Yesterday we at Lajee were graced by the presence of Alaa Abdul Karim from Dheishah Camp and Khaled Al-Azraq from Aida Camp, who were both political prisoners that spent 15 years and 30 years respectively in the Israeli Prison System. Kamen Sulieman from the Tameer Institute was also with us.
The former prisoners shared with us their own experiences of being in the prison and how difficult it is for political prisoners to meet their loved ones, convey any messages, to continue their education and even obtain materials to read. Nevertheless, they never stopped striving to continue studying and produce knowledge while they were in the prison.
They both spoke about Waleed Daqah, also a political prisoner, whom they met in the prison. Waleed is serving a life sentence but while in prison, he accomplished writing and publishing a book titled ‘Secret of the Oil’.
The book speaks about freedom and heritage as well as describes the life of the prisoners and their longing to be free. This is the author’s first book catered to teenagers. He suffered a lot to write it, penning it little by little on slips of paper that he snuck to his wife during visits.
Through the process, Waleed faced a lot of obstacles as Israel tried many times to stop the book from being published. The Israeli Army placed him in solitary confinement after the book was successfully published by the Tameer Institution. currently he is working on the next two books of the series.
We thank Alaa and Khaled for sharing their stories with us and thank Waleed and all our prisoners for their continued struggle for the Palestinian cause.