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all-day simulation: Palestine!

Published: August 2, 2018

Marhaban, everyone! Today was Palestine simulation day. Early in the morning, each villager received an ‘X’ on their bitaqa (nametag). A blue ‘X’ meant that you were a first-class Israeli citizen. A black ‘X’ meant that you were an Arab-Israeli citizen. A green ‘X’ meant that you were a Palestinian living in Israel. Depending on what color you received, you were treated differently. For example, before breakfast, those with a blue ‘X’ were allowed to enter right away, those with a black ‘X’ were questioned about their movements and potentially scanned, and those with a green ‘X’ were detained for a while, potentially got their bags checked, and were scanned and questioned. In the arts and sports period, one group baked mana’eesh, or bread with za’tar. Once it was time to eat the bread, those with a blue ‘X’ received a full piece of bread, those with a black ‘X’ received half a piece, and those with a green ‘X’ received a third of a piece.

free Palestine poster...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, aside from the checkpoints before the start of or at the end of activities, the day’s program proceeded as usual. In the mughamarat, one group constructed family trees out of colored paper.

a family tree idea from Pinterest...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

proud of their work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another group discussed different weather vocabulary, and drew their favorite type of weather.

she loves windy weather!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a close-up...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A third group learned about the countries of the Arab world, including how people greet each other in Iraq versus the Levantine versus Egypt versus the gulf. They also competed to see who can finish writing all of the Arab countries down first.

the credit class working with maps of the Arab world...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At one of the istikshaf (exploration) periods, one group baked bread on a stick over a fire.

coolest activity ever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

successfully baking bread over a fire!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we headed to lunch, as I mentioned earlier, the simulation continued.

stuck in the checkpoint line...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

waiting to be let into the dining hall...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

getting searched...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, lunch was great, once we all made it inside!

a delicious chicken dish...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

some incredible hummus, beautifully garnished!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the older villagers were taking a nap, our day-campers were reading, drawing, and writing.

a panda book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a collaborative whiteboard drawing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

writing all the river names he knows...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a pillow fort!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as the villagers woke up from their naps, once again, they found themselves facing another checkpoint.

getting scanned...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually, everyone made it to the free time activities, including the day-campers!

at the check-out counter...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

incredible concentration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

learning the basics of knitting...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, villagers headed to their second mughamara.

fly-swatter game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

another one of the villagers completed her calligraphy project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the arts and sports period, villagers went to their cooking, music, basketball, and drama activities.

mana'eesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

handling the dough...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

just hanging out at the basketball court...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of the usual musalsal, the drama activity group gave its final “Cinderella” performance.

I'm here, my prince!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner, we moved onto the evening program, where we explored some of Palestinian culture.

At one station, we learned how to dance the dabke.

At another station, we played a Pictionary relay race, where villagers tried to remember which Palestinian foods were drawn on a poster and run back to their teammates to illustrate those foods.

the poster...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

memorizing the poster...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

running back...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

drawing and watching drawing...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a third station, we drew on a wall that was symbolic of the West Bank or apartheid wall.

the completed wall...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

give your hearts to each other and the world...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thinking...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

heart stuck in a cage...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, we held a debriefing session where villagers could reflect on what they learned that day and ask questions. We also had a few of our Palestinian counselors talk about their experience in the U.S. and in Palestine, and specifically about how their rights as Palestinians living in Israel differed from those who are Arab-Israeli or Israeli citizens.

debriefing...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

talking about his Palestinian iqama (ID)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A with our Palestinian counselors...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that was it for the day! Thank you, once again, for tuning in!

 

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