الجمعة، مارس 25، 2016

Under a refugee skin

Anyone who lived in Norway for sometime and became familiar with the Norwegian traditions, habits and customs, knows about the obsession which many Norwegians have with reading crime stories and know that many of them spend the whole week of Easter vacation going through such violent literature and watching movies that have bloody content. That obsession can be explained by the fact that the life in Norway is so calm and peaceful and the crime ratio here is one of the lowest in the world and that make any crime -no matter what it is- that may take place anywhere in the country, presented intensively in the news headlines as if it is a highly important and worth to be covered and discussed widely.  They feel that their life is enough boring that they are in need to bring some sort of excitement into it, and the crime stories and bloody movies are the best thing that can kick the boredness out of their life with no serious side effects!

But that obsession also can explain the way that most Norwegians look at and treat those who have some foreign origins and live among them in the country, particularly those who escape poverty, war or political-religious persecution and came here aiming to have a new bright start.
The structure of any crime story depends mainly on three basic characters that can be considered the main elements which no crime story can stand lacking one of it, those characters are : a criminal or a suspect, a victim and an inspector/policeman/savior (sort of hero).
The criminal is always representing the evil side and the policeman/inspector/savior is always representing the good side, while the victims are remaining neutral mostly and it doesn’t matter whether they are good or bad, they are supposed to stick to their roles as victims and even if they show any positive signs like being brave, doing their best trying to defeat the evil, this will not make them equal to the eyes of those who are obsessed with such literature as the absolute hero who is of course, the one who saved the victim from the “bad guy” who were chased by “the hero” that will finally manage to neutralize, kill him or end up putting him under arrest.
Immigrants who came from outside this continent, especially those who came as refugees are expected to resemble one of just two crime story’s roles in the Norwegian mentality, so they expected either to be “the retarded bloody tough criminal” who chase his “poor helpless victim” and kill, steal or rape “her” (mostly taking as men chasing women) without any sense of mercy, or they are expected to be those poor helpless victims who are waiting for “The brave courageous white tall smart blond handsome muscular young man” to save them and such glorious role is just exclusive for white Norwegians to play!
Many Norwegians consider those who came to their country as refugees, role models who are here to fulfil their fantasies and to give their lives sort of excitement and they are expecting them to stick to one of their tiny stupid roles or swing between the two but with no real ambition to get out of this circle and have a normal life which they-refugees- came here dreaming of.
I remember this guy I met right after I landed in Bergen’s airport the first time I came to Norway, who told me that he is originally from an Arab country and that he has been living long enough here and how he manages to get the Norwegian citizenship. He told me that getting the citizenship doesn’t make you Norwegian citizen as someone who were “native” or born here. The society and the Norwegian system have a different look at immigrants and treat them quite differently regardless how long they’ve lived here. At that time, I was just new here, full of positive feelings toward the country, as I was under the spell of the media propaganda which presented the living in the Scandinavian countries meant the access to freedom, to equal opportunities, to prosperities and to transparency and that made me ignore what that guy said to me. Since I have enough amount of hate and negativity toward Arabs and Muslims fed by my bad experiences that I had back in Egypt, it was easy for me to omit all what he said and think that he is probably hiding some conservative ideas and views that made him unable to adapt and enjoy the freedom and other great values that supposed to form this society and its system and that might make him feel that he doesn’t belong here.
Later when I get more and more into the Norwegian society and system I started feeling that there is something wrong. The Norwegian system when it comes to its written laws and rules is close to be one perfect systems; it guarantees equal opportunities for everyone regardless their ethnic or religious backgrounds. However, the system isn’t run by robots, it is run by the society, by people!  Even if people are trying to stick to the written laws that they are supposed to apply and follow, their personal views and ideas are not neutral and it can influence the way they look and deal with different people.  Then the influence which crime story’s roles have over Norwegians and the way they categorize people interfere and damage such amazing system and discrimination start taking place.
When it comes to the Norwegian society, most people don’t look at immigrants as they are people who represent themselves by their good or bad acts or habits, but they are representing something they like to refer to as a “culture”! This so-called “culture” is always a set of customs, traditions, beliefs, food, drinks, habits, actions and many other things. Basically and in Norwegian thoughts, belonging to a certain “culture” means that you have to fit into “The cultural box”, which means you’d represent all the customs and socio-cultural background of the country you came from, no chance that you are maybe different of the image their imagination has already drawn. Usually, when I meet someone for the first time and the he or she start asking where I came from an alarm tickle inside my mind telling me this is another stupid person trying to figure out in which cultural tiny box he or she can place me!
Anyhow people here don’t need to know much about our backgrounds in order to define us “culturally”, it's obvious from our skin, eye and hair colors that we are foreigners, so they can just classify us, in their minds, to one of those two roles, and since I am biologically a male, their mind can’t think of any better role for me than the bad one to play in their deep fantasies.
Even if people tried to present themselves differently and show the fact that the so-called “culture” of the country where they came from doesn’t represent them at all, that will not change anything, not because they don’t believe them, but because they don’t want to drop their own fantasies by placing people outside such boxes and giving them different roles to play.
And for the sake of such fantasies, they also help immigrants especially those who came from Muslim countries to switch between the roles by turning them from being helpless victims to Islamic extremists that are ready to commit violence- crimes and terrorism at any given opportunity just by being exposed to a huge economic and social pressure that make them look back to their religion that many of them were not paying much attention to it before. Getting them into extreme circles which exist in the mosques they built for them and as Norwegians didn’t experience any tragic bloody Islamic terrorist attacks in Norway before, think that everything is under control!
In the Norwegian law all citizens are equal, but to their eyes and in their minds of the vast majority of white Norwegians, equality is just a myth. They don’t have to say that frankly, as do openly racist and discriminatory views and attitudes are not mostly welcomed in the society but such views and attitudes can be hided under some masks that make it more attractive and acceptable.
Every Time I was expressing my anti-Islam ideas and views through my social media posts and my media interviews, many of my Norwegian acquaintances were showing that they are unhappy with it and some of them were gossiping about me and saying that I am giving a hand to the Norwegian right wing by expressing myself freely. Later, I realized that their anger was not about my views, but it was actually against me as a person who give them sort of confusion by staying out of the cultural box they put me in already, for them I shouldn’t be anything but a violent retarded Muslim who is just pretending he's normal.
The bad influence that Norwegian society have over the Norwegian system can also justify the crime story’s theory in understanding the Norwegian mentality. According to the Norwegian mentality or way of thinking, white Norwegians are the smartest, even if their IQ is one of the lowest, and “the others” are the most retarded, even if they are actually smart! That can explain things like why many immigrants have to take the basic high school Norwegian subjects regardless their education level, graduated or not it is means nothing here. In a matter of fact, criminals and victims should always be considered less smart than the brave white hero!
 The same thing goes to the work market where immigrants are considered unqualified for most of jobs except for jobs such cleaning and helping oldies (if they managed to get it actually). Because their names don’t include the special Norwegian letters Æ, Ø and Å, they have to obey the advice of their blonde Norwegian language teacher who ask them to change their names into Norwegian ones hopefully they will get the honor of being called to a job interview, that can be considered as a proof that the society is trying to fit immigrants to the two roles I already mentioned. Indeed, an immigrant is supposed to be either a drug dealer or a prostitute otherwise, they have to stay home pretending that they are applying for a job that they will never get, in order to convince their “saksbehandler” that they are “aktiv arbeidssøkere” to get their monthly social help paid!  Criminals or victims living by the social sidelines, nothing more there to be expected!
I am aware that I am disappointing my dear Norwegian acquaintances by not being able to play the evil role they think it fits me perfectly. The fact that I am human who is identified as a male, and that I was born, grew up and spent the biggest part of my life in the shithole which people referring to as Egypt and that I was brought up by my alleged biological family who happened to be conservative violent Muslim with extreme violent and bloody ideas and views concerning women and non Muslims. Furthermore, I look for most of you ugly and scary that some women runaway in front of me when I am walking in the street, for no obvious reason, despite all these things that you might think should identify me as the best role model to ever exists, who can pop up in your scary nightmares, I am really sorry that I can’t fulfill your fantasies and play the evil role in the fairytales and crimes stories you’ve been reading during your lifetime, because simply I have never been like that. I am the one who always was bullied and beaten at school by my colleagues and teachers when I was young. I grew up as an introvert person who avoid social life and has no friends and never played any kind of sports that can make me tough and violent, and in my early adulthood I started feeling disgust toward my family violent ideas and views that are inspired from their religion and I took strong stand against it that led me to be socially rejected and sent me to jail for four years at the age of 22. Unfortunately, all my personal history and living make of me the worst role model who can fulfill your fantasies by just being the bad guy who kill, steal and rape. I am really sorry to disappoint you, that nothing not even the discriminative treatment you’re showing or you will continue too will make me fit. So at the end and while you’re reading this article, where I am presenting myself as a helpless victim, I hope you can find some satisfaction and same excitement you may experience when you’re reading your crime-story books!

