LETTER FROM PALESTINE | We hold onto hope and pray we find peace in our lifetimes

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Palestinians gather in Ramallah on the West Bank to protest ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and violations in East Jerusalem on 18 May 2021. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Palestinians gather in Ramallah on the West Bank to protest ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and violations in East Jerusalem on 18 May 2021. (Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Palestinian Tareq Mansour writes from Ramallah about what it's like to be born a Palestinian. He describes it as heaven and hell all at once.

"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved". This is what the American writer Elbert Hubbard had to say regarding his perception of freedom. 

As a Palestinian, I have come to understand the significance of this quote because it has been more than 70 years that we Palestinians have been fighting for our land, rights and, most importantly, our Palestinian identity which the Israeli government has constantly tried to marginalise. 

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