Officially a second class citizen

Officially a second class citizen

Strawberry Fields

Arab Israelis (Palestinians who have Israeli passports, and reside inside the State of Israel – inside the green line) were always considered as second class citizens. Some Israeli might tell you otherwise and this is bullshit, since the State of Israel is the only democracy in the middle east. And no matter what you tell them they will always be like “Look at the Arab world. Look what’s happening in Syria and Iraq. Would you rather have ISIS/IS taking over you?” Just because I’m against what’s going on in the rest of the Middle East doesn’t have to make me pro-Israel, okay?

Okay, let’s take a step back and talk about my rights as a citizen inside Israel. I do have my own rights: I study, I work and I pay taxes. Most of my taxes go to the army who’s operating in the West Bank and Gaza, giving hell to my friends…

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News You Really Need To See: “Offer Israeli Arabs Money to Move to Palestinian State: Lieberman”

News You Really Need To See: “Offer Israeli Arabs Money to Move to Palestinian State: Lieberman”

Not What You Might Think

“Offer Israeli Arabs Money to Move to Palestinian State: Lieberman”

Reuters, November 28, 2014

“Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed on Friday that Arab citizens of Israel be offered financial incentives to leave the country and relocate to a future Palestinian state.  Lieberman, whose ultra-nationalist party is a core part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, has previously spoken about redrawing borders but not about using sweeteners to encourage Arabs to uproot to a Palestinian state. … Lieberman, one of the most strident voices in favor of the separation of Jews and Arabs, said Palestinians living in Jaffa and Acre, two mixed cities on the Mediterranean coast far from the West Bank, should be encouraged to move if they want.  ‘Those (Israeli Arabs) who decide that their identity is Palestinian will be able to forfeit their Israeli citizenship and move and become citizens of the future Palestinian state,’ he wrote…

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What is normal? What is wrong?

From Palestine – where people suffering!



Is it okay to forget our reality for a little while? Is it okay to enjoy our time as human beings and not as Palestinians? Can we enjoy our time as Palestinians? As Palestinians, can we find a way to balance between bad times and good times? Even though we wake up every day to a reminder of the miserable life we live; reminder of the occupation/colonialism, can we find a space to live as humans?

It is normal for each human to have a daily routine. A routine is a way for us to control our life and make every minute of it counts. An average person’s routine could be waking up, going to work or college, maybe go to the gym afterwards, attending a party, get a few drink and so on. This type of routine can go according to what this human pleases, he/she have the power…

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Monochrome Monday: The Colonnades

Monochrome Monday: The Colonnades

indahs: dive, travel & photography

Vatican City

St. Peter’s Square (Vatican City) is surrounded by semi-round colonnades. Designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, each side of the colonnades consists of four rows of columns with total of 284 columns. Additionally, Bernini placed 140 statues of religious people on top of the colonnades. I did not count it myself but I was tempted to take picture of each statue. The two colonnades were geometrically designed to resemble two arms that embrace the crowds in the square.

Too many photos of the colonnades are available online, so I thought to take a photo with different perspective. Yes, I was queuing when taking the picture, it was a long wait and I learned a lesson to start early when visiting famous landmark 😉

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Armenian Flatbread ‘Lavash’ is inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Armenian Flatbread ‘Lavash’ is inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


Armenian Lavash Armenian flatbread Lavash

Armenian flatbread, otherwise known as lavash has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Armenia’s Foreign Ministry announced that the “preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia” had been included in the list during the 9th Session of the intergovernmental committee of UNESCO’s Convention for the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris on November 26.

UNESCO describes Lavash as the following:

Lavash is a traditional thin bread that forms an integral part of Armenian cuisine. Its preparation is typically undertaken by a small group of women, and requires great effort, coordination, experience and special skills. A simple dough made of wheat flour and water is kneaded and formed into balls, which are then rolled into thin layers and stretched over a special oval cushion that is then slapped against the wall of a traditional conical…

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Armenian Boy Becomes The Youngest-ever American Chess Grandmaster

Armenian Boy Becomes The Youngest-ever American Chess Grandmaster


Armenian Boy Becomes The Youngest-ever American Chess Grandmaster Sam Sevian playing chess at CCSCSL Invitational

13-year-old Sam Sevian completed the final requirement to earn the title of Grandmaster, the highest title a chess player can attain. He is now the youngest American Grandmaster in history.

