They stole the land..and now they steal the flowers

homeland– Khadraj blom

Flowers are the daughters of the earth, she carries them inside her womb and brings them into the world to decorate them and be perfumed with the scent of their perfume.

They scatter life everywhere so that they can remove sorrow from the broken heart and bring joy to the souls of the weary; So is it not right for us to preserve flowers while preserving the earth?
Who among us has not in his childhood made a collar of the “soul of the earth” that he puts as a wreath on his head, or the head of his mother, or whoever he loves?
Who among us does not have memories of the fatherland and boy associated in his mind with flowers that grow in autumn, winter, spring and even summer?
Are the flowers of Palestine not part of our identity and Palestinianness?
And after the occupier stole the land and twisted his features … What is the situation when we witness with our own eyes an organized theft of flowers and mention it by name that they did not one day carry, as the earth lives lived?

The area of ​​Palestine is 27,027 square kilometers, and despite its small area it is characterized by a diversity of surface topography and a diversity of soil, which has led to a general biodiversity and a diversity of wild plants and flowers in particular.
Imad al-Atrash, Executive Director of the Wildlife Association in Palestine, says the diversity of wild plants in Palestine is due to the diversity of the elements of the climate systems. Climate change helps the flowering process of plants.
Al-Atrash added: “Climate change characterizes the western regions of the Jerusalem mountain range by the abundance of vegetation to a large extent, compared to the eastern regions, such as almond trees, which bloom better in the western regions than in the eastern regions. regions of the Jerusalem mountain range. “
He stressed that climatic factors have a clear impact on this, in terms of coastal areas characterized by abundant rainfall and exposure to the sun.

Pretend you love the environment
Hearts are refreshed when flowers appear at the beginning of the rainy season, and the narcissus is the first to appear on us with its sweet scent and fragrance. It grows in the folds of the rocks and in front of the trunks of olive, carob and oak trees and on the edges of valleys and on the sides of the plains. Its elegant flowers, with tall, raised white petals, wrap themselves around a bright yellow cup, and rush to adorn the land dried up by the summer heat.
Heartbreak follows in his footsteps, and the rest of the earth’s brightly colored and memorable flowers rush to catch up and spread over the dust of the blessed land with boldness emphasizing its Palestinianness.

The Palestinian is accustomed to eating from the abundance of the earth and its plants, including hibiscus, porcelain or water cherries, loofah, thyme, sage, zampot, sage, sorrel, asparagus and others.

He plucks it from the folds of the earth to fill it, picks up its leaves, flowers or even its stems and dries them to preserve them throughout the year for use according to his need, and is eager to get his roots to the ground and spread his seeds everywhere to germinate next year.
And how can he be indispensable? How can a cup of tea not be fragrant with sage drink? How can a winter lunch be eaten without hibiscus, loofah or chewing gum?

Since Palestine was occupied in 1948, however, the situation has changed to the opposite. New arrivals have arrived who are unfamiliar with the nature of the region, its terrain and its wildlife, and they do not know the value of this land or the value of it not. of all the creatures that live above.
Therefore the occupier did not have the slightest tingle of conscience when he blew up the mountains to cut down roads, tunnels and bridges, and did not feel bad when he saw the olive, fig, carob, oak and pine trees that formerly inhabited land, did not uproot. he was born and not before he came here.Plants, animals and insects are driven to extinction, which changes the nature of the region and disturbs the ecological balance inherent in it.

He came here while he was hostile to everything, with an ugly resentment that he had emptied of everything he encountered on his way, and no stone, tree or man had been spared from him, and he claimed that his God was this land promised him!

After controlling it and changing its characteristics, he realized that concern for the environment is necessary to appear modern and peace-loving.
At the same time, he also noticed the great wealth of wildlife, whether animals or plants, so he started counting their numbers, varieties and types and started establishing nature reserves, claiming that he was keen on nature and cared for it. , although in other respects he leveled the ground, polluted mountains, polluted springs and water sources, and dried up a lake Houla, the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, destroying the habitats of animals and plants to build their settlements in their place , and his major projects represented in the construction of bypasses, partition walls, and major urban and water projects on Palestinian land, do not care about the types of plants and animals he destroys and leads to their extinction.
Wildflowers in the Inherited Palestinian Heritage
Oh, the brown iris flower, take care of me *** my heart loves you if you do not know
The Palestinian has always been associated with his land and what grows on it, he loved it and even worshiped it, and since wild plants and their flowers were an important part of the Palestinian’s life, we clearly see them present in the heritage, and they appear in popular proverbs, songs and even stories.
The Palestinian says in proverbs:
Ranjas and tenderness came out, look at your house, crazy “..and sang at his weddings
The door of the gate to plant for you ranjia *** I’m scared, my love, your age is missing
Oh God, oh girl!
And he said of the zukku or the deer’s horn or the shepherd’s stick:
Oh shit, the height, oh Abu eyes big *** I’ll go to the olives with the navigator
Oh shit, the length is valid for the wilderness *** See Balzkoko for the sweet boy
He also sang:
Our Daluna is our Daluna *** What brought you to our job
I hope in God that you will be our neighbor *** and that the tenderhearted will come out into the orchards
And he said:
O House of Poetry, O Above Al-Shaqaiq *** O you who are around you, the flower of Al-Shaqaiq has grown
I swear by God, O creation, my words are inappropriate *** Whoever sees the excuses has gone mad
The target of the flowers of Palestine with Judaization

