La Gaza che vorrei…/ The Gaza I want…

Una mia cara amica, Samah A., una giovane e forte ragazza da Gaza, ha scritto queste righe qualche giorno fa, e penso che esse esprimano in un modo tutto particolare il suo amore per questa città imprigionata e sotto continuo attacco, ma sempre bellissima.

A dear friend of mine, Samah A., a young, strong girl from Gaza, has written these words a couple of days ago, and I think they express in a very particular way her love for this city under siege and continuosly threatened by attacks but still beautiful.

Italian version:

 

 © Samah A.

© Samah A.

Questa mattina presto, il sole di Gaza è sorto e ha illuminato il mio volto, e sembrava il sole di una città che non conoscevo.
Sono passata accanto ad una casa appartenente alla famiglia Al-Shawwa che fu costruita negli anni quaranta, e poi vicino ad un’altra casa, appartenente ad Aref AlAref e Fihmi AlHusseini, che fu costruita nello stesso
periodo. Quando i miei piedi hanno toccato la casa del Basha, costruita nel diciottesimo secolo, ho sentito il peso della Storia, e le brezze della casa antica mi ha hanno dato anni e anni di vita…
Grazie Gaza…
Grazie, mia maledetta amata, che mi sorprendi tutti i giorni con le novità, belle e brutte…
Ma oggi viverti è stato davvero diverso, oggi sono passata in alcune delle tue case come se ci passassi per la prima volta… e mentre camminavo tra le vie strette, ho dimenticato il nero delle notizie oscure e le istigazioni
contro di te, mia cara…
Signori che non la conoscete, vi prego, non parlate di lei, e non ascoltate le notizie oscure che escono da lei..
Datevi un attimo di riposo, e camminate nelle sue strade e tra le sue vie, vivete la sua bellissima storia…
Tornate al suo passato fiorente, lasciate che si riposi e torni a sorgere di nuovo..
Questa è la Gaza che vorrei…

English version:

This morning the sun of Gaza rose and caressed my face, and it seemed to be the sun of a city I didn’t know.
I walked by a house that belonged to the Al-Shawwa family which was built back in the forties, and then I passed by another house, which belonged to Aref AlAref and Fihmi Al-Husseini, which was built in the same period.
When I stepped into the house of the Basha, built back in the 18th century, I felt the wieght of History, and the breezes of the ancient house gave me years and years to live…
Thank you, Gaza..
Thank you, cursed beloved, who surprises me everyday with the good and the bad…
But today living you was really different, today I walked in some of your houses as if I saw them for the first time… and while I passed through your streets and small paths, I forgot the blackness of the dark news and of the instigations against you, my dear…
Gentlemen who do not know her, please, walk in her streets and live her beautiful history…
Go back to her flourishing past, let her rest and rise up again…
This is the Gaza I want…

Original version (arabic):

اليوم باكراً أشرقت شمس غزة على وجهي، غزة التي وكأنني أعرفها للمرة الأولى

مررت ببيت يعود لعائلة الشوا بني في الاربعينيات وبيت أخر لعارف العارف وفهمي الحسيني كانت قد بنيت في ذات الفترة، وعندما وطأت قدماي دار الباشا التي بنيت في القرن الثامن عشر ، شعرت بعبق التاريخ ، نسمات هواء البيت العتيق أمدتني بالحياة أعواماً وأعواماً..

شكرا غزة..

شكراً حبيبتي اللعينة التي تفاجأني كل يوم بالجديد القبيح منه والجميل..

لكن اليوم فيك حقاً كان مختلف، اليوم مررت ببعض بيوتك وكأنني أمر عنها للمرة الأولى..

وأنا أسير في الازقة نسيت سواد الاخبار وكم التحريض عليكي يا حبيبتي،،،

يا سادة يا من لا تعرفونها أرجوكم لا تتحدثوا عنها، ولا تتابعوا الاخبار المظلمة التي تخرج منها..

أعطو أنفسكم راحة وتجولوا في شوارعها وأزقتها، عيشوا تاريخها الجميل جداً..

عودوا بها الى الماضي المشرق، علها ترتاح قليلاً وتعود لتنهض من جديد..

هذه غزة التي أريد..

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