Sevian, who lives in Boston, had already completed his three “norms”, or superior performances in high-level tournaments, required by FIDE, the World Chess Federation. He just needed to top a strength rating of 2500 to earn the Grandmaster title. He was just 16 points shy of the mark when he arrived in St. Louis Friday to compete in the CCSCSL Invitational. Sam went on to win the Championship and earned the title of Grandmaster.

Once you earn Grandmaster status, you have it for life.

Armenia and Chess

Armenia, a country in South Caucasus with a population of just three million, is a chess powerhouse. Chess holds an important place in Armenian culture that has produced some of…

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3,000-year-old Settlement in Eastern Turkey reveals Armenian Traces

3,000-year-old Settlement in Eastern Turkey reveals Armenian Traces


Largest archaeological settlement of Tunceli province was discovered Largest archaeological settlement of Tunceli province was discovered bearing Armenian writing on ancient stones

The discovery of a large 3000 year old archaeological settlement in Eastern Turkey has been widely reported in Turkish media, last year. The news has reached international audiences through the English translations from sources such as the Worldbulletin.

The article reports:

“3,000-year-old settlement found in eastern Turkey”

Largest archaeological settlement of Tunceli province was discovered

An archaeological settlement dating back to 3,000 years ago was discovered in eastern Tunceli province of Turkey.

Thanks to the efforts of Turkish researcher Serkan Erdogan from Faculty of Science and Letters of Bitlis Eren University, and Culture and Tourism Director of Tunceli Ismet Hakan Ulasoglu, a 3,000-year-old settlement near Rabat hamlet of Cemceli village was discovered.

Being the largest archaeological settlemet of Tunceli, a citadel-like settlement containing overtones of early iron age, Urartian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantium period, Islamic middle age and Ottoman era was predicted to…

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Mihran Kalaydjian Playing ‘Akriti’s Unconditional Parents’ – When Your Words Get a Melody for them (Stage – III)

Mihran Kalaydjian Playing ‘Akriti’s Unconditional Parents’ – When Your Words Get a Melody for them (Stage – III)


Mihran Kalaydjian Playing ‘Akriti’s Unconditional Parents

Lyrics: Marlene Ziad & Akriti Mattu
Producer: Edward Khoury & Elias Bandak
Music Arrangements: Edward Khoury
Record Labels: Paramount Studios
Location :Boston, Massachusetts

“The only people who truly know your story are the ones who help you write them.”

This song is a wonderful , a beautiful tribute to the two people who created me – My parents. I owe them everything. I feel truly blessed to be their daughter. This is a small dedication to them for all the love, all the care and all the support they have provided me ever since i landed on this planet. They are the reason i’m rock solid. They are the reason i’m successful & more than anything else, they’re the reason , i’m happy 🙂

I am extremely grateful to the very talented & very accomplished Mihran Kalaydjian who is the composer of the song…

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We give thanks and remember

You, who crown your saints and dispense eternal abundance, grant peace to your servants who have fallen asleep when you return in judgment. Be our guide in the field of your holy and benevolent will. And make us worthy to give you thanks and to glorify your name. Amen.

This Thursday, as we remember the many blessings in our lives, let us also remember those who, a century ago, gave their lives in the name of our Lord.



thanksgiving-messages-greetings-cards-sayings Happy Thanks giving


Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy. We convey our blessings to you and your loved ones on this Thanksgiving day.


Thinking Aloud: “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process,” Part I

Thinking Aloud: “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process,” Part I

Not What You Might Think

Nov. 24, 2014 by Darius 

Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s annual conference.  One of the panels was on “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process.”  All four panelists had interesting remarks.  Today I’ll share the comments of Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli politician, member of the Knesset, and member of Israel’s delegation to the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference.

Mr. Ben-Ami discussed recent changes in Israel.  He said that there has been a radical shift in Israeli public opinion against trust that the peace process will eventually deliver.  According to Ben-Ami, “peace process” has almost become a dirty word for the entire political spectrum right-of-center.

Ben-Ami also said that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sold his government on two claims.  The first is that with Netanyahu in charge, there is security for ordinary Israelis.  The second is economic growth.  Now, though, both these points are under…

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