الثلاثاء، مارس 22، 2016

The Inspirational dreams of Malala and King (School task)

Freedom fighters and those who sacrificed their lives, freedom and safety in order to tackle all sorts of injustice and cruelty around the world are not just those historical or fictional figure who are presented in books fairy tales or movies, there are also many people living in the current world who took strong actions against many things they thought it shouldn’t be there in a world that supposed to be a better place for all its inhabitants.
Not all of those people who are fighting for freedom nowadays are well known or recognized as Media can’t cover everything, but one of the most well recognized examples that has been mentioned all over the news and her face became almost familiar for everyone is the Pakistani young girl Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 Noble Peace Prize Winner.
If Malala can be compared to another historical figure who fought for similar noble causes and put his life on the edge for what he believed in, that person can the Afro-American civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968) who also won Noble Peace Prize in 1964, just 50 years earlier than Malala.
Both of them took strong standings against several unjust practices which was targeting them and their people in order to change such reality and make the world a better place for everyone.
Malala on one hand, is a young woman who lived in Swat Valley under the role of Taliban, the radical Islamic movement, that tried to deprive women in the region from their right for education in order to make them obedient and ignorant (Utdanningsdirktoratet, 2013:Appendix4), and Martin Luther King on the other hand, the young African American who grew up in a country where Jim Crew Laws which were enforcing a fully racial segregation in the southern USA is taking place.(Wikipedia)
Their main motivation was personal, Malala had a dream, and her dream was represented in continuing her Education. King also had another dream, he wanted to be looked at and treated on the equal scale together with his white American peers. Such dreams led both them afterwards to think on the wider scale and include all those who are suffering the same problems into their struggle, so Malala chose to fight for the right of girls to get their education, first in Swat Valley opposing the Taliban’s planes to ban girls from such right, and then all over the world by creating “Malala fund” which helped to build schools around the world, and King among others founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) which organized a non-violent protests that supports the civil rights causes. (Wikipedia)
Both Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King in a contrast to their peaceful struggle, their lives was put on an edge. They received death threats and faced assassination attempts. In October 2012, when she was only a fifteen, a terrorist belongs to Taliban shot Malala in head while she was going back home from school. (Utdanningsdirktoratet, 2013:Appendix4)
Fifty four years earlier, at the age of twenty nine and while he was signing copies of his book Stride toward freedom in Blumstein’s department store in Harlem September 1958, a woman stabbed Martin Luther King in chest with a letter opener. Both of them were survived those assassination attempts. (Wikipedia)
Both Malala and Martin Luther King inspired Millions of people around the world and motivated them to stand strongly against the injustice and tyranny by both their stories and speeches. Her biography, I am Malala which was published in 2013 and tells the story of her struggle against radical Islamism and have been published in several languages and distributed worldwide and Malala became a role model for many young girls who follow her footprints and continued her fight for their rights equal opportunities in life.
During the 1963 march on Washington for jobs and freedom, Martin Luther King delivered his most famous speech which well known as I have a dream in front of Lincoln memorial, with strong words king inspired and still inspiring millions of people around the world to stand against all sorts of discrimination and injustice and encouraged many to move against oppression in order to change all sources of suffering. (Wikipedia)
While he was standing on a motel’s second floor balcony in Memphis, Tennessee 4th April 1968, Martin Luther king was shot in his head and died, that was a sad end for one of the most well respected freedom fighters who through his struggle manage to put an end for the racial segregation era in the USA and make it possible for the country to elect the first Afro-American president 50 years later (Wikipedia), on the other hand it’s hard to say that the efforts of Malala Yousafzai managed to achieve similar goals as the struggle in order to obtain a full equality for women in Muslim countries has still a long way ahead due to so many obstacles; religion social norms and traditions,  that complicate the situation but as the fight for this cause is continuing, the change will be accomplished step by step.
Utdanningsdirektoratet, 2013
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr. (Access date: March 17th 2016)