Osama al-Silwadi, a Palestinian photographer who documented the flowers of Palestine with his lens, and monitored most of them in a special book entitled “The Land of Roses”, which is considered an illustrated encyclopedia, says: “The occupation began with the names of plants rooted in Palestine in the Hebrew language on the Internet and attributed them to Israeli origin.”
An example of this is the flower “blood of deer or anemones”, which they changed its name to “flower of the Maccabees” to give it a Hebrew color.
However, activists worked hard to thwart the occupation’s efforts, through information and knowledge fed on Wikipedia, to preserve the flower, its name and its habitat, free from racial pollution and systematic thefts.
In turn, Imad al-Atrash, head of the Wildlife Conservation Society, points to various species of iris, such as “Sawsan of Nazareth” and “Al-Shifa Guri”, which are endangered plants due to their transfer from their homeland and breeding ground to other areas. is also subject to pesticide spraying, bulldozers, overgrazing and the absence of insects for pollination.

Palestinian tenderness was not spared from Judaization.In 2013, the occupying authorities declared the anemone a “national flower” and previously used its drawing to strike coins, stamps and the emblems of the occupying army units.
The case did not stop here, but we see how the occupation encourages settlement in northern Beersheba (Negev) by holding sports and music events since 2007 within the so-called “Red South Festival”, an annual Zionist celebration between January and February , with the season of softness blossoming.

And Judaization emphasizes its ambitions on the “royal” iris flower, which is especially distributed in the villages of Faqqu’ah and Jalbon in the Jenin governor in the West Bank, and it is the only area in the world where this unique flower grows, so its name is associated with the name of that area, where it is known as “Sawsan Faqqu’ah.” .
Environmentalists confirm that this flower has been inhabited in Palestine since ancient times.
Journalist Nawaf Al-Amer of Nablus says that the ghost of Judaization is chasing Sawsan Faqoua’s flower, “the national flower of Palestine” in a furious attempt to steal the name and meaning, and they tried to change her name from Sawsan Faqqu’a in “Eros Hagelboa,” and Eros is a translation of the Latin and scientific name, Iris.
Gilboa is the ancient Canaanite name for the Faqquah Mountains in which this flower grows.
The Judaization and biodiversity experts also tried to attach the name “Sawsan Ariel” to other species of iris endemic to the northern West Bank.
The occupation authorities are trying to Judaize the lily, but the Palestinian and institutional effort was on the lookout in 2017 by confirming the name of the Palestinian flower.
In 2007, the occupation nominated three well-known Palestinian plants to represent them in the rose garden that China intends to plant on the occasion of the Olympic Games, namely the deer, the anemone flower and the olive tree.
The anemone flower is a plant with historical and cultural roots in Palestine, and it spread in its lands from north to south, and it covered its land in the Roman era.
As for the deer, it is included in the food history of the Palestinians, who cook it like grape leaves in the cold and rainy seasons. The occupation aims to steal heritage and natural resources and claim them for itself, believing that it will wipe out the Palestinian heritage from existence, after eating the plate of chickpeas, falafel chips, musakhan breads, the Palestinian thobe and stole the Palestinian dabkeh, and began displaying them abroad as Israeli heritage.
In 2016, the Palestinian Council of Ministers officially approved “Sawsan Faqoua”, the national plant of the state of Palestine. To establish national law and rootedness in the country, and to encourage attempts to falsify and steal the natural and cultural heritage that the occupation does not hesitate to practice all the time.

Do we not have the right to preserve the flowers as we preserve the earth?
Who among us has not in his childhood made a collar of “the spirit of the earth” to put a wreath on his head, or the head of his mother, or someone he loves?
Who among us does not have memories of the fatherland and boy associated in his mind with flowers that grow in autumn, winter, spring and even summer?
Are the flowers of Palestine not part of our identity and Palestinianness?
And after the occupier stole the land and twisted his features … What is the situation when we witness with our own eyes an organized theft of flowers and mention it by name that they did not one day carry, as the earth lives lived?

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