land. That is why I am in prison right now.
I would like to send you a message from the darkness of my jail: I believe that every person on earth has the right to live in peace and be able to raise their children in a free and safe and compassionate environment. Thus, we will continue to fight for our rights, for our land and for our freedom.
It means a lot to me that you stand by me and defend my rights and the rights of the people of Ni’lin. Together, we will spread peace and freedom.