الثلاثاء، مارس 01، 2016

The American Dream: illusion or reality? School task

Since the emerge of Homo sapiens as a species in East Africa thousands of years ago, people have been on the move. Humankind has emigrated from one place to another for many reasons such as escaping natural disasters or looking for food and water to survive. This human behavior doesn’t stop throughout the history but the motivations behind the moves have changed as people have developed their needs.
The American dream can be considered a chapter in a long human history where people tend to leave the places where they live in a search for food, water and protection of wild animals and natural disasters. The need of food and water developed into a need of better life opportunities, while the need of protection developed into seeking asylum as many are escaping from wars, political, ethnical and religious persecution.
The meaning of the “American dream” has been changed over the course of the history and include both personal components (such as home ownership and upward mobility) and also included global vision. In his book The epic of America James Truslow Adams stated that the “ The American dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better, richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”.
People were looking at America as a land of opportunities for prosperity and success. Also it was resembling the freedom which they were lacking in their own countries. Such needs and hopes motivated many to do their best in order to get there and make their “American dream” come true!
But do the American dream really represent a real life opportunities where people can improve their own lives and make it much better for themselves and for their children? Were Christie and Joseph from the Hollywood movie Far and Away right when they believed that their life would change if they moved from Ireland to the USA back in the end of 19th century? And does such story resembling the reality of American life or is it just part of an American propaganda?
In one of his stand-up comedy shows where he was criticizing the idea of The American Dream, George Carlin said: “ It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”, was he right?
Many of those who manage to flee their countries to America have their lives changed for the better way; become rich, become successful and achieve a big part of their dreams. But such success and achievement were not given to them on a golden plates, but they had to work/fight hard to get what they want in a country where people have to run in a race not that different from “Oklahoma Land Rush” which Joseph (from Far and Away) had to take part in it to get his “Dream Land”, and not everyone is fit, strong or smart enough to win such daily life races. What about the weak, disabled or people with less IQ? Can the American Dream also be generous enough to include them? Or is it just exclusive for the Hollywood movie’s superheroes?
In his novel Of mice and Men, John Steinbeck is telling a story of two random migrant workers who have kind of an “American Dream”. George Melton, a quick witted man, shares a dream with his best friend Lennie Small who is mentally retarded. They are working hard and dreaming that one day they will be able to buy a piece of land and a house and that Lennie will manage to practice his habit of tending the rabbits. Their dream is abolish by the end assuring that “The American Dream” is not illegible for everyone.
Sometimes the dream of having a better life in America motivates people to commit crimes in order to get there, taking into consideration the story of Chen, the 14 years old Chinese boy who was smuggled with false documents on a flight to New York. The parents of Chen thought that it would be better for his life and future to send him there to work and earn money, they borrowed a huge amount of money they can’t afford paying back from their little salaries to achieve their own “American Dream” for him! Such dream costs him his childhood which he spent working in restaurants instead of going to school and playing as the children of his age should do.
The American Dream is a controversial idea, some think it’s real, others have many doubts about it. Many of those who stand strongly to defend the idea of the American Dream they do it because they were lucky enough to end up in America, became successful and achieved what they were dreaming of, or they are believing in it because of the influence of the Hollywood movies and American media. While others who doubt or criticize it they do because either they got some points or they just disagree with American way of life or because they stand there on the left side, however, people will never stop dreaming of improving their life and getting a better opportunities and many will continue having similar dreams which might drive them in the future somewhere out of this planet!
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السبت، فبراير 27، 2016

توفيق عكاشة والمواقف الرسمية المتخبطة تجاه إسرائيل

لم يكن لقاء الإعلامى والنائب البرلمانى المصرى "توفيق عكاشة" بـالسفير الإسرائيلى الجديد بالقاهرة هو المناسبة الأولى التى يبدى فيها الإعلامى المثير للجدل مواقف ايجابية تجاه الدولة العبرية ، فلقد سبق له أن عبر عن آراء متسقة مع الموقف الرسمى المصرى تجاه الجارة التى تربطها بالدولة المصرية إتفاقية سلام وعلاقات دبلوماسية وإقتصادية وتعاون عسكرى وأمنى فى مناسبات مختلفة ، لكنها المرة الأولى التى تثير فيها مواقف الرجل المعلنة فى هذا السياق ردود أفعال قوية وصلت فى ذروتها ذروتها الى تقديم بلاغات ضده الى النائب العام .
هذا اللقاء الذى سعى إليه عكاشة بدعوته للسفير الى تناول العشاء بمنزله ثم الإعلان عنه عبر وسائل الإعلام لا يتجاوز فيما يبدو محاولة من النائب الذى يهوى البقاء فى دائرة الجدل لابقاء الأضواء مسلطة عليه فى بلد تتضارب المواقف الرسمية وغير الرسمية فيها تجاه إسرائيل ، لكن ردود الأفعال على هذا اللقاء من قبل زملائه فى البرلمان وبعض الإعلاميين المقربين من السلطة تعكس حالة من التخبط فى الدولة التى تخاطب الداخل والخارج بخطابين متعارضين تماما خاصة فيما يتعلق بقضايا كالسلام والعلاقات مع إسرائيل.

