“A necessary pain” .. Painful travel stories to and from “a city that knows no fear” | culture

In this bitter journey, Tayeh relied on the “prevention and recovery technique” and evokes memories in the languages ​​of the seven passengers, in an effort to overcome the difficulties and pains of the road.

Gaza- The sun rose, it was now morning, he looked at his clock, its scorpions show eight and a half minutes and a few minutes .. Time is of no value, time is of no value here .. Fadi al-Mazloum, who is returning from Istanbul to Gaza, after an unsuccessful attempt to emigrate to Europe, murmured: “Time is of the essence. “Time is life, life is hours and minutes.”

This was Fadi’s conversation with himself inside a car in which the bodies of 7 passengers from Gaza, the eighth driver, Hamada from the city of Arish in the Egyptian Sinai, lined up in a long line of cars waiting for a signal to open a military checkpoints spread along the road from Cairo to the Rafah crossing, the only port for two million Palestinians from the “Great Gaza Prison” and towards it via Egypt.

The seven passengers, 3 women and 4 men, are the protagonists of the recently published novel “A Necessary Pain” by Palestinian novelist Abdullah Tayeh, Assistant Secretary General of the Union of Palestinian Writers and Writers, and describes scenes of oppression and the pain with which face Gaza residents on travel trips they are forced to make, often for unsatisfactory reasons. .

The narrator went through a painful journey

Salim Hamidush, one of those passengers, was forced to travel in search of a treatment for his foot, which he received during his participation in the “return marches and breaking the siege” on the eastern border of Gaza. “If everything goes well and we reach the crossing before it closes … People say that the vehicle has traveled this distance before the chaos in Sinai for four or six hours …”

Abdullah Al-Tayeh went through the experience of traveling to Gaza and following its chapters through his novel (Al-Jazeera)

Tayeh herself went through a bitter travel experience on her return to Gaza, during which she stayed for 5 days sleeping with crowds of travelers in open spaces and “travelers’ rest houses”.

Despite the bitterness of this experience for Tayeh, which helped him embody it with accurate descriptions in his novel, he seemed inclined to point out the reason for the change that took place on the Cairo-Gaza road and vice versa through the Sinai, which proved “chaos”. security “for about 10 years, and he tells Al Jazeera Net,” The trip was not in the past, with all this suffering, if it were not for the security incidents that Sinai is experiencing.

This suffering made Saleem wish he had had his leg amputated in Gaza and not have to go through the bitter experience of traveling.

The journey to treatment is not just Saleem crisis, hundreds of patients have lost their lives in Gaza during the siege years since 2006, due to lack of treatment and skills, while thousands are still tossed between death and life.

In the novel, Tayeh recounts many aspects of the suffering in Gaza, many of them due to the occupation using the weapons of siege and wars, and not a few of them for personal Palestinian reasons as a result of internal division since mid-2007.

Like Fadi, thousands of young people over the past 16 years have experienced emigration, fleeing poverty, unemployment and lack of job opportunities. While some of them succeeded, others were forced to return to Gaza, which Tayeh describes in his novel as “the city that knows no fear, He created nothing like it in the country.”

Salim was among the two young passengers, Fadi Al-Mazloum and Ibrahim Al-Wali, in the middle seat of the car, while in the back seat were 3 women, including Aziza Al-Nadi, a schoolteacher with cancer who is treated. Her uncle is in the Jerash camp in Jordan, and in the front seat next to the driver sits Haji Ali Al-Ghamri and each of them has a “heartbreaking story … and an inevitable pain”.

evokes memories

In this bitter journey, Tayeh relied on the “prevention and recovery technique” and evokes memories in the languages ​​of the seven passengers, in an effort to overcome the difficulties and pains of the road.

Al-Ghamri was in Gaza for many years and did not leave for a journey, until God wrote him a journey to the holy lands of Hijaz to perform Umrah and meet his son Abdul Hafez, who works as an engineer and does not has seen it. him for a long time.

Fawzia fell in love with her after her father’s speech: “Everyone tightened the cordon and the siege on the people, and the people lost their jobs and livelihoods, and the travels became arduous … Try to visit us, my daughter, “Your mother is ill.”

The third woman in the back seat of the car is Maryam Abu Al-Hasab and her story has many and complex details, in the novel I single out a large space for her because it is associated with a painful memory. relates to the defeat of June 1967, which the Arabs call “backwards” and these days correspond to its 55th memory.

After the hurdle .. “Thousands of families and people, individually and in groups, began to flee the cities and villages of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, migrating to the East Coast of Jordan, leaving their homes. “Soldiers and fedayeen in the Gaza Strip disappeared, military facilities were emptied of them and the curfew began to be declared from evening until morning (the sector has entered under the martial law of the Israeli occupation.”

Maryam was one of them, and she joined her husband, Muhammad, a recruit at the time in the “Palestinian Liberation Army,” who fled Gaza to Egypt after intensifying Israeli pursuit of Palestinian guerrillas.

Tayeh, a refugee born in Gaza in 1953 after his family emigrated from the city of Beit Daras, did not forget the greatest pain that has befallen the Palestinians since Nakba in 1948. The pain did not affect the dream of returning to Historic Palestine. , and comparisons were made between the return of people to Gaza, “the greatest pain,” despite the hardships of travel, and between the greatest dream of returning to the homes of our parents and grandparents.

Gaza .. the sweetness of pain

Tayeh, who was selected by the Palestinian Ministry of Culture as the cultural figure of the year for the current year, has 24 books including 7 collections of short stories and 7 novels, the last of which is “Necessary Pain”.

Palestinian critic and novelist Shafeeq al-Talouli told Al Jazeera Net that Tayeh excelled at reproducing reality in a literary way, and his personal experience of this bitter travel experience helped him accurately embody the suffering of two million Palestinians in Gaza.

Shafiq al-Talouli, the journey of the Gaza Strip is not like any other journey, it is a piece of trouble - Raed Musa - Al Jazeera Net
Shafiq al-Talouli: Traveling to Gaza is not like any other trip, it is part of the suffering (Al-Jazeera)

In this novel – and the hadith of al-Taluli – Tayeh navigates through the main stations of Palestinian life and chronicles the Palestinian suffering from the Great Nakba, through minor disasters such as obstacles, the repeated Israeli wars in Gaza, the siege. and internal division.

This is reflected in the fundamental human right to travel, which the world enjoys for tourism and entertainment purposes, while the Palestinians in Gaza are forced to do so, and for the Gaza Strip it is a “torture part”, according to al. -Taloul description.Travel, for various purposes and objectives, including the search for a better life, but many willingly decide to return to their pain in this city that has not been created in the country.

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