رسميا لم يرتكب النائب عكاشة بلقائة مع سفير الدولة العبرية أى مخالفة سياسية أو قانونية ، فإسرائيل دولة تربطها بمصر علاقات عمرها ثلاث عقود ونصف ولديها سفارة فى القاهرة كما أن لمصر سفارة وسفير فى تل أبيب ، ولم يسبق أن تعرض مسؤل رسمى أو حزبي أو حتى مواطن غير ذى صفة رسمية فى مصر لهجوم أو واجه دعاوى قضائية للقائه بسفير دولة يمثل بلاده فى القاهرة ، وحتى عندما إلتقى مسؤلون حزبيون بسفير كوريا الشمالية فى القاهرة لم يعترض أحد على اللقاء أو يهاجمهم بالرغم من السمعة السيئة التى يتمتع بها النظام الكوري الشمالى والذى يهدد سلام واستقرار العالم بمشاريعة النووية.
لذالك يصعب تفهم الهجوم الذى يشنه موالون للنظام على النائب بعيدا عن إطار الشو الإعلامى ومحاولة تسجيل المواقف أمام رأى عام مشحون بمشاعر معادية للدولة العبرية ، وهى مشاعر يمكن تفهمها بالنظر إلى تضارب الخطاب الرسمى الموجه الى الداخل معبرا عنه فى برامج تليفزيونية ومسلسلات وأفلام تصور إسرائيل كدولة معادية مع نظيره الموجه الى المجتمع الدولى والذى تعبر فيه الدولة بقادتها المتعاقبين على إلتزامها بمقتضيات معاهدة السلام بما فيها تطبيع العلاقات الدبلوماسية مع الكيان العبري والتعاون الإقتصادى والعسكرى والأمنى بين الجارتين ، كما يمكن إستيعابها بالأخذ بعين الإعتبار حقيقة أن الدولة المصرية ممثلة فى حكومة الرئيس الراحل محمد أنور السادات وقعت معاهدة السلام نهاية سبعينيات القرن الماضى رغم الإحتجاجات الشعبية الواسعة و إعتراضات من جانب المعارضة المصرية ومن جانب بعض المسؤولين فى الدولة وقتها والذين قدم بعضهم إستقالته فى خطوة إحتجاجية.
الواقع الآن على الأرض يؤكد على وجود علاقات دبلوماسية راسخة بين الدولتين رغم السخط الشعبي والنفاق الرسمى ، وكما قلت فإنه يمكن تفهم الإعتراض الشعبي على معاهدة السلام والعلاقات الدبلوماسية بالأخذ فى الاعتبار حالة الشحن الإعلامى التى تواكب عادة مناسبات إحتفالية رسمية مرتبطة بتاريخ المواجهات المصرية مع إسرائيل وتواكب في أحيان أخري التغطيات الإخبارية لأى مواجهات تحدث بين الفلسطينيين أو المقاومة اللبنانية من جهة والجيش الإسرائيلي من جهة أخرى ، لكن ما لايمكن فهمه وإستيعابه هو المواقف التى تخرج عن مسؤلين رسميين وأعضاء برلمانيين مقربين من النظام ومؤيدين للسلطة الحالية من أعلاميين وقانونيين وشخصيات عامة أخرى تجاه أى شخص يبدى مواقف متسقة مع موقف الدولة الرسمى ، فمن المفترض أن تأييد السلطة أو العمل معها وبجانبها يقتضي بطبيعة الحال الموافقة على جوهر سياساتها وتأييدها ، ومن الطبيعى أن ينأى كل من لم تتوافق قناعاته وأفكاره مع سياسات الدولة عنها وعن مواقفها وأن يتخذ منها موقفا معارضا ساعيا لتغييرها ، لكن أن يؤيد أحدهم الرئيس المصري عبدالفتاح السيسي الذى دعا قبل فترة إلى توسيع نطاق معاهدة السلام مع إسرائيل لتشمل عددا أكبر من الدول العربية ولا يجرؤ على توجيه أى نقد لخطابه السياسي بشكل عام أو مواقفه الإيجابية من اسرائيل التى تشمل تنسيقا أمنيا على الحدود المشتركة بينهما فى إطار حربهما على تنظيم "الدولة الإسلامية" فى سيناء ومواجهتهما لـ"حركة المقاومة الإسلامية" الحاكمة فى قطاع غزة وفى نفس الوقت يهاجم نائبا برلمانيا مصريا لمجرد أن التقي مع دبلوماسي ممثل لدولة أجنبية تربطها علاقات قوية ووثيقة مع بلده ، فهو أمر يصعب إستيعابه خارج إطار حالة من التخبط الشديد تلقي بظلال قوية على الواقع السياسي المصري منذ إنتقال السلطة فى مصر من أسرة محمد على إلى المؤسسة العسكرية فى خمسينيات القرن الماضى.

الجمعة، فبراير 19، 2016

عن المدونات و فيس بوك والآلهة الجديدة

أشياء كثيرة تلهينا وتصرفنا عن فعل ما نحب ونرغب ونشعر بالراحة لدى القيام به ، ومنذ خروجى من السجن واقترابي -الذى دفعنى اليه بشده لهفتى الى اللحاق بما فاتنى خلال السنوات الأربع التى قضيتها بين جدرانه - من المواقع الملعونة التى يشار اليها بمواقع التواصل الإجتماعى ، خلقت واتسعت فجوة كبيرة بينى وبين مدونتى ومنصات الرأى الأخرى التى كانت أحد أهم الوسائط التى ساعدتنى على التعبير عن نفسى وإخراج ما بداخلي فى شبابي المبكر.
الفيس بوك ومواقع التواصل الاجتماعى الأخرى خلقت مشكلة كبيرة هى أن الرقابة والوصاية التى يمارسها مستخدموها والتى تصل حدتها الى الشتائم والسباب والخروج عن نقاش القضايا الى النقاش حول الأفراد والطعن فيهم ووصمهم وضعت حاجزا نفسيا جديدا أمام من كانوا يتصورون أن الإنترنت قد الغى جميع الحواجز التى كانت تعترض فى السابق طريق كل من يريد التعبير عن نفسه دون محظورات او خطوط حمراء ،فى السابق كنا نتصور ان الحواجز المادية كالسجن والنبذ الاجتماعى والاعتداءات البدنية هى اخطر ما يمكن ان يجعل المرء يخشي عواقب التعبير عن نفسه ، لكن بعد ان فقدت تلك العواقب الى حد كبير جدواها ظهرت تلك الحواجز النفسية الجدديدة التى يغذيها الفكر القطعانى ،حتى اصبح البعض يفكر مرات كثيرة قبل ان يلقي على حائطة بكلمتين يخرج بهما شيئا محتبسا داخله.
 وبالنسبة لى فالتدوين او الكتابة لم يكن فعلا اسعى من خلاله الى تغيير المجتمع من حولى كما يظن كثيرون ، بل كان ولا يزال  مساحة لاخراج ما بداخلي حتى لا اختنق ، الكتابة هى فعل كنت ولا ازال ابغى من خلاله مصلحة شخصية ضيقة جدا ، ضيق تلك المصلحة لا يصل حتى الى مرتبة الرغبة فى الحصول على مال او شهرة او مكانة اجتماعية (وهى امور مشروعة لا اقلل من اهميتها  ولا من قيمة من يسعون اليها) لكن الكتابة بالنسبة لى كان كل غرضها افراغ الطاقات السلبية التى يصدرها الى المجتمع والبيئة المحيطة بى.
 طبيعة المدونات ساعدتنى على ذالك لان مستخدميها فى عامى 2005 ، 2006 كانوا افرادا محدودين ولم يكن هناك علاقات او روابط اجتماعية او صداقات تربطنى بأى منهم ، والتعليقات التى كنت أقرأها أحيانا لم أكن أعيرها إهتماما ان كانت تحمل نقدا جارحا أو سبابا مقذعا ، فلم اكن اكتب كى أطرح موضوعات ما للنقاش ، ولم أكن حتى كاتبا محترفا بالمعنى الساذج المتداول لاحتراف الكتابة والذى لا يزال محل تقدير فى هذا العالم السطحى التافه ، ولم اضبط نفسي يوما ما ساعيا الى ذالك!
كانت نظرتى لنفسى هو اننى فرد عادى جدا يكتب ما يجول بخاطره ، وكنت أرى مستقبل الانترنت والمدونات بل والهدف الأسمى المرجو منها يكمن فى انها ستعطى مساحة لكل فرد ليعبر عن ما يعن له دون ان يتأثر بالاراء الجمعية او السلطوية التى تفرضها عليه وسائل اعلام السلطة او جماعات المصالح أو غيرها من القطعان التى تستهدف اغتيال حرية وفردانية البشر.
ظننت أنه حال سقوط هيبة الدولة  فى عيون المواطنين او انحلال عري المجتمع وتفكك النظام الأسرى سيختار الافراد ان يكونوا مجرد أفراد وان تكون ارائهم التى يلقون بها فى ساحات الانترنت هى تعبير عن فردانيتهم وتميزهم ، غيبنى السجن عن واقع الحياة اربع سنوات ظهرت خلالها منصات كثيرة مختلفة استخدمت للتعبير عن الرأى كنت أتابع اخبار اطلاقها ودخولها مجالات الرأى والحشد السياسي والنشاطات الاجتماعية وايضا الادبية من خلال الاخبار التى كنت اتمكن من الحصول عليها  وكنت أحسب أن هذه الوسائل ستكون اضافة او امتدادا لفكرة المدونات التى تعطى الفرد مساحة يفرد بها ارائه الخاصة لتثبت للتنظيم الاجتماعى القامع أن محاولته ابراز ان الافراد المجبرين على الخضوع لقوانينه ليسوا اكثر من نسخ متطابقة هى ليست بأكثر من محاولة فاشلة بحكم واقع تعبير هؤلاء الافراد عن اراء متمردة على الأفكار السلطوية التى يقوم عليها هذا التنظيم الاجتماعى ، فقد كنت أتصور أن هذه المساحات التى يفترض ان يستخدمها الأفراد فى التعبير عن أنفسهم ستساعدهم على الخروج عن سطوة المجتمع وقهره ولم يكن خيالي جامحا الى درجة الفرض بأن الفكرة وراء التنظيم الإجتماعى والقطعنة هى مغرية الى الحد الذى يجعل البعض يتحلل من ربقة الدين والانتماء الوطنى والسياسى والولاء الأسرى ، ليتخذ مثلا عليا وآلهة هم في واقع الأمر ليسوا أكثر من مجرد مستخدمين لمواقع التواصل الاجتماعى مثلهم مثل من رفعوهم لتلك المصاف العليا !!
صناعة الآلهة فى مصر هى إحدى أبرز الصناعات الناجحة والمدمرة فى ذات الوقت ، فهى صناعة ناجحة بالنظر الى جودة مخرجاتها التى تجعل الأفراد يتماهون مع أدوارهم كأسياد أو تابعين ، وهى أيضا مدمرة بالنظر الى تأثيرها على الأفراد ونظرتهم وشعورهم تجاه أنفسهم وتجاه الآخرين ، فبعض الأفراد الذين تم تأليههم وتماهوا مع طبيعتهم الإلهية الجديدة لم تكن لديهم رغبة معلنة -على الأقل- فى ذالك ، وبعضهم كانوا اقرب الى وجهة نظرى فى قضايا كالمجتمع والسلطة والفردانية وحرية الفرد المطلقة ، لكن المشكلة تكمن فى أن العبيد الذين مارسوا العبودية لفترة طويلة وإعتادوا عليها لم يكن بإمكانهم التخلص بسهولة من فكرة الخضوع لشخص او فكرة او تنظيم ، لذالك عندما بلغ التمرد الاجتماعى فى مصر الذروة  المحدودة التى تمكن من الوصول اليها قبل سنوات كان عصيا على كثير من الأفراد هضم واستساغة ما يحدث ، ولأنهم لم يكونوا معتادين على التفكير بأنفسهم لانفسهم واتخاذ قراراتهم بمحض ارادتهم فكان الخيار الامثل المتاح هو البحث عن اسياد جدد ، وعندما لم يتمكن بعضهم من ايجاد مثل هؤلاء الأسياد فإنهم سعوا الى خلقهم وايجادهم!
 أزعم أن الأمر لم يكن بتلك السهولة المتصورة ، فتحويل شخص ما مؤمن بقيم كحرية الفرد المطلقة إلى إله يعطى نصائح وتعليمات وتوجيهات ليست بالأمر الهين ولكن "الزن على الودان أمر من السحر" كما يقول المثل الشعبي ، الوصفة السحرية لذالك هى خلق فريقين متعارضين احدهما يشيد بهذا الفرد ويعبر عن حبه وتقديره وموافقته على كل ما يكتبه بشكل مطلق ، وآخر يناصبه العداء والكراهية أيضا بشكل مطلق ، لا يشترط فى كل من ينتمون الى هذين الفريقين ان يكونوا افرادا حقيقيين ، فالعبيد فى حقيقة الأمر لا يختلفون كثيرا عن الآليين ، والحسابات الوهمية - أو حتى الحقيقية - التى يديرها البعض مشيدين او محتقرين من خلالها افرادا ما دفعت بعض الأفراد حسنى النية للميل الى الجانب الذى يدعمهم حتى وإن بدا لهم مغرقا فى الزيف والإدعاء ، وكلما كان الهجوم مضاعفا وعنيفا كلما ازدادت حدة الميل الى هذا الجانب حتى فقد بعض هؤلاء السيطرة على أنفسهم وتماهوا بشدة مع هذا الجانب المتظاهر بدعمهم والذى انخدع به اخرون وانضموا اليه تحت وطأة شعور ورغبة ملحة بالانضواء تحت لواء ما ، متحولين فى نهاية المطاف الى كيان واحد مكون من اله او إئتلاف آلهة ، وتابعين.
فى النهاية يجد هؤلاء الافراد الذين كانت حرية الفرد المطلقة هدف لهم يؤمنون به ويسعون لتحقيقه الى كائنات تلوك شعارات لا تتوافق بحال من الأحوال مع لب خطابهم وسلوكهم المعلن.
خمس سنوات كاملة عشتها أسير مواقع التواصل الاجتماعى وعلى رأسها المنصة  المدمرة اللعينة المسماة بـ"فيس بوك" ، خمس سنوات خبرت فيها أن السجن الحقيقي الذى يفقد الانسان فيه حريته هو سجن الأفكار، عندما يجد نفسه مضطرا الى أخد مشاعر وميول واتجاهات وتعليقات محتملة لمتابعيه واصدقائه الإفتراضيين بعين الاعتبار قبل ان يكتب عبارات قليلة على ما يسمونه بـ"الخط الزمنى" خاصته !!  وعندما غادرت هذا الموقع قبل شهر ونصف شعرت بأننى أسترد أنفاسي من جديد بعد أن كان يعدها على قطعان تستخدم حريتها فى التعبير عن رأيها  فى اخراس من يختلفون معها تارة بتكوين مصطلحات جديدة ورميهم بها وتارة اخرى بوصمهم بأشياء لا تتفق فى حقيقتها معهم لمجرد أن أرائهم أو أسلوب حياتهم أو أخطائهم الإملائية أو اللغوية أو حتى الشكل الذى يظهرون عليه فى صورهم لا يروق لهم !! ووصلت أخيرا الى نتيجة مفادها ان السماح للغوغاء وغير الغوغاء بالتعليق على ما نكتب هو دعوة مفتوحة لهم لكتم الأنفاس والحجر على الآراء ، فما من شك أن الفرد يتأثر عندما يتقرب اليه البعض ثم يساومونه على نفسه فى مقابل الحفاظ على هذا القرب الذى اعتاد عليه ، وليس هناك أسوأ من أن يجد الفرد نفسه فى نهاية المطاف مجردا من حريته غير قادرا على أن يعبر عن ما بداخله كما اعتاد أن يفعل .
أتمنى أن تكونى عودتى الى الكتابة دائمة وأن لا يتخللها عقبات نفسية أو انتكاسات دافعها تواصل قطعانى مدمر أو غيره !!

الأحد، يناير 10، 2016

في مديح الوحدة

المجتمعات سجون كبيرة ، غرضها الأساسي هو تجريدنا من كل ما يميزنا كأفراد ويجعلنا متفردين. جميع التجمعات البشرية بلا استثناء تحمل ذات الهدف وهو تجريد البشر من حريتهم وتحويلهم إلى كائنات لا تستطيع العيش بمفردها دون حاجة للآخرين ، نحن بطبيعتنا كائنات غير إجتماعية ، قدرتنا على العيش فى أصعب الظروف والتكيف معها عالية ، نستطيع كأفراد أن نفعل كل شىء بمفردنا دون الحاجة إلى أحد ، لكن هذا بالطبع لم يوافق هوى البعض الراغبين فى تقييد حرية البشر وتحويلهم من كائنات مستقلة إلى كائنات متطفلة تدمن على الأشياء والأشخاص لتحقيق منافع مادية وسلطوية ، وأدى ذالك الى ما نراه الآن من حولنا ؛ أفراد بالغين لا يستطيعون الحياة دون إعتماد مادى أو معنوى على وجود آخرين من حولهم ، هؤلاء الآخرين دون أن يدروا هم جزء من تلك المنظومة السلطوية القذرة.
البشر لديهم إحتياجات أساسية فى غاية البساطة ، هذه الإحتياجات هى الغذاء والماء والحماية من تقلبات الطبيعة ، هذه الإحتياجات تلبيتها فى الظروف الطبيعية ليست بالأمر الصعب ، فالغذاء متوفر فى الطبيعة على غصون الأشجار والماء أيضا ، والبشر الأوائل صنعوا ملابسهم من أوراق الشجر واتخذوا الكهوف مأوى لهم ، أتت المجتمعات بإحتياجات جديدة فى ظاهرها جيدة وفي باطنها خبيثة ، فتم الإدعاء بأن تكاثر النوع البشرى من الإحتياجات الغريزية وأن البشر فى أمس الحاجة لزيادة أعدادهم وممارسة الجنس لتحقيق هذا الغرض. كان الجنس فى البداية مجرد فعل غريزى يمارسه الافراد بغرض زيادة أعدادهم والحفاظ على تماسك بنية مجتمعهم وأستمراريته ، لكنه تم تحويله بعد ذالك لغرض خبيث من ضرورة إلى حاجة ، ولدى البشر خصلة سيئة ، هى أنه بالإمكان تعويدهم على الأشياء لدرجة حبها وإدمانها والشعور بالنقص حال عدم توافرها ، وأعطى هذا الأمر المجتمعات وبعض الأفراد السيئين أيضا فرصة لا تتكرر كى يتحكمون فى الأفراد عن طريق هذا الإدمان الذى لم يكن أصلا ضمن الإحتياجات الأساسية التى تستمر بها حياة الفرد ، الحاجة الى الجنس والحاجة الى العيش مع شريك أو أسرة ، وعندما يتم التحكم فى تلك الحاجة التى بحكم إدمان الفرد لها أصبحت أساسية فى حياته أصبح التحكم فى كل مناحى حياته والضغط عليه من خلالها وتقييدها أمرا فى متناول اليد.
من الإحتياجات التى خلقتها المجتمعات وإستغلتها الإستغلال الأسوأ هى الحاجة للمخدرات والمسكرات  ، ربما تناول الإنسان الأول قبل ظهور المجتمعات بعض الثمار التى تحتوى على مواد مخدرة أو طعاما متخمرا وشعر ببعض النشوة جراء ذالك ، وأحب هذا الشعور وعمد إلى تناول المزيد من هذه الثمار او صنع طعام متخمر بهدف تكرار هذا الشعور ، ربما كان تناول هذه الثمار المخدرة او الطعام المتخمر بكميات كبيرة مضرا بصحته ومعجلا بنهايته ، لكن تأثير ذالك لم يكن يتعداه هو شخصيا ، لكن المجتمعات إستغلت هذا الأمر أسوأ إستغلال ، فقيدت إستخدام هذه المواد أو منعتها ، ليس خوفا على صحة أفرادها كما تزعم ، وليس خوفا على الأفراد الآخرين من أن يلحقهم أذى من شخص تناول تلك المواد ، لكن الغرض كان التحكم فى احدى الحاجات التى لم تكن أساسية وأصبحت أساسية بحكم التعود.
وهناك أمثلة كثيرة يمكن القياس عليها فى كل شىء يقوم به الفرد المدجن فى حياته اليوميه .....
أنا هنا لا أتحدث عن شرق أو غرب ، أو مجتمعات بدائية متخلفة او حضارية متقدمة (طبقا لمعايير ما) ، لكنى أتحدث بشكل عام عن كل المجتمعات البشرية من وقت أن تم فصل الإنسان عن نفسه وتجريده من هويته وتحويله إلى مجرد فرد فى قطيع حتى  الآن ، فجميع المجتمعات لها نفس الغرض وهو تقييد حرية الإنسان وتحويله إلى كائن تابع لا يملك من أمر نفسه شيئا ، فى المجتمعات المتخلفة يتم ذالك بشكل فج لا يخجل من التصريح بذالك ، بينما فى المجتمعات الحضارية المتقدمة يتم تحقيق ذالك بأساليب تبدو براقة وجذابة وفي أعلى خلفية المشهد شعارات مثل الحرية والمساواة والكرامة ترفرف عاليا بينما لا شيء من هذا له وجود على أرض الواقع، لكن يبقي للمجتمعات الغربية أنها تجيد التسويق لنفسها وفي عالمنا المعاصر يمكنك أن تجد إبتسامة عريضة على وجوه الناس وترحيب بك وإشادة بما تفعله طالما تجيد تسويق بضاعتك حتى وإن كانت مجرد خراء أفرغته أمعاءك للتو أمامهم !

الأربعاء، أكتوبر 28، 2015

Arabs-Muslims or White Europeans .. who are really racist ?!

In April 2014, The British newspaper ‘The Independent’ have reported that Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway's human rights record during the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review, in which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined. Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance and and criticised the country’s child welfare system.

The Norwegian foreign minister commented on this criticism saying “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,”

Months later, The Egyptian government took an advantage of the civilians killing incidents which some American police officers was involved in to direct a sharp criticism toward what they consider as a clear human rights violations on the American soils. Meanwhile, the Egyptian police wrote on their Facebook official page giving a “tips” to the american police officers about how to handle the peaceful demonstrations without causing human lives loses, the thing which made some activists making fun of the Egyptian government’s contradictory behavior, as it have a bad reputation concerning human rights and that the police and army have killed hundreds of protesters and detainees as a result of an excessive use of violence and physical torture in the past few years !!

I always memorize this incidents and other similar situations when some Arabs and Muslims start accusing the west of practicing racism and discrimination against immigrants, because many of those who take the lead in this criticism do not care at all about discrimination, racism and all kinds of human rights violations, and some of them practice such violations and praising it without shaking single eyelid. but they forget about that and direct those accusations toward the west with what they are themselves doing as they are trying to throw dust in eyes..
The western world are always chased by its colonial history which was marred by an explicit racism practices and violations of human dignity in the countries which were occupied during the past centuries. and despite the fact that all of those crimes and violations became part of a history irrelevant to our current reality, and despite the fact that such practices were condemned, regretted and apologized for by the past colonizing countries, however, some young Europeans who had no connection at all with such violations away from that they read and heard about it inherited a guilt feeling from their ancestors; a feeling which being fed by the increase of the immigration from the post colonized countries to Europe, where some Europeans feel guilt combined with a moral responsibility for any actual or possible sufferings might those immigrants go through, and they got a painful feeling that those inherited guilt is impossible to be erased or forgotten. Their daily life and their dealings with others is a personification of this inherited guilt. I met with many of them whose sensitivity toward racism and discrimination touch even some things might not be noticeable by those who is most likely targeted with discrimination and racism!!

Last December, I went with a friend of mine who is french living in Berlin to watch “The magic flute” opera in Berlin opera house. That was my first time i watch this show in theater after i watched it many times on screens. The show started and ten minutes passed before my friend started expressing intense anger and resentment over the appearance of an actor on the stage with a face painted in black as he played one of the opera’s roles. My friend told me that he is not able to continue the show and that he will wait for me outside.

On our way back my friend start explaining to me why he was angry. he said that he can’t accept when a white actors painting their faces in black to characterize black people and he consider it racist and humiliating. He also claimed that the opera houses don’t accept black people to act on the stage. I asked him if he would feel better if this role was played by a real black man? He silenced a bit and he was apparently thinking before he answered refusing playing such role at all and saying that the text characterizing the black people with a stereotypical brutal and bloody roles and that's why he is opposing playing this role basically which means in his opinion that the opera houses should stop showing such classic works to avoid promoting racism or they can modify the script and cleaning it from all suspected racism that included.

This friend was not the only one who adopt such position, but some Europeans i know do not care much about some brutal violations against human rights practiced in the middle east and Africa and have something to do with traditions or religion as they care about an opera show, movie or a piece of literature contained a suspected racism, and sometimes they blame their own people accusing them with that they helped on the occurrence of such violations because that the colonization prevented those who is committing such violations from getting rid of such traditions and thoughts that justify it.

I don’t underestimate here any racist or discriminatory attitude no matter how small, and i think that all racism suspicions should be addressed and opposed before it grows up and become an acceptable reality and prevalent habits as its in the middle east. and i also believe that we shouldn’t tolerate or underestimate any kind of violation against human rights no matter how small it is and wherever it happened and i think that all of those things should be confronted strongly and firmly to guarantee that it will not be repeated in the future. and i also urge everybody who have been through a situation where his rights were violated and/or he have been discriminated against to stand strongly against it and not keep silent, and also those who witness such situations to take a strong actions against it who knows they might became a victims of similar situations one day.
Here comes an Important question about whether those who practice racism, discrimination and violations against human rights without shaking an eyelid are also entitled to accuse others of what they do ?! and if those accusations was based on a real grounds should we take it in consideration and react toward it seriously ?! should we react or give attention toward an allegation made by a terrorist who is for example supporting IS or Al-Qaeda and/or fought under their flags, brutally tortured and beheaded people, that he has been subjected to a violation of his human rights in jail, like if he was not allowed to leave his cell or to meet with his family or talking to them in phone or if he claimed that the police practiced racism and discrimination against him?!

As a result of a long bloody colonial history, the term “white man” has been associated with racism and brutality, even after those practices turned into just a words in books and exhibits in museums, the great grandparent’s shame is still chasing their descendants who are mostly abandoned this colonial patriarchal racist legacy and distanced themselves from it.
Ironically, Those who are supposed to be a historical victims for the white man’s brutal activities and now they are accusing Europeans all the time with racism, discrimination and violating the basic human rights in every occasion are not hesitating at the mean time of practicing racism and discrimination without fearing of being accused of it. It seems like racism and discrimination became an exclusive accusations goes only for the white people, while any other people no matter how cruel and barbaric their crimes and atrocities is, they have an eternal impunity protecting them from such accusations just because they used to be a spoiled historical victim for the white man who hold the eternal shame which he inherited to his grandsons and their offspring !!

After i moved to Norway as a political refugee, I started attending some lessons at Nygård skole organized by the Introduction center for refugees in Bergen as part of The Introduction program for refugees. One of those lessons was called in Norwegian “Tema måte” where there was a Norwegian person from an Iraqi origins leading it, talking in Norwegian while several translators sitting in the room and telling us what he say in our languages. Different topics was opened for discussion in this meeting which was held every Tuesday, and in the first meeting he talked to us about racism saying its widely scattered in Norway and the right wing had stopped organizing demonstration against immigration policies but he believe that they work now underground aiming to expel all the immigrants who came originally from Africa and middle east outside Norway and that we should stick to being part of this society and that he personally does not talk about his ethnic origin as he insists on being just Norwegian to stop anyone who dare to question his belonging to Norway. Then he opened a discussion with us about the manifestations of racism which probably encountered the people who are attending this meeting. Those manifestations according to what the students who was attending this class said was ranged between an uncomfortable eye contact with a person passing by in the street and reach its maximum with a Yemeni guy he said that he felt uncomfortable because he believe that Norwegians avoid sitting next to him in the bus marking that as its a clear racism and discriminatory attitude. The teacher reacted to what students told agreeing on that its a clear signs of the presence of blatant racism and discrimination against immigrants in the Norwegian society!!!
But this teacher who was showing us his concern towards what he sees as growing phenomena of racism and discrimination as he felt it in the Norwegian society and his fear of the rise of the far right wing, did not hesitate during another lesson to warn us of thinking of marrying Norwegian women , why ?!! because they are in his own words “ Very expensive” and “ cost a lot of money” . In another occasion he used the term “ buy a woman” as euphemism of “Marrying a woman”. In another lesson he was telling us a story about a Pakistani man who couldn’t “buy a woman” to marry her as he have no enough money so he found its relevant to buy a goat instead since the goat is much cheaper than a woman !! all that happened inside a program supposedly it made for integrating immigrants in The Norwegian society and that the Norwegian government spend a lot of money on it !! What a great integration results are expected from such program !!!
What which many Europeans who pay yet the price of their ancestor’s follies may not know that if we compared the suspicious racism - if any- has currently practiced toward immigrants with the racist practices committed by those with wheat skin color toward who have darker skin in the middle eastern countries they might start rethinking of their perceptions about themselves and the others.
In Saudi Arabia and all Arab Persian gulf states for example, people still using the word “Slave” (a’bd) in their daily conversations to refer to every individual with darker skin, the word “slave” replace the word “ dark skinned” or “ black” , so they say for example : My “Slave” friend John did this and that ….. , Or: I bought this phone the shop where the “Slave” John works ….., without feeling that they utter a racist expressions. such expression you could found it used naturally even by many people there who claim that they support human rights values and and oppose racism, but they couldn’t get rid of the racism hidden inside daily normal talks.
In Saudi Arabia also, the authorities launched a campaign in the fourth of November 2013 targeting the Ethiopian workers, arresting them claiming that they are violating the immigration laws. This campaign have been accompanied with waves of attacks and assaults launched by normal Saudi citizens armed with swords and choppers. They attacked the places where Ethiopian workers living with their families, beating them up and torturing them severely, recording that with their mobile cameras. Some workers died under torture, other killed after the police shot them in the streets. Some of the Saudi citizens who took part in this assaults proudly documented what they did with video recordings uploaded later on YouTube !!

And in Egypt where i was born and lived until the age of 27, the racism against black-skinned people is really clear and unmistakable for anyone’s eye or ear. Mothers for example get so angry if their sons or daughters thought about marrying a dark skin person, and most people agree on a certain beauty standards which according to it people with darker skin are considered ugly. The movies and dramas put Nubians, who is originally from southern Egypt and characterized by brown skin and local language in a stereotyped roles as servants and doormen.
and yet those who have darker skin color are not allowed to work as news readers or as presenters in the Egyptian state television.
In 2005, the Egyptian police killed 23 Sudanese refugees (according to some Sudanese activists the real number is 56) in the last days of the year while they was clearing a peaceful sit-in organized in front of the UNHCR headquarters in Cairo as those refugees was demanding being sent to a third country. The police broke up this peaceful sit-in after they got complaints from the residents of the surrounding area who claimed that they have been affected by the presence of those Sudanese people in their high classy neighbourhood saying that they “smell bad” and “having sex in the streets as animals”. After the police got involved and the sit in had cleared the sit-in which was resulted in killing of children, youth and old people of both sexes, those high classy residents expressed their satisfaction for what has happened.

In September 2007, i was spending my four years prison sentence on charges connected to my writings at Borg El-Arab Prison near Alexandria, when the prison received a large number of prisoners who came from different African countries, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, have been arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment by a military court on a charges of entering the country illegally through the southern borders with Sudan intending to travel to Israel.
The prison administration was treating them in an inappropriate way for human beings, they were housed in large numbers inside a number of cells which can barely fit half of them, and they wasn’t allowed to go out in the sun, the thing which made them start a mass hunger strike demanding a better treatment.
The prison administration was looking always down at them and when they decided to start their hunger strike the officers couldn’t understand how they could think about that and they thought there is something else stand behind their hunger strike decision. The officers was creating an a collective image about them; within this image’s frame they was not much more than a poor people escaped from their countries because there is famines over there with lack of food and drinkable water and that they are supposed to feel grateful to the prison administration as they are throwing them food like animals. In the end they found a solution for this dilemma when they accused me of inciting them on hunger strike just because i was talking to them in English which was apparently enough evidence to prove such a charge! and as result of that i have been punished and subjected to physical torture and spent 10 days in a solitary confinement cell deprived from having enough food and water more than half a loaf of bread with a small piece of cheese on it and a bottle of water for each day.

I often hear some stories told by immigrants in Europe tell about racism and discriminatory situations they have been through, most of those people came from Arab and Muslim countries, and of course i can’t show uncertainty toward such stories as its part of those people’s experiences which differ from person to another. But if i talked about my experience here as an immigrant in Europe with a Middle eastern physical features i can say its totally different. I can’t deny for sure that i have been exposed to some situations where i get through a suspicious discrimination when i was in poland, but it was too rare to be kept in mind for long. and after i came here to Norway i have never been through a suspicious discriminatory situation except one time when I was travelling to Slovenia last year and the man who work on KLM counter in Bergen Airport stopped me for long time claiming that Slovenia situated outside Schengen area and European union and I need a visa to travel there, which totally untrue! I showed him the list of Schengen countries on Wikipedia and that it includes Slovenia, but he insisted that Its not schengen as he tried to stop me for a while to make some phone calls perhaps to make sure that my traveling on board on this flight does not constitute a danger to the international peace and security, and i finally traveled!
With only one exception which i mentioned earlier, i didn’t feel any time that i am treated as outsider from the moment when i arrived to Bergen Airport coming from Krakow until the Moment i close this sentence with this full stop.
Finally i have to say that the racist and discriminatory practices are widely spread among Mideastern people much more than anyone can imagine, those practices targeting anyone who shows difference whether it was genetic or optional. But apparently that many people from there are unable to face themselves with their faults and crimes so they started searching like the bankrupt trader in their old notebooks for a someone pays the costs of their foolishness on behalf of them! that's why i urge my European friends to stop giving the accusations which Arabs and Muslims throw on them from their glassy houses any sort of attention that might give them a value they don’t worth to get.